Alternate reality where Windows 7 shell survived

Start menu is back and it’s better than ever. Get the most useful shell enhancement for Windows 11 now!

Genuine start menu

Your faithful desktop friend which helps you:

  • Launch programs you use frequently
  • Open documents you’re working on
  • Find stuff you’re looking for
  • Go to system places in one click
  • Easily shut down your system
  • Feel at home with new Windows

StartIsBack fully integrates with Windows and provides original Windows 7 start menu and taskbar experience, enhanced with many new features as well.Supports all Windows languages!

What is hot

Classic taskbar with all its features, revamped new icons and round corners.

Classic context menus with all new look.

Classic Win7 start menu with all new look and features.

Explorer improved: revamped Ribbon and Command Bar, search box that works.

Classic UI improved: rounded tooltips, dark mode improvements.

Notfication Area Icons Control Panel applet restored and revamped.

Negative resource usage: fewer RAM used, fewer processes started.

All-new reachitected and revamped app.

Known issues – Preview 1

Do not roll back to Windows 10 and do not install StartIsBack++!

May not like other tweaks and shell apps. Please remove.

May not be activated. Will work until November 2021.

Not translated and not translation ready.

Not for Dev channel flighting.

Not working: app uninstalling, orb management.


Name, functionality, other aspects are to subject to change. Developer makes no other warranties, express or implied, and hereby disclaims all implied warranties, including any warranty of merchantability and warranty of fitness for a particular purpose.

This download is intended for Windows 11 build 22000 only.
Please read further for known issues.



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