The New Start Menu On Windows 10 isn’t getting a major redesign in version 20H2, but it appears somewhat nicer in this release if UI consistency is important.
Microsoft also plans to introduce the same theme-aware tiles experience to UWP apps’ splash windows, such as Microsoft Store and Settings. The most notable features of Windows 10 20H2 are the beautiful new Start menu and the fact that you can use ALT + Tab in Microsoft Edge to switch between tabs.
In Windows 10 version 2004 or older, we have Start Menu tiles with a colored background, as shown in the screenshot below.
With Windows 10 version 20H2, Microsoft has removed the system accent color behind tiles, which will make your live tiles translucent with blur effects, and tiles will finally match with light or dark mode.
According to Microsoft, this will “visually unify the start menu from somewhat chaotic color to something that is more uniform.”
As you can see in the above GIF, the next update will fresh up the Start Menu to remove the solid color backplates behind the logos in the apps list and create a beautiful uniform design for your apps, especially Fluent Design-based Office and Microsoft Edge.
It’s a minor design refresh, but it looks better and more unified, thanks to the emphasis on the new icon designs.
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If you don’t want to install the version 20H2 update just for the new Start Menu, don’t worry – you can also enable the new Start menu in Windows 10 version 2004 by hacking Windows Registry.
The Registry hack highlighted below will allow you to unlock the new Start menu, updated Alt-Tab, and other improvements without upgrading to Windows 10 20H2.
Registry Hack To Configure New Start Menu On Windows 10
It’s important to understand that the Registry Editor is a powerful tool, and it is recommended that you first create a backup of the registry before making any changes.
To unlock Windows 10 Version 20H2 features, follow these steps:
- Step 1. Open Notepad.
- Step 2. Enter the following Registry code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FeatureManagement\Overrides\0\2093230218] "EnabledState"=dword:00000002 "EnabledStateOptions"=dword:00000000
- Step 3. Save it as 20H2.reg
- Step 4. Close Notepad.
- Step 5. Run .reg file.
- Step 6. Restart Windows and you’ll have the new Start menu.
If you want to go back to the old layout, simply delete the Registry entries or restore your Registry from backup.
Another Way To Enable Ultimate Start Menu In Windows 10
In fact, the secret behind this transformation is that, in fact, some of the features that will become permanent in Windows 10 2009 are already installed in Windows 10 version 2004.
First, you need to install the preview updates launched this week because the new features are part of that update.
How do you enable the new features of Windows 10 20H2?
Steps To Install The New Start Menu on Windows 10:
- Open the registry editor by typing Regedit in Windows search and clicking on the result.
- Search for [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SYSTEM CurrentControlSet
- Control FeatureManagement Overrides 0 2093230218]
- Change EnabledState = dword: 00000002
- Change EnabledStateOptions = dword: 00000000
The ghacks.net experts have even created a file that you can use to make the necessary changes without modifying the registry yourself.
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