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.
- New ADMX files to allow you to control the settings through group policies. Look at the file PolicyDefinitions.zip in the Classic Shell folder
- More secure checks for new versions and language updates. The data is digitally signed to prevent corruption or spoofing
- Multiple improvements and bug fixes
Reviewing 4.0.4 (Mar 11, 2014)
Reviewing 4.0.4 (Feb 17, 2014)
Reviewing 4.0.4 (Jan 29, 2014)
classic shell rocks. if you want more control and power this is the way to go.
Reviewing 4.0.4 (Jan 21, 2014)
I keep telling you kids that "newer doesn't automatically equal better". It only does when it provides a benefit and on the desktop Metro DOESN'T. Metro is like a very half-baked Gnome3 / Unity combo and it's laughable how much MS plagiarized. Classic Shell is the Cinnamon for Windows: a breath of fresh air. It should also be noted that MS is backpedalling after 8.1 and giving users the ability to go back to what works.
What works on a phone and tablet isn't necessarily suitable for the desktop.
Reviewing 4.0.4 (Jan 20, 2014)
turn that windows 8 bow into wow !
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