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  • Start8 icon


    Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features: - Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps - Pin desktop and Metro apps to the start menu - Jump List...

    Commercial Windows

  • StartIsBack icon


    StartIsBack returns Windows 8 a real fully featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7. StartIsBack radically improves desktop...

    Commercial Windows

  • Handy Start Menu icon

    Handy Start Menu

    Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu? The Handy Start Menu, a small utility will make your computation much easier and...

    Freemium Windows

  • Start Menu X icon

    Start Menu X

    Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals. Virtual Groups Group programs by purpose (office applications, graphics, etc) without changing...

    Freemium Windows

  • Pokki Menu icon

    Pokki Menu

    An easy way to bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8. Pokki Menu makes accessing and organizing your favorite apps, websites, files and folders more simple and...

    Free Windows

  • Power8 icon


    The start menu replacer for Win8, styled and integrated inside taskbar. Designed for Windows8 (v.1.0.1 tested under RTM 9200), works under XP SP3 and Se7en SP1 as well....

    Open Source Windows

  • Start Menu Reviver icon

    Start Menu Reviver

    Start Menu Reviver offers an improved Start Menu for Windows 8/7 that blends the traditional Start Menu functions with the Windows 8 design concept and provides quick...

    Free Windows

  • IObit StartMenu8 icon

    IObit StartMenu8

    StartMenu8 is specially designed for Windows 8. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time and are not accustomed to the new...

    Free Windows

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    StartW8 is a FREE but powerful tool for Windows 8 users. Do you prefer desktop to modernUI? Would you like to logon directly to desktop? And than use "Start"...

    Free Windows

  • GiMeSpace QuickMenu icon

    GiMeSpace QuickMenu

    While Microsoft is annoying Windows desktop users with metro/modernUI, and other companies are restoring things back to the old, GiMeSpace is offering desktop users...

    Commercial Windows

  • StartForDesktop icon


    StartForDekstop - Start Menu for Windows 8. Available functions: New! "Classic Start Menu" mode (0.9.5) Start Menu list of applications An...

    Free Windows

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    startx is a fantastic application resident in the menubar that creates a true text-based menu with the groups of Lauchpad applications As for the start menu of Windows...

    Commercial Mac

  • Labrys Start menu icon

    Labrys Start menu

    Replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog. Unlike many other Start menu enchantment applications Labrys does not mimic layout or visual appearance of Start...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Start Menu Modifier

    Start Menu Modifier will allow you to open the star screen at the bottom or the top of your desktop, when you click on the Win flag key. You no longer need to leave...

    Free Windows

Classic Shell Comments

(FIX) explorer.exe process stopped working...

about Classic Shell ·

This beautiful software is a must have to Windows 10. I really don't know why Microsoft keep messing with the Start Menu. If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

Lately, my explorer.exe process was hanging a lot. Every few minutes I had to restart the process on both my Laptop and Desktop computer.
After doing some software diagnostics, I found out the Classic Shell was the culprit.

Fortunately it wasn't the Classic Menu functionality that was messing with the process, but the Classic Windows Explorer features.

Just reinstall the software and disable the installation of the Windows Explorer features.
It might still be remnants of the old installation, so you might need to remove some settings, manually.

Just grab a little piece of software called Autoruns from Sysinternals, ran it as an Administrator and disabled all the features that weren't related with the Classic Shell Classic Menu features.
Filter for "classic" and disable all the options with "Adds classic Windows Explorer features" in the description.
Restart the computer, and all done.


Windows 10 is only usable with Classic Shell

about Classic Shell and Windows 10 ·
  • The start-menu of Windows 10 is unusable. If You install Classic Shell you have the very good start-menu from Windows 7 with printers and autostart group again
  • I miss the autostart group in the normal start-menu of Windows 10 without "Classic Shell"
  • I like, that "Classic Shell" has a multi-language-UI and an installer in english and 6 other languages: The main Classic Shell package includes translations in 35 languages for things like the toolbar labels, the Explorer UI and the start menu items. By default things like the settings UI, help files and the installer are only in English. However, also those areas of Classic Shell have been translated to 6 other languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish & Russian. You can download the installer for these 6 languages from .

free or open source?

Comment by salah
about Classic Shell · Aug 2015

It is on, Does it mean it's open source?


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Comment by Satuim
about Classic Shell · Aug 2013

Just changed the icon to the new one and entered the authors name