Switch between the old and new Start menu in Windows 10 build 9926

In Windows 10 build 9978, Microsoft implemented a Start menu, which could be resized by the user and showed installed apps along with Live tiles. Also, the user was able to switch between the Start screen and the Start menu using a checkbox in the Taskbar Properties dialog. However, in the recently released Windows 10 build 9926 there is again a new Start menu, formerly known by its code name "Continuum". It replaces the previous version of the Start menu for now. In this article, we will see how to switch between the old Start menu with the Start screen and the new "Continuum" Start menu.

Before you proceed, you must know that the "Continuum" Start menu is enabled by default intentionally. Microsoft wants you to test it. At this moment, it is very slow and buggy compared to the previous resizable menu. If you want to continue using the previous Start menu version in Windows 10 build 9926, do the following:

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.

  3. Create a new DWORD value here named EnableXamlStartMenu and leave its value data as 0. If you already have this value, then just modify its value data to 0. See the following screenshot:
    enablexamlstartmenu
  4. Restart the Explorer shell.

You are done. Open the Start menu.
Before:
before
After:
after
This will also restore the ability to switch between the Start screen and Start menu via Taskbar Properties:
old settings appear
That's it.

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7 thoughts on “Switch between the old and new Start menu in Windows 10 build 9926

  1. MDJ

    It looks like that the new Start menu is taking more space than actually needed. You can see lots of wasted space which could be used for something else.

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    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Yep. Phone UI in action.

      Reply
  2. Fabricio Mrqs

    Thanks a lot, the “new” start menu is very buggy here and this one is very better

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      I hope the new one will get improved.

      Reply
  3. Gabriel J Mejia

    i figured out how to get the start menu to be adjustable in size
    you could get it to the same size as the start menu on windows 7

    navigate here with regedit
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    then make a new REG_DWORD
    and name it “Start_SizeMove”
    without the quotes

    and set the value to 1
    then exit regedit
    and you can now resize the start menu both vertically and horizontally.

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  4. Gabriel J Mejia

    the feature i mentioned in the previous post works on windows 10
    all the way up to build 10074 and possibly above and below.

    Reply
  5. Gabriel J Mejia

    nevermind the previous stuff i said it’s a waste of time,don’t bother with the regedit stuff cause you can already resize the start menu without it.

    Reply

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