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  • Start8 icon

    Start8

    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

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  • 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

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    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated.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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    Power8

    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....

    Free Open Source Windows

  • StartIsBack icon

    StartIsBack

    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

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  • 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

  • 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

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    StartW8

    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

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.2.111.0, released in December 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • IObit Start Menu 8 icon

    IObit Start Menu 8

    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...

    Free Windows

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    • Bundleware The installer may contain third-party softwares. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • startX icon

    startX

    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

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  • StartForDesktop icon

    StartForDesktop

    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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  • 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

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    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 with access to all programs, pinning...

    Free Windows

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    • Bundleware The installer contains adware and possibly other malware as well. Be careful during the installation: https://alternativeto.net/discussions/applications/11718/be-careful-in-the-installation/
  • 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

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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 or visual appearance of Start...

    Free Personal Windows

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Classic Shell Comments

free or open source?

Comment by salah
about Classic Shell · Aug 2015 · Helpful Not helpful

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

it was OpenSource until ver 3.6.8

now it became OpenSource again

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Comment by Satuim
about Classic Shell · Aug 2013 · Helpful Not helpful

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

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