Classic Shell Windows Enhancement Tool

Classic Shell is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. It has a customizable Start menu and Starts button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features. Classic Start Menu is a clone of the original start menu, which you can find in all versions of Windows from 95 to Vista.

Classic Shell is an Open-Source application (initially released under an Open Source license, freeware and again Open-Source) 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.

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Classic Shell Features:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins.
  • Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs.
  • Find programs, settings, files and documents.
  • Start button for Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7.
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer.
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer.
  • 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.
  • The 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.

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