Start Menu Selector for Windows 8: Toggle Between New Start Menu and Old Start Menu Using Desktop Context Menu

We all know that Windows 8 Developer Preview doesn't come with Windows Vista and 7 style Start Menu. Microsoft has removed it from Windows 8 Developer Preview. There are high chances that Microsoft will add it again in Windows 8 Beta, RC or final version.

We have posted a detailed tutorial to enable old Start Menu in Windows 8:

How to Enable Good Old Windows Vista and 7 Style Start Menu and Disable Metro UI in Windows 8 Developer Preview?

Using the same registry trick and tutorial to add program shortcuts in Windows context menu, "MBOSSG" @ DA has created a small and portable utility for Windows 8.

"Start Menu Selector" is a free utility for Windows 8 Developer Preview which adds its entry in Desktop context menu (right-click menu) and allows you to easily and quickly toggle between old Start menu and new Metro Start menu.

Just right-click on Desktop and select "Start Menu Selector" option and it'll enable old Start menu. If you want to restore new Metro Start menu, click on the option again.

PS: To remove the option from context menu, run the "Delete Start Menu Selector From context menu.exe" file present in the downloaded archive.

UPDATE: This utility no longer works in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Release Preview and RTM versions. You can check out following useful articles to enable Start Menu and Start button in Windows 8:

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Posted in: Software, Windows 8 / 8.1

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  • I downloaded and run it but MSE detect it as trojan?

  • and now the context menu can't be removed
    VG help :(

  • VG

    ^^ It must be a false positive. Anyway you can remove the entry using following tutorial:

  • finally I can remove it,
    it has different location : HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\Directory\Background\shell
    and the cmd was c:/windows/help/sms.exe

  • i got the same to delete the registry key in vista?... Plz help!!!

  • VG

    ^^ Check in following location:


  • finally i removed it.....thanx

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