7 Ways to Make Windows 11 Look Like Windows 10

Windows 11 can't look exactly like Windows 10, but you can get close by changing the wallpaper, icons, and Start menu

What to Know

  • Open Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and select Left.
  • From the same menu, deselect Widgets and Chat.
  • Use the Start11 app to make the Windows 11 Start menu look like the Windows 10 version.

This article explains the best ways to make Windows 11 look more like Windows 10 and bring back some of the classic aspects such as the Windows 10 Start menu and icons.

This tips on this page can be applied to any computer, laptop, or tablet running Windows 11.

How to Configure Windows 11 to Look Like Windows 10

Here’s all the steps for how to get Windows 11 to look like Windows 10.

  1. Customize the Windows 11 taskbar. Open Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and change Taskbar alignment to Left.

    Left highlighted in the Windows 11 settings for the Taskbar position.

    If your taskbar minimized or disappeared when not in use on Windows 10, you can activate this taskbar setting in Windows 11 too.

  2. Open Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and deselect the switch next to Widgets. Widgets weren’t a thing in Windows 10 so we’ll want to try and hide them as much as possible in Windows 11.

    The Widgets switch highlighted in Windows 11 settings.

    The Windows 11 Widget icon is the one in the taskbar that looks like a collection of boxes. Sometimes it may show the weather.

  3. From the same page in Settings, deselect Chat to remove the Microsoft Teams icon from the Windows 11 taskbar.

    The Chat switched highlighted in Windows 11 settings.
  4. Change your Windows 11 desktop wallpaper. You likely had a favorite desktop background when you used Windows 10. If you still have that image file, select it as your new Windows 11 wallpaper.

    If you never customized your Windows 10 wallpaper or you want to use a default Windows 10 background, download the default Windows 10 wallpaper you want from Wallpaper.org.

    The background image section highlighted in the Windows 11 settings.
  5. Replace the Windows 11 system icons with the Windows 10 versions. Search for websites with Windows 10 icon files for download (we found some at WinAreo.com). Alternatively, you can also download some completely different and more creative Windows icons from sites like Icons8 and IconArchive.

    Properties menu item highlighted so you can change desktop icons.
  6. Change the Windows 11 system sounds. Not a fan of the Windows 11 system sounds? Swap them out for the original Windows 10 sound files which you can download from VSThemes.

    Windows 11 settings with More sound settings highlighted.

How to Bring the Windows 10 Start Menu Back to Windows 11

We've found different methods for changing the Windows 11 Start menu floating around online but most of these are too complex, have the potential to damage your operating system, and are usually undone every time a new Windows 11 system update rolls out.

By far the easiest and most effective way to change the appearance of the Windows 11 Start menu is to use a third-party app such as Start11. This app lets you change the Start menu’s appearance with just a few clicks and doesn’t negatively affect the rest of your settings or files.

Start11 does cost $5 but it also offers a 30-day free trial which lets you test most of its features. For this example, we’ll show the process of downloading and using the trial version. The full version can then be purchased at a later time from within the app.

Here’s how to bring the Windows 10 Start menu back to Windows 11.

  1. Click Try Free from the Start11 website. The app installation file should begin downloading.

    Try Free button highlighted on the Start11 app website.
  2. Once the download has finished, double-click the installation file to install Start11. The app should automatically open once it finishes installing.

  3. Select Continue 30 Day Trial.

    Continue 30 Day Trial highlighted in Start11 app's welcome screen on a PC running Windows 11.
  4. Choose Windows 10 style.

    Windows 10 style highlighted inside the Start11 app.
  5. Open your Start menu, it will now resemble the Windows 10 Start menu.

    Windows 10 Start menu running on Windows 11 via Start11.
  6. App icons can be moved by dragging them with your mouse. Right-click an icon you want to resize and select the appropriate Resize option.

    The Resize in the Start menu highlighted for the Windows 10 style on a PC running Windows 11.

How Do You Add the Windows 10 System Font to Windows 11?

Windows 10 primarily used the Segoe UI font throughout its lifespan though began testing Segoe UI Variable before the launch of Windows 11. Segoe UI Variable is basically the same font as Segoe UI but with better compatibility for a greater variety of screen types and sizes. There’s little point switching from one to the other as they’ll likely look identical on whichever monitor you’re using.

However, if you want to get rid of Segoe UI completely and try something radically different, there is a way to change the Windows 11 system font.

  • How do I go back to Windows 11 from Windows 10?

    If you've just upgraded, you have 10 days to downgrade to Windows 10 by going to Windows Update settings > Update History > Recovery Options > Go Back. After this window, you'll need to download a Windows 10 file and do a clean Windows install.

  • When did Windows 11 come out?

    Windows 11 became generally available on October 5, 2021. This release followed its initial announcement on June 4 the same year.

Was this page helpful?