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Restoring the Classic Start Menu
Restoring the Classic Start Menu
The classic Start menu has been completely ripped out of Windows 8. Microsoft
wanted to make sure the Start screen was the only native option users had, and
it accomplished that goal. The verdict is still out on the new Start screen, but
one thing is very apparent: lots of people are fans of the traditional Start menu
and they want to restore the functionality.
Two utilities replicate the behavior and appearance of the traditional Start
menu Windows users are familiar with.
Classic Shell
Classic Shell is a free Start menu alternative that restores a Start button and a
popup menu interface similar to the traditional Start menu as shown in Figure 6-8.
Figure 6-8: Classic Shell offers a Start screen replacement.
Almost all of the functionality of the traditional Start menu has been replicated
with Classic Shell. Best of all, Classic Shell can be heavily customized. Skins are
available to change the look and dozens of settings let you change which items
are displayed, and even the graphic for the Start button.
Classic Shell is easy to set up. Just head over to and
download the latest version.
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