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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 very popular app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Classic Shell for Windows. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Classic Shell are StartIsBack, StartAllBack, Start11 and WinExt Free.

Classic Shell alternatives are mainly System Tweakers but may also be System Cleaners or Duplicate File Finders. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Classic Shell.
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  1. Open Shell icon

    Open Shell

    32 alternatives to Open Shell 

    Open Shell is a fork of the Classic Shell project for Windows that getting back the classic start menu to modern versions of Microsoft Windows.

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    1.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Open Shell.
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    Almost everyone thinks Open Shell is a great alternative to Classic Shell.
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    A nice alternative to classic shell. Thanks

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    Most of the skins made for Classic Shell work for Open Shell as well

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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.

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    1. It is supported. 2. It works with the 2019 Windows 10 1903. 3. It's free
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    It is made from the source of Classic Shell.

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  2. StartIsBack icon

    StartIsBack

    • Windows
    30 alternatives to 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 usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free.

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    1.  PortableStartIsBack can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Original fully-featured Windows 7 start menu
    Desktop and Modern interfaces are clearly separated
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    Almost everyone thinks StartIsBack is a great alternative to Classic Shell.
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    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.

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    StartAllBack

    • Windows
    6 alternatives to StartAllBack 

    The Windows 11 version of the Startisback replacement shell. This software allows you to make Windows 11 look like previous versions of Windows or a modified version of itself.

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    Start11

    28 alternatives to Start11 

    Customize the Start Menu and Taskbar in Windows 10 / Windows 11 . Quickly access your most used items, search your PC more effectively and personalize the look and feel of your start menu.

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    WinExt Free

    • Windows
    240 alternatives to WinExt Free 

    Powerful Win utilities: fix registry, clean junk, protect privacy, optimize system, quick launch, find duplicates, folder size, see more recent resources, activity monitor, batch operation, synchronization, disable context menus, skip UAC, trace file.

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    Start Menu X

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows
    26 alternatives to 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 their location on the hard drive.

    One-click start

    The PRO version allows you to assign a primary program to any f.

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  7. Power8 icon

    Power8

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    23 alternatives to Power8 

    Start menu replacement for Windows.

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    Almost everyone thinks Power8 is a great alternative to Classic Shell.
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    Start8

    28 alternatives to 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 support
    • Unified Search for apps, settings and files
    • Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop
    • One click access to.
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    Start Menu Reviver

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    29 alternatives to 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 access to all your desktop and Modern GUI (Metro) applications.

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    GiMeSpace QuickMenu

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    25 alternatives to GiMeSpace QuickMenu 

    A simple and fast task launcher and switcher. Press a custom assigned mouse/keyboard key, the menu pops up at the place of the mouse cursor, move to the desired task, release the key, and that is all! Can not be quicker or easier!.

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