Classic Shell

Classic Shell

Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 55 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.6.2
  • Total Downloads:
    381,866
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 30, 2012
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,649
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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5 stars

"Excellent software."

December 10, 2012  |  By lahavyanai

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.2

Pros

Everything works great ,Doing a great favor to win 8 pro.

Cons

none ,
I have no complaints.

Summary

No more need of Thinix RetroUI .

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5 stars

"Finally a start menu!"

November 29, 2012  |  By morebummed

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.2

Pros

Familiar start menu
Works great
Stopped me from throwing my laptop from the balcony

Cons

None so far

Summary

If you're like me, you aren't loving the new Windows 8. I can see what they're trying to do but they failed so hard by not including a classic start menu. This program solves that, and for that I am truly grateful! You can still access the metro start menu (default setting is shift+windows key) if you want.

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4 stars

"Nice upgrade to Windows 8"

November 20, 2012  |  By EpsilonEncryption

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.2

Pros

Nice looking shell and did not slow down my system. I like the addes app button below programs. Nice job.

Cons

Asks the old XP shut down dialogue on clicking the start shutdown buttons

Summary

Good classic shell for the very weird no start button Wiondows 8

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4 stars

"Works perfectly - makes using W8 so less complicated"

November 20, 2012  |  By OzzieMike

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.2

Pros

Loads easily & does what it says - if you want to use W8 and are not into Apps - it's perfect.

Cons

For me none

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5 stars

"Restores Desktop functionality to Windows 8"

November 12, 2012  |  By rdunn

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.2

Pros

- Restores the 'Start' button and menus to Windows 8 Desktop Taskbar ...besides providing many other customization features (such as turning Off 'active corners' or just Start corner or none).
- Allows choice of 'Classic', XP, or Vista/7 menus.
- 'Skip Metro screen' allows booting Windows 8 directly to Desktop.
- Provides for defining custom command shortcuts on old Start menus.
- Support forum on Source Forge

Cons

- Not always an -exact- duplicate of previous versions of Windows menus (if that's important to you).
- Occasional difficulty with confirmation windows appearing behind menus.

Summary

Classic Shell restores a good deal of the Start button and menus of previous versions of Windows, to the new Windows 8 Desktop. It makes Win8 Desktop enjoyable to use again, rather than having to learn the 'Modern' user interface, which may be better devoted to touchscreens still. With Classic Shell, you won't have to re-learn how to place icons/shortcuts into the Desktop... or figure out where the old Program groups went to.

The new Windows 8 'Modern' interface lumps old software into 'All apps', which may be suitable if you're starting fresh with -new- Win8 programs... but, for example, older programs that each had their own 'Uninstall' shortcuts, now, in Win8 tend to have all those Uninstall shortcuts lumped together under broad Win8 Start labels... leaving you with a dozen Uninstall links listed together on the 'Modern' wall 'All apps', and no idea where they've come from, or to which program they belong.

Classic Shell gives Desktop back the old program groups and sub-folders menus... allowing you to find everything directly within Desktop as you've been used to in previous Windows versions.

Some users complain that Classic Shell Start menus don't scroll folders/programs in the leftmost column like Windows 7. Classic Shell prefers to have pop-out submenus accordion out to the right, due to limitation caused by other features provided, according to developer.

One glitch I've noticed... when moving folders into subfolders in the old-style Start menus, a confirmation dialog window may appear, asking if you want to replace any already existing folder of the same name... but ...sometimes that confirmation window is -behind- the accordioned Start menu already on screen.
You may be able to click the title bar of the confirmation window, if you can see it, and drag it out to confirm/cancel replacement. Alt-tab doesn't help because the menu list pops back to forefront. If you can't drag the confirmation window out, you're stuck with the 'ding' sound as you click the menus trying to close them ... you'll have to find the Explorer tile on the Taskbar, right-click it, and close the whole thing, terminating your folder move.
A workaround is to use Windows Explorer (not the Start menus)...
...drill down into your User folder AppData, Microsoft, Windows, Start Menu, Programs ...and/or... ProgramData, Microsoft, Windows, Start Menu, Programs ...to cut/paste move your folders around.

Other than this one rare glitch... Classic Shell works very well. On a non-touch PC, it's virtually necessary to the use of Win8 Desktop with the same ease/familiarity of previous versions... until you've migrated to all-new software for Win8.

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5 stars

"Classic listing of programs for Windows."

November 07, 2012  |  By LincNeb

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.2

Pros

It works as advertised, on Windows 7. It doesn't look like Windows 7! I like that.

Cons

This really isn't a "con". I just followed Sharon Vaknin's video to just get the menu bar. I wasn't interested in the other features of the program. So I know that won't be a help to other people who are interested in those features. Anyway, it is even a practical use for Windows 7 and if it works with Windows 8 as it says it does, those people will find it even more useful.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.6.2
Version 3.6.2 has added support for displaying and launching Windows Store apps in Windows 8.
General
Publisher Ivo Beltchev
Publisher web site http://ibeltchev.users.sourceforge.net/
Release Date October 28, 2012
Date Added October 30, 2012
Version 3.6.2
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8
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
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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