How to simulate a “Classic” Windows XP/Windows 2000 style Start Menu under Windows 7

[The following is a copy of a message I originally wrote in the Windows 7 Tips & Tricks, Put your great tips here! message thread on Scot’s Newsletter Forums on November 9, 2009. AG]
 
Hello,

Here’s how to simulate a Windows XP "Classic"/Windows 2000 style Start Menu on a computer running Microsoft Windows 7:

  • First off, a little maintenance: Right-click on the Start Orb, select Properties from the popup context menu, click on the Taskbar tab and de-select (uncheck) the Lock the taskbar option.
  • Right-click on any empty spot of the Taskbar and select Toolbars → New Toolbars from the popup context menu.
  • When the New Toolbar – Choose a folder window appears select "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu" as the directory to use for a Toolbar and click on the Select Folder button to choose it.
  • After the new Start Menu toolbar has been made, drag it over all the way to the left until it is between the Start Orb and your pinned applications.
  • Move your cursor over the separator bar beween the Start Menu toolbar and the and drag all the way to the left until all that is visible is the "Start Menu »" text. If you click on the "»" glyph you should now see a familiar menu tree.
  • Right-click on the Start Menu text and select Open Folder from the popup context menu. The Start Menu directory will appear.
  • Navigate to the Accessories directory, right-click on the Run shortcut and select Copy from the popup context menu.
  • Navigate back to the Start Menu directory, right-click in any part of the empty window and select Paste from the popup context menu.

You should now have a "classic" Windows XP/Windows 2000 style Start Menu on your taskbar. Remember to lock the taskbar by toggling the Lock the taskbar option from the first step if you prefer a locked taskbar.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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2 responses to “How to simulate a “Classic” Windows XP/Windows 2000 style Start Menu under Windows 7

  1. Pingback: Adding the “Run” command to a Start Menu Toolbar under Windows 8 « Aryeh Goretsky

  2. What this does not do, is merge the all users and per-user Start menus.

    What I do in Windows 8 (tested and works in 7) is create a new folder called “O” in writable NTFS space, and point to that as my new Toolbar. I chose “O” as it looks like the Vista/7 Orb, is small, yet easy to click.

    Within this folder I use MkLink /d to create two symlinks to the two “Start Menu\Programs” that I want to use. Alas, it doesn’t merge them, but they do fly out properly, rather than “open” as normal shortcuts would do, and they are self-maintaining as copying the shortcuts to an actual folder would not be.

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