As you might have heard, Microsoft removed the conventional Start menu from Windows 8.

If you you’d like your start menu back in Windows 8, here is a simple way to get it back.

You have to edit the Windows Registry to enable the old Start menu in Windows 8.

Step 1: Open Run dialog (use Windows + R), type regedit.exe and then hit Enter key to launch Registry Editor.

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:

Step 3: In the right pane, double-click on the entry named RPEnabled and change its value from 1 to 0 to enable the good old Start menu back in Windows 8.

That’s it.

To disable the old Start menu, simply change the value of RPEnabled key to 1.

Note that when you enable the old Start menu, the new Metro Start button goes invisible. That is, the old Start orb replaces the new Metro Start button.

Source: Into Windows


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Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Satsangsahitya

    Thanks a lot, I was looking for that since I installed it. Works instantly

  • Phosphor

    but then metro is disabled (modern task manager etc.)
    a better way is to use classic menu software (
    so you have both

  • Tassy Devil

    Doesn’t work with Windows 8 Release Preview