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make Windows 11 look like Windows XP

Windows 11 is a new operating system designed with a brand new outlook. If you prefer the classic desktop styles, this post from the MiniTool Partition Wizard website can help you make Windows 11 look like Windows XP.

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Windows 11, the successor to Windows 10, is a new operating system released in 2021 by Microsoft. Compared with previous Windows versions, Windows 11 has a brand new outlook, as the following picture shows.

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If you prefer the classic outlook in previous versions of Windows operating systems, you should not miss this tutorial. You can follow it to make Windows 11 look like Windows XP.

Windows XP

Get the Windows XP Taskbar on Windows 11

To make Windows 11 look like Windows XP, let’s get the Windows XP taskbar on Windows 11 first.

Step 1: Open a web browser and download RetroBar, a third-party tool that provides an old-styled Windows taskbar outlook.

Tip: Please download RetroBar from a reliable website, such as Github to avoid security issues.

download RetroBar

Step 2: Extract the files in the zip file you downloaded and run the RetroBar executable file.

Step 3: You might receive an error message as the following picture shows when you try to run RetroBar. Just click Yes and you will receive a pop-up window.

download RetroBar

Step 4: In the pop-up window, download the right version of .NET Core for your PC. Then run the downloaded file to install it.

Tip: You don’t need to worry about security issues because .NET Core is provided by Microsoft.

download .NET Core

Step 5: Run the RetroBar application again and you will get the Windows XP taskbar on Windows 11.

Step 6: Right-click your taskbar and select Properties. Then you can change themes for the taskbar. Here I choose Windows XP Blue.

Windows XP blue theme

Now you get the Windows XP taskbar on Windows 11. When you want to use the Windows 11 taskbar outlook, you just need to right-click the taskbar and select Exit RetroBar.

Get the Windows XP Start Menu on Windows 11

Although your Windows 11 taskbar looks like Windows XP, the Start menu is still of the Windows 11 style. To get Windows XP look in Windows 11 Start menu, you need the help of Open-Shell.

Step 1: Download the Open-Shell setup file from the Internet.

download Open Shell

Step 2: Run the Open-Shell setup file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the program.

install Open-Shell

Step 3: A Start menu settings window will pop up and you can configure the outlook of your Start menu manually. Under the Start Menu Style tab, select Classic with two columns. Under the Skin tab, select Windows XP Luna. Then click OK.

Tip: You can also click Start Menu Settings from the OpenShell installation folder to get the settings window.

change Start Menu settings

Step 4: Click the Start button to view your new Start menu.

Get the Windows XP Wallpaper on Windows 11

Now you have the Windows XP taskbar and Start menu. You just need to download the default Windows XP wallpaper from a website. Then right-click the picture and select Set as desktop background to make Windows 11 look like Windows XP completely.

Do you get Windows XP look in Windows 11? Just have a try!

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