Classic Shell Reviews

(FIX) explorer.exe process stopped working...

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This beautiful software is a must have to Windows 10. I really don't know why Microsoft keep messing with the Start Menu. If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

Lately, my explorer.exe process was hanging a lot. Every few minutes I had to restart the process on both my Laptop and Desktop computer.
After doing some software diagnostics, I found out the Classic Shell was the culprit.

Fortunately it wasn't the Classic Menu functionality that was messing with the process, but the Classic Windows Explorer features.

Just reinstall the software and disable the installation of the Windows Explorer features.
It might still be remnants of the old installation, so you might need to remove some settings, manually.

Just grab a little piece of software called Autoruns from Sysinternals, ran it as an Administrator and disabled all the features that weren't related with the Classic Shell Classic Menu features.
Filter for "classic" and disable all the options with "Adds classic Windows Explorer features" in the description.
Restart the computer, and all done.

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Windows 10 is only usable with Classic Shell

about Classic Shell and Windows 10 · · Helpful Not helpful
  • The start-menu of Windows 10 is unusable. If You install Classic Shell you have the very good start-menu from Windows 7 with printers and autostart group again
  • I miss the autostart group in the normal start-menu of Windows 10 without "Classic Shell"
  • I like, that "Classic Shell" has a multi-language-UI and an installer in english and 6 other languages: The main Classic Shell package includes translations in 35 languages for things like the toolbar labels, the Explorer UI and the start menu items. By default things like the settings UI, help files and the installer are only in English. However, also those areas of Classic Shell have been translated to 6 other languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish & Russian. You can download the installer for these 6 languages from http://classicshell.net/translations .
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Great!

about Classic Shell · · Helpful Not helpful

The Start Menu module: Even Better then any start menu ever, More options that make you want to upgrade from XP, Skins, where everything is etc.

The Windows Explorer module: I found this A bit useless and it is the lesser developed part of CS. I hate the old copy and paste UI. It gave me less options (e.g rename in to "x(2)) And the menu bar really wasn't needed. But give it time

Classic IE9 module: I don't use IE so I can't say :)

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Makes Windows 8 worth the upgrade

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Before I learned about Classic Shell, I had no intentions of upgrading to Windows 8. With this utility I get the start menus that I'm familiar with. I have the choice of what Start button to choose, plus many other options. I'm currently using the Metro button to distiguish it from Windows 7. With Classic Shell I start directly to the Desktop (optional), skipping the Metro interface. I am very pleased to have found this utility.

I added an image of what the menu looks like on Windows 8:

http://img802.imageshack.us/img802/4104/windows8desktop.jpg

[Edited by dantsatsan, January 31]

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Great app for win8

about Classic Shell · · Helpful Not helpful

In the case your office staff (secretaries, salesman etc.) is not enthusiastic about changes in win8 this is the way to go when transiting from any previous windows system. It is free, so it is ideal for company use - however i really call for donating at least a hundred dollars if you install it on more then 10 computers in your office... or you know, some adequate sum of money. It saves you lot of hassle, time and in the end money - learning some older employee how to use windows8 is painful.

And no, I am not in any way affiliated with developer.

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classic.... literally

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works very well, i just hope more updates come soon! a lot of features i miss in xp are integrated.

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