Classic Shell 3.5.1 improves the support for Windows 8

Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features. There are 3 major components - Classic Explorer, Classic Start Menu and Classic IE9. Look here for the full list if features.

Classic Shell features:

  • Classic Start Menu for Windows 7, 8 (with skins)
  • Toolbar for Windows Explorer
  • Classic copy UI
  • Show file size in Explorer status bar

Classic Start Menu is a clone of the original start menu. It has a variety of advanced features:

  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
  • Implements a customizable start button for Windows 8
  • And last but not least – it's FREE!

Classic Explorer is a plugin for Windows Explorer that:

  • Adds a toolbar to Explorer for some common operations (Go to parent folder, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Properties, Email). The toolbar is fully customizable
  • Replaces the copy UI in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows XP
  • Handles Alt+Enter in the folder panel of Windows Explorer and shows the properties of the selected folder
  • Has options for customizing the folder panel to look more like the Windows XP version or to not fade the expand buttons
  • Can show the free disk space and the total file size in the status bar
  • Can disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar
  • Fixes a long list of features that are broken in Windows 7 – missing icon overlay for shared folders, the jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting headers in list view, and more

Classic IE9 is a plugin for Internet Explorer 9 that:

  • Adds a caption to the title bar so you can see the full title of the page
  • Shows the security zone in the status bar
  • Shows the loading progress in the status bar

What's new in this version:

  • Enabled the custom start button for Windows 7 and added more settings
  • Added a setting to skip the Metro screen on startup
  • Improved compatibility with the IE10's Enhanced Protected Mode
  • Fixed some bugs found in the previous version

Download: Classic Shell 3.5.1 | 8.5 MB (Open Source)
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If you really want the old start menu back or those old windows features, just stick with what you have. No one is forcing you to go buy windows 8

link6155 said,
If you really want the old start menu back or those old windows features, just stick with what you have. No one is forcing you to go buy windows 8

Thank God Windows 7 will be supported for life.

I thought it was like with XP, sticking around long, but not for always.
This cleared things up for me, thank you.

Expect latest technology to happen on whatever the latest version of Windows is PLUS Windows 7, because Microsoft and developers have such a big heart for us and thankfully skipped economy class back then.


chAos972 said,
Blast from the past. People are free to go nuts but just don't ask for support if you run into issues, heh.

What issues? Classic Shell is not some hack. It uses documented Windows APIs.