Windows 10 version 2004 gets new Start Menu, but there’s a catch – You can now begin enabling and configuring the new Start Menu
in May 2020 Update for Windows 10, thanks to new optional
update and Registry hack.
Windows 10’s next update 20H2 is expected to be a service pack
style upgrade and it’s supposed to land later this year. Like
Windows 10 November 2019 Update, Windows 10 20H2 is supposed to
include a small, quick-to-install “master switch” that
will activate the new features, including the new Start Menu.
Windows 10 20H2 is simply version 2004 but with a few
additional features enabled. On systems running version 2004,
this upcoming 20H2 update will be delivered as a small
“enablement package” that takes only a few minutes to download
When you install the enablement package of Windows 10 20H2 on
Windows 10 May 2020 Update, it will increment the build number
and enable the new features. That’s all.
To make it all happen as intended, Microsoft recently shipped
Windows 10 KB4568831 (Build 19041.423) optional update and
it includes back-ported features such as the new Start Menu and
updated Alt-Tab experience.
Windows 10 KB4568831 (Build 19041.423) carries the new Start
Menu that has previously been tested in Insider preview builds,
among a few other improvements, including new Alt-Tab
experience and a new icon for the folders.
Windows 10 Start Menu redesign offers a more streamlined design
by applying “a uniform, partially transparent background to the
The feature is apparently hidden, but you can force enable it.
The only problem with this trick is that it involves Windows
Registry, which is always a little risky.
Making the wrong change to Registry can make your system
unstable, but if you follow the instructions carefully, you
should be fine. If you’ve never used Registry before,
up your Registry (and your Windows installation) before
It’s also worth noting that this Registry hack will remove
reference to ‘version 2004’ in System > About and Winver,
but everything else should continue to function normally.
How to enable the new Start Menu in Windows 10 May 2020 Update
- Open Windows Update > Check for updates > Optional
updates and install Build 19041.423.
- Open Notepad.
- Paste the following content in Notepad
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlFeatureManagementOverrides2093230218] "EnabledState"=dword:00000002 "EnabledStateOptions"=dword:00000000
- Save the Notepad file as 20H2.reg
- Run the 20H2.reg and apply the registry changes.
- Restart your system.
After the system reboot, you should now have the new Start
menu. If you still don’t see the new Start Menu, apply the
Registry hack again and restart your device.
In addition, you’ll also gain access to Windows 10’s new
Alt-Tab experience that includes tabs from Microsoft Edge.
To confirm, open Windows Search and look for “Choose Alt-Tab
behavior for virtual desktops”. In the Settings, you’ll see a
new option to configure Microsoft Edge tabs.
How to revert back to old layout
If you want to revert back all these changes, simply restore
your Registry backup or manually delete the new entry in
To revert back, open Registry Editor and navigate to the
and delete the entry ‘0’. Once deleted, restart the system and
you’ll get back to the old Start menu.