Love and hatred for Windows 11 Start menu remain equal amongst Windows Central readers

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What you need to know

  • The Windows 11 Start menu has shaken up the established Start menu formula via functionality adjustments and simplifications.
  • Many Windows users are not fans of the changes, though others are fine with them.
  • Our readers are 50/50 split on the subject.

Every couple of seconds the results fluctuate by a few tenths of a percent, but here's the deal: The poll we ran on Saturday asking people for their thoughts on the new Windows 11 Start menu has been neck and neck, a clean 50/50 split down the middle. In short, approximately 39% of people like it, 39% dislike it, and 21% don't care either way.

The poll's been maintaining that status for a while now, with the "dislike" group gaining a couple fractions of a percent, then the "like" group catching up, and back and forth and back and forth. What this indicates is that Windows Central readers really are truly divided over the Start menu. A sizeable chunk fall into the "I hate the Windows 11 Start menu" camp, while a party nearly the exact same size feels that the Start menu is perfectly likable.

Of course, we have to remember that over 21% of the 2,100+ respondents cannot be bothered to care either way about the Start menu. Lest we, the Windows enthusiasts, forget there is a camp of people who choose not to fret over things such as Start menus. Perhaps they feel the operating system itself is a non-starter, and that Windows 11 doesn't matter in the first place.

Whatever the case may be, 21% aren't picking favorites, and the two camps of 39% will remain with their horns locked for the foreseeable future. The comments on the poll are just as much of a battleground as the voting box. Some people are using the comments to aggressively defend Windows 8, so venture in there at your own risk.

Robert Carnevale

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to