Classic Shell For Windows 8 Features Original Start Menu
Classic Shell For Windows 8, 8.1 & 10 Features Original Windows 7 style start menu and also includes some browser modifications to make you feel a little bit more at home again. Say goodbye to the new ridiculous start screen that has everyone from young users to senior citizens ready to throw their PC out a window!
I came across this great FREE application, Classic Shell, at a customer’s house here in Venice FL. I was really surprised when I sat down to use her laptop and I came across an original Windows 7 start menu, the look on my face was a mixture of surprise and confusion. The confusion came from the fact that I knew I was getting into a Windows 8 issue and I stumbled upon an original start menu, the surprised look came from my immediate realization that it worked really well and didn’t require any hacking Windows system files or modding anything at all, it simply is a very small open source application! When i say open source, I mean FREE and the code is available to the public, at least up to version 3.9.0.
And some of you might be wondering by now if us technicians can use it to turn our unhappy Windows 8 customers into smiling happy faces again?? The answer is yes! You are permitted to distribute the Classic Shell installer or offer it for download on your website, as long as:
- You do it free of charge
- You don’t misrepresent the origin of the software
- You don’t modify the software in any way
- Wrapping Classic Shell in a secondary installer or bundling with other software is not allowed
That being said, I started using it on customer’s computers already and have had nothing but happy people. Of course this is done FREE and on top of any other work that is done. I was so happy with this find that I wanted to share it with all of you. Again this does not modify or hack any system files and is a small application that will not harm your PC or slow it down.
Another cool feature of Classic Shell is that it will add a few more original file explorer features back. One that immediately comes to mind is that it shows the full browser path rather than the annoying “breadcrumbs” found in Windows 8 file explorer. I often have to add file paths for website design and command prompt commands and must admit that I like to copy and paste those long file paths rather than trying to remember them or write them down. This saves time by avoiding typos and stupid mistakes.
Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 15 million downloads. So this should assure you that most every kink is ironed out and is very popular for a reason. Go ahead and give it a shot you won’t be disappointed! Also here is the Author’s original website to download the latest version of Classic Shell: www.classicshell.net (No Malware, No Viruses & No Crazy Searches)