Just moved to Windows 11 and already missing things about Windows 10 ($147 at Amazon)? There's a lot to like about Microsoft's brand-new operating system, from its streamlined interface to Widgets, even if it lacks the appeal of the familiar Windows look.
How to make
Windows 11 look
like Windows 10
Just moved to Windows 11 and already missing things about Windows 10 ($147 at
Amazon)? There's a lot to like about Microsoft's brand-new operating system, from
its streamlined interface to Widgets, even if it lacks the appeal of the familiar
If you like having the Start menu over
on the left or are still making your mind
up about having the Widgets button in
the taskbar, some simple changes can
bring back a bit of the Windows 10 feel.
Start menu location
Windows 11’s most obvious design change
is the relocation of the Windows Start
menu from its traditional home nestled on
the taskbar’s left side to the center of the
taskbar. Fortunately, this change is easy to
Remove new icons
The free option is Open-Shell, an
open-source program (formerly known as
Classic Shell) that can replace the start
menu. Download the program and install it.
However, make sure to disable Classic
Explorer and Classic IE during installation.
If you don’t, Open-Shell will also modify
Windows Explorer in a way that doesn’t
vibe with the look of Windows 10.
The taskbar icons in Windows
11 are quite similar to
Windows 10, so you might not
feel the need to change them.
Other icons throughout the
operating system are
Disable rounded corners
Round corners are key to the new look of
Windows 11. Not everyone loves them, however,
and there’s more bad news. It’s not currently
possible to change them through Windows 11
itself or a third-party solution.
You do have one option. Windows 11 will revert to square corners if
you turn off hardware graphics acceleration (this will also turn off
other visual features like transparency).
Change the wallpaper
Last, but least, you can restore the
original Windows 10 wallpaper. This is
not included with Windows 11, but is
available from a variety of sources
online, such as this 4K sample on Imgur.
Right-click the image after you download
it and then select Set as desktop