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Classic Shell 4.0 open beta [over now as 4.0 RTM released]
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Author:  Ivo [ Sun Jul 21, 2013 1:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Classic Shell 4.0 open beta [over now as 4.0 RTM released]

Edit: This beta build link is now obsolete. A newer beta can be downloaded from:

Classic Shell 3.9.0 beta is now freely available. You can download it from here:

Here's what's new in this version:

• New "Windows 7" menu style that replicates the look and feel of the Windows 7 start menu

◦ the programs show in a tree inside the main menu
◦ search results and jump lists show inside the main menu
◦ Start Menu animations when showing programs tree view, search results and jump lists
◦ dedicated shutdown button
◦ the unparalleled customizability you've come to expect from Classic Shell

• You can search for files as well as programs, using Windows Search
• The menu can show the most frequently used programs
• Programs can be pinned directly from Explorer
• New programs are automatically highlighted in the menu
• The list of Classic Shell settings can be searched to easily find the setting you need. When in search mode you can right-click on a setting and choose "Locate"
• New more reliable way to start on Windows 8, that doesn't use a service
• Improved compatibility with Windows 8.1 Preview
• Many improvements to performance and responsiveness

See some screenshots here:

Note: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are no longer supported

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