Classic Shell

Classic Shell

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 55 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    384,354
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 15, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.28MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,649
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Everything Back: Start Menu"

August 02, 2014  |  By ColinCM

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.1.0

Pros

Consistent interface as previous version, great for desktop PC user.

Cons

So far, none.

Summary

Upgrade to Windows 8 is my worst decision in OS, when it is worse experience. This software help me to make everything back, especial for easy access with application.
Great to use it.

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5 stars

"The relief is immediate."

June 22, 2014  |  By janicemars

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.1.0

Pros

You can find things.

Cons

You can find things.

Summary

Just get it. We're all tired of listening to you swear at the computer.

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5 stars

"Hardly any difference to win7"

May 23, 2014  |  By comment77777

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.1.0

Pros

I guess consistent interface between various windows. It gives minor improvement in explore and options.

Cons

Probably not the shell, but minor lag.

Summary

It is mostly for people with windows 8 that want win7 shell back.

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3 stars

"Great in many ways but still some confusion!"

April 04, 2014  |  By assissi18

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.8

Pros

Super fast and easy to download and start working, and gets rid of that awful tile start up.

Cons

I can't get rid of the charm side bar and it seems to appear randomly when im using the touch pad and slide left. If I try to do it I can't, but then it sometimes just does it. I followed other reviewers advice on here and right clicked on the new start button, clicked settings, clicked all settings, and went to windows 8.1 tab then selected disable all active corners. But it is still happening and it is as annoying as being forced to use that start menu. Does anybody have any ideas? I am really not great with computers but i have windows 8 and the only option in the "all settings" bit i mentioned earlier was windows 8.1. Could this affect it? Please dont laugh at me! :D

Summary

Great and will upgrade to 5 starts if somebody can help me get rid of the charm side-bar popping up!

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5 stars

"Great for those who like the traditional start icon"

March 29, 2014  |  By n2learn

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.0.4

Pros

Works great to be able to go to start programs and shutdown from same button, easier to view all programs from home screen, can also change the start icon

Cons

none as of yet

Summary

Great for those who enjoyed the traditional start icon, I enjoy it and would recommend it to others

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5 stars

"Even better than the Windows 7 Start Menu"

February 26, 2014

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.0.4

Pros

Customisable - you can choose from many settings or add your own links/programs
Lightweight

Cons

Comes with Classic Explorer which you might not need

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5 stars

"Nothing to think about - Get it!"

December 17, 2013  |  By 1PunchKO

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.0.2

Pros

- Super easy install, didn't even need to reboot
- Nothing changed on my windows 8.1 which I suggest updating to before installing this with the simple exception of adding a start button on the bottom left now allowing me to still have everything of 8.1 and a windows 7 start button with navigation I was use to
- No adverse affects I've been able to find to my win 8.1 environment

Cons

None that can be found.

Summary

I first tried Iobit's Shell which I did like and if you don't mind hot keys of hitting Alt X it toggles back and forth that way. It may have been just me but when I upgraded to 8.1 my system dumped because I had iobit in there first.

I just bought a new system that has the new hard key on my laptop that quickly reformats and restores back to factory original settings so I did that and this time I upgraded to 8.1 first to take advantage of all new apps requiring it and this time tried Classic Shell here that I've heard so much about after much investigation on youtube and elsewhere.

Suggestion I found is to go to the ClassicShell dot net website direct because they had a newer version of this software than is here on cnet. After 8.1 and my basic programs were installed I installed this and it appeared as if nothing happened it was so seemless. Simply clicking the bottom left now whether I'm in my Apps or Programs section will have the nice familiar start up menu we all miss and love but you can still use the windows8 if you wish to do that also. In addition, you can also switch to other types of menus other than windows 7 such as Windows 7 ultimate or Vista if you prefer.

Pretty sweet and it's FREE! Why this isn't an automatic thing offered in windows 8.1 - who knows but it should be. Get it, you wont be sorry.

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5 stars

"OMG!!! IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME!!!!"

December 17, 2013

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.0.2

Pros

Once downloaded your are instantly back to where you wish Windows 8 and 8.1 should have gone.

Cons

None. It feels so good to be 'home'.

Summary

Microsoft Corp. needs to buy the rights from developer of this program and start making Windows 8.? something their customer base wants and not what they 'think' they want.

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5 stars

"Software Like These Are Needed."

November 08, 2013  |  By debianmr

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.8

Pros

We do not have to depend on Windows' mercy to keep on our habits. Software like these are needed.

Cons

No cons. Fine.

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5 stars

"Exactly what i wanted."

November 06, 2013  |  By Flopo79

 |  Version: Classic Shell 3.6.8

Pros

everything! I have my old start button back! everything that made me hate Win8 is gone (: a lot of customizable things also.

Cons

i cant think of any

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.2.0
  • Improved support for Windows 10.
  • New ability to apply settings from XML files from command line: use "ClassicStartMenu.exe -xml ".
  • New setting to override the system DPI resolution only for the start menu.
  • New setting to change the user picture.
  • Improved support for touch and high resolution displays.
  • Multiple minor improvements and bugfixes.
General
Publisher Ivo Beltchev
Publisher web site http://ibeltchev.users.sourceforge.net/
Release Date December 15, 2014
Date Added December 15, 2014
Version 4.2.0
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, Windows, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.28MB
File Name ClassicShellSetup_4_2_0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 384,354
Downloads Last Week 3,649
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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