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Taskbar Classic Start Menu for Windows

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Key Details of Taskbar Classic Start Menu

  • Improve your Windows 7 system notification area with a classic start menu
  • Last updated on 05/10/12
  • There have been 0 updates within the past 6 months

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

A lot of changes came with Windows 7, including changes to the Start menu. Taskbar Classic Start Menu lets you go back in time to the days of Windows 2000 and Me, by way of a system notification icon. The menu gives you the best of both Windows worlds, but we found one glitch that prevents us from recommending it.

When installed, Taskbar Classic Start Menu appears as an icon in your system tray. Right-clicking it introduces a Start menu that indeed looks and acts just like Windows 2000 and Me menus. You'll find the Run, Settings, Programs, Favorites, and Recent functions right where you left them before the transition to the newer versions. The Settings menu is where you go to change the appearance to various Windows XP, 2000, 95, and NT themes. But right off the bat, we were annoyed by the sound effects whenever we made a selection in the new Start menu, which we thought was an easy fix by visiting the Settings menu and disabling the Enable sounds feature, as well as the No sound option. It seemed to work for a few minutes, and then out of nowhere, the sound effects came back. So we went back into the Settings menu and disabled the sound again, which seemed to do the trick...for a minute or two, and then the sound effects came back again. Though the program itself is fairly self-explanatory, we couldn't locate a Help feature of any kind to help us troubleshoot our issues.

If you don't mind keeping your sound turned off to deal with the sound effects issue, Taskbar Classic Start Menu might be worth a shot. Otherwise, we say, skip it.

Taskbar Classic Start Menu installs a desktop icon without your permission, but it uninstalls cleanly.

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Full Specifications

Ability to specify the color of demoted menu items.
May 10, 2012
Latest update
September 2, 2020
Operating System
Windows 10, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP
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Developer's Description

Improve your Windows 7 system notification area with a classic start menu.
Taskbar Classic Start Menu adds to the system notification area an icon. By clicking this icon, you can bring up a popup menu, which is similar to the Start Menu in Windows 2000 and Me. The program is designed for users who want to launch their programs using classic Start Menu, which in Windows 7 is missing.

This menu can automatically hide unused items (in the same manner as Windows 2000 and Me Start Menu did), show only the common or only the personal items, or they both together (separately or merged), or display a number of items with the user-specified second additional icon. It is possible to separately specify the size of icons, both for top-level items and sub-folders, to choose to display in multiple columns of a given height or one, with or without separators. Top-level menu shows a vertical banner with the name of the program, which can be replaced by any custom picture or removed at all.