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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

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  • 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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  • 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

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    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated.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

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  • 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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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.
  • WinMetro

    WinMetro is specially designed to bring the newly introduced Windows 8 Metro UI to Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. It offers an easy solution for old version...

    Free Windows

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  • 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 OS X

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  • 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/
  • 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...

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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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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.0.0.10, released in 2014, can be still downloaded from the official website.
    • 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

    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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free or open source?

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

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

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it was OpenSource until ver 3.6.8

now it became OpenSource again

Someone should make it for Linux and Mac LOL, no really it's so good Linux and Mac need it, don't forget BSD!. Linux has desktop environments that look like windows the little start menus like in gnome and XFCE, but there not that customizable. MacOS has a fullscreen start menu that looks like Windows 8's start menu except instead of metro it has a linux feel. Oh and for BSD it would be useful cause there aren't many people developing desktop environments for BSD. Really Classic Shell is customizable and beautiful. Love to see it run on all the Operating Systems! :-)

Someone should make it for Linux and Mac LOL, no really it's so good Linux and Mac need it, don't forget BSD!. Linux has desktop environments that look like windows the little start menus like in gnome and XFCE, but there not that customizable. MacOS has a fullscreen start menu that looks like Windows 8's start menu except instead of metro it has a linux feel. Oh and for BSD it would be useful cause there aren't many people developing desktop environments for BSD. Really Classic Shell is customizable and beautiful. Love to see it run on all the Operating Systems! :-)

Oh and for Classic Explorer there needs to be for Mac and Linux because I just cant stand it not having checkboxes and the Windows Explorer features are just too good!

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

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

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