As you might have noticed from screenshots circulating on the Internet, Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 (Build 9879) comes with a secret, hidden Start Screen feature, known as the Continuum UI. In this article, we will enable it with a simple registry tweak. Continuum is the improved version of Metro. It's about seamlessly switching between the touch UI and the mouse/keyboard centric UI depending on which peripherals are attached to your PC/tablet and whether it is docked or undocked.
The Continuum user interface replaces both the current Start menu and the Start screen UIs. It looks like it's the intended replacement for both of them in the near future. Basically, it's an improved version of the Start screen, which can also work in windowed mode. Here is how it looks:
To enable it, you need to have the latest Windows 10 build 9879 (Technical Preview 3) installed and then apply a Registry tweak as described below:
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following Registry key:
If this key does not exist, then just create it.
Tip: see how to jump to the desired registry key with one click.
- Create a new DWORD value named UseExperience and set it to 1. See the following screenshot:
- Sign out and log in back to your Windows account. Alternatively, you can just restart the Explorer shell.
That's it. Feel free to share your opinion about this new feature in the comments of this article.