How to Make Windows 11 Look and Feel Like Windows 10

Microsoft has taken on a more open position with the Windows 11 release. The company is listening intently to what people want from their operating system and actively working on giving them what they need. It makes significant changes to the UI and continues the trend of making it difficult for users to customise their interface. Currently, it’s not possible to revert Windows 11 to the style of Windows 10. However, there are several small tweaks you can make that may help you be more comfortable with it.

When Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, many people concluded that it was just a rebuild of Windows 10 with serious limitations. That’s only partly true because Windows 11 does feature some improvements such as quality of life and stability upgrades. Furthermore, the power and efficiency of the operating system has been steadily improving over time.

Microsoft announced that they’re gradually releasing windows 11 to ensure a quality user experience and address any potential issues before a widespread rollout in early 2022. As is usual with updates, many gamers and power users have already upgraded their systems according to recent Steam stats. However, there are still some who don’t like it and find it too different, though there are improvements in terms of usability.

Using third-party utilities and built-in options, you can restore many of Windows 11’s updated elements to the Windows 10 style. Whether you’re looking to retrieve the classic Start menu or the expanded right-click menus, these hacks have you covered.

Clean up and relocate the Windows 11 start menu to the corner

As a new addition to Windows 11, the taskbar icons are now centred. This is a move reportedly influenced by Microsoft’s previous Windows 10X project. You can fix this by right-clicking on the free space on the taskbar and then selecting taskbar settings, which will take you to the dedicated page in Settings.

Now that you have your Start button back into its rightful place, it may also be a good idea to disable some of the new icons on it via the Taskbar Items section in settings. Simply click the search, task view and any other options you want to get rid of.

It should be noted that removing the Search button still allows you to access Windows Search through the Windows + S keyboard shortcut or simply by typing after hitting the Start Menu.

Get the classic context menu on Windows 11

Windows 11 no longer displays any pro-options when you right-click a file and compresses them in a new “Show more options” button. But if you’re tired of going through that every time, you can restore the Windows 10 context menu with a quick registry tweak.

Type “regedit” in the start menu and open the “Registry Editor” app. Inside that, punch in “Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\CLASSES\CLSID\” in the address bar at the top and hit enter.

Right-click the “CLSID” folder and navigate to New > Key. Enter “{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}” in the key name field and save. Right-click this new entry you just created, select New > Key again, and name it “InprocServer32.”

Left-click “ImproServer32,” and on the right pane, double-click the “default” item. In the following prompt, simply click the “Ok” button without entering anything in the “Value data” field. Close the registry editor and reboot your computer. You’re all set.

Change Icons

For those of you who are moving from Windows 10 to Windows 11, your taskbar icons might look very similar. However, other icons throughout the operating system are different.

First, download a Windows 10 icon pack. A variety of these can be found online: Try out Windows 10 Build 10125 icon pack and put all the icons in a folder that can easily be found.

Let’s start with the desktop icons. Open Settings, go into Personalization > Themes, then to Desktop Icons. Five main icons will present themselves; click on the icon you want to change and tap Change Icon. To use the icon pack, navigate to the location on your computer where you saved it, select the one you want to use, and then tap Open.

You can also change the icons of individual folders and shortcuts. Right-click on an item and open Properties, then head to the Customize tab. At the bottom, you’ll see the Change Icon button. Clicking it will take you to a window where you can select whichever icon you want for that particular folder or shortcut.

Sadly, Windows 11 doesn’t allow people to customise some icons, such as the ones in File Explorer. This is where we introduce Drive Icon Changer – it will change drive icons and more.

Project ThisIsWin11 is one of the many projects that have been developed to change the look and feel of Window 11. Currently, it replicates many tweaks that can be done manually but may evolve into a more feature-rich program as it gets updated.

Microsoft is known for being a leader in the industry so it would be great if you could let them know that more customisation options would be nice. Much of this ultimately falls on Microsoft as they have reduced customisation options over time.

For now, enjoy the changes you’ve made. It might not fully restore Windows 10, but at least the Start menu is fixed.

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