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 33,859
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

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v4.2.1 on Apr 13, 2015

Why would anyone bother with Windows 8 or Windows in general for that matter? I guess I just dont understand dumb people.

some guy

some guy reviewed v4.2.1 on Apr 13, 2015

Best thing about windows 8 is classic shell ! thank you for fixing Microsoft's wannabe a tablet OS !

balanceinmotion

balanceinmotion reviewed v4.1.0 on Sep 24, 2014

great stuff

gatorfan95

gatorfan95 reviewed v4.1.0 on Sep 19, 2014

Finally, something that makes Windows 8 usable. Great stuff

sumone

sumone reviewed v4.1.0 on Jun 17, 2014

Outstanding app. This software does what Microsoft has failed to do for its power users after XP.

Sven123456789

Sven123456789 reviewed v4.1.0 on May 27, 2014

Great software. Brings back the old start button and menu. Either XP or 7 feel.

extremely well

extremely well reviewed v4.0.6 on Apr 7, 2014

My fav tweaks:
Start Button | check: Replace Start button Button look | Custom button | WindowsStartButtonSmall.png from http://classicshell.net/...opic.php?f=18&t=174
Controls | Right-click opens Win+X menu
Main Menu | Shutdown command: Sleep Shutdown menu items: restart, hibernate, shutdown
Search box | uncheck: Search the internet
Skin | check: Reduce glass color, Disable glass transparency
Customize Start Menu | Move "This PC" to be second item, right under User files. Label: Drive Letters Display as link: Videos, Downloads Don't display this item: Games, Help

mikebratley

mikebratley reviewed v4.0.4 on Mar 11, 2014

great

chrispaul

chrispaul reviewed v4.0.4 on Feb 17, 2014

alright!

barrytbutler

barrytbutler reviewed v4.0.4 on Jan 29, 2014

classic shell rocks. if you want more control and power this is the way to go.

roj

roj reviewed v4.0.4 on Jan 21, 2014

A godsend.

rafaelluik:

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.

FIVE stars.

some guy

some guy reviewed v4.0.4 on Jan 20, 2014

turn that windows 8 bow into wow !

krgood

krgood reviewed v4.0.2 on Dec 27, 2013

Very good program and useful. It has one problem which is coupled with "actual Multiple Monitors" . If you are running AMM, and install CS, you will get a second start icon in the upper left side of your screen. The cause(so reported) is that AMM had no way to communicate properly with CS. Apparently this is being worked on by AMM and CS. I have tried outher start menu programs which do not seem to have this problem. I have switched to another shell menu program until this glitch is fixed and when fixed, I will return to Classic Shell which I prefer over all i have seen so far. I deducted 1 point for the menu icon issue..

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v4.0.2 on Oct 22, 2013

Software for real people with a real brain who enjoy getting things done fast!

rafaelluik is a troll

rafaelluik

rafaelluik reviewed v4.0.0 on Oct 9, 2013

Software for headstrong people with weird old habits, a blast to the past.

roj

roj reviewed v3.9.3 Beta on Aug 27, 2013

If you are unfortunate enough to be forced into using Windows 8.x, this is the only way 6to fly.

FIVE stars for turning a sow's ear into a silk purse.

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v3.9.3 Beta on Aug 27, 2013

Just the best out there for replacing or adding windows start menu/shell. Kudos to author.

xpclient

xpclient reviewed v3.9.1 Beta on Aug 22, 2013

3.9.1 supports Windows 8.1 and using its Start button to invoke the menu.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v3.9.0 Beta on Jul 23, 2013

Super great and free!

sumone

sumone reviewed v3.5.0 on May 29, 2013

Classic Shell is the most powerful and longest around Start Menu replacement that just works and is constantly improved.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v3.5.0 on May 28, 2013

This is a great program....

jorgosch

jorgosch reviewed v3.5.0 on May 28, 2013

And why did this pop up in the RSS feed now? The version referenced here (3.5.0) is completely outdated! Otherwise it's great software, of course.

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