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All User Reviews

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great in many ways but still some confusion!"

    April 4, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Software Like These Are Needed."

    November 8, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exactly what i wanted."

    November 6, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Excellent addition to Windows 8 on a non-touch system"

    September 18, 2013  |   By 1alexh

    Version: Classic Shell 3.6.8

    Pros

    Classic Shell is extremely customizable, and very user-friendly. If Microsoft were as smart as they used to be, they would license this product and integrate it into Windows 8, version 8.1.

    Cons

    None that I have encountered yet.

    Summary

    IMHO, Microsoft has lost its collective mind, and no longer cares what the End User wants. In this, they are exactly like IBM was, many years ago, when they split into NT and OS2.

    Updated on Apr 4, 2014

    Since writing the above review, I discontinued using Classic Shell in favor of Start8, which is a much better alternative to the Metro of windows 8/8.1 - while both front-ends are good replacements, I find start8 better for my way of using Windows.
    As a consultant who must deal with numerous versions of Windows, including some clients with XP Pro, Start8 makes this a bit easier on the human system.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "1 out of 5 or 5 out of 5, depending..."

    September 6, 2013  |   By Aarby

    Version: Classic Shell 3.6.8

    Pros

    It's perfect, depending...

    Cons

    I DO NOT WANT THE CHARMS SIDEBAR!!!!! Additionally, I don't like seeing the ugly Metro screen, even briefly, which I do when I turn on my notebook (Acer V with touch screen).

    Summary

    I may be missing something. So far, I haven't found plain English instructions showing me how to shut of the charms sidebar. One commenter in the Classic Shell forum seemed to be directing us to the control panel. He or she seemed to be saying set it for category view. One, That's the default. Two, I hate category view in Control Panel. Three, I tried it and it doesn't work - for me. Is it me? If so, How do I bypass the charms sidebar?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PERFECT I HAVE WIN 7 BACK ,I LOVE YOU CLASSIC SHELL"

    August 17, 2013  |   By ocala-fl-34482

    Version: Classic Shell 3.6.8

    Pros

    I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW EASY YOUR PROGRAM WAS TO INSTALL. I CAN HAVE WIN 7 LOOK AND FEEL BACK WITH THE START MENU... I HATED USING MY NEW LAPTOP WITH WIN 8 AND NOW YOU FIXED THAT PROBLEM... I CAN NOT THANK YOU ENOUGH YOUR PROGRAM IS GREAT

    Cons

    NONE SO FAR

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