Classic Shell 4.2.0 Beta

4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 (54 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008/Server 2012 / Open Source / 31,185 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

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

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

    - New setting to change the user picture

    - Improved support for touch and high resolution displays

    - Multiple minor improvements and bug fixes

Reviews of Classic Shell

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.0 (Sep 24, 2014)

    great stuff

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.0 (Sep 19, 2014)

    Finally, something that makes Windows 8 usable. Great stuff

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.0 (Jun 17, 2014)

    Outstanding app. This software does what Microsoft has failed to do for its power users after XP.

  4. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.1.0 (May 27, 2014)

    Great software. Brings back the old start button and menu. Either XP or 7 feel.

  5. 5 out of 5 stars
    extremely well

    Reviewing 4.0.6 (Apr 7, 2014)

    My fav tweaks:
    Start Button | check: Replace Start button Button look | Custom button | WindowsStartButtonSmall.png from
    Controls | Right-click opens Win+X menu
    Main Menu | Shutdown command: Sleep Shutdown menu items: restart, hibernate, shutdown
    Search box | uncheck: Search the internet
    Skin | check: Reduce glass color, Disable glass transparency
    Customize Start Menu | Move "This PC" to be second item, right under User files. Label: Drive Letters Display as link: Videos, Downloads Don't display this item: Games, Help

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