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Classic Shell for Windows

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Key Details of Classic Shell

  • Add and remove features to your system
  • Last updated on 08/14/17
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Classic Shell re-introduces the Start menu to Windows 8 and offers tweaks to Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer.

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.

What's new in version 4.3.1

  • Official support for the Creators Update version of Windows 10
  • Added a setting to clear icon cache
  • Multiple minor improvements and bugfixes

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Full Specifications

GENERAL
Release
August 14, 2017
Latest update
April 15, 2020
Version
4.3.1
OPERATING SYSTEMS
Platform
Windows
Operating System
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Additional Requirements
None
POPULARITY
Total Downloads
714,301
Downloads Last Week
41

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User Reviews

4.6/5

66 User Votes


Developer's Description

Add and remove features to your system.

Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7. It adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer. Classic Shell adds some missing features to Windows 7 and Vista like a classic start menu, toolbar for Explorer and others.