Classic Shell Alternatives

    Classic Shell is described as 'is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Classic Shell for Windows, Android, Microsoft Office Suite and Mac. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Classic Shell are StartIsBack (Paid), Power8 (Free, Open Source), Start8 (Paid) and Start Menu X (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Oct 24, 2021

    1. Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev. Flexible start menu that can mimic the menu behavior of Windows 2000, XP and Windows 7 and compatible with all recent versions of Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows.
      Open Shell vs Classic Shell opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Open Shell is a great alternative to Classic Shell.
      1. It is supported. 2. It works with the 2019 Windows 10 1903. 3. It's free
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      It is made from the source of Classic Shell.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

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      A nice alternative to classic shell. Thanks
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      RemovedUser Most of the skins made for Classic Shell work for Open Shell as well
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      It's open-source like Classic-Shell, still maintened, compatible with latest versions of W10, also compatible with Windows 8.1 and 7, fast and customizable.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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    2. 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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      StartIsBack vs Classic Shell opinions
      Almost everyone thinks StartIsBack is a great alternative to Classic Shell.
      It has Windows 7 style, Windows 8 style, Windows 10 basic, and can turn the taskbar colors to glossy like Windows 7 and Vista had, also change the Windows start icon to the Windows 7 way or Windows 8 way.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. 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.
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      Almost everyone thinks Power8 is a great alternative to Classic Shell.
      • Windows
      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 support - Unified Search for apps, settings and files - Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop - One click...
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Start Menu X is a replacement of the system menu for professionals. Virtual Groups Group programs by purpose (office applications, graphics, etc) without changing their location on the hard drive.
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      • Windows
      Start10 adds the familiar Windows 7 start menu experience to Windows 10 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more effectively and personalize the look and feel of your start menu.
    4. 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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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      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 more productive. This utility will help you to get rid of the inconveniences of the standard 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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      • Free PersonalProprietary
      • Windows
      Labrys is a replacement for Windows Start menu and Run dialog.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Windows
      Classic Start Menu 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.
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