How to switch back to the Classic Start Menu

One of the biggest changes in Windows Vista is the complete redesign of the Start Menu. While this change is a good thing for some people, others prefer to use the old style Start Menu. In this tutorial we will show you how to enable and configure the classic version of the Start Menu.

The procedure is very simple. Just follow these steps:

First, right click on the taskbar and select Properties.


The Taskbar and Start Menu Properties window will open. Here, go to the Start Menu tab and check the Classic Start Menu option. If you want to customize the items that appear in the Start Menu, click the Customize... button. If you don't want to customize anything, just press the OK button.

Taskbar Properties

In the Customize Classic Start Menu window you have lots of configuration options: you can add or remove start menu items, you can sort them or you can enable special shortcuts like the Run or Log Off buttons.

Customize Start Menu

Feel free to experiment with all the available options. When you have finished, press the OK button.

Classic Start Menu

Now the Windows Vista Start Menu will look just like on the older versions of Windows.

Related articles:
How to configure the Taskbar and the Start Menu
How to customize the Start Menu search box
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How do you change it back???????????

Go back to Normal Start Menu

Go to Taskbar and Start Menu Properties and check Start Menu instead of Classic Start Menu.


When I change my start menu to classic mode... it doesn´t stay as classic mode after I restart or shut down the computer..
Also, I can´t unlock the task bar and I can´t create a new folder anywhere in my computer (when I right-click and go to the "New" it is empty!)

What should it be?
(I already tried to restore my computer to its original configuration and intalled vista again more than 3 times)


when i want to change the start menu back to the normal one, the option just isnt there anymore! maby my bro did something, i dont know, but the option is not there! please help


I chaned the Vista start button to Classic view. When I try to change it back to Vista view through the start menu, it changes the menu back to Vista, but not the start button. Anyone know who to change it some other way?

performance advantages


are there any kind of performance figures showing if there is a benefit from using the windows classic theme over any other vista theme (not aero since that one is quite clear, but say, basic windows vista)?

i think i can feel a performance improvement, but is there any documentation?


Hi.. If your option doesn't

Hi.. If your option doesn't pop up.. ( like I thought) go to setting on the older version of the start menu and chose taskbar and start menu. Go the the tab that says: start menu and chose start menu. That should get the start menu back to normal. It did for me anyway... lol! :P

classic start menu

Just use this:

Perfect! FREE. Does all we want from the CLASSIC START MENU!

Clearing the viewing history shortcuts in Windows 7

How do you clear the website viewing history in Windows 7?, in Vista or earlier you would just click on the "Clear" button in the "Customize Classic Start Menu" to remove all links from the Windows Explorer/IE Explorer drop-down menu.

Is there a similar function to clear the viewing history in Windows 7?

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