Classic Shell 4.2.3 RC

4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 (70 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008/Server 2012 / Open Source / 32,007 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, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10; 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

    - Improved support for touch keyboard

    - New command to access the PC settings directly (Windows 8.1 and Windows 10)

    - New settings to control the color and opacity of the Windows 10 taskbar

    - Multiple minor improvements and bug fixes

Reviews of Classic Shell

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.3 Beta (Jul 28, 2015)

    For me using Windows 8 without Classic Shell is impossible. Classic Shell is absolutely best utility of its class.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.3 Beta (Jul 28, 2015)

    StartIsBack++ is good but this is better

  3. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.3 Beta (Jul 27, 2015)

    StartIsBack++ RC blows Classic Shell out of the water. Its more true Classic and works flawless with Windows 10 RTM as well as 8. and 8.1

    You actually get the true style Task Bar and Start Button, the Menu is back and you can still run updates without it breaking... Classic Shell could use some lessons from the StartIsBack++ RC developers....

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

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