How to: Bring back the resizable Start Menu to Windows 10 Build 9926 (TP 2)



A few days ago Microsoft has released the latest Build of Windows 10, Build 9926, which brings a lot new features for the Insider Community to play with. One part of the new Technical Preview is the new Start Menu which came with some new features and a complete redesign. So now the Startmenu shows you recently installed apps, you can order apps which you have pinned to the Start Menu more individual and it is also possible to expand the Start menu to cover the whole display which helpful especially when you are trying the new Build on a Touch device.
However while these new features came to the Start Screen of Windows 10 there are also some which disappeared or better said there is one feature which disappeared. +In earlier versions it was possible to resize your Start Menu to give it an individual size what brings some advantages with it. According to my opinion the new Start Menu looks a bit to small and fat therefore I have changed it back to the resizeable Start Menu from earlier versions. If you agree with me on that you can follow the easy tutorial shown below which makes it possible to bring back the ‘old’ Start Menu. It is easily possible to revert this Tweak.

For this tutorial you need to change something in the Registry of Windows, so you should be aware of that you should be really careful what you change in the Registry otherwise it can brick your PC. However if you exactly follow the below shown steps it should work just fine, I didn’t have any problems with changing that.

  • Open Registry:
    The easiest way to open the registry in Windows 10 is to right click on the Start Button and choose run, there you have to enter ‘regedit’, it is also possible to start run by pressing Start+R.
  • Navigate to Advanced Folder:
    Be sure to follow exactly this path: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • Create DWORD:
    Once you have found the folder ‘Advanced’ right click anywhere in the folder and create a new DWORD. Name it ‘EnableXamlStartMenu’ and set the value to 0 which should be default anyway.
  • Restart:
    In order to see the new Start Menu you have to restart your PC otherwise you won’t see any difference.
  • Revert:
    To revert this so that you get back the old Start Menu, simply navigate to the above shown folder and delete the DWORD you have created.


Let me know if it worked for you and what you prefer, the new or the old Start Menu. If you have any questions to this tutorial drop me comment below, I’ll try to answer it as soon as possible.

Source: Bavo Luysterborg via Pureinfotech