Classic Shell 4.2.5

4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 (82 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008/Server 2012 / Open Source / 32,603 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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    Classic Shell

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  • Latest Changes

    - New transparency settings for skins

    - New ability to uninstall Metro apps from the start menu

    - Improved support for Windows 10

    - Improved support for the Edge browser

    - Improved search performance

Reviews of Classic Shell

  1. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.5 (Nov 23, 2015)

    StartIsBack is better

  2. 4 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.4 (Oct 13, 2015)

    I noticed some bad reviews with earlier beta and rc versions of 4.2.4. So wasn't sure what to expect. I installed this newer version on a friends laptop with win 10 and spent a day with it. No problems were found on my end. Even restarted windows a couple times just to make sure of any bugs. Its good. The win 10 start menu isn't much better than the win 8/8.1 version. Why doesn't ms just include something like classic shell and give u the option of a win xp or win 7 or win 10 version of the start menu. And like allot of users, the metro interface just doesn't work for a pc. Even in this smaller version you find on windows 10.

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.4 (Aug 10, 2015)

    Simply very good. Using Win 10.

  4. 2 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.3 RC (Aug 4, 2015)

    very buggy on windows 10 ... Lots of explorer crashes
    I switched to "Start is Back" and all is well now
    I love Classic Shell but I hate explorer crashes and shell crashes

    Slug_Coordinator is right for windows 10

  5. 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.

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