Classic Shell 4.2.1

4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 (61 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008/Server 2012 / Open Source / 31,526 downloads

Classic Shell is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are: Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins; Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs; Find programs, settings, files and documents; Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1; Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer; and Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer.

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  • Latest Changes

    - Improved support for Windows 10

    - The start menu searches modern PC settings for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

    - Added new Midnight skin with dark background

    - Added new flat Metro skin that uses the start screen colors

    - New ability to apply settings from XML files from command line: use ClassicStartMenu.exe -xml

    - New setting to override the system DPI resolution only for the start menu

Reviews of Classic Shell

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.1 (Apr 20, 2015)

    Judging this from a Win 8.1 perspective. Works great. I like the win 7 option. This will probably be the reason I do the upgrade to win 10 if the start menu in win 10 turns out to be a problem. Hard to tell from pics of pre win 10 if its a true start menu or not. Either way, this is worth a shot if you hate your current start set up look.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.1 (Apr 19, 2015)

    10 Stars really. How is it that this software can effortlessly achieve outstanding usability - something that a multibillion dollar corporation like Micros*** can't?

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.1 (Apr 16, 2015)

    10 stars
    Aegis69 is a troll

  4. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.1 (Apr 13, 2015)

    Why would anyone bother with Windows 8 or Windows in general for that matter? I guess I just dont understand dumb people.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    some guy

    Reviewing 4.2.1 (Apr 13, 2015)

    Best thing about windows 8 is classic shell ! thank you for fixing Microsoft's wannabe a tablet OS !

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