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Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are:
  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
  • Find programs, settings, files and documents
  • Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 10 million downloads.

The latest version of Classic Shell is 4.0.4

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Jan 18th, 2014 - General release 4.0.4 is out

This release contains new administrative settings and multiple compatibility fixes. More details here.

Oct 20th, 2013 - General release 4.0.2 is out

This release contains some last minute tweaks and fixes.

Oct 5th, 2013 - General release 4.0.0 is out

The first official build of Classic Shell 4.0 is released. Read more about the new features and see screenshots.

Sep 15th, 2013 - Release Candidate 3.9.5 is out

Added animated menu transitions. Added a status bar for Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1. Windows 8.1 RTM is officially supported.

Jul 21st, 2013 - Beta version 3.9.0 is released

Read all about the new features here.

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Choose between 3 different styles: 

The Classic Start Menu is compatible with:

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Many usability improvements to Explorer (every feature can be turned on or off):

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"So happy to find this program. Very well made with lots of options. Makes Windows 7 worth using. Saves me from daily frustration. Thank you so much!"

"Brilliant! No more frustration, I can work just like I used to! Thank you!"
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System Requirements
Classic Shell works on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and their server counterparts (Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2). Both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported. The same installer works for all versions.

Friends of Classic Shell
Here are some of the people, who made significant contributions to the Classic Shell project:

Gaurav Kale - testing, feature requests and user experience consultant
Jcee - testing, feature requests, forum moderator
JohnEdwa - custom skins and feature requests
Loginvovchyk - Russian translation, documentation and installer
Andreas Roth - German translation
BasCom - German translation
CGpingu - German translation
largo - French translation
Ted - Swedish translation
W. Jordan (Zuo Weiming) - Simplified Chinese translation
Zsolt Brechler - Hungarian translation
Javier Ballesteros - Spanish translation
alan (stable.com.tw) - Traditional Chinese translation
Michal Várady - Czech translation
Awadh - Arabic translation
Stephanie Jones - Greek translation
Robert - Slovak translation
Igor Rückert - Brazilian Portuguese translation
Fred van Waard - Dutch translation
Federico Bertagna, aka Sleeping - Italian translation
bovirus - Italian translation
Francisco Gonzalez Galan - Spanish translation
pCsOrI - Korean translation

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