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

  1. Shyam Reddy

    So good, thanks Sergey! Windows 11 start and taskbar look so fat and ugly.

  2. tecnologia per tutti

    great ..thanks master

  3. Smile Givers

    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!

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      The classic taskbar can be moved to any screen edge.
      The new taskbar can be moved to the top.

  4. Igor

    Windows taskbar search stops working after applying this tweak.

  5. Erableto

    What about only changing the Start Menu or the taskbar and not both?

  6. Rahul

    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.

  7. Wagner

    Not work any more on 22000.65 or 22000.71

  8. Jeffrey Karasik

    Winaero Tweaker v
    Windows 11 v 22000.71

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

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Correct. Microsoft has removed it.

  9. Fixer

    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.

  10. perlen

    The start menu doesn’t open anymore after applying the tweak, any way to fix this?

  11. Fixer

    SOLVED! Sergey, I succeeded in getting rid on the advertisements in the ‘Settings’ header. I used ViVe.Tool-v0.2.1, but this time I followed your instructions at

    Thank you. What have I learned? Don’t follow untested websites’ instructions — always add to the end of any techie query the phrase:


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