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Windows 11 is getting a long-awaited Start menu update

The test build of Windows 11 has a useful innovation that improves the controversial Start menu interface. It combines the classic scrollable app drawer with a new icon design – Neowin showed what it looks like.

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The innovation is to replace the fixed list with a limited number of labels with a full-fledged scrollable grid. The function is already available in Windows 11 build 22635.3420, but you can only activate it manually using the following instructions:

  • Download the ViveTool utility (latest version from GitHub) and unzip it
  • Run command prompt as administrator
  • Go to the folder with ViVeTool files using the CD command
  • Enter the command vivetool /enable /id:48433541,48433706,48433719,48468527,48468541 and press Enter
  • Type vivetool /enable /id:47205210 /variant:2 and press Enter
  • Restart PC

In the test build, the innovation works with a number of reservations. For example, in the context menu there is only one item dedicated to launch settings. It is not yet possible to pin or remove programs, or add folders. It is not yet known when the update will appear in stable builds of Windows.

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