Alternatives to Classic Shell for all platforms with any license

  • 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.

    • A nice alternative to classic shell. Thanks Guest • Oct 2020 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 1. It is supported. 2. It works with the 2019 Windows 10 1903. 3. It's free Guest • Jun 2019 • 12 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Most of the skins made for Classic Shell work for Open Shell as well RemovedUserMar 2020 Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Nov 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is made from the source of Classic Shell. Guest • Apr 2019 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    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...

    • 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. Guest • Feb 2020 Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

    • 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.

    Freemium 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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  • Classic Start Menu

    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...

    Freemium Windows

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Classic Shell Comments

Comment by city_zen
about Classic Shell · Sep 2018 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Classic Shell replacement is Open Shell, please look it up here on alternativeto.net
Open Shell has the same features as Classic Shell and you can even "upgrade" from Classic Shell to Open Shell almost seamlessly
Open Shell is absolutely free and open source, and (at the time of this writing) is in active development
It's truly the best replacement for Classic Shell

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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!