Download Classic Shell For Windows 8

Classic Shell, the popular Windows enhancement tool, has recently been updated to fully support Windows 8.  The newest version of Classic Shell supports both x86 and x64 versions of Windows 8 and is now available for download from the official page.

For those who may have forgotten, Classic Shell is a free program that helps you fix Windows announces, and lets you add missing features as well. In simple words, it lets you add features that were present in previous versions of Windows but are not available in the latest Windows versions.

Classic Shell for Windows 8

That is, you can easily enable various features of Windows XP and Vista in Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well. For instance, it lets you add the missing Start menu in Windows 8, enable the good XP style toolbar in Windows Explorer, and many more handy features.

By installing Classic Shell, one can easily customize the look and feel of Explorer in a jiffy. You can select between Windows XP classic, Windows XP simple and Windows Vista style navigation pane, show/hide the horizontal scrollbar, hide the search box that appears in the upper right corner, customize the classic explorer toolbar, add icon overlay for shared folders (a very handy feature), show sort headers in all views (another handy feature of Vista), and more.

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Just like Windows Explorer, you can customize the classic Start menu as well. Those users who are anxious to get the Start menu in Windows 8 should check out this tool. Tens of options are available to change classic Start menu settings.

Do note that when you open the Classic Shell settings, you will see only basic settings. To view advanced settings, please select All Settings option present in the bottom left of the window. And finally, it lets you backup all your custom settings to an XML file as well. Right-click on the Start orb and click Exit to close the application.

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  1. Steve says

    Learn “new stuff”. Like what, quantum physics, French, microbiology? Or “stuff” like the stupid Ribbon, the All CAPS MENU and other BS “stuff” that wastes my time and fills software wienies lives up with something to do?

  2. David says

    All I want to do is put an end to the bloody “charms” in Windows 8! The rest I can deal with was that feature designed by a mole for Apple?

  3. Rob H says

    I have installed Classic Shell in Windows 8 32-bit Release Preview, but it disappears frequently when I restart the system. Is there a fix for this?

  4. admin says

    Windows 7 Start menu style skins are also available if you aren’t happy with the default one. ViStart is another alternative with Windows 7 style Start menu.

  5. Mike says

    People need to learn to move the **** on. The order of the items in the classic Win95 layout of the Start Menu is really awkward compared to later layouts, and the only reason why some people prefer it is just that they’re used to it and don’t want to learn new stuff.
    I mean, if the item you’ll be accessing the most is “Programs”, why on Earth is it located on the extreme opposite to the Start button, rather than next to it? Its post-XP location makes much more sense; the cursor doesn’t have to travel so much to access it.
    Also, the most often used column in the post-XP SM is really useful, as it’ll save you lots of clicks.

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