Being a Windows 8 user you always dreamed of having Start menu back, unfortunately there is no straight work around for having our old Windows 7 kind of start menu back. We have to rely on third part alternative software’s, which provides us the old start menu kind of menu function back to Windows 8. One such best alternative is ‘Classic Shell’.


Classic Shell is a free Start Menu alternative for Windows 8/7.

It gives you:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Start button for Windows 7 and Windows 8

Additionally it helps us to bring back the Toolbar, File Copy and status bar styles as well(if you are not happy with Windows 8 style)

  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
  • Classic copy UI
  • Show file size in Explorer status bar

Here are some sample screen shots from my PC:




It is FREE!!! and Open Source.

You can download it from main website or from source forge