Windows 11 Start menu's new options aren't enough to save it, according to Windows Central readers

Windows 11 Start Hero Surface Book
Windows 11 Start Hero Surface Book (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft recently debuted a new option to customize an aspect of the Windows 11 Start menu.
  • We ran a poll to find out if readers thought this adequately ended the "W11 Start menu needs work" discussion.
  • As it turns out, a majority of readers still aren't content with Microsoft's output.

The Windows 11 Start menu has been a source of debate for many power users who feel it strips them of the customizability and freedom previous Windows offerings afforded. It seems Microsoft heard the complaint on some level, as in its 22509 Windows 11 build, it added the ability for interested users to do a small bit of customization with the Start menu. The question was: Did the change absolve Microsoft of any further obligation, or was there more work to be done on the menu?

As far as our readers are concerned, the answer is that the company has more work to do. At the time of this writing, out of well over a thousand votes, 71.21% (809 votes) declared that Microsoft's job wasn't done yet and it needed to keep working on the Start menu. Meanwhile, 14.79% said the new options were satisfactory, and a clean 14% of respondents went with the "why make so much fuss about a Start menu in the first place?" choice.

Given these results, it seems that hate for the Start menu isn't over yet, nor are arguments regarding why people should or shouldn't care about the topics in the first place. There is a large contingent of people who posit that if Windows 11's design isn't your cup of tea, you should stick to Windows 10. A common retort to such a remark is that Windows 11 needs to be adjusted so that when Windows 10 falls out of support, power users aren't left dealing with a Start menu they can't stand.

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