Classic Shell

Classic Shell

Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 55 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    381,866
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 25, 2011
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,649
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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5 stars

"Version 3.5 Works Great on Windows 8 Consumer Preview!"

April 03, 2012  |  By basilirwin

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.2

Pros

classic Shell is an awesome program. I much prefer it to the Vista and Windows 7 Start Menus. It's tremendously customizable and you can export and import all the settings so that they can be applied to other computers and login ids. It also provides a great replacement for XP-style function buttons on Windows Explorer. Again, customizable and one can export and import settings. I use its Classic Explorer function to hook to a good third party filesystem search program to replace the excrable Vista/W7/W8 filesystem search.

But the best thing is that Classic Shell 3.5 puts its beautiful Start Menu on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, turning a sow's ear into a silk purse! Settings from W7 will even import into W8, providing instant customization.

Cons

None at all!

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5 stars

"Compensated for Microsoft's blunders"

September 25, 2011  |  By ianhudson1

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.2

Pros

Software provides any one (or all) of a wide range of xp-related functions (personally used the 'up a level' button)

Cons

Windows really should have come with these functions built in...

Summary

I have been using this program for quite a while now, and no 'hidden costs' have come up. This program is quite genuinely free to download, install, and use. Appears free of irritating attempts to install nonsense on your computer (after the installation process is complete), it tends to be the kind of program that can be installed and forgotten about (in a positive way!).

Would highly recommend to anyone who misses the xp features this program provides.

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4 stars

"It works-gets you back your XP and classic start menu-"

September 03, 2011  |  By andreaborman

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.2

Pros

The classic start menu is not included in Windows 7 like in Windows XP and Windows Vista. But this will put back both the classic and Windows XP start menu in all editions of Windows 7.So now you can have a REAL Windows XP or classic start menu.

Cons

None that I know. Classic Shell also come with Classic Explorer which just puts classic toolbar buttons in Windows Explorer. But it will not make your Windows Explorer look like Windows XPs with the big round folders.Maybe in future editions?

Summary

Classic Shell is for all editions of Windows 7,even Windows 7 starter. Puts the classic and Windows XP and Vista start menu into Windows 7.This is perfect for Windows 7 user who want the classic Windows 98 start menu and Windows XP start menu in Windows 7. For best effect,change your theme setting from Aero theme to windows Classic like I do. Then with this software-add the classic or Windows XP style start menu-which has the added bonus of a search bar with Windows 7s Windows search. And at first glance you Windows 7 will look like Windows 2000 or Windows XP! Wil also suit Windows 7 user who prfer to work in a Windows XP or Windows 2000 desktop and start menu environment like they are used to.And don't forget Classic Shell come also with Classic Explorer. But this does not change Windows Explorer but just puts classic toolbar buttons in explorer. I would love to have the Windows XP style Windows Explorer with the big round folders in Windows XP on my Windows 7. But I cannot find any software that will change Windows 7s Windows Explorer to Windows XP style folders and appearance.Maybe in the next version of Classic Shell perhaps? Andrea Borman.

Updated on Sep 3, 2011

there is other software that puts the classic start menu in Windows 7. But others are not free and do not work so good. This Classic Shell does. And Classic Explorer makes Windows Explorer more attractive. But would like to see a feature added that would change Windows Explorer completely to give you the Windows XP style Windows Explorer. You know,with those nice big round folders and maybe that fun search with the dog like on Windows XP.That would be perfect. Andrea Borman.

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5 stars

"Fantastic!"

August 31, 2011  |  By Malchak

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.2

Pros

Makes the Windows 7 Start Menu Customizable to your needs. It looks much cleaner. Increases efficiency as well as making your desktop shortcuts unnecessary giving you a cleaner desktop.

Cons

It doesn't have a broad user base at this time. This comes into play when we talk of skins. Not many have been made at this time in such early stages of this program. Although detailed guides can be found at the program website on how to create them.

Summary

I highly recommend this software. Nothing out there right now can compete in ease of use and effectively solving your problems with the current Windows Start Menus. It's easily customizable to have everything you need at the click of an icon. The only draw back is the lack of skins(the start menu background). Although this does nothing to effect the overall functionality of the program.

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5 stars

"Makes Windows 7 (and Vista) MUCH more usable!"

August 25, 2011  |  By billearl

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.2

Pros

Extremely useful, rock solid and well supported.

Cons

None that I know of.

Summary

Amazing (and free) software! Highly recommended.

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General
Publisher Ivo Beltchev
Publisher web site http://ibeltchev.users.sourceforge.net/
Release Date August 25, 2011
Date Added August 25, 2011
Version 3.2
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.28MB
File Name ClassicShellSetup_4_2_0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 381,866
Downloads Last Week 3,649
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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