The most recent: The latest Windows 10 has a button in Start Menu to switch to full screen Start Screen.
Two of the main changes Microsoft made in Windows 8 was a touch friendly full screen Start Screen and Metro apps. Unfortunately as a lot of the Windows users are keyboard-mouse users who don’t have touch screen, Windows 8’s new type of design comes into criticism. The very fact is, full screen Start Menu and Metro style (Microsoft now calls it modern style) apps was never helpful to traditional desktop users, rather these were distracting. Because of this, a giant a part of users and business who wanted to use Windows 8, switched back to Windows 7, though Microsoft made some changes in Windows 8.1.
With the introduction of Window 8.1 and because of Windows 8’s modern design many users were still sticking to Windows 8. Also there are numerous more reason to be with Windows 8/8.1. Thus, many people who have been using Windows 8 or 8.1 for a very good amount of time, we are literally accustomed to using its interface and elegance, rather we adore it. But as of user opinions, Microsoft made major changes to start screen on Window 10. Windows 10 has a hybrid type of Start Menu where traditional Windows Start Menu (which was on Windows XP or 7) and Windows 8’s start screen meet together. To clearly say, it has live tiles but not the full screen. But if you are using Windows 10 and you think you were more comfortable with previous Windows 8 style Start Menu, you’ll be able to enable that for Windows 10 too.
Note: Windows 10 may automatically set the full screen Start screen if you install it on a touch friendly device.
Hopefully Microsoft officially left an option on Windows 10 to switch back to Windows 8 style full screen Start screen if you would like. It’s very simple to enable and the UI is precisely like because it was on Windows 8.1. Though I made this guide on Windows 10 technical preview build 9879, this setting is subject to vary on final release of Windows 10.
Guide to Enable Full Screen Start Screen on Windows 10
Right-click on Taskbar, and click on Properties.
1. Under Start Menu tab, uncheck the option Use the start menu instead of Start screen. Then hit OK.
2. You will get a prompt to Sign out and alter settings. In case you are ready, hit the button.
3. On next sign in, you will get your full screen Start screen in your Windows 10.
See Start Screen on Windows 10 in action:
Search in Start screen:
All apps screen:
Use the identical settings to revert back to original Start Menu on Windows 10. I’ll keep the post updated if future release of Windows 10 make changes to the setting.