Make Windows 10 Taskbar and Start Menu Look Like Windows 7

By: Ivan Jenic
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If you want to try Windows 10 Technical Preview, but you like your old interface (From Windows 7 or XP) more, you’re probably facing a dilemma if you should use it or not. Since our site supports innovations, we’ll advise you to try the new OS, and we’ll show you how to make the new start menu look like start menu from Windows 7 (as much as possible).
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Make The Live Tiles Disappear

The main thing that separates Windows 10 Start menu from Start menus of previous versions Windows operating systems are live tiles. Live tiles were introduced in Windows 8 as a part of Start Screen, and now they’re relocated to start menu. Thoughts about live tiles are separated, some people think Microsoft should remove live tiles from Windows, because they remind us of Windows 10, while some people think that live tiles are refreshment for the start menu. But if you’re reading this article, you probably belong to the first side. So if you want to get Windows 7-like start menu, you’ll have to get rid of the live tiles. Luckily, that is very easy, and here’s all you should do to remove live tiles from your Windows 10 start menu:

  1. Go to Start Menu
  2. Right click on each live tile and choose Unpin from Start

Once you’ve unpinned all live tiles from your start menu, you’ll get a nice and slim start menu, that reminds (well, as much as possible) to Windows 7.

Remove Search And Task Buttons From The Taskbar

Now that live tiles are gone, you’ll need to customize the taskbar a bit in order to make it like Windows 7. First thing you need to do is to remove the search box or search button from your taskbar. A lot of people find search box annoying, but Windows 10 is still in its development phase, so there’s still room for improvement. Anyway, to remove search button/search box from your taskbar do the following:

  1. Right click on the taskbar
  2. Under Search, choose Disabled

Search box is now removed, and there’s only one thing left for you to do. If you really want your taskbar to look like Windows 7 as much as possible, you should also remove the Task View button, because Windows 7 start menu didn’t have it. To remove Task View button from the taskbar, do the following:

  1. Right click on the taskbar
  2. Uncheck  Show Task View button

I know it doesn’t look exactly like the start menu from Windows 7 of Windows XP, but you can’t do more than this. Maybe some new builds of Windows 10 Technical Preview will bring more customization options to the start menu and taskbar, and we’ll be able to change it even more, but that’s all for now

Read Also: Fix: Start Menu Doesn’t Work for Child Account

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