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Every so often, Microsoft will do something that completely annoys users and is also confusing. It is a tradition stretching back decades and usually involves the company often making things even worse down the line. For Windows 11, the new Start Menu was a controversial implementation and now Microsoft says it Windows Insiders’ fault.

On Windows 11, the Start Menu is located in the center of the taskbar instead of on the left side where it has always been on previous Windows generations. While not Windows 8 Metro levels of WTF, the new placement of the Start Menu hasn’t gone down too well with long-time Windows users.

Of course, most people have gotten over it and simply got used to the new position of the Start button. Almost a year on from the first introduction of Windows 11, Microsoft is now explaining the reason for creating the new Start menu. As Windows Latest reports, Microsoft is contacting Insiders on the Dev, Beta, and Release channels to inform them the Win11 Start button is there because of them.

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It Was You All Along

In corporate marketing speak, Microsoft essentially says “we put the Start menu in the center based on your feedback”.

So, Insiders have themselves to blame for the controversial placement of the Start button. To rub salt into the self-inflicted wound, those users can watch a video from Microsoft where the company explains – again in corporate marketing speak – how innovative and fresh the new Start position is.

By the way, that video was first published a year ago, but Microsoft is offering a little reminder.

So, the next time you want to complain about the Start button in Windows 11, Microsoft would prefer you direct your anger at yourself.

Tip of the day: When Windows 10 or Windows 11 has issues, it’s not rare to run into startup problems. Corrupted Windows files, incorrect system configuration, driver failure, or registry tweaks can all cause this issue.

Using Windows startup repair can fix boot issues caused by the most prevalent issues. Though it may seem that all is lost when you run into startup problems, it’s important to try a Windows boot repair so you can at least narrow down the source of the issue. If it doesn’t work, you may have to reinstall the OS or test your hardware.

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