Windows 8

Slideshow: A Taskbar trick to revive the Classic Start Menu in Windows 8

You can create your own Classic Start Menu in Windows 8

When you position it, you'll see all the folders inside of the Start Menu folder. To hide them, click and drag the Taskbar handle next to the Internet Explorer icon to the left to cover up those folders. Now, right click on the Taskbar and select the Lock the taskbar command. When you do, you'll notice a slight side effect - just an edge of the Windows Update icon appears; however, it is nothing to worry about.

When you complete the operation, you will have your own Classic Start Menu in Windows 8.


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9 comments
nathancha
nathancha

This makes me SO happy! Thank you for your simple, easy to understand instructions! I am so relieved to have my Start Menu back!!!

ITOdeed
ITOdeed

Step 1: Do not upgrade to Windows 8. Finished.

garret.hoffman
garret.hoffman

My start menu was found in C:\Users\*my user folder*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs This might have to do with it being set up as a windows live profile instead of a regular windows profile -- this allows me to sync all my settings and files to the windows cloud aka Skydrive...

amj2010
amj2010

you can have it all and eat it too?

eye4bear
eye4bear

Besides at least one glaring gramatical error, the whole first graphic link DOES NOT WORK!

pgit
pgit

This is in the form of a photo gallery. The forward button is the chevron in the upper right corner of the pictures.

heavener
heavener

The link to the rest of the article is missing.

ITOdeed
ITOdeed

Did you leave out some steps to create a start button on the taskbar in Win8?

pgit
pgit

What a chore. Way to go, Microsoft. You now behave just like Linux! (the wupdate folder apparition is VERY Linux-like) I didn't quite understand the last step at first, btw. You should say "just do it, you'll see what I mean" or maybe provide a close up of the "before" mess. Otherwise, thanks for the ideas. I'm sure I'll be doing this a lot in the future, until someone comes up with an 'app' that restores a more aesthetically pleasing (and easier) solution.