Change usually means improvements and new features, and Windows 10 certainly wasn’t short of them when it was launched back in July 2015. But while fancy features like the Cortana digital assistant sound great, not everyone is keen on the new look.
The aesthetic updates weren’t that radical for those moving from Windows 8 to Windows 10, but those who upgraded from Windows 7 would have been in for quite a surprise. If you're finding it really hard to adjust, some of these tweaks might make things appear a little more comfortable.
Tip 1: Bring back the Start Menu
The Start Menu may have returned in Windows 10, but not everyone’s keen on those live tile apps that appear. To get the Windows 7 style Start Menu back, download the free Classic Shell software.
We’ve tried this software and it works well on our machine. It doesn’t install anything extra, but it is third-party software so check you are happy with the terms before you download it.
Once you’ve installed Classic Shell, you should notice that the Start Menu looks more like what you’d expect from Windows 7 when you click on it. The old search bar is back too.
Tip 2: Hide Cortana
Cortana is a really useful digital assistant that you can control with your voice – to find out all the best things you can do with Cortana, click here.
But if you’ve installed the Classic Shell from Step 1 and brought back the familiar search bar, you may no longer need Cortana.
To hide Cortana, simply right click on the taskbar and click Cortana.
Then click Hidden.
Tip 3: Bring back the old-style volume control
If you prefer the horizontal volume bar from Windows 7, you can get it back too, although the process requires a bit of work.
Follow these instructions carefully or you could cause your machine problems. The steps are straightforward but only carry out this process if you’re confident you can perform it 100% correctly.
1: First, click the Windows key + R on your keyboard. The Run box will appear; type regedit and hit OK.
2: The Registry Editor will then load. From the folders, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE then SOFTWARE, Microsoft, Windows NT and CurrentVersion.
3: right click on the CurrentVersion folder and click New, followed by Key. Name the key MTCUVC.
4: Click on the MTCUVC folder and right-click on the right side. Go to New and then DWORD (32-bit) Value.
5: Name it EnableMtcUvc, hit Enter and then double-click.
6: In the box that pops up, set the Value data to 0 and click OK.
The old volume control should then appear whenever you click the icon in taskbar.
Tip 4: Bring back the old time and calendar tool
Using the same process as the volume above, you can also get the Windows 7-style time and calendar tool.
1: In the Registry Editor, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, SOFTWARE, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion and ImmersiveShell.
2: Right click on the ImmersiveShell folder and click New, followed by DWORD (32-bit) Value.
3: Name it UseWin32TrayClockExperience and hit the enter button.
Then double-click it and set the Value data to 1 before click the OK button.
This article was updated on November 11, 2017.