How To Enable Start Screen In Windows 10?

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This article explains how to enable Start Screen in Windows 10. As almost everyone knows by now, Microsoft announced the latest version of its Windows family of desktop and enterprise OS’, called Windows 10, at an official press event a few days back. Windows 10 introduces a slew of new features and brings back some old ones. Out of these, probably the most notable is the returning Start Menu, which is now more powerful than ever, and is now present at its usual bottom left corner of the desktop in Windows 10.

If you’ve been playing around with the freely downloadable Windows 10 Technical Preview build, you must’ve noticed the redesigned Start Menu. But what if you’ve grown to love the Start Screen that was introduced in Windows 8, and want it back? Thankfully, your beloved Start Screen is still there. You just have to do a little tinkering. Wanna know how to enable Start Screen in Windows 10? Keep reading to find out more!

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Why Does Not Windows 10 Display The Start Screen?

Yes, it’s true! If you’ve downloaded the Windows 10 Technical Preview build and spent some time with it, you must’ve noticed that the Start Screen is no longer there. But that doesn’t mean it’s gone. It is still an integral part of Windows (and for the foreseeable future, will be). However, Windows 10 Technical Preview has the Start Screen disabled by default. That’s the reason it directly boots to the desktop mode, with the Start Menu enabled.

How To Enable Start Screen In Windows 10?

Now that we know that the Start Screen is there in Windows 10, it’s time to get it back. Enabling Start Screen back in Windows 10 is really easy, and all it takes is a few clicks. Follow the simple steps outlined below to get the Start Screen in Windows 10, in almost no time:

Step 1: While on the desktop, right click on the Taskbar and select Properties. This should fire up the Taskbar and Start Menu properties dialog box:

taskbar and start menu properties

Step 2: Navigate to the tab named Start Menu. Once there,  you’ll see an already selected checkbox, labeled with the words ‘Use the Start menu instead of the Start screen.‘ All you have to do now is uncheck this option. Hit Apply, followed by OK.

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Step 3: To make the change, Windows 10 will need to sign you out (and then back in). Consequently, a dialog box will pop-up, asking you to save any changes. Hit the Sign out and change settings button.

signout confirmation dialog box

Step 4: That’s it folks! You’ll now be automatically signed out of Windows 10. And once you log back in, your good ol’ Start Screen will be there, waiting for you! That wasn’t hard now, was it?

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Also See: Windows 10 Announced By Microsoft: A Lot Of Exciting Stuff, And Then Some More!


When Start Screen was introduced in Windows 8, a lot of hue and cry was raised over it. Probably this is the reason behind the re-introduction of the Start Menu in Windows 10. However, despite the fact that a majority of the users didn’t react positively to the Start Screen, a lot did (I, personally love it). If you’re already using Windows 10 Technical Preview and want the Start Screen back in Windows 10, simply follow the steps detailed above. Can’t get any simpler than that, right?

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  • Tina Watkins

    Sounds great, but what if “Start Menu” isn’t even a tab on properties?

    • Halofreak1990

      Indeed. With the release of Windows 10, this tab is no longer present.
      The setting is now located at Settings -> Personal Preferences -> Start
      However, while it does display a ‘full-screen’ start menu, I can only have up to three groups, and a limited number of tiles, which is a step back from the Start Screen in Windows 8.x

      • Tina Watkins

        But this IS supposedly for Windows 10. And the setting you referred to is only to make the start menu show full screen, not to bring up “Start Screen”. Apparently in Windows 10, it’s no longer even called a “Start Screen” it’s now called “tablet mode”. And you can get it by clicking on the notifications menu (bottom right hand of your taskbar) and choose “tablet mode”. Much easier than all this! BUT what I want to know is how to KEEP the tablet mode on – how to boot to tablet mode like Windows 8 did. I much prefer that to the desktop!

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