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Download Classic Shell for Windows 8, 8.1 & Windows 7- Classic Start Menu, Toolbar & More!

We all know that Windows 8 lacks some old features like the start menu. Many Windows 8 users are disappointed about the removal of start menu, classic toolbar buttons etc. The good old start menu was very useful for easy navigation and shutdown. But unfortunately, Microsoft replaced the start menu with Start Screen, which is not so convenient for desktop users.

Microsoft also removed Cut, Copy, Paste buttons from the toolbar in Windows 7. Apart from this, the Windows Explorer doesn’t have a “Up” button and also it doesn’t show full address of the current path. The Start Menu in Windows 7 is also redesigned and the old classic Windows XP style is no longer available.


Classic Shell is an awesome utility that brings old Windows features that were removed to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. The amount of customization it provides is really large. You can customize almost everything. This software is free, open source and is updated frequently.

Let’s look into all the features of Classic Shell 3.9.0:

  • Supports Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
  • Fully customizable Start Menu.
  • Customizable toolbar buttons.
  • Provides option to remove breadcrumbs.
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer.
  • Enable direct boot to desktop in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Custmoizable Start Menu (Specially for Windows 8):

Classic shell’s main advantage is that it enables you to get the old start menu back in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. You can choose your desired Start Menu style from Windows 7/Vista style, Windows XP style  and Windows Classic Style. Classic Shell also provides you an option to choose the Start Menu Skin. To access all these settings, simply right click on the start button and choose settings (Check the screenshot below).

Classic Shell Settings

Classic Toolbar:

Classic shell adds some basic and useful commands on to the Windows Explorer toolbar. It is highly customizable so you can which buttons appear. You can change its settings by clicking on Classic Explorer Settings icon present in the toolbar on Windows Explorer.

Classic Explorer Toolbar
Image Source: http://www.classicshell.net/

If you’re a Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 user then Classic Shell is a must have utility. It will also work on Windows 7 and Vista. You can download it from the link given below.

Download Classic Shell here: Visit Classicshell

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Writer and editor of The Next Digit Media, he takes care of iOS, Apple, Mac and other gadgets. He worked at Apple Inc, before joining to TND Media. He was graduated in Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication Degree from Cambridge University. All posts by David

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