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The Updated Start Menu Now Available to Windows 10 Users

03 August 2020, Monday By M. Konwar

Soon after the leak of the design of the new start menu, Windows 10 users got the long-awaited opportunity to try out the changed element of the desktop OS for the first time in a long time. The corresponding modification is already available as a regular update - however, to "enable" it, without waiting for the next patch, you will need several manual manipulations.

Windows 10 updated start menu

An optional update KB4568831 is available in Windows Update - among other fixes, it also contains a new start menu for the operating system. However, Microsoft has not yet released the "activation key" of the innovation - those wishing to change the interface will have to resort to manipulating the registry. To avoid problems, it is recommended that you create a restore point before the procedure.

Then, according to the MSPoweruser resource, you need to create an empty text file using Notepad and copy the following content into it, and then save it as 20H2.reg, agreeing to change the extension:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ FeatureManagement \ Overrides \ 0 \ 2093230218]
"EnabledState" = dword: 00000002
"EnabledStateOptions" = dword: 00000000

Windows 10 updated start menu

According to the source, after launching the file and adding its contents to the registry, the updated Start menu will appear in the system after restarting the PC. It should be noted that this procedure is carried out by enthusiasts at their own peril and risk - users without registry skills are advised to wait for the official patch.

The new OS interface element significantly changed the appearance of the "tiles", first introduced with the release of Windows 8. In particular, they were brought to a single concept of Fluent Design and lost "living" elements. 

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