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Classic Shell

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Editors' Review


Classic Shell is a powerful application that gives you access to tons of customization options for your operating system. Changing your Start menu, Windows Explorer, and Internet Explorer is easy with this innovative application.


Easy install: For its magnitude and impact on the Windows operating system, we found Classic Shell to be quite easy to install and configure. We quickly changed our Windows theme without any errors in formatting or usability.

Loaded with options: From the general Windows theme to the Start menu icon, Classic Shell gives you the ability to modify and tweak your user interface. The variety of tools available can easily be changed and saved at any time, which is great if your computer is shared with others.

Exceptional support: Classic Shell comes with one of the most detailed ReadMe files that we've encountered with a free application. It also provides quick links to even more informative FAQs and forums, which you'll find active and helpful.


Slow navigation: We noted that the speed of our operating system and Internet Explorer was slower than our standard theme. Classic Shell, by its nature, is also less streamlined than the current Windows theme, so finding folders and files can be a hassle.

Bottom Line

Classic Shell is a great application for Windows users that want to experience removed features, especially the Start button that was removed from Windows 8. Your user interface can be fully modified to suit all of your needs. We think Classic Shell should offer an easier way of customizing your PC, preferably in a manner similar to Start8. Download Classic Shell and access your favorite parts of Windows.

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5 stars


February 17, 2016  |  By joy.division

2016-02-17 02:44:05  |  By joy.division

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.5


Its free, easy to install.Love it.


None I love it.


I had a new windows 8 pc 5 months ago.Hated the pc without the classic start menu.Found this on a forum, downloaded it and saved my Windows 8 pc.Its now similar to using my older Windows Vista. I am now sticking with Windows 8 and not wanting the free upgrade to Windows 10.Thank you developer!!

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5 stars

"I LOVE IT, thank you!!!"

January 26, 2016  |  By HelenTaylor58

2016-01-26 00:13:52  |  By HelenTaylor58

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.5


I was one of those who hated Win 8s stupid interface with a passion. Then came Classic Shell, which makes Win 8 / 10 instantly invisible ITS MAGIC!!! No more metro screen or useless apps and a great retro start menu. ((sings)) Its Windows 7 once more ... :)


None at all, its one of the best programs I ever downloaded

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1 stars


December 22, 2015  |  By njgymaholic

2015-12-22 14:14:19  |  By njgymaholic

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.5


None. Simply does not work.


Lasted about 15 minutes before it royally hosed my PC. Installed it, pinned native Calculator the StartMenu, and then lost all menu functions. Several reboots later still no functioning StartMenu. Removed - reinstalled the utility ... no change. Had to permanently remove it before I had a useable PC again.



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5 stars

"A huge thank you to the developers of this software!!"

December 10, 2015  |  By Kariput

2015-12-10 12:18:29  |  By Kariput

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.5


Works on Windows 10.
Eliminates ALL the junk from Win10 Start Menu
Easy to customize with intuitive set up
Works flawlessly


None that I can find


This is a great piece of software. It was indispensible for Windows 8. When I saw that Windows 10 resurrected the Start Menu I thought I wouldn't need this. WRONG!!

I immediately hated the tile section of the Win10 menu. There were also some things I couldn't seem to get into the position I wanted them. Overall, Win10's Start Menu was a huge disappointment for me.

I decided to check and see if my old friend Classic Shell was compatible with Win10. Lo and behold, it was!! I quickly downloaded and installed it and now my Start Menu looks just the way I want it to. No annoying oversized and clunky tiles with ads or features I'll never use; just a simple list of the programs and tools I need to access on a regular basis and configured in a way that makes sense to me.

If you are a fan of the old Windows Start Menu, this program is for you!

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.2.5
  • New transparency settings for skins
  • New ability to uninstall Metro apps from the start menu
  • Improved support for Windows 10
  • Improved support for the Edge browser
  • Improved search performance
Publisher Ivo Beltchev
Publisher web site
Release Date November 15, 2015
Date Added November 15, 2015
Version 4.2.5
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.65MB
File Name ClassicShellSetup_4_2_5.exe
Total Downloads 572,468
Downloads Last Week 1,293
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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