Classic Start Menu in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

As well is known, beginning with Windows 7 there is no possible to set the classic Start Menu. Moreover, in Windows 8 and other newer systems there’s no Start Menu at all.
However, here is a simple way to get something quite similar:

  1. Right-click on the taskbar and choose “Toolbars/New Toolbar…” menu item.

    Right-click on taskbar

    Right-click on taskbar

  2. In “New Toolbar – Choose a folder” dialog, type or copy-paste from here:
    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.

    Choose a folder

    Choose a folder

  3. Push “Select Folder” button.
  4. Now have a look in the right side of the taskbar. You can see a little button labeled “Programs“. Just click in that button and voilà… you’ve got a classic Start Menu!

    Classic Start Menu

    Classic Start Menu

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One thought on “Classic Start Menu in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

  1. Frank Brown

    Use Recorded TV from public user, rename as Applications, add folders to this library and create a new toolbar in Windows taskbar.

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