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How to retain/regain pre-Anniversary Update Start Menu?

I had the Anniversary update (build 1607) for a few weeks. Five days ago, I had to do a clean install of Windows 10, and the boot media I had was of a pre-1607 build of Windows.

I proceeded with the install and holy bazookas the Start menu was SO much better before the update.
I then had to go through downloading updates, though, and I see Build 1607 in the 'waiting for restart' list. What I want to know is, what can I do, where can I find the Start menu files/settings/whatever to save/backup, such that I can go through the update, then "reinstall" the old Start menu. I've been putting off restarting my PC until I've found a solution, but Windows 10 has a way of forcing updates, so, timely help would be much appreciated.

Yes, yes, I've Googled this, and everyone says "You can't revert back to the old Start menu". But Classic Shell can change the way the Start menu looks, so it's obviously possible. Shame it only has...well...the "Classic" Start Menu as an option. On that note, I'm also open to suggestions for other third party software that can do what I want.

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Re: old start menu

I agree with the idea that it can't be done (unless, maybe, you pay the author of Classic Shell to make a custom version for you, but that's up to you).

Just wondering what you found so much better in the old start menu and what you found so much worse in the new version.

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But it clearly can be lol.

If they can do it, there must be some specific file/key/setting/aspect in the OS that can be modified to serve the desired purpose.

Also, I liked the old menu better because it was so much more neat. The way it is now post-AU, with All Apps expanded by default and forcibly, is rather ugly (in my opinion).

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Re: it can be done

I'm not sure about that, but you might very well be right. All you have to do: find somebody who does it for you if you can't do it yourself, either inside Microsoft or outside.

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Indeed.

That's what I'm trying to do lol.

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Re: trying to do

I doubt if you will get it timely enough (before you restart) or cheap enough (what's your price limit?).

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