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Classic Shell 4.1.0

Install a highly configurable Start menu on Windows 7 and 8

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 21 April 2014
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Downloads To Date: 26366
Developer: Ivo Beltchev
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Classic Shell 4.1.0
Install a highly configurable Start menu on Windows 7 and 8

Classic Shell is best known for its ability to bring the Start button and menu back to Windows 8. You can also add the same menu to Windows 7, though (maybe useful as it's extremely configurable), and the program also includes a toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer, and a caption and status bar for Internet Explorer.

If you're missing the Start menu on Windows 8, for instance, Classic Shell will quickly have you feeling at home again. There's a very similar programs menu, search tool, Control Panel and Recent Programs links, and more.

An Explorer plugin similarly replaces the new copy dialog with the older XP-version. It can show the free disk space and total size of the selected files in the address bar. You get a toolbar for some common operations (Up, Cut, Copy, Paste, Properties, Email), there are extra customisation options, you can disable the breadcrumb-style address bar, and more.

And Classic IE is a plugin for Internet Explorer which shows the security zone and loading progress in the status bar, as well as adding a caption to the window title bar so you can see the complete title of the current page.

Don't want all of these? Then you can choose what you install, and of course you can always reconfigure your system after installation (the IE plugin can be removed just like any other, for instance). There are also lots of configuration options, and in some cases the standard Windows options are still available.

So, even if, say, you like the new Start menu and copy dialog, there may still be elements of Classic Shell which you find useful, and it's definitely worth a quick download, just to see what the program can do for you.

4.1.0 changes:
 • Improved support for Windows 8.1 Spring Update
    ◦ You can pin and unpin apps to the taskbar from the start menu
    ◦ The start button scrolls together with the taskbar when they show on the start screen
 • Improved checks for new versions
 • Minor stability fixes

Verdict:

Classic Shell provides an easy way to restore the Start button and menu to Windows 8

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