How to get back the Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 8

edit : only worked on the Beta of Windows 8. Now, please install Windows 8.1 to recover the start button.

Yesterday, Microsoft released the first preview (not a beta!) of the next version of Microsoft Windows. This version, optimized for computers/tablets, enabled to support different kinds of processors (x86, x64 or ARM) offers a new UI experience with a built-in “Metro” interface.

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In my case, I prefer the old menu and I’d like to keep the new start menu screen (with the widgets) but to be allowed to use the classic menu with its lovely finder as well.

To do that, you just need :

  1. to open a command prompt (Win + R)
  2. to type “regedit”
  3. To go to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  4. To change the value of the key RPEnabled from 1 to 0

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The change is applied without having to restart the computer. To display the old menu, you just have to click the Win key once to display the Metro menu, then to click the Win key again. And voilà!

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