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Classic Start 8 Alternatives

Classic Start 8 is described as 'keeps the familiar form and function of Windows®7 by placing a traditional start button back in its place along with access to all programs, pinning options, search features and shut down choices' and is an app. There are more than 25 alternatives to Classic Start 8 for Windows. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Classic Start 8 are Classic Shell, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, StartIsBack and Pokki.

This page was last updated Jun 28, 2021
  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

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

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  1. Open Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev.

  2. 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.

    Discontinued

    The developer announced that Classic Shell will be no longer developed because Windows 10 is updated too frequently and because Microsoft is making more difficult to customize Windows: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8147 Last version, 4.3.1, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website, together with the source code.



  3. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Customize the Windows taskbar with dozens of exclusive options.

  4. StartIsBack

    • Windows

    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 usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free.

  5. Pokki

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    Pokki puts web-connected apps in your taskbar, so they're always only one click away. Welcome to the modern desktop.

    Discontinued

    The program seems to be no longer updated. Social pages are not updated since 2014. Last version can be still downloaded from the official website.



  6. Start Menu X

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals.

  7. Power8

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Start menu replacement for Windows.

  8. Start11

    • Windows

    Customize the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10 / Windows 11 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more effectively and personalize the look and feel of your start menu.

  9. Start8

    • Windows

    Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features:.

  10. Start Menu Reviver

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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 access to all your desktop and Modern GUI (Metro) applications.

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