Windows 11’s biggest changes are to the taskbar and the Start
menu. Windows 11 is reminiscent of the recently cancelled
Windows 10X. It comes with a centered Start menu and taskbar
icons, followed by redesigned quick actions, refreshed icons
and rounded corners across the operating system.
With Windows 11, Microsoft has dropped support for live tiles
in favour of static icons and Windows 8-era metro experience is
Although the live tiles feature has been disabled, the
community recently discovered a way to bring the classic Start
menu back. The hack is simple: You need to enable a key in
Registry and restart Explorer.exe to restore the classic Start
menu, replacing the modern Windows 11 one entirely.
However, as part of the latest update, the company has disabled
the Registry hack to restore the classic Start Menu interface.
As a result, it’s impossible to restore live tiles and users
now must use the new Start Menu without the fancy live tiles,
which were first introduced with Windows 8.
According to our tests, the registry hack has been removed with
Windows 11 Build 22000.65 from all editions/SKUs of the
operating systems. If you’ve already modified the registry,
applying the cumulative update will automatically revert the
changes and re-enable the new Start Menu.
Since the Windows 11 update is rolling out to members of the
Windows Insider Program, it’s always possible the live tiles
support will be reinstated via an optional toggle in the
Settings before the changes trickle down into a full public
build. However, there’s no guarantee that this will happen.
As for the new Start Menu, it’s going to be pretty divisive,
just like any major Windows Start Menu overhaul.
Overall, the new operating system looks gorgeous and it’s
slowly getting even better.
For example, Windows 11 Build 22000.65 enables support for a
new search bar in the Start menu. Other improvements include
support for Power mode in the Windows Settings app, taskbar for
multiple monitors and new snap layouts for smaller displays.
Likewise, Microsoft has also tweaked the transparency level for
the Start Menu and Windows Search.
However, there are several known issues and limitations in the
operating system. For example,
users cannot change the location/position of the taskbar
and drag/drop support is also not available.
Microsoft is also investigating issues with the new File
Explorer, Start Menu, Windows Settings, and widgets.