Windows 9 video leak shows option to kill Start page entirely


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A public preview of Windows 9 (or maybe just Windows) is reportedly right around the corner, and the leaks of the new desktop OS are coming fast and furious. Following Thursday's leaked screenshots showing off multiple desktops, notifications, and the new Start menu, German-language site WinFuture has a two-minute video showing the new Start Menu in action.

And it appears to kill the Start page entirely.

The video reveals pretty much exactly what you'd expect from the new Start Menu, but it's interesting to see it in action nonetheless. WinFuture says the Start Menu video is based on a Windows 9 build created on September 8 that was available to developers via Microsoft's technical preview.

The video shows the Start Menu operating with two distinct panels. On the left side is the more traditional-looking Start menu and on the right are modern UI apps.

When you click the Start button the left side of the menu shows typical Start menu items such as Documents, Pictures, Settings, File Explorer, and recently used items. At the top of the left side is your account name as well as a power button with options to shut down, restart, or put your PC to sleep.

Click the All Apps item at the bottom of the menu and you get a list of all the apps installed on your PC—including modern UI apps. Clicking on an app opens it up in a traditional desktop window.

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This looks like the default option right now.

On the right side are a set of live tiles. Similar to the Start screen you can resize the tiles to small, medium, and wide. Depending on the app, you may not see an option for a wide sizing, it appears.

In the video, OneNote did not have a wide option while the Bing News app did. That makes sense since the news app displays information via live tiles functionality, but the OneNote modern UI app does not.


Adding modern apps to the Start menu is no different than it is now with the All Apps menu and Start screen in Windows 8.1. Right-click an app from the left side, select Pin to Start and the app's tile jumps to the modern UI section of the Start menu.

It appears the modern UI side of the Start menu will expand to accommodate as many modern apps as you want. Although there may be an upper limit that the video did not show. 

If the prospect of the new Start menu has you down, the video also shows that you can choose to use the Windows 8.1 Start screen instead of the new Start menu.

As this is a leak, the functionality shown in the WinFuture video is subject to change before the release of the next version of Windows. But with an expected public preview coming before the end of September, there's a good chance the functionality we saw in the video will remain as-is for now.

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