How to Make Windows 11 Look Like Windows 10: A Simple Guide from Your Managed IT Services Company

Hello there! If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 11 but find yourself missing the familiar look and feel of Windows 10, you’re not alone. Many people prefer the comfort of what they know, and that’s perfectly okay! At Invigor Digital, we’re here to help you make that transition as smooth as possible. In this easy-to-follow guide, we’ll show you how to make Windows 11 look like Windows 10, step by step.

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Why Change the Look of Windows 11?

Windows 11 brings many new features and improvements, but it also comes with a new interface that can be quite different from what you’re used to. By making a few adjustments, you can enjoy the benefits of Windows 11 while keeping the familiar look of Windows 10. Let’s get started!

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Step-by-Step Guide to Making Windows 11 Look Like Windows 10

1. Move the Taskbar to the Left

One of the most noticeable changes in Windows 11 is the centered taskbar. If you prefer the taskbar on the left side like in Windows 10, here’s how to move it:

  1. Right-click on an empty space on the taskbar.
  2. Select Taskbar settings.
  3. Scroll down to Taskbar behaviors.
  4. Under Taskbar alignment, select Left.

Voilà! Your taskbar is now on the left, just like in Windows 10.

2. Restore The Old Right-click Context menu

You can show the Legacy Right Click Context menu by clicking Show more options at the end of the list or pressing Shift+F10. If you want it by default, you need to add a registry entry so that every time you right-click a File or Folder, it shows the Legacy Context menu by default.

To add the registry entry

Right-click the Start button and choose Terminal (Admin).

Copy the command below, paste it into Windows Terminal Window, and press enter.

reg.exe add “HKCUSoftwareClassesCLSID{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}InprocServer32” /f /ve

Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

You will now see the Legacy Right Click Context menu by default.

To revert back to the compact menu

Right-click the Start button and choose Terminal (Admin).

Copy the command below, paste it into Windows Terminal Window, and press enter.

reg.exe delete “HKCUSoftwareClassesCLSID{86ca1aa0-34aa-4e8b-a509-50c905bae2a2}” /f

Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

You will now see the Legacy Right Click Context menu by default.

3. Change the Start Menu Style

The new Start menu in Windows 11 is centered and looks different from Windows 10. If you want the classic Windows 10 Start menu back, you can use a third-party tool called Open-Shell.

  1. Download Open-Shell from the official website (a quick Google search will lead you there).
  2. Install the program and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Open Open-Shell Menu Settings.
  4. Choose the Classic style under the Start Menu Style tab.

Now, your Start menu will look much more like Windows 10!

4. Adjust the File Explorer

Windows 11 has a redesigned File Explorer that might take some getting used to. To make it look more like Windows 10, you can change a few settings:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on the three dots ( ) in the upper right corner and select Options.
  3. In the Folder Options window, go to the View tab.
  4. Check the box for Launch folder windows in a separate process.
  5. Uncheck the box for Show sync provider notifications.

This won’t make it exactly like Windows 10, but it will bring back some familiar elements.

5. Customize the Icons

The icons in Windows 11 have a new look. If you miss the Windows 10 icons, you can change them easily:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and select Personalize.
  2. Go to Themes and click on Desktop icon settings.
  3. Here, you can change the icons for This PC, Recycle Bin, etc. to the old ones if you have them saved on your computer.
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Extra Tips for a Windows 10 Feel

  • Classic Shell: Another great tool to customize your Windows 11 experience. It offers many features that can bring back the Windows 10 look.
  • Widgets and Quick Settings: You can disable widgets and customize the Quick Settings panel to reduce clutter and bring back the simplicity of Windows 10.
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Conclusion

Transitioning to a new operating system doesn’t mean you have to give up the look and feel you love. By following these simple steps, you can make Windows 11 look like Windows 10 and enjoy the best of both worlds. If you need any help or have questions, feel free to reach out to us at [Your IT Services Company Name]. We’re here to make your tech experience as smooth as possible!

Happy computing!