Classic Shell 4.3.1 for Windows

by IvoSoft

Avg. Rating 4.8 (93 votes)

File Details

File Size 6.9 MB
License Open Source
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008/Server 2012
Date Added
Total Downloads 33,860
Publisher IvoSoft
Homepage Classic Shell

Publisher's Description

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.

Latest Reviews

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.3.1 on Aug 15, 2017

Most use software for win 10 users

steviejay2002

steviejay2002 reviewed v4.3.1 on Aug 15, 2017

StartIsBack is quicker and slicker

mchargue

mchargue reviewed v4.2.7 Beta on May 24, 2016

ClassicShell is a great add-on for the (very lame) Win10 *cough* 'StartMenu'

It's far more usable.

Also, not to start a flame war, but ClassicShell is superior to StartIsBack. I've used both.

cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v4.2.7 Beta on May 24, 2016

An excellent FREEWARE alternative. Works better than expected. haven't had a single problem with it.

@CyberDoc999
Rather than simply being a shill for "StartIsBack" you provide some reasons WHY it is better?

You do realize that this is more than just a start menu, right? And that you don't have to pay anything for it? Why downrate it simply because you prefer to pay for some other utility

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.2.5 on Dec 2, 2015

Works great on my (forced-accidental clean install version of win 10 on my sorely missed win 7) pc.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.2.5 on Nov 23, 2015

StartIsBack is better

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.2.4 on 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.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v4.2.4 on Aug 10, 2015

Simply very good. Using Win 10.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.2.3 RC on 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

smaragdus

smaragdus reviewed v4.2.3 Beta on Jul 28, 2015

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

Avg. Rating 4.8 (93 votes)
Your Rating
Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.3.1 on Aug 15, 2017

Pros: Classic Shell. Making windows 10 usable. Seriously, the start menu is the all mighty key to using windows and its been broke since win 8. Win 10 start menu still stinks. Classic shell makes it all good again.

Cons: None

Bottom Line: Most use software for win 10 users

steviejay2002

steviejay2002 reviewed v4.3.1 on Aug 15, 2017

Pros: Does the job of replacing the W10 Start Menu.

Cons: Doesn't do it too well, skins are ugly.

Bottom Line: StartIsBack is quicker and slicker

mchargue

mchargue reviewed v4.2.7 Beta on May 24, 2016

ClassicShell is a great add-on for the (very lame) Win10 *cough* 'StartMenu'

It's far more usable.

Also, not to start a flame war, but ClassicShell is superior to StartIsBack. I've used both.

cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v4.2.7 Beta on May 24, 2016

An excellent FREEWARE alternative. Works better than expected. haven't had a single problem with it.

@CyberDoc999
Rather than simply being a shill for "StartIsBack" you provide some reasons WHY it is better?

You do realize that this is more than just a start menu, right? And that you don't have to pay anything for it? Why downrate it simply because you prefer to pay for some other utility

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.2.5 on Dec 2, 2015

Works great on my (forced-accidental clean install version of win 10 on my sorely missed win 7) pc.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.2.5 on Nov 23, 2015

StartIsBack is better

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.2.4 on 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.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v4.2.4 on Aug 10, 2015

Simply very good. Using Win 10.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.2.3 RC on 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

smaragdus

smaragdus reviewed v4.2.3 Beta on Jul 28, 2015

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

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.2.3 Beta on Jul 28, 2015

StartIsBack++ is good but this is better

Slug_Coordinator

Slug_Coordinator reviewed v4.2.3 Beta on 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....

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.2.1 on 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.

xpclient

xpclient reviewed v4.2.1 on 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?

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.2.1 on Apr 16, 2015

10 stars
Aegis69 is a troll

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