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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. The main features are:
  • 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 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer

Note: As of December 2017, Classic Shell is no longer in active development. More details here
Development has been picked up by volunteers on GitHub under the name Open Shell

The latest stable version of Classic Shell is 4.3.1

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Visit the Classic Shell forum to find custom menu skins and start buttons.

If you are having problems uninstalling or upgrading Classic Shell, please read this forum post.

Dec 3rd, 2017 - Classic Shell is no longer actively developed

After 8 years I have decided to stop developing Classic Shell. The source code for the latest version is released on SourceForge. More details here.

Aug 12th, 2017 - General release 4.3.1 is out

It officially supports the Creators Update for Windows 10. More details here.

Jul 30th, 2016 - General release 4.3.0 is out

It officially supports the Anniversary Update for Windows 10. More details here.

May 22nd, 2016 - Beta version 4.2.7 is out

QFE fix for a crash bug in beta version 4.2.6 that affects 32-bit Windows 10.

May 21st, 2016 - Beta version 4.2.6 is out

It improves support for Windows 10 Redstone, adds taskbar skinning, menu animations, and many new features. More details here.

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Choose between 3 different styles: 

The Classic Start Menu is compatible with:

Download DisplayFusion from here

Many usability improvements to Explorer (every feature can be turned on or off):

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"So happy to find this program. Very well made with lots of options. Makes Windows 7 worth using. Saves me from daily frustration. Thank you so much!"

"Brilliant! No more frustration, I can work just like I used to! Thank you!"
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System Requirements
Classic Shell works on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and their server counterparts (Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016). Both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported. The same installer works for all versions.
Note: Windows RT is not supported.

Friends of Classic Shell
Here are some of the people, who made significant contributions to the Classic Shell project:

Gaurav Kale - testing, feature requests and user experience consultant
Jcee - testing, feature requests, forum moderator
JohnEdwa - custom skins and feature requests
Loginvovchyk - Russian translation, documentation and installer
Andreas Roth - German translation
BasCom - German translation
CGpingu - German translation
largo - French translation
Ted - Swedish translation
W. Jordan (Zuo Weiming) - Simplified Chinese translation
Zsolt Brechler - Hungarian translation
Javier Ballesteros - Spanish translation
alan (stable.com.tw) - Traditional Chinese translation
Michal Várady - Czech translation
Awadh - Arabic translation
Stephanie Jones - Greek translation
Robert - Slovak translation
Igor Rückert - Brazilian Portuguese translation
Fred van Waard - Dutch translation
Federico Bertagna, aka Sleeping - Italian translation
bovirus - Italian translation
Francisco Gonzalez Galan - Spanish translation
pCsOrI - Korean translation
milksizegene - Japanese translation
Barnaba - Polish translation
Fabien COMMAN - French translation
Andrei David - Romanian translation
akerbeltz - Scottish translation
IRIman - Persian translation
pepdolesa - Catalan translation
Calemk - Macedonian translation
Daril - Spanish translation
Galaldurian - Spanish translation
TMTisFree - French translation
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