Get Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 8 Developer Preview


I think you’ve familiar with Windows 8 installation, in Windows 8 Microsoft placed new metro style start for accessing the desktop and other utils. you can download Windows 8 from official website. But i still like to work on classic windows 7 start menu because it has very good features including search and accessing the app are very easy. If u wish to go back to the Windows 7 start menu on Windows 8, here is a small how to guide.



Editing the registry is risky one, It is recommended to backup the registry before editing. Please do not make any editing unless you are confident on what you are doing.

  1. Go to Run (Press Win+R)
  2. Type regedit and Press OK.
  3. go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  4. Right Click on RPEnabled
  5. Change the Value from 1 to Zero
  6. Click OK

Changes will effect immediately, Just press Windows Start button now you will get a classic Windows 7 Start menu with Windows 8 Start Button.

Now logout and login again, your Start button logo also changed to Windows 7 logo.

Disclaimer: Windows 7 classic desktop comes with warning too. it is sating that ” Unauthorized use or disclosure in any manner may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment)in case of employees). termination of an assignment or contract (in case of contingent staff) and potential civil and criminal liability. This is for information purpose not for any other, do it on own risk.

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