How to change the Windows 10 start menu in the style of Windows 7

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November 16, 2015 For Management

From time to time we all tend to get bored with the look of our user interface, preferring to customize it in our own way. Some of us will use themes, some of us will use tools, widgets and maybe wallpapers, some people like to customize their home screen, some just want to use a utility that hides everything and creates a minimal look. In the end, we all customize our operating system's user interface to our liking.


Windows 10 offers little to customize by default. But you can always find tools and utilities to get the desired experience. Everyone at some point in our life changed the look of the home button, Counter Strike fans chose to set it as a crosshair, Punisher fans placed a skull, there were endless possibilities and if you failed to customize their button starts earlier, you can do it now.


The most used tool for this, the change home button, has unfortunately not yet been updated at the time of this writing. Many of you may be used to using this tool to change the look of the Home button. But there are other tools you can use to customize the Start button.

Many popular and paid tools include Home 10 Y StartisBack ++. These are very easy to use but unfortunately they require you to pay a nominal fee for their software. But there are free tools you can use to change the look of the Windows 10 Start button, like Classic Shell.

Classic Shell is free software that, among other tasks, can also be used to customize the look of the Start button on Windows 10. If some of you are familiar with Classic Shell, you don't need to activate the Classic Shell Start menu, to customize the appearance of the Home button.



Note: An internet connection is required to download Classic Shell.

Follow these simple steps to customize the look of your Start button in Windows 10.

1- Visit the page - www.classicshell.net

2- Click Download now in the center of the page and wait for the download to complete.

3- Once the download is complete, run the installation.

4- Select Custom Settings and deselect all options except

classic shell menu and classic update in the next window.

5- Follow the installation steps and wait for the installation to finish.

6- Once completed, Classic Shell will run automatically and will open in a window.

7- In the Style tab of the Start menu, Windows7 Style will be selected by default.

Note: You can use the classic shell to your liking and change the style of the Start menu as desired. To change the Home button, continue from step 9.

8- Navigate to Basic Settings by clicking on it and configure the following options as follows-

~ Left Click - Windows Start Menu opens

~ Shift + Click - Windows Start Menu opens

~ The Windows key - Windows Start Menu opens


~ Shift + Windows Key - Windows Start Menu opens

Note: DO NOT click the OK button yet

9- Go back to the Style tab of the Start menu.

10- Check the box that says Replace the Start button under the Start menu options.

11- Now click on the third lever, which says Custom.

12- Below, you will see a box that says Choose image, click on it.

13- Now find the location where you have stored the image you want to replace the Start button with.


14- Select the image and click OK.

15- Finally click OK to apply all settings and close Classic Shell.

You will now have customized the Start button to your preferences, hope you like it 🙂

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