Winaero Tweaker 1.20.1: get back Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11

A quick update here. Winaero Tweaker 1.20.1 is now available with the only one new option. It now allows you to restore the classic appearance in Windows 11 by restoring the classic Start menu with live tiles and the taskbar which were available in Windows 10.

I've added a new section to the app, called "Windows 11". There, I will add new tweaks for pre-release OS versions. Once it reaches the production branch, I will move them into the appropriate groups, similar to what I did for Windows 10.

So, the new tweak. Navigate to Windows  11 > Classic Start Menu and Taskbar.

Winaero Tweaker Windows 11 Classic Start Menu And Taskbar

Turn on the option and sign out from your user account when prompted.

After you sign in back, your Windows 11 will look as follows.

Windows 11 Classic Start Menu And Taskbar

However, this tweak has disadvantages. The taskbar doesn't host the clock in this legacy mode, and Win + X doesn't open.


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Thanks to StartIsBack for this finding.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

19 thoughts on “Winaero Tweaker 1.20.1: get back Windows 10 Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11”

  1. By any chance, does this tweak allow the taskbar to be moved to the left/right/top sides of the screen? Grateful for Winaero Tweaker!

  2. Do you know the option “Disable Telemetry” keeps turning OFF on 21H1 after every restart? I am using Windows 10 Pro and its sad to note this. I remember uptil 20H2 I could forget this tweak once I enabled it, but since 21H1 it keeps turning OFF.

  3. Winaero Tweaker v
    Windows 11 v 22000.71

    The “Show Seconds in Taskbar Clock” tweak is broken for me.

  4. Sergey, you may be able to fix this latest Microsoft abuse. Microsoft has suddenly put really annoying advertisements at the top of Windows Settings on my desktop. I’m still in Windows 10.0.19043.1110 with a chip labelled ‘outdated’: Intel Core i7-6700 CPU @ 3.40GHz .

    At the moment, three ads are displayed:
    * ‘Windows Update: Attention needed’ (because I delay updates until I read the online reports).
    * ‘Web Browsing: Restore recommended’ (because Vivaldi is my default browser).
    * ‘Rewards: Sign in’ (because I have a local account).
    This stuff is really irritating and deceitful. Microsoft is being openly unethical by displaying advertisements under the camouflage of pretending to help the user.

    Are you able to WinAero-tweak these headers out of existence? The ViVeTool solution didn’t work for me.

  5. The only thing this application did was to stop the start menu from appearing when I clicked on the Start button. Did I miss something in the installation?

  6. Hello. I very much appreciate the work you have been doing for many years. I have a small issue with the feature that restores the Windows 10 taskbar in Windows 11. When activated, it appears to disable the Microsoft News store app. I have tested it several times and the only way to restore the app is to deactivate this feature. When activated, the News app stays open for just a few seconds and then abruptly crashes with no error messages. Any thoughts? Your assistance would be much appreciated because I really want to use this excellent feature. Thanks.

  7. Great work! Does this allow me to put the taskber on the left or right side of the screen, something which Microsoft dropped with Windows 11, and one a nonfree third party utility could get it back. Thanks!

  8. File Explore stops working with any of the three start options. I’m on Win 11 Pro 22H2 OS Build 22621.521.ni_release.220506-1250.

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