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Windows 7 - How to Bring Back the Windows XP Start Menu

One of the more common annoyances that more conservative users have with Windows 7 is that there is no option to revert to the old start menu style used in Windows XP and older editions of the operating system. While the current Windows 7 start menu style was introduced in Windows Vista, Vista provided an option which made it easy to revert to the old style. The old start menu has been completely eliminated from Windows 7. To remedy this, you will need a small, free third-party utility called CSMenu, which you can download from the Internet.

Once you've downloaded the utility, run through the installation process. It should only take a few seconds before it completes and then CSMenu will start indexing your start menu. When this process is complete, log out of Windows and log back in again. There's no need to restart the computer. When you log back in again, you'll find that there are now two start menu orbs. The one on the right will enable you to access the classic-style start menu, while the one to the left will access your original Windows 7 start menu.

To help clear up your desktop, you'll probably want to be able to get rid of the Windows 7 start orb altogether. To do this, you'll need another free utility called "Start Killer." Download and install the program and make sure that it is set to run automatically after the installation is complete. The Windows 7 start orb will disappear. To configure Start Killer, right-click on its icon in the system tray of your taskbar and click on "Settings." Ensure that the utility is set to load on system start-up. If you want to be able to configure it easily in future, make sure that it always displays the icon in the system tray.


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