Windows 11 Bids Farewell to the Classic Start Menu: A Major Shift for Users

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 11, introduces a significant change: the removal of the classic Start menu that has been in use for two decades (Johnson, 2021). In its place, users will find a streamlined version displaying suggested apps, recent files, and frequently used folders (Microsoft, 2021).

While Microsoft argues this design prioritizes speed and efficiency by minimizing clutter (Microsoft, 2021), many users express concerns over personalization and ease of access lost in the redesign (Smith, 2021). A survey among Windows users reveals that 75% prefer the classic Start menu over the new one (SurveyMonkey, 2021).

Adapting to change can be challenging. Microsoft suggests using keyboard shortcuts or the Taskbar for quicker access to frequently used programs (Microsoft, 2021). Alternatively, users may opt for third-party Start menu alternatives like Start10 or StartIsBack (StartMenuPlanet, 2021).

Despite the debate over the merits of this change, one thing is clear: users must adapt to this new way of interacting with their computers.

Will you embrace the wave of change or cling to the past?


  1. How can I access the classic Start menu in Windows 11?


    Use third-party apps like StartIsBack or Start10 for a more traditional experience.

  2. Why did Microsoft make this change?


    To streamline the user interface and prioritize speed and efficiency.

  3. Can I go back to the old Start menu in Windows 11?


    Yes, but not officially supported through Microsoft channels.