I have been using this since Windows 7 more than 3-ish years. I was so happy it was updated for usability on Windows 8. The developer is still active! I had to get a new laptop and was a little worried, but it works perfect and even faster on Windows 8. I have NEVER had any issues with it crashing in all the time using it. It seems to take up nearly zero RAM. I tried to give Apps and Metro a go, but on a typical laptop it slows down my efficiency, especially in large multitasking modes. This has so many options not just in the shell but in Win Explorer as well, bringing back options from Win XP - which often is more intuitive for me. Highly recommend it before trying anything else!! And it's free.
I guess newer Windows really can't beat Windows XP practical GUI.
This Classic Shell gives us the options (lots of it!) to tweak the menu looks and function. It conveniently has a Backup button for restoring previous settings, good work!
I know that Metro UI is great for touching but the way Microsoft forces me to use the Metro Start Screen is unfriendly. I was hoping that Microsoft would change their mind to bring back Start menu but now I don't need anymore. Classic Shell brings the things we're familiar with and up to now, I'm totally satisfied.
My PC now operates (and looks) like it did when I was running WinXP.
Love this program!
Classic Shell is an awesome program. I much prefer it to the Vista and Windows 7 Start Menus. It's tremendously customizable and you can export and import all the settings so that they can be applied to other computers and login ids. It also provides a great replacement for XP-style function buttons on Windows Explorer. Again, customizable and one can export and import settings. I use its Classic Explorer function to hook to a good third party filesystem search program to replace the execrable VistaW7W8 filesystem search.
But the best thing is that Classic Shell 3.5 puts its beautiful Start Menu on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, turning a sow's ear into a silk purse! Settings from W7 will even import into W8, providing instant customization.
If your computer use is about getting things done rather than glitz, Windows 7 can disappoint. But by turning off the Aero and other effects and installing Classic Shell, Windows will be faster and more responsive, and you will once again have a Menu that allows you to organize things they way you want. Program works great - highly recommended for serious computing.
Of all the software, what is more essential and "core" than the Windows explorer interface and the start menu, and task bar controls?
Classic Shell allows you far more control and options for this than any product I've seen; it is free and runs without problem on more than 10 computers (family, friends etc), and lets me/other users make the Windows interface the way I want, not as Microsoft would force on me.
If you hate the Win7 setup and want to revert back to XP - or any other custom setup - this is what you need. Crucial when upgrading or installing a new system. I can't praise it enough.
This quick download will put you right in the driver's seat on screen.You soon realize the quick responsive choice menu of familiar XP is at hand."Classic Shell" provides an escape from the bloated menu Win 7 offers even in it's most basic personalization. A good mix of past control but new OS dynamic.
When windows 7 came out I was beside myself at the fact that MS omitted the classic menu style. The way I arrange my menu simply cannot be accommodated with the overly compact new style. Being unable to get classic buttons like delete, etc. Onto the explorer toolbar was annoying too. This program took care of everything. If you've got vista or 7, you need this.
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