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  • 5.0 stars

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

    April 4, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Lifesaver must have app"

    February 8, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Everything Back: Start Menu"

    August 2, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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