Classic Shell

Classic Shell

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 59 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    481,339
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 14, 2015
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    6.29MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,035
  • 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

"Windows 8 is actually nice...if you use this!"

April 04, 2015  |  By kh44567

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.0

Pros

-Makes windows 8 feel like an improved OS rather than making you feel like you would do anything to get 7 (and I tried)
-You can easily customize the start menu, there are a few main options that give a range of styles. I'm sure you can go more in depth.
-You never have to see the horrible windows 8 tablet style start screen (unless of course you are on a tablet...but little old Microsoft being a small operation can't afford to make two separate, optimized operating systems ; )

Cons

-Maybe a tad sluggish (I notice this more the first time I click on the start menu).

Summary

This makes windows 8 feel great. I hated using it and was desperately trying to find a way to download 7, but this actually makes me happy to have 8. Its sad that Microsoft won't listen to its customers and just offer this simple option built-in. I specifically have 8.1 and it does allow you to choose something closer to the old style (having a desktop, avoiding the new screen with randomly shaped squares), showing that they could customize. But, the built in option is still bulky and random looking. I tried one other, Pokki, and this just feels more like the original and allows me to totally never see the new 8 start screen!!

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5 stars

"Great Piece of Software"

February 26, 2015  |  By grey gohst

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.0

Pros

No problems
Clear instructions
Easy download
Does not interfere with other programs

Cons

None I can find!

Summary

Makes Windows 8 and 8.1 almost acceptable!

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5 stars

"Lifesaver must have app"

February 08, 2015

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.0

Pros

Restores all the functionality lost with windows 8.1. Why MS offers Win8 as a paired down tablet OS for PC's is beyond my understanding. No fear, with classic shell I can play/work the same (better) way I always have.

Cons

Sure classic shell adds a few milliseconds to each navigation just as windows would if those features were included.

Summary

Go ahead! Buy a new PC with windows 8, with classic shell you'll think you had a full featured desktop OS.

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5 stars

"Really great product!!!"

December 26, 2014  |  By sbd8828

 |  Version: Classic Shell 4.2.0

Pros

Comparing this to the other software in its class is real easy to pick this! First this is free!! This does what those charge for and its really easy to use. It installs easy,doesn't add any crap or malware. It has a way to go to the recent files used, control panel, all the main things we use day to day. It made my windows 8 feel like I was back using windows 7. Which I loved!

Cons

Nothing I can think of.

Summary

It does what it claims it will do and it does it for FREE!! I know the most popular one is also free but I'd recommend giving this software a try. This is one I think you'd be pleasantly surprised!

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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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.2.1
  • Improved support for Windows 10
  • The start menu searches modern PC settings for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Added support for Scottish, Catalan, Macedonian and Persian languages
  • Added new Midnight skin with dark background
  • Added new flat Metro skin that uses the start screen colors
  • Multiple minor improvements and bugfixes
General
Publisher Ivo Beltchev
Publisher web site http://ibeltchev.users.sourceforge.net/
Release Date April 13, 2015
Date Added April 14, 2015
Version 4.2.1
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.29MB
File Name ClassicShellSetup_4_2_1.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 481,339
Downloads Last Week 3,035
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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