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