Alternatives to Classic Shell for all platforms with any license

  • Start8 icon


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

    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....

    Commercial 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...

    Free Windows

  • IObit StartMenu8 icon

    IObit StartMenu8 Warning

    StartMenu8 is specially designed for Windows 8. It offers a perfect solution for users who work with Windows Start Menu all the time...

    Free 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...

    Freemium 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...

    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...

    Open Source Windows

  • Start10 icon


    Start10 adds the familiar Windows 7 start menu experience to Windows 10 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more...

    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...

    Freemium 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...

    Commercial Windows

  • StartForDesktop icon


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

    Free Windows

  • StartW8 icon


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

    Free Windows

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  • 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...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Ex7forW8 icon


    This program restores native Windows 7 start menu and desktop by bringing Windows 7 explorer.exe. Start menu retains full...

    Free 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...

    Free Windows

  • Classic Start 8 icon

    Classic Start 8

    Classic Start 8 keeps the familiar form and function of Windows®7 by placing a traditional start button back in its place along...

    Free Windows

  • Start Button 8 icon

    Start Button 8

    How to add a Start button to Windows 8? Just install Start Button 8! The package contains a Start button and a convenient Menu. A...

    Free Windows

  • Finalbird icon


    Start menu replacement. Finalbird integrates with file explorer for easy adding and accessing your favourites.

    Free Windows

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  • Skip Metro Suite

    Skip Metro Suite for Windows 8 allows you to boot directly to Classic Desktop in Windows 8 RTM and Release Preview.Also it allows you...

    Free Windows

  • startX icon


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

    Commercial Mac

  • RetroUI Pro icon

    RetroUI Pro

    RetroUI - Skip the start screen, get a start menu, run Metro apps in a window, and finger-friendly app shortcuts from the desktop

    Commercial Windows

  • Classic Start Menu icon

    Classic Start Menu

    Classic Start Menu is considered as a perfect replacement to Windows 7 Start Menu. It helps you to find programs and folders many...

    Freemium Windows

  • ViStart icon


    A skinable start menu to replace your existing Windows XP start menu. It also allows you to get the Windows Start Menu back on Windows...

    Free Windows

  • 8StartButton

    A Windows 8 start button and start menu for Windows 8

    Freemium Windows

  • Classic Menu for Office icon

    Classic Menu for Office

    Brings back the classic and familiar menus and toolbars to Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 (includes Office 365).

    Commercial Windows

Classic Shell Comments

Windows 10 is only usable with Classic Shell

Positive Comment by em4020
about Classic Shell and Windows 10 Aug 2015
  • 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?



Comment by Satuim
about Classic Shell Aug 2013

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