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Download Classic Shell Windows (English) - 6.89 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (French) - 7.62 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (German) - 7.18 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Spanish) - 7.19 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Italian) - 7.17 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Polish) - 7.11 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Russian) - 7.22 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Simplified Chinese) - 7.07 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Traditional Chinese) - 7.13 MB | version: 4.3.0 |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Latest beta version) - 6.87 MB | version: 4.2.7 beta |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Italian) - 6.76 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Download Classic Shell Installer (French) - 7.21 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Download Classic Shell Installer (German) - 6.73 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Download Classic Shell Installer (English) - 6.65 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Download Classic Shell Installer (beta version) - 6.88 MB | version: 4.2.6 beta |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Traditional Chinese) - 6.71 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Simplified Chinese) - 6.97 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Russian) - 6.82 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Download Classic Shell Installer (Polish) - 6.68 MB | version: 4.2.5c |

Description


Classic Shell is a freeware application (initially released under an Open Source license) that allows you to restore a set of features (such as the classic start menu, start button, toolbar for Windows® Explorer, etc.) that were removed from the newer versions of Microsoft® Windows® OS. Although the primary purpose is to offer you access to missing features (available on older Windows® versions) through its interface, this program does not modify your Windows® registry settings or replace your original OS files. Here you can check the main features (new features are being added and improved with each new version: check release history here):

Trademark Note 1: Microsoft®, Windows® and other product names are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Classic Start Menu main features

- choose between “Classic style” (or classic with two columns) and “Windows 7” styles
- drag and drop to organize your applications
- show "Favorites," expand Control Panel, etc.
- show recently used documents; you can customize the number of documents that you want to display
- the program is available in 35 languages.
- the original start menu in Windows® is not disabled; you can launch it using "Shift+Click" on the start button.
- support for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
- support for 3rd party skins (you can customize your skin).
- you can show, search and launch Windows Store® apps in Windows® 8.
- customize the start button etc.

Classic Explorer main features

- add a customizable toolbar to Explorer for common operations (cut, copy, paste, delete, properties, etc.)
- replace the copy UI in Windows® 7 with a more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows® XP.
- options to customize the folder panel to look like the Windows® XP version.
- show the free disk space and the total size of selected files in the status bar
- ability to disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar
- fixed a list of features broken in Windows®: missing icon overlay for shared folders, jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting headers in list view, etc.

Classic IE main features

Note: this plugin won't be available if Internet Explorer 9 or a later version is not installed on your operating system.

- a caption has been added to the title bar so you can see the full title of the page
- view the security zone and also the loading progress in the status bar.

Classic Shell Review

Installation: Download the latest Classic Shell version and launch the setup file. There's nothing malicious or bundled in this app, so just hit the "Next" button. The application will install in a few seconds.

Configuration: Next time when you will click on Windows® start button a new window named "Settings for Classic Start Menu" will appear. From this window, you have multiple tabs that allow you configure your Microsoft® Windows® OS. For example, the first tab named "Start Menu Style" allow you to choose between a "Classic style," "Classic with two columns" or the "Windows 7 style".

You can even replace or customize Windows® start button. The second tab - "Basic Settings" allows you to customize several keyboard shortcuts and other Windows settings. Other tabs such as "Skin" or "Customize Start Menu" allows you to customize Windows® even more.

If you don't think you have enough options available, uncheck the box named "Show all settings" (located on the right-side of the search box), and there you go: you have access to all Classic Shell settings. That would be it - everything is intuitive but if you encounter a problem, check the FAQ section and if there's no answer, feel free to post or search your issue on Classic Shell forum.

Note: You can access Classic Shell settings anytime. Just type the word "Classic" in the search window, and you should be able to see both "Start Menu" and "Explorer" settings.

Conclusion: There's nothing complicated regarding both steps: setup and configuration. Everything is intuitive, and the software fulfills its promises (eliminates frustration for people coming from an older version of Windows®): adds some missing features to Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Windows® 8 (once again, a life saver). Finally, if you like this application (I did - especially since  Windows® 8 and now as a 10 user), I am sure that the author will appreciate each donation as a thank you for his work.

Found this software useful? Please consider a donation to the author.

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