Open Shell Alternatives for Windows
There are many alternatives to Open Shell for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is Classic Shell, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Open Shell and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Open Shell are FastKeys (Paid), StartIsBack (Paid), Power8 (Free, Open Source) and Start8 (Paid).
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- Classic Shell is free software getting back the better start menu from Win7 in Win10!. View 31 alternatives to Classic Shell
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.
- Free • Open Source
Classic Shell vs Open ShellI'm an IT / PC /Mac Network consultant. Classic shell is the original version of Open Shell. Open Shell still seems to work fine with Windows 10 v1903. I am not a big fan of the new Windows (formerly called "Metro") Interface, and install Open Shell on every W10 computer I use. My clients also are very pleased with it.
- Do you often find yourself looking for a program in the long list of the Start menu? View 44 alternatives to Handy Start Menu
The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 1.98, released in June 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website.
- Freemium • Proprietary