How To Activate The New Windows 10 Start Menu

July 6, 2020
New Start Menu

Microsoft packed in a new look for the Windows 10 Start Menu in the build that is being pushed to Insiders in the Dev channel last week. A new look with some subtle, but welcome, changes.

Unfortunately, the company has been A/B testing this feature.

Meaning, a lot of people were stuck with the old look.

Fortunately, some enterprising hackers have dug deep in build 20161 and found a way to activate this selectively enabled feature. You will need to follow the steps below, and use a tool created for this by folks that go by as Albacore and Raphael Rivera.

But overall, it’s a fairly simple process.

  1. Simply download the ViveTool and extract it to a folder of your choice.
  2. Start the command line as an administrator.
  3. Now, enter the path where you unpacked the tool.
  4. Next, you will have to enter the following command: exe addconfig 23615618 2
  5. Finally, restart your PC.

The new Start Menu should now be activated and ready to be played with.

It’s not a major change, but a neat little fresh up with a more streamlined design that removes the solid color backplates behind the logos in the apps list, and applying a uniform, partially transparent background to the tiles.

Works rather well for the redesigned Fluent Design icons that Microsoft rolled out earlier this year.

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