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    Classic Start Menu Alternatives

    Classic Start Menu is described as 'is considered as a perfect replacement to Windows 7 Start Menu. It helps you to find programs and folders many times faster. You always know where you put your things because folders expand when you hover over them' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to Classic Start Menu for Windows and Android. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Classic Start Menu are Classic Shell, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker, StartIsBack and Power8.

    This page was last updated May 20, 2022
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    Classic Start Menu is considered as a perfect replacement to Windows 7 Start Menu. It helps you to find programs and...
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    1. 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. Customize the Windows taskbar with dozens of exclusive options.
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      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.
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      Start menu replacement for Windows.


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      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.
    4. Add margins, rounded corners and segments to your taskbars!.
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      Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu?

      Discontinued

      The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.98, released in June 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Labrys is a replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog.
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      Start Menu 8 can help users who are not willing to change their behaviors and bring back the classic start menu. Users can enjoy a familiar start menu again with just one click while other styles are also available.

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      The installer may contain third-party softwares. Be careful during the installation: Forum

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