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.
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.
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.
This Classic Shell is now available for Windows 10 as well.