Live Tiles can be re-enabled in Windows 11 if you really love them

Like Windows 8, Windows 10 has been filled with Live Tiles
since its launch in 2015. By default, dozens of tiles or
squares in the Start Menu are updated with the latest
information, news or weather.

Start Menu live tiles first appeared in the Windows Phone 7 OS
and were designed for a mobile-first experience.

As we reported last year, the days of live tiles are numbered
and Microsoft is no longer developing the feature internally.
In fact, Windows 11’s default Start Menu design drops live
tiles for icons and grid layout, similar to what we’ve on
Windows 10X. At least that’s what a new leaked build tells us.

If you’ve seen the
screenshots of the updated Start menu, you probably figured
out already that the Windows 11 design borrows its Start Menu
from Windows 10X, an operating system originally designed for
dual-screen products.

But if you aren’t a fan of these changes, it looks like you can
still switch it back to the classic design.

According to references spotted in the leaked preview of
Windows 11, there’s a new feature called “Classic Start Menu”.
If you enable this feature in Windows Settings or Registry, you
can restore the live tiles and go back to the old Start.

Old Start Menu
Old Start Menu layout restored in Windows 11

In the leaked build, users can go back to the old Start Menu
with live tiles by creating a new DWord value using Registry
Editor:

  • Open Regedit (Registry Editor.
  • Open HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft
    WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
  • Open the Advanced folder.
  • Create a new DWord and name it “Start_ShowClassicMode”
  • Double-tap on the DWord entry and set its value to 1.
  • Restart Windows Explorer using Task Manager.

At the moment, the classic Start Menu requires a Registry
change, and Microsoft hasn’t added the option in the Settings
app of the leaked build. It’s likely that the final build of
Windows 11 will include a switch between the old and new Start
Menu, which might be useful for both consumers and businesses.

By default, the Start menu will be centered and it will feature
a simplified look with icons in a grid layout. There’s a new
area within the Start menu for recommended activities/files,
such as your Microsoft Office files and apps.

New Start Menu

The all apps list has been moved to the top right corner, while
the power options are moved to the right corner at the bottom
of the screen.

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