Alternatives to Classic Shell for all platforms with Free License

  • 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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  • 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    • Discontinued The program seems to be no longer updated.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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated.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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  • 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/
  • 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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  • 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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  • Finalbird

    Start menu replacement. Finalbird integrates with file explorer for easy adding and accessing your favourites.

    Free Windows

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  • Start Button 8

    How to add a Start button to Windows 8? Just install Start Button 8! The package contains a Start button and a convenient Menu. A ready solution for those who like...

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  • Ex7forW8

    This program restores native Windows 7 start menu and desktop by bringing Windows 7 explorer.exe. Start menu retains full configurability you expect from Windows 7...

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  • Skip Metro Suite

    Skip Metro Suite for Windows 8 allows you to boot directly to Classic Desktop in Windows 8 RTM and Release Preview.Also it allows you completely disable all edge panels...

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