Microsoft recently unveiled the new Start menu design, which was first suggested to be released in 2021, but is now going to be part of Windows 10 November 2020 Update, 2009. Those in the Windows Insider community can do this test the new Start menu. But if you’re not an Insider and don’t want to join the program to get the new Start menu design, you can still get your hands on the latest OS version.
If you have upgraded your device to Windows 10 May 2020 Update, version 2004, you can test the new theme-aware Start menu, since both version 2004 and version 2009 share the same core operating system. Like 2019, Microsoft will deliver the upcoming Windows 10 November 2020 update as a cumulative update to devices running version 2004.
Microsoft promises that the new Windows 10 Start Menu design will look great in both a dark and light theme.
If you’re looking for a splash of color, first make sure to turn on the Windows dark theme and then toggle “Show accent color on the following surfaces” for “Start, taskbar and action center” under Settings> Personalization> Color to get elegant apply your accent color to the starting frame and tiles.
Here’s how to get the new Windows 10 Start menu with version 2009
- Install the cumulative update for Windows 10 Build 19041.423 KB4568831 through Windows Update or manually.
- Open Notepad and paste the following:
Windows Registry Editor version 5.00
“EnabledState” = dword: 00000002
“EnabledStateOptions” = dword: 00000000
- Save the file as StartMenu.reg.
- Run the file and restart your device.
You can enable the new Start menu via the above registry operation (via DM); although no one has reported issues so far, it is not recommended to play with it unless you are a professional user. If you still don’t see the new Windows 10 Start menu, search for winver to confirm that you are using Windows 10 version 2004 Build 19041.423 KB4568831 and restart.
If you want to return, just open the registry, go to the above path, then right click to delete the entry.
One thing to note is that Microsoft has included these upcoming Windows 10 20H2 features in KB4568831, which is available but in “preview”. Microsoft will release the update for all Windows 10 2004 devices on Patch later this month. It is strongly recommended that you do not receive this cumulative update until then. But if you’re feeling adventurous and / or bored, now you know how to access the new Start menu design early.