Classic Shell 4.3.0

4.8 out of 5 stars 4.8 (92 votes)


Windows 7/8/10/Server 2008/Server 2012 / Open Source / 33,609 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

    - Official support for the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10

    - Fixes for issues found during the 4.2.7 beta

Reviews of Classic Shell

  1. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.7 Beta (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.

  2. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.7 Beta (May 24, 2016)

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

    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

  3. 5 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.5 (Dec 2, 2015)

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

  4. 3 out of 5 stars

    Reviewing 4.2.5 (Nov 23, 2015)

    StartIsBack is better

  5. 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.

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