Add Metro Style Start Button to Windows 8 Without Third Party Tools

Few months back I had written an article describing how to add a classic style start menu to Windows 8 desktop without any third party software tool. Here is a different way to add Metro style start menu to Windows 8 desktop without any third-party software. This method is very useful if you prefer not to install third party software, but still longing for a start button as well as start menu for your Windows 8.

First, create a new folder on your Windows 8 desktop (right click on the desktop and select New – Folder)

Metro-Start-menu-Shortcut

Open the folder, right click in the blank area and select New – Shortcut. Enter the below command in the text field.

explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

Start-menu-shortcut-creation

Click “Next”, then give a name (for example, Start) to the shortcut and click Finish.

Start-menu-Properties

Now, right click on this shortcut icon, select Properties, and click the “Change Icon” button. Select a suitable icon (you can download a suitable start button ico file from the Internet) and click “Apply” to save the changes.

Start-Menu-pin-to-taskbar

Finally, right click this new icon and select “Pin to Taskbar”. Drag this start button to the left side of the taskbar.

Windows-8-Start-Menu

When you click this Start button, the Windows 8 Apps screen will appear as shown above.

 

Kannan is a computer and Android enthusiast, a blogger by passion and a tech freak. His always ready-to-help attitude, knowledge and hard work is what drives him.

3 Comments

  1. Th??ng Lee

    Feb 15, 2013 at 5:20 am

    So nice tip and Xi’s comment so good! I really enjoy it. Can you share a tip got Menu Start with out third party tools. 😀

  2. Xi

    Feb 9, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    For icon image, you can get old Microsoft Windows icon/New Tiles icon without downloading:
    1. Right-Click the created Shortcut
    2. Click Change Icon
    3. Enter this in the text box: %SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll and Press Enter Key
    4. Scroll thru to get the Old Windows Icon/Tiles icon
    5. Select whichever you like and click Ok.

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