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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 and Windows 8.1
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 15 million downloads.

The latest version of Classic Shell is 4.1.0

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

Dec 13th, 2014 - Beta version 4.2.0 is out

It improves the support for Windows 10 and adds many new features. More details here.

Apr 20th, 2014 - General release 4.1.0 is out

It improves the support for Windows 8.1 Spring Update and contains some stability fixes. More details here.

Mar 31st, 2014 - General release 4.0.5 is out

It improves the usability on tablets and adds support for animated start buttons. More details here.

Jan 18th, 2014 - General release 4.0.4 is out

This release contains new administrative settings and multiple compatibility fixes. More details here.

Oct 20th, 2013 - General release 4.0.2 is out

This release contains some last minute tweaks and fixes.

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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):

If you like Classic Explorer, you might also like this search utility by GOFF Concepts:

Download FileSearchEX from here

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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 and their server counterparts (Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2). Both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported. The same installer works for all versions.
Windows 10 is supported by the latest beta version 4.2.0.

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
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