Saturday, August 18, 2012

The complete list of Classic Shell's reviews

What Classic Shell Users Have To Say:

Classic Shell will be essential to my business when W8 is released. Please keep up the great work!
asokasus Sep 26, 2012
You Sir, finally brought back usability to the Start Menu. Thank you so much!
Anonymous Donor Sep 25, 2012
Fantastic job thus far. Keep it up.
Anonymous Donor Sep 21, 2012
Without ClassicShell I would have sticked to WIndows XP! :)
Anonymous Donor Sep 16, 2012
Thank you so, so much for this. Have an awesome weekend.
Anonymous Donor Sep 14, 2012
Thank you... You helped me stay sane. I no longer wish to kill myself when opening Start Menu.
Anonymous Donor Sep 13, 2012
Thanks! Great addon for Windows 8, I don't like the new start screen
Anonymous Donor Sep 10, 2012
Thank you (again) for that life-saver!
Anonymous Donor Sep 8, 2012
Very nice, this will be very popular with us old Win dudes on V8
Anonymous Donor Sep 3, 2012
This is a fantastic project, thanks for the great work!
Anonymous Donor Sep 3, 2012
Thank you for making the Windows 8 Desktop usable again. Shame on Microsoft!
Anonymous Donor Sep 1, 2012
Classic Shell makes Windows 7 more bearable.
Anonymous Donor Aug 31, 2012
You people are great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry I can't afford more.)
Anonymous Donor Aug 29, 2012
Good job, makes windows 7 usable, and hopefully win8 as well!
Anonymous Donor Aug 29, 2012
Keep up the great work! I might just keep using Windows 8 now...
Anonymous Donor Aug 28, 2012
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous Donor Aug 27, 2012
Great job guys!! Will support more in the future.
Anonymous Donor Aug 26, 2012
Thanks! I wouldn't use Windows 8 without Classic Shell.
Anonymous Donor Aug 25, 2012
Great! Thank you! Anselm
Anonymous Donor Aug 24, 2012
Thanks for freeing me from metro.
Anonymous Donor Aug 22, 2012
Thank you for this best program!!!
Anonymous Donor Aug 21, 2012
Anonymous Donor Aug 19, 2012
You have saved my sanity. I recently switched from XP to Win7 and I was so frustrated. THANK YOU!
Keep up the good work!
Anonymous Donor Aug 18, 2012
This make Windows 8 usable great job on this program
Anonymous Donor Aug 18, 2012
Indispensable for Windows 8 - bypass of Metro screen is beyond price!
Anonymous Donor Aug 18, 2012
Great product, needed to make Windows 8 work!
Anonymous Donor Aug 18, 2012
Makes Windows 8 so much nicer to use, thank you, keep up the good work!
Anonymous Donor Aug 18, 2012

Wonderful addition to WIN7!
Anonymous Donor Aug 16, 2012 
GREAT program! Change for change sake is never a good thing when it effects productivity!
Anonymous Donor Aug 14, 2012 
Thanks for the great program!
Anonymous Donor Aug 13, 2012 
You have removed 75% of my frustrations with Win7. Thank you SO VERY MUCH.
daveqwerty Aug 12, 2012 
congratulations for your excellent job
Anonymous Donor Aug 8, 2012 
Thanks for the solid software!
Anonymous Donor Aug 8, 2012 
Thanks so much!!! Keep up the good work. I CANNOT USE WINDOWS 7 WITHOUT IT!
Anonymous Donor Aug 7, 2012 
thanks, use it every day.
Anonymous Donor Aug 6, 2012 
thank you for making this add-on
Anonymous Donor Aug 3, 2012 
Thank you for creating this add-on, very useful.
Anonymous Donor Aug 3, 2012 
Great Products! Thank you.
Anonymous Donor Jul 30, 2012 
Amazing piece of software. Perfect complement to Win8-CP
Anonymous Donor Jul 26, 2012 
Thank you for making my windows 7 useable.
Anonymous Donor Jul 26, 2012 
Extremely impressive!
Anonymous Donor Jul 25, 2012 
Thank you for making win7 usable... Classic integrated search next?
Anonymous Donor Jul 19, 2012 
Thanks for making this app!! Wish I was working so I could donate more.
Anonymous Donor Jul 17, 2012 
Keep up the good work.
Anonymous Donor Jul 8, 2012 
Thanks for Classic Shell. Please consider adding Flattr as an alternative to PayPal donations :)
Anonymous Donor Jul 6, 2012 
OMG, I'm so telling everybody I know about this.
Anonymous Donor Jul 3, 2012 
Great work with Classic Shell 3.5 and 3.5.1. Thanks!
Anonymous Donor Jul 1, 2012 
Super Programm, hoffe ihr findet noch viel Unterstützung! (German translation: Super program, hope you can still find a lot of support!)
Anonymous Donor Jun 26, 2012 
Terrific! Makes my Windows 7 life soooo much easier. Thanks!
Anonymous Donor Jun 23, 2012
I could not work without Classic Shell. Good to see Win8 dev.
Anonymous Donor Jun 15, 2012 
Thanks for fixing all these annoyances
Anonymous Donor Jun 12, 2012 
This is just vital for Windows 8
Anonymous Donor Jun 7, 2012 
Very good work (many options to configure yourself to death) ;-)
Anonymous Donor Jun 6, 2012 
Classic Shell does an excellent job of restoring some of the useful functionality from Windows XP.
Anonymous Donor Jun 4, 2012 
It even works with Win8, thank you!
Anonymous Donor Jun 4, 2012 
I think I donated before, but just tested in Win8 RP and works fabulously. Many thanks!
Anonymous Donor Jun 1, 2012 
Great Tool! Love it! Windows would be unusable without it!
Anonymous Donor Jun 1, 2012 
Can't express it in words - have to donate $$$. Thank you for this tool!
Anonymous Donor May 30, 2012 
Great stuff. Simply a life saver!
Anonymous Donor May 28, 2012
Thank you so much for this.
Anonymous Donor May 22, 2012
Cannot thank you enough for saving me from the time-wasting morons who designed Win7. Yours, Matt
Anonymous Donor May 20, 2012
Start using windows 7 when I discowered clasic shell
Anonymous Donor May 14, 2012
Fixed the biggest problem with Windows 7
Anonymous Donor May 13, 2012
Anonymous Donor May 13, 2012
Thank you for all the good you do for Windows users!
Anonymous Donor May 12, 2012
I have to use Win7 at work and you have made it bearable, thank you!
Anonymous Donor May 6, 2012
Thank you very much for your work!
Anonymous Donor May 1, 2012
This is absolutely the greatest piece of software - it has saved so many headaches,
Anonymous Donor Apr 30, 2012
Thank you very much!
volkan-kAccepting Donations Apr 29, 2012
A lifesaver for a "New Windows Startmenu" hater like me. :) Thank you guys for this great utility!
Anonymous Donor Apr 27, 2012
Excellent program - Windows 8 lives again on desktop computers.
Anonymous Donor Apr 21, 2012
You Made Windows 8 Enjoyable! Thank you
Anonymous Donor Apr 19, 2012
CS is an absolutely essential addition to any new Windows installation. Thank you very much!
Anonymous Donor Apr 18, 2012
Are you from Microsoft, & put in these insipid problems just so you could get $10 more from me? :-)
Anonymous Donor Apr 17, 2012
Keep up the good work
Anonymous Donor Apr 14, 2012
Your program is GREATLY appreciated!
Anonymous Donor Apr 12, 2012
Best of luck with the project; it will make Windows 8 useable for businesses and older users.
Anonymous Donor Apr 6, 2012
Good work making Win 8 usable again :)
Anonymous Donor Apr 2, 2012
Excellent program. Just what I need for Windows 8
Anonymous Donor Apr 2, 2012
Promoting the product here, even works on Windows8. Grtz, Pieter
Anonymous Donor Apr 1, 2012
Good job, even got my windows 8 previeuw a classic startmenu.
Anonymous Donor Apr 1, 2012
Thank you for ClassicShell 3.5.0 on Windows 8! Bless you! -Noel Carboni
Noelcarboni Mar 31, 2012
karlxx Mar 29, 2012
keep up your great job!
Anonymous Donor Mar 17, 2012
Perfectly Tool, verry thanks
Anonymous Donor Mar 14, 2012
I could not belive the stupidity that came with Win 7 Explorer! THANK YOU!
Anonymous Donor Mar 7, 2012
Michael Folz: God bless you!
Anonymous Donor Mar 4, 2012
Excellent program - makes that moronic Win 7 interface more workable. Please keep up a good work.
Anonymous Donor Feb 23, 2012
I'm sitting in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the neck down and Classic Shell operating the computer helps me tremendously.

Anonymous Donor Feb 18, 2012
You made my day and many more to come. Win7 with the XP Explorer and menus Windows has

Anonymous Donor  Feb 18, 2012
A shame that MS doesn't fix the scroll bug, a big win that you did this and much else. Thanks!

Anonymous Donor Feb 16, 2012
Спасибо за проект! (Thanks for your project)

neimac  Feb  9, 2012
I'm so happy to have sorely missed functionality restored to Win7 Windows Explorer!

Anonymous Donor Jan 31, 2012
Keep up the amazing work! =)

Anonymous Donor Jan 21, 2012
Version 3.4.0 "Adds an automatic check for new versions" finally made me donate. THANKS!!!!!!
Anonymous Donor Jan 20, 2012
Great Many thanks

Anonymous Donor Jan 11, 2012
Thanks for a great program.
Anonymous Donor Jan 7, 2012
Thankyou for this. Call me a dinosaur but I want the same menu on all my computers - Torch

Anonymous Donor Jan 6, 2012
Thank you for programming. I am so happy to find this program.

Anonymous Donor Jan 3, 2012
AMAZING product! You sir are a genius :) I'm sending you my PayPal $$ too!

Anonymous Donor Dec 29, 2011
Tremendous piece of excellent work. The W7 menu makes me gag. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Anonymous Donor Dec 17, 2011
Thanx. I was believing that life would never be the same until I found this. Thx.

Anonymous Donor Dec 16, 2011
Great software. Thanks!

Anonymous Donor Dec 13, 2011
Congratulations! Your software is the best for Windows 7 customization! Win XP good times!
Thomas Dec 12, 2011
I have never started to use Windows 7 until now!! Thanks!!

Anonymous Donor Dec 8, 2011
Fantastic work!

Anonymous Donor Nov 29, 2011
Classic Shell is the reason I can stand to use Windows 7. Thanks!

Anonymous Donor Nov 29, 2011
Cheers, just what I wanted!

Anonymous Donor Nov 17, 2011
Thanks for fixing Windows 7. Microsoft should pay you for fixing their mistakes.

Anonymous Donor Nov 16, 2011
THANKS!!! After hours of searching, i finally found this. Excellent!

Anonymous Donor Nov 9, 2011
Thanks for a good program

Anonymous Donor Nov 9, 2011
You saved my 13 years familialized customs for using Windows! Thanks!!!

Anonymous Donor Nov 6, 2011
Great job. For folks supporting Windows XP your program is fantastic to get users to Windows 7.

Anonymous Donor Nov 6, 2011
Love your program. Very useful.Thanks

Anonymous Donor Nov 4, 2011
Because of your cute little application I finally migrated from Win XP to Win 7. Thanks a lot!

Anonymous Donor Nov 3, 2011
You are my hero. Thank you for making the world a more sane, rational, efficient place.

Anonymous Donor Nov 3, 2011
Thanks for making Windows 7 use bearable!

Anonymous Donor Oct 30, 2011
Great job!!! CLT

Anonymous Donor Oct 30, 2011
Thank you for your great project.
Anonymous Donor Oct 30, 2011

Anonymous Donor Oct 29, 2011
This is beautiful, thank you!

Anonymous Donor Oct 19, 2011
Wow! I never pay for software, but this is both incredibly useful and wonderfully packaged. Thanks!

Anonymous Donor Oct 15, 2011
Thanks for making Start Menu the way it should be :).

Anonymous Donor Oct 12, 2011
Nice to have a real Windows Explorer again!

Anonymous Donor Oct 9, 2011
Make sure to keep it running for windows 8
Anonymous Donor Oct 5, 2011

Anonymous Donor Oct 4, 2011
Classic Menu makes a big difference for me. Thanks!

Anonymous Donor Sep 28, 2011
  Great product!!! Works great and makes Windows 7 easier to use! :)!

Anonymous Donor Sep 25, 2011
Your software has saved my sanity since Microsoft does not support their OS. Thank You!

Anonymous Donor Sep 22, 2011
I love this add-on, love the new search functionality.

Anonymous Donor Sep 8, 2011
Great job, thanks!
Anonymous Donor Sep 7, 2011
Thanks for helping restore efficiency in the face of unwanted changes by Microsoft.
Anonymous Donor Aug 30, 2011
Simply, the best.
Anonymous Donor Aug 30, 2011
Microsoft should ahve paid you for this, well done mate!
Anonymous Donor Aug 30, 2011
Keep up the good work! Hope you'll be doing this for future versions too :)
Anonymous Donor Aug 22, 2011
Thanks a lot for your brilliant work.
Anonymous Donor Aug 21, 2011
Anonymous Donor Aug 15, 2011
Thanks Folks!
Anonymous Donor Aug 2, 2011
Hi, thankyou so much for classic shell.
Anonymous Donor Aug 2, 2011
Still love you man! Keep up the good work! Could not use Win7 without your shell!
Anonymous Donor Aug 1, 2011
Bravo wonderful toy!

Anonymous Donor Jul 31, 2011
Designed by a developer much like myself. Wants new features without loosing old. Thx!

Anonymous Donor Jul 22, 2011
I was so happy to get a REAL Start menu again. I hate the Win 7 shell

Anonymous Donor Jul 22, 2011
Thanks. Keep it on.

Anonymous Donor Jul 18, 2011
  Thanks this is one of the best UI mods every made for Windows! Please keep up the amazing work!

Anonymous Donor Jul 18, 2011
  Great Utility. Thanks.

bdhamma Jul 6, 2011
  Thank you so much CS is the best!!!
Anonymous Donor Jul 4, 2011
  this app makes windows 7 almost enjoyable!!!, THANKYOU!!!!!!

Anonymous Donor Jul 3, 2011
  Brilliant! No more frustration, I can work just like I used to! Thank you!

Anonymous Donor Jun 30, 2011
Thank you, you've saved Windows 7 for me!

Anonymous Donor Jun 30, 2011
Brilliant! MASSIVE improvement over the stock Win7 Start and File Explorer modules. Made my day!

Anonymous Donor Jun 30, 2011
Brilliant! MASSIVE improvement over the Win7 Start Menu

Anonymous Donor Jun 30, 2011
great utility, love it much

Anonymous Donor Jun 26, 2011
Absolutely amazing, you've made Windows 7 useable again, I think I love you!

Anonymous Donor Jun 19, 2011
You're an absolute LIFE SAVER with this project. What you've done makes Windows a pleasure!

noelcarboni Jun 18, 2011
I really understand all the knowledge and hard work involved. Many thanks!! fontrob

Anonymous Donor Jun 14, 2011
Thanks for saving my life / fixing win7

Anonymous Donor Jun 14, 2011
Thank You. Classic Shell has improved my life!

Anonymous Donor Jun 11, 2011
Thank you, you've saved me from wiping Win 7 from my machine!

Anonymous Donor Jun 8, 2011
Very nice! Please keep up the good work.

Anonymous Donor Jun 8, 2011
Thank you, thank you. IE 9 security zone forced me to upgrade to CS v3. Looks good.

Anonymous Donor Jun 7, 2011
great work!

Anonymous Donor Jun 4, 2011
thanks from Germany

Anonymous Donor Jun 2, 2011
My productivity is back. Thank you so much!

Anonymous Donor May 31, 2011
Finally found this after lots of googling for vital functions removed in Win7. THANKS SO MUCH!

Anonymous Donor May 29, 2011
Great and elegant solution. Wonder why MS did not simply offer this

Anonymous Donor May 26, 2011
Great utility, and so customisable - brilliant!

Anonymous Donor May 21, 2011
Thank you for such a usefull program:)
Anonymous Donor May 13, 2011
  Thank you for a great program!

Anonymous Donor May 7, 2011
  Thank you so much. This actually makes Windows Explorer usable again.

Anonymous Donor May 6, 2011
  I am so thankful for you alleviating my suffering - I could cry with joy.

Anonymous Donor May 1, 2011
  Navigating Win 7 was horrible. I found your program and now love it. Thank you for your work!

  Anonymous Donor Apr 30, 2011
Thank You !! As a developer I found the W7 UI 'unusable'!

Anonymous Donor Apr 29, 2011
  Brilliant, finally got W7 functionality up to XP level

Anonymous Donor Apr 25, 2011
  I hate the missing up button and the Win7 start menu. Kudos!

Anonymous Donor Apr 24, 2011
  Thank you so much! I require an up button for my Windows experience.

Anonymous Donor Apr 13, 2011
  I just "up"dated to Windows7 and ClassicShell saved me from going to the nuthouse

Anonymous Donor Apr 10, 2011
  Great software. Must have software for Vista and Windows 7.

Anonymous Donor Apr 5, 2011
  Great menu for Win7 and so customizable. Thanks.

Anonymous Donor Apr 5, 2011
  I might ask for new features for that ;-) THANKS for a great effcient plugin, I HATED Win 7 before!

Anonymous Donor Apr 4, 2011
  Thanks for this great tool

Anonymous Donor Mar 25, 2011
  Thank You for adding the features MS removed
Anonymous Donor Mar 24, 2011
  great job keep up the good work !

Anonymous Donor Mar 22, 2011
  I've been wanting exactly what C.S. does for a long time; thanks!

ywliu Mar 21, 2011
  Keep up the good work; Looking forward to "Classic IE9" ;-)

Anonymous Donor Mar 15, 2011
  What a lifesaver - makes win7 usable

Anonymous Donor Mar 14, 2011
  THANK YOU for saving my sanity!

Anonymous Donor Mar 11, 2011
  I'd be lost without my classic shell. TYVM for this project and the great work! Pls. Continue.

Anonymous Donor Mar 8, 2011
  Great Application, keep up the good work.. :-)

cww709 Mar 5, 2011
  This program is a total necessity with Windows 7. I can't say enough good things. Thanks!

hsparks Mar 3, 2011
  keep up the good work!

leeoniya2 Mar 3, 2011
  Nice Program. Well documented and a joy to use. Thank you!!!

Anonymous Donor Mar 1, 2011
  Thanks for providing an important utility that MS should have included. Many thanks.

Anonymous Donor Feb 28, 2011
  Lovely tool. I might now accept Win 7.

Anonymous Donor Feb 25, 2011
  MS should learn from this guy - this replacement menu is excellent.

Anonymous Donor Feb 24, 2011
  Keep up the good work, Greetings from down under.

Anonymous Donor Feb 24, 2011
Thanks a million for saving my nerves and mental health!!!

Anonymous Donor Feb 21, 2011
  The best Start Menu ever! It makes Windows 7 function properly. Happy to support development.

orbidia Feb 19, 2011
Great work!

Anonymous Donor Feb 16, 2011
  lite years ahead of the rest! Thank you

Anonymous Donor Feb 15, 2011
  Great. Without your Classic Shell Windows 7 Explorer is not usable. Thank You.

Anonymous Donor Feb 15, 2011
  Thank you for your beautiful work. Continue with it. Boris

raptor051 Feb 13, 2011
Great work, thanks!

Anonymous Donor Feb 13, 2011
  a GREAT addition to Win7

cewanek Feb 7, 2011
  It has been a while. New 2.9x is GREAT! Only problem is Search does not work. Will search forum

Anonymous Donor Feb 7, 2011
  thanks for this !! win7 was hell before this. Keep up the great work

Anonymous Donor Feb 1, 2011
  Thank you for your efforts.

Anonymous Donor Jan 28, 2011
  Thank you so much !!!

Anonymous Donor Jan 26, 2011
  Awesome stuff

Anonymous Donor Jan 21, 2011
  Thanks for helping to make Win7 explorer more usable!

Anonymous Donor Jan 14, 2011
  Thank you!!!! It's such a relief to have Explorer work again.

Anonymous Donor Jan 12, 2011
  Thank you for your beautiful work. Don’t stop it. Boris

Anonymous Donor Jan 11, 2011
  Thanks to Classic Shell and others I am getting a usable Windows 7.

Anonymous Donor Jan 9, 2011
  Great software! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the latest christmas version! :-)
Anonymous Donor Jan 7, 2011
  Great product -- please keep up the work! -James

Anonymous Donor Jan 6, 2011
  Keep up the great work..keeps my windows 7 start menu sensible..

Anonymous Donor Jan 3, 2011
  It's an almost perfect program. Now I can use Win7 without having to dread opening the Start menu.

bantak788 Jan 1, 2011
  Thank you so much! This is incredible

Anonymous Donor Dec 31, 2010
  Thanks for a great program!

yurshmily Dec 30, 2010
  This is great software, and made 7 usable. Would bail you out of prison!

Anonymous Donor Dec 26, 2010
  Excellent work

Anonymous Donor Dec 22, 2010
  you deserve it thanks hated that win7 program launch

Anonymous Donor Dec 21, 2010
  I could scarcely countenance using Windows 7 (or even Vista!) without Classic Shell! Thanks so much!
Anonymous Donor Dec 18, 2010
  Thanks again. You rock and so does Classic Shell.

kelendral1 Dec 16, 2010
  thanx to remove the hopping ;)

Anonymous Donor Dec 14, 2010
  Great Product! Thank you!!!

Anonymous Donor Dec 12, 2010
  Thanks, this really helps with my productivity over the horrible design choices Microsoft has made

Anonymous Donor Dec 10, 2010
Thanks for a great tool!

Anonymous Donor Dec 10, 2010
  Great tool. Maybe worth more then $5 but that should be paid by MS..:)

Anonymous Donor Dec 7, 2010
Fantastic! Exactly what I've been looking for since Windows 7 removed this functionality.

Anonymous Donor Dec 5, 2010
  Great program! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Anonymous Donor Dec 4, 2010
  thanks for helping to rid my computer of the Microsoft crap!

Anonymous Donor Dec 3, 2010
  Aggravation level... dropping...

Anonymous Donor Nov 23, 2010
  Thank you for this great tool.

Anonymous Donor Nov 21, 2010
  Thanks...can you restore the systray broadband/LAN icons too?

Anonymous Donor Nov 21, 2010
Thank you for helping me get rid of the Win 7 start menu nightmare. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous Donor Nov 21, 2010
  Awesome utility. Thank you.

Anonymous Donor Nov 17, 2010
  Thank you many times over

Anonymous Donor Nov 15, 2010
  Thank you very much. Classic Shell makes Win7 bearable (and that's saying a lot).

Anonymous Donor Nov 15, 2010
  Thank you for saving my sanity and efficiency by giving me back Explorer!

Anonymous Donor Nov 10, 2010
  Thank you, thank you, thank you! SUCH an excellent piece of software, and so needed.

Anonymous Donor Nov 10, 2010
  Thank YOU so much! I might actually be able to uninstall XP someday.

Anonymous Donor Nov 6, 2010
  Can you please put in the fantastic new Search Box in the Win7 Start menu

Anonymous Donor Nov 5, 2010
  Thanks for fixing MS's problem

Anonymous Donor Nov 4, 2010
  Thanks man -- I really appreciate your work on this tool

Anonymous Donor Nov 3, 2010
  Great Work !! This is what most users want, but unfortunately for us Microsoft are run by idiots.

Anonymous Donor Oct 31, 2010
Supporting this program is worth a contribution... no question.

Anonymous Donor Oct 24, 2010
Thanks for making my life a little simpler. Enjoy a nice hot cofee or a hot dog, or something. :)

Anonymous Donor Oct 22, 2010
you, are a GENIUS. Where has this been ALL of my life!!!!

Anonymous Donor Oct 19, 2010
Thank you. Explorer & start menu back as they should be! Phew! :)

Anonymous Donor Oct 17, 2010
  Keep up the good work!

ln108 Oct 13, 2010
Fixes all my peeves with Vista and Win7 - thanks a million!

ceravis Oct 12, 2010
  Thank you for this amazing tool!

Anonymous Donor Oct 5, 2010
I gladly donated after I found the power of Classic Shell! Thank you!
Anonymous Donor Sep 30, 2010
Thanks for all your hard work!!
Anonymous Donor Sep 28, 2010
You have succeeded where Microsoft so glaringly failed. I wish I could give you THEIR money.

Anonymous Donor Sep 23, 2010
Windows 7 would be unusable without Classic Shell, and thanks for Cascading All programs!

Anonymous Donor Sep 22, 2010
Classic Shell is the Nuts!!! Have hated the Win 7 UI 'improvements' since upgrading.

Anonymous Donor Sep 16, 2010
An excellent program. Removes one of my pet hates with Windows 7. The customisation is great.

Anonymous Donor Sep 11, 2010
Great work! I couldn't live with the crippled all programs menu, which wouldn't expand...

Anonymous Donor Sep 9, 2010
You made Windows7 a bit more friendly!

Anonymous Donor Sep 6, 2010
Thank you for the great program!

Anonymous Donor Aug 26, 2010
I love this project, keep it up!!!

Anonymous Donor Aug 22, 2010
Hate new Windows Menu! Thank You very much!

Anonymous Donor Aug 21, 2010
Wow, I no longer want to strangle Windows 7 every time I use Explorer. Thank you SO MUCH!

Anonymous Donor Aug 17, 2010
Excellent! Now I can use Win7 as I like

Anonymous Donor Aug 17, 2010
Great work, thanks!

Anonymous Donor Aug 10, 2010
Thank you! Unbelievable that MS decided to COMPLETELY write off people's 10-year investement.

Anonymous Donor Aug 4, 2010
I love classic shell project! my win7 is better thanks to you!

Anonymous Donor Jul 31, 2010
The classic shell for Windows 7 rocks. Thank you for the development.

Anonymous Donor Jul 29, 2010
This is the program I've been looking for! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Anonymous Donor Jul 24, 2010
..without classic shell i would have remained very upset... i glad now! Thank you!

Anonymous Donor Jul 17, 2010
thanks for the win7 explorer fixes..!

Anonymous Donor Jul 16, 2010
Thanks. Nice tool. Ahem.

Anonymous Donor Jul 15, 2010
By far, the best classic start menu. Keep up the great work

Anonymous Donor Jul 14, 2010
This is a great program and much needed for Windows 7.

Anonymous Donor Jul 10, 2010
THANK YOU so much. You have restored my sanity in Windows 7.

Anonymous Donor Jul 10, 2010
This is exactly what I was looking for - thanks a million guys!

Anonymous Donor Jun 23, 2010
Thank you so much!! (I think you are right that having All Programs cascade would be great, too.)

Anonymous Donor Jun 22, 2010
This classic shell program for Windows 7 is a life saver. Thank you for your contribution.

Anonymous Donor Jun 19, 2010
This guy is making a very good job and wrote an excellent program - I need to honor it!

Anonymous Donor Jun 16, 2010
Great program You saved my new netbook. Hate Windows 7 OS explorer, not usable.

Anonymous Donor Jun 14, 2010
One of the best pieces SW I needed since win7! Great job!!

yikes2000 Jun 7, 2010
keep up the good work

Anonymous Donor Jun 5, 2010
great thing, how this saved my ass! (excessive winkey user)

Anonymous Donor Jun 3, 2010
Great job, thanks, best regards from Germany

Anonymous Donor Jun 1, 2010
Totally Brilliant! No status bar info (freespace/folder total) has been doing my head in!!! Thanks!

Anonymous Donor Jun 1, 2010
I love it. Thanks for great add-on. Suggestion. If possible update tree when in address or data pane

Anonymous Donor May 30, 2010
I love this programm...Thx for your great work...Microsoft can learn from you...

Anonymous Donor May 17, 2010
This program is really awesome! And the support is delicious! Tanks!
Anonymous Donor May 10, 2010
Greetings from Greece! Someday I hope you'll support Most used & Top pinned programs ala XP

Anonymous Donor May 9, 2010
Excellent alternative to and far better than the standard W7 start menu.

Anonymous Donor May 5, 2010
Thank you for being there for us who enjoy simple things. Microsoft let us decide our options, not U

Anonymous Donor May 4, 2010
Thank you for not letting W7 drive me insane. :-)

Anonymous Donor May 3, 2010
Thank you for bringing back some of the vital parts of Windows that have gone missing in version 7

Anonymous Donor May 2, 2010
This is a great program and really needed for Windows 7.

Anonymous Donor May 2, 2010
thx, a lot. great work.

Anonymous Donor May 1, 2010
Awesome! Thanks so much! Microsoft dumb to take out. kicks Mavis up button!

Anonymous Donor Apr 21, 2010
Win7 Explorer sucks compared to XP. Your project has saved my sanity.

Anonymous Donor Apr 15, 2010
Thanks, Mr. Beltchev, for this amazing and free piece of software — which using Windows 7 demands!

johnedwa Apr 10, 2010
Fixing the stupid of microsoft since 2009

johnedwa Apr 10, 2010
thank you!!! Dx

Anonymous Donor Apr 9, 2010

Anonymous Donor Apr 4, 2010
  People who make good open packages deserve rewards, thank you - please keep at it- abrasion

abrasion Apr 4, 2010
keep on truck'n. love it and need it.

Anonymous Donor Apr 4, 2010
Thank you for this project

Anonymous Donor Apr 4, 2010
That share folder icon - absolutely terrific!!! Make it a Default selection!!!!
Anonymous Donor Apr 3, 2010
Thank you! This is amazing!

Anonymous Donor Apr 2, 2010
Keep up the good work!

Anonymous Donor Apr 1, 2010
You guys rock big time ! Big thx for the Classic Shell features from Belgium.

Anonymous Donor Mar 27, 2010
Great tool, better than everything I've used!

Anonymous Donor Mar 25, 2010
This is what Microsoft didn't want us to have. Thank you.
Anonymous Donor Mar 20, 2010

Anonymous Donor Mar 13, 2010
Thank you and PLEASE keep up the good work!

Anonymous Donor Mar 10, 2010
I never buy any program but this one deserves my $10. Thanks.

Anonymous Donor Mar 9, 2010
Thank you very much for Classic Explorer!!! Thorsten

amat reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Wednesday, ‎September ‎19, ‎2012, ‏‎9:25:46 PM
Thumbs up: Test it on Windows 7 system! Great tool for using instead of classic menu
Ewa reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
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Willem Ratte reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Tuesday, ‎September ‎18, ‎2012, ‏‎12:27:47 AM
Thumbs up: Useful and grateful!
Eyebrows reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎September ‎15, ‎2012, ‏‎5:42:55 PM
Thumbs up: Dude! *Dude!* Windows 7's absurd "snap newly opened folders to the bottom" behaviour for the tree pane in explorer.exe has had me frustrated since the day I decided to upgrade from XP. Your little program has just enabled me to actually interact with my filesystem in a sensible way again. I love you so much right now. I actually like 7's start menu so I'm glad you've made your fixes all modular and configurable. ClassicShell *also* seems to solve (as a side effect of the way it adds itself to explorer.exe, I'd wager, but still) the issue in 7's explorer.exe requiring a physical click in either pane in order for mouse scroll events to be delivered there, so I no longer need the WizMouse application to fix that, which itself causes issues with some games. You, to coin a phrase, are the hero this city deserves. I am hoping you've got a donate button.
mason barnes reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎September ‎8, ‎2012, ‏‎4:08:39 PM
Thumbs up: good job classicshell
GizmoChicken reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎September ‎8, ‎2012, ‏‎11:42:42 AM
Thumbs up: GREAT!!! Not only does Classic Shell bring a start menu to the Windows 8 desktop, it brings a start menu that, in many ways, is BETTER (and certainly more configurable) than the start menus found in previous versions of Windows. And so I for one am happy that Windows removed its start menu so that I can now add "Classic Shell" in its place. Thanks to Classic Shell developers for providing such a great product. And thanks to Microsoft for finally allowing for upgrading the start menu. I especially appreciate that Classic Shell offers (under the "Controls" tab) a way to configure hot-keys for 1) opening the classic start menu and 2) going to the Windows 8 "metro" start screen. But I'll just note that the menu descriptors under the "Controls" tab are a bit confusing. In particular, the menu descriptor "Windows start menu" would be better labelled as the "Metro start screen" (or similar) so as to avoid confusion. Once trivial complaint: I notice that, after selecting "skip metro screen" on the "Windows 8 Settings" tab, the metro screen still briefly flickers before the desktop loads. Not a big deal, but irritating nonetheless.
mictex reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎30, ‎2012, ‏‎10:18:23 AM
Thumbs up: What can I say, the integration is seamless, fast, VERY customizable and it just works. With every new version it gets even better and makes Windows 7 as well as the the other related versions of Windows more enjoyable to use. Thanks
Steve Hornby reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎August ‎27, ‎2012, ‏‎5:10:00 AM
Thumbs up: If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 pre-installed, you'll NEED this app! It adds features that aren't present in Windows 7 too, by the way... It's lean, solid, stable, endlessly customizable, and free. What more could you want?
layerxuhl reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎25, ‎2012, ‏‎7:58:27 PM
Thumbs up: Excellent!
OpenID User reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎25, ‎2012, ‏‎7:00:45 AM
Thumbs up: This was successful in my endeavor to restore that old and familiar Start Menu (not the new Metro Start Menu, the old one since Windows 3.0). And so I give a mighty thanks to the developers of Classic Shell, now I can find my way around Windows again!
Ignus Fast reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎23, ‎2012, ‏‎8:54:46 AM
Thumbs up: Classic Shell is FANTASTIC! And for those who would say some people are stuck in the old world and "those who have been desperately holding on to Windows XP" - yes. That's correct. Because the Start menu had become an overly complicated, over sized mess. I actually really like the new "Don't call it Metro" Start screen and application interaction. But I still like the speed, simplicity, and functionality of the original Windows XP Start button. Now I can have it all, and to the haters, kiss my ass!
barnyrubble reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Tuesday, ‎August ‎21, ‎2012, ‏‎1:51:03 PM
Thumbs up: Great for Win8. Gets rid of that awful quilted tablecloth and returns me to the proper Windows Desktop with the Windows orb and Menus for easy access to my programs. I hope it still works in the final release of Win8. If MS prevents programs such as this from doing their stuff then I will not use it. It appears to me that Win8 should not be called Windows at all since all Metro apps appear to work only in full screen so you cannot work in multiple programs copying and moving content from one program window to another or dragging and dropping files from Explorer into programs such as Adobe Audition.....something I do regularly. I am referring here to Metro only. Thankfully we still have the old desktop available to us but once that is gone we are back to one program at a time like old DOS.
Tommy reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎August ‎20, ‎2012, ‏‎12:29:56 AM
Thumbs up: Windows 8 really needed this! Now with disabling hot corners!
DNML reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎18, ‎2012, ‏‎10:22:58 PM
Thumbs up: Classic Start Menu 3.6.0 turns Windows 8 RTM from a big nuisance into a great operating system, getting rid of all the irritations that Microsoft created. I do a lot of software testing, and have a 3-monitor setup, in which I use the left and right monitors for full-screen virtual machines or Remote Desktop sessions. Using Windows 8 on the right-hand monitor without a Start Button is such a pain - when I try to click the hot corner, I just minimise all the windows on the central monitor (having got the Aero peek square next to the clock). So great to have a Start Button, even if I actually use it to open the Metro Start Screen. Good to have the option of the old Start Menu too, if I want it. It's also fantastic that you can disable the hot corners in Desktop mode, but they're still active in Metro mode - the perfect combination. Finally, it's great to be able to boot straight to the desktop. In short, Classic Shell lets me use the Windows 8 Desktop as a normal desktop PC, without any irritations from Metro, but also lets me try out Metro without it getting in the way. A truly fantastic piece of software, thank you very much!
Gary Rough reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Thumbs up: cool addition to standart Windows desktop features, just awesome!
David Long reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎August ‎13, ‎2012, ‏‎2:47:45 AM | David Long
Thumbs up: OMIGOODNESS, you just removed 75% of my frustrations with Win7. Thank you SO VERY MUCH. You have done a beautiful job implementing these `lost` features -- it is seamless and `just works`! I have sent a donation. I just wish I could give you 10 thumbs up instead of one.
Tony Austin reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Friday, ‎August ‎10, ‎2012, ‏‎7:08:22 AM | Tony Austin
Thumbs up: Despite rumors that Microsoft has killed this capability in the final Windows 8 RTM "gold" package, the Classic Start Menu seems still to work with the RTM version. (It's a week before I can get my hands on the RTM code, but a friend with with the right "connections" has managed to get an early copy of the RTM and has demonstrated this to me via screen sharing.) Yippee! ... It looks to be THE way to avoid the clumsy "Metro" tiled interface for desktop non-touchscreen mouse-and-keyboard interaction with Windows 8. Eat your heart out, Microsoft, for doing away with the Start Orb and trying to block attempts to come up with an alternative,
Albert Sauser reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎August ‎4, ‎2012, ‏‎5:19:47 PM | Albert Sauser
Thumbs up: great! it's the same start menu like in Windows!
Rex reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Thursday, ‎August ‎2, ‎2012, ‏‎5:59:42 PM | Rex
Thumbs up: Thank you, thank you, thank you. Back to a sane interface. Why did they have to "improve" it by jumbling and scrambling or removing everything that made sense. Maybe OOPolution of the brain synapses. Now I rediscover that things I spent 15 years getting used to are back in a logical order and still work. Here's an idea for new development: All MS developers need to accept, through a secure encrypted network -- mini-bombs. No effect until they reach a critical mass (say >10,000 or so) then they get blown to ***** for being voted counter-productive.
Clay Greenham reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Wednesday, ‎August ‎1, ‎2012, ‏‎8:18:10 PM | Clay Greenham
Thumbs up: interesting tool, thanks to this app I had a strong deja vu
Chuck Renner reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎31, ‎2012, ‏‎9:19:41 PM | Chuck Renner
Thumbs up: This should be the default shell that should install with the OS on every version of Windows from XP to 8 (XP, Vista, 7, 8), and many more to come. This is an awesome shell! THANK YOU!!!
largo reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎July ‎28, ‎2012, ‏‎1:57:59 PM | largo
Thumbs up: hello thank you for this great log I put the dll in French is the forum for those who are interrested Excuse me for my english not good @ +
Russ Halloway reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Friday, ‎July ‎13, ‎2012, ‏‎12:51:32 AM | Russ Halloway
Thumbs up: Since the dawn of "alternate start menu's" I've always considered them, without hate or malice, a waste of time and energy. Since the dawn of Windows 8, I consider them, specifically "classic shell", freeking awesome hah. Yeppers life is good with classic shell :)
Volkan KIRIK reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Wednesday, ‎July ‎11, ‎2012, ‏‎2:26:16 PM | Volkan KIRIK
Thumbs up: Thank you very much!
Shravan Sharma reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Wednesday, ‎July ‎11, ‎2012, ‏‎8:39:13 AM | Shravan Sharma
Thumbs up: --->Classic shell brings back old familiar startup menu of winxp for Vista/Win7 --->Lots of options/settings --->Stable software
Martin Plamondon reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Tuesday, ‎July ‎10, ‎2012, ‏‎10:57:32 PM | Martin Plamondon
Thumbs up: Hi, I love it, being able to avoid Metro screen and have a start menu back in Windows 8. Just one thing, in Windows Explorer, could you make the toolbar a ribbon tab for Windows 8, it's taking too much space as a toolbar with the ribbon not hidden.
Rafis reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Thursday, ‎June ‎28, ‎2012, ‏‎9:39:37 PM | Rafis
Thumbs up: What a great tool!Great software, makes comparing and merging al lot easier!
Janka Helmutz reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎June ‎23, ‎2012, ‏‎11:07:39 PM | Janka Helmutz
Thumbs up: have used this program for many months now since I first read about it. I use it on windows 7 and on Windows Vista. Because the default Classic start menu on Vista has limited functions and of course you don't get the Windows XP start menu either.
Annet Kalipso reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎June ‎23, ‎2012, ‏‎2:11:31 PM | Annet Kalipso
Thumbs up: Classic Shell is an awesome program. I much prefer it to the Vista and Windows 7 Start Menus. It's tremendously customizable and you can export and import all the settings so that they can be applied to other computers and login ids. It also provides a great replacement for XP-style function buttons on Windows Explorer. Again, customizable and one can export and import settings. I use its Classic Explorer function to hook to a good third party filesystem search program to replace the execrable VistaW7W8 filesystem search. But the best thing is that Classic Shell 3.5 puts its beautiful Start Menu on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, turning a sow's ear into a silk purse! Settings from W7 will even import into W8, providing instant customization.
Archibald Zook reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Friday, ‎June ‎15, ‎2012, ‏‎8:37:50 PM | Archibald Zook
Thumbs up: I have used it since years.
Mathew Thompson reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Friday, ‎June ‎8, ‎2012, ‏‎8:02:07 PM | Mathew Thompson
Thumbs up: This is the best tool for Windows that I know.
Algernon Mcdougall reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Friday, ‎June ‎8, ‎2012, ‏‎7:54:18 PM | Algernon Mcdougall
Thumbs up: Amazing! This is a really useful item!
Jessie Jacques reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Tuesday, ‎June ‎5, ‎2012, ‏‎6:14:25 PM | Jessie Jacques
Thumbs up: Thanks for sharing this wonderful Open Source Project with us. I use and love it.
Silas Fiore reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Tuesday, ‎June ‎5, ‎2012, ‏‎1:01:53 PM | Silas Fiore
Thumbs up: Simply fantastic, nice clean interface no bloat.
Clarence Varney reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎June ‎4, ‎2012, ‏‎11:41:24 PM | Clarence Varney
Thumbs up: wonderful idea and excellent work
Austen Rinehart reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎June ‎4, ‎2012, ‏‎9:29:48 PM | Austen Rinehart
Thumbs up: Best I have seen on Windows.
Amos Hixson reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎June ‎4, ‎2012, ‏‎7:45:34 PM | Amos Hixson
Thumbs up: best tool. Ever :)
Timothy Mclean reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎June ‎4, ‎2012, ‏‎5:53:16 PM | Timothy Mclean
Thumbs up: Great work folks!
Evan Poindexter reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Monday, ‎June ‎4, ‎2012, ‏‎4:54:41 PM | Evan Poindexter
Thumbs up: Simply perfect!
Reginald Babin reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Sunday, ‎June ‎3, ‎2012, ‏‎12:53:03 AM | Reginald Babin
Thumbs up: the best, just works
Abraham Layman reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎June ‎2, ‎2012, ‏‎11:31:27 PM | Abraham Layman
Thumbs up: Best tool in his category, even beter than comercial software
Micki Feamster reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Thursday, ‎May ‎31, ‎2012, ‏‎3:43:06 PM | Micki Feamster
Thumbs up: Very nostalgic project! Thanks!
Diana Lauren Anderson reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
‎Saturday, ‎May ‎26, ‎2012, ‏‎7:58:25 AM | Diana Lauren Anderson
Thumbs up: Wow, very easy to use!
waika reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 1:40:16 PM | waika
Thumbs up: Classic Shell is amazing, will really come into it's own, and be essential software when Windows 8 is released! With Windows 7 Classic Shell offers substantial improvements not just in familiarity but in form that follows function. On Windows 8 and Windows Server 8 Classic Shell will be essential for anyone that needs to get work done with a PC due the integration of Metro as Start Menu, the inability to multi-task when some interface features are running, and massive increase of user input required (mouse clicking and window manipulation) to accomplish the same tasks that on previous versions of Windows required no input, a single mouse click, much less input intensive operation... On Windows 8, Classic Shell will literally save lives on mission critical systems -- this is not an exaggeration, but first hand experience! It is a fantastic application, with a level of professional attention to detail that's astonishing for FOSS Windows software and Windows 8 would be useless without it.
Dylan Cannon reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Monday, May 14, 2012, 4:25:32 PM | Dylan Cannon
Thumbs up: Very useful app. Thank you.
Oliver Schneider reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Wednesday, May 09, 2012, 10:56:58 PM | Oliver Schneider
Thumbs up: Have been using it for some time now on all Windows 7 machines I have to use and must say this is one of the most useful things that I use on a daily basis. With Windows 8 and the even uglier "start menu" upcoming, this is once again going to be the solution. Thanks so much!
Insurance Sniper reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Saturday, May 05, 2012, 1:47:35 AM | Insurance Sniper
Thumbs up: Excelent work widows 7. Userfriendly interface.
Esko van Hattem reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Thursday, May 03, 2012, 2:32:59 PM | Esko van Hattem
Thumbs up: After experience Win 7 I know now why Apple got every day more users. Lucky for me Classic Shell has help me to overcome my Win 7 frustrations. Thanks Ivo.
Juegos reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Wednesday, May 02, 2012, 6:17:54 PM | Juegos
Thumbs up: Fantastic tune up for my Win7, thank you
Ioan The Best reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 8:05:42 PM | Ioan The Best
Thumbs up: Awesome, so much better than the 7's menu
tanzanos reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 12:04:46 AM | tanzanos
Thumbs up: If it were not for classic shell I would have gone crazy trying to use the new win7 menus. I tell everyone about classic shell. In many forums and friends. Some have tried it and have stuck with it. It has saved me a lot of headaches. Thanks ibeltchev! _Yiannis.
Eran Ifrah reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Friday, April 20, 2012, 6:11:11 PM | Eran Ifrah
Thumbs up: Very nice project. One thing that is really missing is the ability to add 'Favorite' folders - I used to use this feature alot back on my XP days - and when I upgraded to Windows 7 - it was removed! Hopefully, this project could fill in this missing functionality
Alex reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:21:44 AM | Alex
Thumbs up: I really missed the classic start menu of old Windows, thank you very much
fenxiang_fz reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 1:28:17 PM | fenxiang_fz
Thumbs up: Very good, I like it very much . I'm now running it in windows8 consumer preview.
Albert Rouchen reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11:25:15 AM | Albert Rouchen
Thumbs up: Thank you for your program! It was very difficult to get used to the interface windows 7, but this program is correct it!
nnq2603 reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Sunday, April 08, 2012, 3:58:02 PM | nnq2603
Thumbs up: It's very nice application and work well, but a little yet annoying problem happens to me... Thanks a lot!
mike reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 2:31:09 PM | mike
Thumbs up: This program is the best thing since sliced bread ... I really mean it! :)
Kurt Hildebrant reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 10:42:11 PM | Kurt Hildebrant
Thumbs up: The Windows 7 desktop of my Aspire notebook was a real piece of doo-doo, then I found Classic Shell. Problem solved! Many thanks for an excellent open-source resource!
Miguel Diego reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 12:10:02 AM | Miguel Diego
Thumbs up: Just what I needed, to work as efficient with the keyboard as under any previous Windows version. THANK YOU!!!
John Kortovich reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Friday, March 30, 2012, 11:22:59 AM | John Kortovich
Thumbs up: Awesome project, thanks for your time for sharing
Maria reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 7:12:04 PM | Maria
Thumbs up: Really nice!
Greendale Joe reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 6:35:17 AM | Greendale Joe
Thumbs up: Awesome. Installing / configuring it, I had the explorer menus go away, and it took a while to get them back, and this is exactly why I needed this. Leave it to microsoft to take a perfectly good user interface and re-invent it. It's as though they took an automobile and moved the pedals and steering wheel to new locations. This puts some of the controls back where I like them. Especially frustrating with Win7 explorer is the way the file tree would randomly re-adjust itself just when you wanted to expand a branch, and this seems to fix that. Have to use it some more to confirm.
Logan Morris reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Monday, March 19, 2012, 2:23:13 PM | Logan Morris
Thumbs up: Fast and simple.
anonymous reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 5:22:53 PM | anonymous
Thumbs up: The GREAT application what is giving back a human-face for Windows 7. Really BIG thanks!!!
OpenID User reviewed classicshell: Thumbs up
Thursday, March 08, 2012, 11:41:22 PM | OpenID User
Thumbs up: When your using windows for playing games and browsing with some background file handling, you don't want the annoyances of truly unhelpful over dumbed down interfaces. Classic shell is the only acceptable way to interface with Windows 7.
Monday, March 5, 2012 | Walter Delagarza
Amazing job, thanks a ton for conveying

Saturday, March 3, 2012 | Fredrick Fort
Very nice, thanks for Developer!
Saturday, Feburary 18, 2012 | Oleksandr Gavenko
Great tool!

Wednesday, February 01, 2012 | David
This is a great tool. Really helpful. Add quicklaunch to it and it would be even better.

Sunday, January 15, 2012 | Dmitriy Fedorov
Nice and Easy to use. Good job!

Thursday, January 5, 2012 | OpenID User
I wanted to cry after installing Windows 7 thinking only one retard i.e MS would torture its customers to learn and re-learn its OS. Then I found Classic Shell and it almost made me - a grown "geek" cry. Thank you very very much. Please sell this to MS I am so pleased that you shared this at no cost.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | pjfarr
Reverting back to the "flyout" style Start Menu from XP was great, but not only reinstating the Explorer Toolbar but making it fully customizable is where it's at for me. The redesigned Start Menu and absence of the Explorer toolbar were the first things I noticed—and immediately hated—about Win7. Classic Shell goes a long way to not only get around that, but add many extra functions/options as well. A truly valuable find.
Thursday, November 17, 2011 | Ricardo Canepa
Excellent tool. It makes using Windows 7 a much better experience.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011 | psycros
I cannot use Vista or Seven without Classic Shell - yes, it seems to work flawlessly in Vista, too! Microsoft has adopted a "change for change's sake" attitude towards UI which is killing productivity and enjoyment for their users. Its sad that unpaid programmers have to save a giant company from itself, but thank heaven the CS team is out there :)
Saturday, September 23, 2011 | Anders
I've used it for about 15 minutes and that's more than enough time for me to say that it's great, thanks a lot for this, finally I can use my recently built PC properly, which means; efficiently. (when the cashflow gets a bit better you'll certainly get a donation from this old Swede)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | OpenID User
This is a life saver - cannot tell you how happy i am to see the old folder view - increases my productivity multifold
Thursday, August 11, 2011 | Sperry Russ
When I upgraded to Windows 7 I decided that this time I might as well go with the flow of the new OS. But at times I did find this new start menu confusing and hard to navigate. A friend who is disabled ask me if there was some way to get the classic start menu back in Windows 7. So I started looking and came across your program. I downloaded it to try it out before I would recommend it to him. Not only did I recommend it to him. I am now using it myself! Very professional programming and works very good! Thanks.
Thursday, August 11, 2011 | Michael Jennings
Steve Ballmer is not a competent leader. Changes are made to Windows that are bad for long-time users of Windows, especially those who use Windows at work.
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 | xtal256
Really great project. Looks like it has a lot more configuration options than the last time i checked. My view is that computers/software should let the user control it, not it control the user.
Saturday, July 10, 2011|John3347
I've been using Classic Shell since about day one. Without Classic shell, I probably would not be using Windows 7. (still maintain an XP machine for important work as it is. Windows 7 is nothing more than Vista with gobs of make-up smeared on) The sad thing about Classic Shell is the need for it. It is disgraceful that Microsoft took the attitude, "screw you, it's gone and it is not coming back" - without even offering any excuse whatsoever during development. Poll after poll showed that 40% of Windows users indicated a preference for the classic start menu and Microsoft just thumbed their nose at every one of us.
Thursday, July 7, 2011 | Eric
So happy to find this program. Very well made with lots of options. Makes
Windows 7 worth using. Saves me from daily frustration. Thank you so much!
Friday, April 22, 2011, 2:25:36 PM | Aboca
I love this project! I write From Bogota Co.
Monday, April 18, 2011, 3:50:47 AM | skagon
This is one of the "can't-do-without" programmes for me, and I guess anyone who wants to actually *use* their computer, and not let their computer train them. Ever squinted trying to find the programme you wanted to launch, looking into the default "All Programs" list? Ever tried to go 'up' one level in Windows Explorer, and all you managed was to go 'back'? Ever missed the clarity of the Windows XP start menu? Or the cascading "Programs" list? Well, despair no more, for Classic Shell is the answer to your prayers! Rejoice, my brothers and sisters! :)
Monday, April 04, 2011, 10:26:13 PM | marwerno
This Plug-in provides the essentials that Microsoft SHOULD have provided. The world get more and more "stupidified" because some people are too lazy too learn (and people willing to learn get accused of not wanting to learn the "new (STUPID!) way". Microsoft delivering "Windows 7 was my idea"...??? (A lot of stupid people out there if you call reducing features an "idea".... I need to work, not look at eye-candy!)
Sunday, April 03, 2011, 12:52:26 PM | Chris Roberts
This project is absolutely fantastic. Microsoft's attempts to make my computer stupid and unusable may continue; however, Classic Shell not only makes it usable again... it actually makes it even better than the XP menu! I can't express how great Classic Shell is. I love its existence and will support it for as long as I'm using Windows!! If I had a suggestion for the future, it'd be something that can fix the horrendous over-spacing issues in the system tray! ;-)
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 6:48:03 PM | Joe Salazar
Very well done. I like the "up" button and the Shared Folder Overlay options that were taken from Win 7 by Micro$oft instead of giving options to enable disable. Interesting to see great creative comments like the one from Marc-Andre. Make's me think that he works for MS. But regardless, he and MS both agree that all these thousands of people downloading this program, including the 500+ that already gave it great reviews, should all be forced to change into something they think is better. That, instead of the logical "giving an option". Yeah... we should all evolve into zombies... like Marc-Andre.
Sunday, March 20, 2011, 12:07:23 AM | Greg
Thank you, this is exactly what I was looking for and more. Well thought out!
Tuesday, March 08, 2011, 9:35:52 AM | Bill Earl
Brilliant work! Makes Win 7 (and Vista) much more usable!
Friday, March 04, 2011, 10:54:14 PM | cauot
Perfect, many thanks!
Thursday, March 03, 2011, 6:21:27 AM | SouthMan
Now all I need is to get my QuickLaunch bar back!!!
Friday, February 25, 2011, 5:00:39 AM | anonymous
I get that change is the nature of life but I'm constantly baffled that something nearly perfect needs to be changed simply for the sake of change. Thank you bringing us all back something nearly perfect.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, 1:57:34 PM | Wacek Placek
very good project
Monday, February 14, 2011, 1:21:42 AM | anonymous
a GREAT addon. god only knows why mistersofty always thinks they know better..
Monday, February 07, 2011, 6:48:41 PM | anonymous
Goog idea. For all who like the classic Start menu. Thanks.
Sunday, February 06, 2011, 7:10:01 PM | anonymous
it gives back some customization (useful features/tweaks) that were available in previous windows versions. thanks for making this project.
Thursday, February 03, 2011, 7:00:06 PM | WDD
I really missed the xp style start menu in Windows 7. Especially the annoying shutdown button in win7 is set as default and it is very irritating when you accidentally click it while you were trying to restart or log off.
Thursday, February 03, 2011, 10:19:47 AM | anonymous
Absolutely essential! Can't stand Windows 7 without it.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 10:37:42 AM | Old Faithful
A MUST HAVE for anyone who has become aggravated by Microsoft's relentless efforts to steer users away from the clarity of the file management concept that made the initial success of Windows, based on what information really is and how it is actually stored on a computer and how humans classify it in real life. This utility is a great start. Now if only this concept could be expanded to take over the rest of Windows dismal, fuzzy 'Internet Explorer'-like shell, whose sole purpose seems to be FORCE users to organize information the way it sees fit, instead of allowing users to organize it in personally meaningful ways!
Monday, January 31, 2011, 6:29:07 PM | anonymous
Well, the idea is excellent. But I had to stop using the menu part because of serious incompatibility problems, apparently of a graphical cause, leading to recurrent shell crashes. A contrario no problem with the Explorer toolbar (nevertheless I prefer QTTab, its Explorer toolbar and so useful tabs).
Monday, January 31, 2011, 4:07:54 PM | xoango
A jewel, efective and simple control, everything opposite of what it made Microsoft.
Sunday, January 30, 2011, 9:18:05 PM | anonymous
I was seriously considering Linux before finding this. Thank you for caring soo much more than Microsoft.
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 9:45:30 PM | Chris Merrill
Yes! Finally a way to fix the disappearing tree icons in Windows Explorer! ! ! Thanks so much for that little feature!
Tuesday, January 25, 2011, 1:44:49 PM | dazik
the best!
Sunday, January 23, 2011, 11:10:33 AM | anonymous
Call me old fashioned if you want to, but I love the classic start menu. It's unfortunate that MS did not include it with Windows 7 (really, how hard would it have been to include this option?). The good news is that this program does the trick and does it better than anything MS has ever produced.
Sunday, January 23, 2011, 9:14:03 AM | anonymous
YES. i think most of windows user stilleed the classic menu back in action. it is not just because we're already get used to it. But, this is the easy way (at least for me) to navigate the task bar. THANKS A LOT
Saturday, January 22, 2011, 1:05:51 AM | anonymous
This is a great add on to win 7. Added it and it reduced the learning curve for win 7 from win xp tremendously.
Friday, January 21, 2011, 3:55:19 AM | anonymous
Awesome. I have always wanted the classic look back in Win 7. Great work. Keep it up!
Saturday, January 15, 2011, 4:04:19 AM | anonymous
Friday, January 14, 2011, 2:33:05 AM | OpenID User
This is great! I just was forced to upgrade to Windows 7 and it is too much a change for my workflow. After two days of searching, Classic Shell is what was missing.
Sunday, January 09, 2011, 9:36:17 PM | anonymous
Just what was missing from Windows 7. Perfect!
Friday, January 07, 2011, 3:20:38 AM | anonymous
What can I say. I like it. Why oh why did MS take the classic menu away. I give it two thumbs up. Thanks.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011, 12:21:31 AM | anonymous
Sunday, January 02, 2011, 2:44:41 PM | anonymous
Is still the best Windows menu, great that who does the work for the Windows share to 7 at.
Sunday, January 02, 2011, 6:18:32 AM | Greenbandit
It makes Windows 7 useable again. FANTASTIC WORK.
Sunday, January 02, 2011, 3:24:00 AM | anonymous
Nice App
Saturday, January 01, 2011, 8:22:09 PM | anonymous
This tool makes Windows 7 usable, without it Windows 7 is just horribly annoying and utterly dysfunctional. Every citizen should get Classic Shell!
Saturday, January 01, 2011, 5:54:41 AM | Bantak788
This program has made my life worth living. I've resisted moving away from Windows XP for years since the new Windows menu is so incredibly annoying. When I built a new machine, I added a solid state drive and knew it was best to just move on to Windows 7. Fortunately, I had already discovered Classic Shell and knew that it would be a relatively painless process. It's an almost perfect program. Classic Shell is light-weight and unobtrusive, and it provides me with the flexibility I need to customize the Windows Start menu to work the way I want it to work instead of forcing me to use somebody else's conception of what the "perfect" menu should be. With just a couple of clicks in the settings (switching the Left-Click/Shift-Left-Click behavior to display the regular menu and then setting the Windows Start Menu to a Cascading All Programs menu), I was able to get 90 percent of what I wanted (both the cascading sub-menus instead of the cramped standard style and proper default sorting with folders listed first). My Windows menu is better than it's ever been. I work with a lot of client computers (mainly using Server 2008 or Win7), and it's always a traumatic experience when I have to use the out-of-the-box Windows menu. ALL HAIL CLASSIC SHELL!
Friday, December 31, 2010, 3:21:49 PM | anonymous
Friday, December 31, 2010, 4:42:15 AM | anonymous
Hey ibeltchev, I really must thank you for this wonderful little program. Now I have my start menu the way I like it. I can customise it just how I've always done. Great work!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010, 5:13:23 AM | anonymous
Monday, December 27, 2010, 9:17:56 PM | anonymous
Finally a good program to turn back to the normal start menu! :)
Monday, December 27, 2010, 1:36:20 AM | anonymous
now my win7 looks like NT4. that great!
Saturday, December 25, 2010, 5:48:53 PM | Free
When I came across a reference to Classic Shell for customizing Explorer, I did not have much expectation. I had already been through Explorer++, Q-Dir, QTTabBar,Total Commander, and Ultra Explorer. Changes to the Start Menu as described almost seemed impossible, so I did not think about it. When I tried installing Classic Shell, I had a major problem. Half way through the installation, I got an error saying permission was denied to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs It took quite a while to figure out what was wrong - "System" was not showing up in the Security Permissions for that "..\Start Menu\Programs" folder, and adding that solved the issue finally. Then the program installed, and it froze Explorer, and the start bar was doing weird things - and I thought - well, another hacked together half job. But what the hell, I rebooted, and opened up explorer. It seemed to be working all right. I followed the instructions in ClassicShellReadme.rtf and started tinkering around, first with Explorer, then with the Start Menu settings. After half an hour of tweaking things - I am now sitting here amazed at how perfectly everything is EXACTLY the way I want it - I mean EXACTLY! If someone was to wander by and look at me working, they would never know I am not on XP ! My Start Menu uses so that the icons are small - I can have my own folders at the top of it with my own frequently used programs - and the cascading sub-menu is such a relief after the pain of using the Win7 new Start Menu. Your page: "Why Classic Start Menu?" says it all perfectly. Explorer - with the tree line structure on the left! (Windows XP Classic - Navigation Pane Style). I thought I would never see that again! I can instantly see now where I am down the tree - how many subfolders down, and the left arrow "Back to" the last folder - such a time saver. And the beloved ALT+Enter to see a file/folder's properties, used so so many times a day is back! And back to the old dialog for File/Folder conflicts - the new Win7 one was so invasive. The only "tweak" missing from all this was found long before - putting back the Quick Launch area (available on most Win7 tip sites). ibeltchev - you have made Windows 7 behave the way I want - a way that is efficient - and conducive to productivity. Thank you so much for your amazing work - and for sharing it with the community. You have made my time on my laptop (many many many hours a day) much less stressful; much more enjoyable!
Saturday, December 25, 2010, 11:57:01 AM | sleclire
This is just awesome! If you want those treelines back OR if you want those triangles (expand/collapse buttons OR folding buttons) to not fade out when you're not mouse over them or the explorer navigation pane focused (by ie. shift+tab to it) then this can be done for the left side nav pane of explorer
Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 1:18:34 AM | anonymous
Essental for me to be able to tolerate Windows 7. Very stable so far.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 11:06:40 PM | anonymous
I'm free again!
Friday, December 10, 2010, 9:31:42 AM | anonymous
this is pure simplicity and happiness. love it man, only if microsoft could understand there customers they would have better sales and happier customers.win7 is ok but xp64 is best in my opinion.they should of worked of xp and made it faster. than creating vista/win7. great work and thanks only would like to suggest one thing can you make the classic start button and taskbar like vista too. ;)
Sunday, December 05, 2010, 1:29:53 PM | OpenID User
Works like a charm, very stable and polished. Thanks!
Saturday, December 04, 2010, 6:35:50 PM | codeman862
good... but you can still do all this by clicking the links on the side of the vista/7 start menu or by clicking "All Programs". Awesome though, help those not familiar with vista/7
Thursday, December 02, 2010, 8:16:58 PM | anonymous
Just love it. I really hate the default menu in win7 So you save my rt7lite win7 install with classic shell
Wednesday, December 01, 2010, 7:21:05 AM | anonymous
One necessary component towards making Win7's UI less of an ugly, unusable mess.
Saturday, November 27, 2010, 1:41:58 PM | anonymous
Can't live without the up button! Classic Explorer works wonderfully for me. Please be wary of the thumb down reviews: The perpetrators of many of those idiotic reviews are of the opinion that Microsoft must be rimmed.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 10:41:53 PM | anonymous
Fantastic piece of software that brings back most of the goodness that Windows 7 lost in translation !
Monday, November 22, 2010, 11:39:50 PM | anonymous
Best tweak ever! I am using it on a netbook with W7 Starter. I hate how new menu has scroll bars. I think the person who invented the new start menu was either mentally sick, high on drugs or really drunk. Classic Start Menu offers the best usability, somebody please tell MS to stop re-inventing the bicycle. Cheers.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 8:58:03 AM | anonymous
Very good work, thank you. This is not only to feel in old XP-version, the usability is much better.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 8:46:57 AM | anonymous
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 2:10:28 AM | anonymous
Wonderful! Deactivated Breadcrumbs! Show current path in Title Bar when Aero is activated (not only in classic view)! Loads of "I want my WinXP back" options! Great Work!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12:40:52 AM | anonymous
It is a great tool that solves many issues in Windows Explorer. The most important two are: - It fixes the folder scrolling to the bottom of the screen after expanding it. - It adds automatic refresh of the right pane when you are navigating the folder tree with the arrow keys.
Monday, November 08, 2010, 9:47:22 AM | anonymous
BRILLIANT, thank you so much!!!
Sunday, November 07, 2010, 8:47:31 AM | OpenID User
Friday, November 05, 2010, 8:39:01 AM | Sayat Ibraimov
nice program. Very useful
Thursday, November 04, 2010, 7:25:01 PM | anonymous
excellent, it works ; personnalising the toolbar is not easy, though
Thursday, November 04, 2010, 7:07:08 AM | orbidia
This is better than any Start Menu that Microsoft has ever made. With version 2.90, it is super easy to totally customize every aspect of the Classic Start Menu. I can't believe I can finally make the Start Menu behave exactly how I want! I wish most programs in the world were this well done. It is stable, fast, easy to use and its skinnable too. I usually don't pay for freeware but this one deserves the support of the community. If you use this regularly, please contribute monetarily to the author. I say this because when future versions of Windows come out, I hope Classic Shell is still updated. We all know Microsoft is not going to bring the Classic Start Menu back or a bunch of the Explorer usability features. Classic Shell is a no brainer. I still can't believe the developer is offering this for free... it really is that great.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 2:04:06 AM | anonymous
perfect!! Thanx a lot for this cool software! Post-XP-Explorers suck!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010, 1:12:58 AM | anonymous
Thanks for the classic menu Windows Explorer.
Monday, November 01, 2010, 11:02:20 PM | anonymous
Fantastic!! It gives me back my XP!
Sunday, October 31, 2010, 10:18:39 PM | anonymous
There is no real CONS for this apps. Some people just argue... blablabla, fear of changes... We don't have any fear about changes... YOU MUST understand that not all changes are good, specially with the weirds and sometimes illogicals choices of Microsoft. More stupids options is still... more stupids options... Why doing heavy and clunky when it can be sweet and simple :P It as always been the MAIN problem with microsoft... so many flaws in their designs... :(
Thursday, October 28, 2010, 1:21:24 AM | D9IDbKA
Пускай идут нахер олени использующие станданртный эксплорер, меню пуск и alt+shift всегда их лошил и лошить буду. Thank you for this wonderful program. Respect man
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 7:38:55 PM | anonymous
С первого дня использования Se7en OS я мечтал об этой программе. Спасибо вам огромное.
Monday, October 25, 2010, 6:19:43 AM | anonymous
If i ever get round to using windows 7 i would install this straight after the os is installed. But until then Windows 7 has a long way to go before it beats windows XP. I have many great video hardware and such that xp knows but am told Windows 7 doesn't know. New hardware there is none for these new smaller motherboards that are 64 bit. Not even for pci-x it is all still pci, great for xp but for no other os. Actualy i download this now, to remind me what it is called. So will get newer version if ever use vista, windows 7 or newer based on the same.
Saturday, October 23, 2010, 9:08:50 AM | anonymous
Thursday, October 21, 2010, 8:44:21 AM | anonymous
One of the best projects all around! It's even not possible to thank fully for this job done - Classic Shell makes it possible to get back to serious work, and not to fiddle endlessly through useless colorfull gadgets. Once again - many thanks guys! My greatest appreciations! G.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010, 4:42:16 PM | Sam Gleske
Great job! I'm recommending this to all my friends.
Monday, October 18, 2010, 6:36:43 PM | anonymous
Molto comodo e pratico, utile per ridurre lo stress delle persone abituate ad XP a digerire le grafiche di windows 7. (capi e segretarie comprese)...
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 11:40:06 PM | anonymous
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 10:39:12 PM | Len
A very useful project.
Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:11:34 PM | anonymous
very useful tool, thanks for developing, shame on Microsoft, that they made it necessery!
Sunday, October 03, 2010, 7:10:56 PM | anonymous
When I saw "Classic Shell" I think in Program Manager for Vista and 7 xD
Thursday, September 30, 2010, 1:11:23 PM | anonymous
Thank you for giving me my Start menu back. Easy to install and use it has even advandced features, all of witch are really well documented and explained.
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 6:57:29 PM | anonymous
I didn't buy Windows 7 before I found this application. Will try to donate money when times are easier. Thank you very much for your hard work. The up-arrow is easily the best feature to get back. Always at the same spot. You don't have to analyze where to click. Only one click and you're up one-level. Simple and effective.
Sunday, September 26, 2010, 5:07:13 AM | anonymous
You basically fixed what Microsoft screwed up. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 11:21:20 PM | macro coders
Thursday, September 23, 2010, 12:58:06 PM | anonymous
Awesome! Thank you! Sometimes new and "better" is good but most of the time it sucks! Thanks again!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 11:29:32 PM | anonymous
Glorious. I created an account just to add my support for this. Lightweight, clean, customizable, and everything I was looking for to restore Win 7 to usability. Thank you to everyone involved!
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 9:17:35 PM | anonymous
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 1:14:42 PM | anonymous
This is simply brilliant!
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 6:39:07 AM | anonymous
Excellent, much needed alternative to the cramped, tiny new start menu.
Sunday, September 19, 2010, 12:21:26 AM | anonymous
Classic Shell was the killer application that made us roll out Windows 7 in our company. @Microsoft: please check how many companies use this tool and think again!
Thursday, September 16, 2010, 1:33:22 PM | anonymous
LOVE IT! Thank you, thank you and thank you!
Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 10:37:13 AM | anonymous
This is soo great, I owe you a beer!
Monday, September 13, 2010, 3:17:48 AM | Travis Robinson
Sleek and simple; just like XP. Thanks!
Tuesday, September 07, 2010, 6:36:19 AM | paulb
AWESOME. Shame on MS for removing user control, but mega thanks to you for bringing it back.
Monday, September 06, 2010, 11:05:44 AM | anonymous
Great program, thanks very much for it!. I missed some funcionality in Win 7 Explorer and Start Menu. Classic shell is THE answer for it!
Sunday, September 05, 2010, 11:33:27 AM | anonymous
Perfect... I can't really say much more. To be honest, the new setting commands are a bit more abstruse than the previous version, but are worth devoting five minutes to resolve! I keep looking to see if there are updates, but I don't know why: everything it perfect as it is! Thanks for creating this absolutely essential program!
Thursday, September 02, 2010, 11:48:20 AM | anonymous
Thanks. Now win7 is usable. Before it was a NON professional OS suitable for gamers and mp3s only. Now I can get some work done
Thursday, September 02, 2010, 12:53:30 AM | anonymous
good work
Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 11:17:33 AM | anonymous
quick and easy to see the large files that you forgot or didn't know about.
Friday, August 27, 2010, 3:37:38 AM | Scott Piazza
I could throw together volumes of technopraise poetry or song, but why waste so much time? Press the "Download Now!" - now. This app makes me feel better every time I use my computer. Isn't it time for you to feel better too?
Thursday, August 26, 2010, 10:20:12 PM | anonymous
Thank you for the perfect Windows Classic Shell! My "Must-have-Tool-2010"! I like to switch between the Classic Menu and the new Windows 7 Menu, so I can use the good features from the new, and the perfect features of the old. And the "More Settings" is easy to use, too. Now my Windows is individual styled, and I like it.
Saturday, August 21, 2010, 8:59:50 AM | anonymous
Thank you so much! It works perfectly and I love it.
Friday, August 20, 2010, 5:37:22 AM | OpenID User
works wonderfully, i just wish they added the classic network activity indicator, that could make it an awesome all-in-one solution!
Thursday, August 19, 2010, 11:55:29 PM | anonymous
Absolutely flipping brilliant! I love it!
Thursday, August 19, 2010, 6:00:09 PM | anonymous
Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 5:55:48 PM | anonymous
Excellent! The most useful thing is ability to quick jump to desired program by first letter. The annoying Win 7 start typing into search box, which is very frustrating if you do not want it!
Sunday, August 15, 2010, 9:10:36 PM | anonymous
nice work!. thanks man.
Sunday, August 15, 2010, 6:35:52 PM | Max Pashkov
I hate Windows 7 because it's uncomfortable, but now I'll try it
Friday, August 13, 2010, 4:55:12 PM | anonymous
great, thx
Friday, August 13, 2010, 10:27:49 AM | anonymous
Excellent project, pass it around for goodness sake. Cheers.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 2:16:38 PM | anonymous
This is awesome. Works without any crashes
Sunday, August 08, 2010, 12:49:19 PM | anonymous
The horribly cramped menu offered in Microsoft Windows 7 makes navigating a pain. And so many features that we've gotten used to in previous versions of Windows have been removed from Windows 7 as to make it difficult to do what used to be easy. Classic Menu and Classic Shell restore the easy navigation and many features that we need -- as well as offering wonderful and long-needed enhancements. These are great tools!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 10:21:26 AM | cppNick
This thing is great, I love the styles, and it runs perfectly smooth. I would definitely recommend this. I can't stand that bulky monstrosity that we (were) forced to use before =)
Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 1:38:37 AM | Ryan
This program allows one to not only change the start menu in windows 7 to look like like the classic start menu in XP and windows 2000 but you can also change all aspects/items and placement of items in said menu. The program is small in file size, easy to use, does its job well and amazingly it's free (very rarely do you get those last 2 together)! Note: Some ini files will need to be edited manually to get the full effect of this program
Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 7:34:46 PM | anonymous
This is a great, great app. Microsoft should be ashamed of themselves not to include this kind of functionality from the "start" (no pun intended). They should pay the developer here for massively improving the usability of Win7.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 3:40:32 PM | anonymous
Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 1:41:32 AM | anonymous
the best
Monday, July 26, 2010, 1:12:27 PM | anonymous
After installing W7 it took me some time to find a proper antidotum against the MS idiotic "improval" of the Start-button and Win-Eplorer. But it was worth searching --- Classic Shell is the key irreplacable SW, absolutely necessary for a rational every-day work with W7. Thank you very much, excellet work. If I could I would give you 10-thumb-ups! :-)
Saturday, July 24, 2010, 7:51:06 AM | anonymous
Thanks very, very much! Excellent add-on.
Saturday, July 24, 2010, 5:16:38 AM | anonymous
The app that allowed me to finally move from XP to Win7. One request - I would love to have the "keep taskbar on top of other windows" option put into Classic Shell (which MS removed) so I can have my program windows on top of the taskbar again - autohide does not cut the mustard, esp has I have the taskbar on the left over 1/3 of the screen
Friday, July 23, 2010, 11:56:57 AM | anonymous
This is great, thank you!
Thursday, July 22, 2010, 1:01:11 AM | anonymous
Thank you very much for the Classic Start Menu. It is an essential tool to creating a very useful and cool Start Menu.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 11:39:48 PM | anonymous
The missing puzzle. Makes Windows 7 tolerable.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 1:04:40 AM | anonymous
Perfect ! if more skins to choose, even more perfect...
Monday, July 19, 2010, 4:11:42 PM | jim63
Fantastic tool. Very many thanks for his continuing development. Jim.
Sunday, July 18, 2010, 12:14:05 AM | anonymous
Simply can't do without.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010, 3:19:31 AM | anonymous
Beautiful! Just what I wanted!
Monday, July 12, 2010, 12:41:22 AM | anonymous
Leave it to 3rd parties to fix Microsofts stupidities... There is still about a dozen other things that need fixed in Win7.
Thursday, July 08, 2010, 11:55:09 PM | anonymous
perfect! :)
Thursday, July 08, 2010, 12:23:45 PM | anonymous
Suppa !!!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010, 2:17:45 PM | anonymous
wonderful i start using windows 7. i use classic shell menu and royale theme for windows 7. thanksssssssssssssss
Tuesday, June 29, 2010, 12:42:11 AM | anonymous
Awesome, This actually makes Vista usable! If I was a MS developer, I would likely bury my head in the sand for not offering this simple option. Thanks to the guys responsible for this!
Monday, June 28, 2010, 7:51:39 PM | anonymous
Works great, so much nicer than the newer craptacular interfaces.
Monday, June 28, 2010, 7:46:39 PM | anonymous
in a word...heaven
Monday, June 28, 2010, 3:48:09 AM | anonymous
Thank you so much. The program installed flawlessly and popped open my programs folder. It was like finding an old friend. Why did M'soft ever leave this functional and simple interface. Thanks for bringing it back!! My pleasure to make a small donation to your work. Keep it up.
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 4:10:01 PM | anonymous
THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUCH to whoever did this. I will be donating with paypal. Microsoft really needs to appreciate whoever did this, as this was my biggest complaint, and main reason I did not upgrade any of my pcs to win7 until now. I just wanted my UP button back, and now it seems I have full functionality (and control) of my system back!
Thursday, June 24, 2010, 7:35:24 AM | anonymous
Great Project Very useful
Monday, June 21, 2010, 3:31:06 AM | anonymous
Cannot locate where to report bugs - right clicking on LH tree directory names/icons crashes any app using this. Please fix asap Thanks! Using Win 7 v6.1.7600
Wednesday, June 16, 2010, 1:24:30 AM | Chewy
Ahhh, The Monkey on my back is dead. Nice Work!
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 4:02:46 PM | anonymous
I can finally go back to using my computer the way "I" want to
Monday, June 14, 2010, 5:54:39 AM | anonymous
The fact that I couldn't change to the classic style start menu was driving me nuts, I'm so glad I found this! Thank you!
Friday, June 11, 2010, 8:42:06 PM | anonymous
Excellent program! Now I can use the start menu the way I want.
Thursday, June 10, 2010, 10:33:25 PM | anonymous
Helped my users wean themselves off of older versions of windows. Awesome!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010, 5:26:41 PM | anonymous
Just love it
Sunday, June 06, 2010, 6:46:42 AM | anonymous
Great work. It was the first thing I looked for after installing Windows7. Just got there from XP64, so I missed all the annoying fun in Vista. Menu speed could be implemented in GUI for less experienced users (if such are bothering to find and install this nice utility). Thanks a lot.
Thursday, June 03, 2010, 11:41:30 AM | anonymous
not everything whats new is better. this tool bring my lovely statusbar back !!
Thursday, June 03, 2010, 4:55:33 AM | anonymous
looks good!
Wednesday, June 02, 2010, 6:01:26 AM | anonymous
I enjoy the 'XP' asthetics that Classic Shell adds to my Start Menu Applications. I no longer have to scroll through my applications as they now lay right before me in one vision. My regards for this applications writer's, as it is the dog's doo-dah's. Thank you for letting my Start Menu become more practical. =TriggaHappy=
Monday, May 31, 2010, 7:12:05 PM | anonymous
This Programm was the Reason for me to change to Windows 7 (from XP, on three Systems!).
Friday, May 28, 2010, 9:19:20 AM | anonymous
Man, thanks SO MUCH!!! You fixed what those retards at MS screwed up. Now my Vista-crapista laptop is actually usable. Thank you!!!
Monday, May 24, 2010, 12:02:52 AM | hjp3
This is the cure for the crippled Windows Explorer of Windows 7 I was looking for. Thank you.
Friday, May 21, 2010, 5:36:05 PM | anonymous
THANKS YOU A LOT! It's that, what I really need!!!
Monday, May 17, 2010, 10:59:49 AM | anonymous
I recently installed windows 7, because of the good reviews. However, when I found that the horrible new start menu can't be changed to the classic XP style one, I almost had a heart attack. After some searching, I found this project. It's perfect! Just what I was looking for. I even thought of different start menus with different mouse buttons, and, lo and behold, the option was there!. Thanks a lot, keep up the good work!
Thursday, May 13, 2010, 6:11:06 PM | anonymous
My biggest frustration with Windows 7 / Vista have been the UI changes where usability has been entirely removed in the name of progress. This project allowed me to have access to the functionality and style that I prefer and am very grateful for everything that has been done to date.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 10:28:45 PM | DJRiga
Let's you pick & choose which "classic" features you want to use. Great program!!!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 4:39:17 PM | anonymous
Wonderful, super, great Thanks
Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 11:01:24 AM | anonymous
thank you!
Sunday, May 09, 2010, 2:46:01 AM | Chuck Computerdr
This little addon has helped many of my customers since I have found it. A lot of my customers that are finding they have to upgrade from XP to vista or 7 and they call me telling me they are lost and don't know how to get anywhere. I have started using this little app for them and it makes life a little easier for them to make the transition. It has even gotten me a couple of jobs into my shop because other people using their computer that feared upgrading for this very reason have chosen to upgrade after seeing this. I wanted the developer to know it has indeed help many of my older customers that don't like change much. ___________ Chuck
Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 6:39:52 PM | anonymous
Awesome! Kazactly what I lusted after! Did I already tell you it's awesome? Well, it's *awesome*!
Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 12:46:00 AM | Brtt
This is a winner !
Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 12:32:40 AM | anonymous
I wanted what it does, it worked first try. Thanks!
Tuesday, May 04, 2010, 11:51:23 PM | anonymous
Finally a very good option to alleviate the ununderstandable lack of size-of-files-in-current-folders and remaining space on current drive. Lovely !
Sunday, May 02, 2010, 9:36:55 AM | anonymous
Now this is what makes Windows 7 a great OS!
Sunday, April 25, 2010, 12:35:06 PM | anonymous
Just what I needed.
Saturday, April 24, 2010, 12:34:30 AM | xeon
Boys, you're great!! I love Classic Sheel!! Keep up the good work!
Thursday, April 22, 2010, 3:31:14 PM | the snow
nice !!!
Monday, April 12, 2010, 5:36:00 PM | anonymous
Merci ! Bravo !!!
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 1:31:56 PM | anonymous
nice tool
Saturday, April 10, 2010, 9:12:47 AM | anonymous
Works wonderfully, both start button AND explorer. (I like Explorer better.)
Thursday, April 08, 2010, 3:28:32 PM | anonymous
Thank you so much for Classic Shell. It finally makes Windows 7 perfect.
Thursday, April 08, 2010, 8:33:05 AM | anonymous
This is a slick app. Very professionally done with tons of options to work with. To the person who was concerned about the sub-folder menus in the root. That is a checkbox option in the configuration window. Hope this helps
Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 6:31:59 PM | anonymous
This makes Windows 7 tolerable! Thank you.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 1:29:50 AM | anonymous
simple but fantastic great work
Wednesday, April 07, 2010, 1:09:46 AM | anonymous
Sunday, April 04, 2010, 7:53:39 PM | anonymous
Thank you sanity at last. Fantastic! Now we all need is something to replace the repetitive strain injury caused by open file save dialogs all over the screen in different folders and inconsistent views.
Thursday, April 01, 2010, 2:44:02 PM | anonymous
Very good
Thursday, April 01, 2010, 8:37:04 AM | Chris Clawson
Great utility. This fixes most of the problems I have with Explorer.
Thursday, April 01, 2010, 5:26:31 AM | anonymous
Thank you so much for adding the classic windows up arrow. I am an advanced user, but I still find that up-arrow extremely convenient. In fact for me, this seemingly small unimportant factor-- the windows up one directory arrow, is something that i view as critical and important. I searched high & low for an open source solution to my problem-- it's truly a shame microsoft got rid of this feature. maybe it's no surprise that 10+ years ago, all the most talented managers started leaving microsoft and heading over to google. Anyway, back to my point--I don't even use the classic windows menu--however, the up-arrow this application adds is extremely helpful to me. It's funny--there's an application called the mavis up-arrow, that costs $5, that only adds the up-arrow. However, this up-arrow matches the color and style of my windows 7 operating system--and it's free. Thanks a ton you guys. As a small token of my appreciation I have written this review. Hopefully, people start realizing this small, but very valuable sourceforge application is here-- classic shell.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 9:11:31 PM | anonymous
This is good. But if it could bring back the ability to turn off Auto Arrange on a folder to folder basis it would be amazing.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 11:49:49 PM | Andrew Steinborn
Really great. Been using since the 0.9.8 RC.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 3:16:48 AM | Kai Schätzl
This is sooo cool! Thanks!
Monday, March 29, 2010, 12:42:30 AM | OpenID User
Friday, March 26, 2010, 12:10:45 AM | anonymous
This is the best thing I've found since switching to windows 7 from XP. I was so pissed off at how MS took away all the XP features of navigation and now I've got it back. So awesome. Stop looking for other fixes and install this one!!!!
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 10:56:41 PM | anonymous
Ohne dieses Tool wäre Windows 7 für'n Arsch
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 1:08:07 AM | anonymous
Thank you so much for this!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 4:57:15 AM | anonymous
thx very good
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 11:54:29 PM | anonymous
FANTASTIC !!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 6:36:04 PM | anonymous
FANTASTIC !!!! The developers need a gold medal and loads of money from Microsoft for helping improve their OS :-)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 12:59:32 AM | anonymous
Simply the best
Sunday, March 21, 2010, 9:06:13 PM | anonymous
Absolutely brilliant!...Worth paying for.
Saturday, March 20, 2010, 1:25:52 AM | anonymous
Incredible as it is, it takes an independent programmer to rid us of "improvements to the worse" which M$ insists on for no good reason whatsoever. Kudos!!!!
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 7:15:22 PM | anonymous
Thank you, thank you, thank you! After trying a couple supposedly comparable apps, and cursing on this new and "improved" Windows start menu more times than I can count, this was EXACTLY what I was looking for!
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 3:08:09 PM | Dmitry Nazarov
Great program for Windows7! Thanks.
Thursday, March 18, 2010, 1:35:40 PM | anonymous
Wow this is exactly what I was looking for. Has very nice set of features and seems stable. Love it!! Good job.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 11:39:29 AM | anonymous
Quick response and simple to use ... maybe interesting to provide some more skins ...
Monday, March 15, 2010, 3:36:55 PM | anonymous
I've been using Classic Shell for four months. It's done exactly what I wanted, and it's never caused any problems. I've tried most of the alternatives, but this one is the best.
Monday, March 15, 2010, 2:10:29 PM | anonymous
This is really a great contribution. A big tip of the hat for Classic Shell.
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 2:03:22 AM | anonymous
Amazing, I can't thank you enough. CSMenu was ok... but this knocks CSMenu out of the park. This is perfect!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 7:29:20 PM | anonymous
Really nice program - now I if I could only get a replacement for Windows 2000 File Manger to work with Windows 7. I would be in heaven
Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 5:32:39 AM | anonymous
good! thanks a lot
Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 3:23:46 PM | anonymous
Classic shell is a must-have for Windows 7 users.
Tuesday, March 09, 2010, 2:06:47 PM | anonymous
Monday, March 08, 2010, 11:54:18 AM | anonymous
Me gusto.... era lo que buscaba.
Sunday, March 07, 2010, 10:35:12 PM | intron
Finally!! Thanks so much. Where is that donate button now? I can't gush about how much I needed this project to make Win7 workable at all. New menu style isn't just 'different' - its like making a track star wear concrete shoes. It is hard to imagine that in all of their testing no one said "man, this sucks"! Anyway... thanks again!
Friday, March 05, 2010, 6:46:02 PM | anonymous
Exactly what I was looking for! Great work, thanks a lot!!!
Sunday, February 28, 2010, 4:23:17 PM | anonymous
Guys, thanks so much for this app!!!
Friday, February 26, 2010, 2:51:34 AM | anonymous
Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 11:07:29 PM | anonymous
perfect! easy, fast and no bugs. I recommend. SANDREANO P SILVA from Brazil.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 9:57:44 PM | anonymous
Classic Shell is the BEST! I'm a power user as well as an instructor for blind and visually impaired computer users. I am happy to say that Classic Shell works with screen reader programs such as Microsoft narrator, ZoomText, and JAWS (Job Access With Speech). Clasic Shell offers first letter navigation as well as drag-and-drop shortcuts from the desktop. The other emulators either lack or fall short of that feature. Keep up the good work. I'm rooting you on!!!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 6:24:29 PM | anonymous
Finally, Simple Folder View is back in Windows 7! Thanks to this little program.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010, 9:32:15 AM | anonymous
Awesome, It's a shame other have to fix what microsoft breaks
Sunday, February 21, 2010, 11:50:16 AM | mickyfoley
@Kira san: Let the user decide, what is the correct way for them. Users like me prefer the oversight of the startmenu. Well sorted since years ans so it should stay. Classic Shell the top notch of replacements of the startmenu. Get it!
Saturday, February 20, 2010, 5:46:02 AM | anonymous
Hi, this seems great. The only problem for me is that I like the Windows XP style menu. I like the "pop out" style menu, but not neccarsarily the "classic" view? Is there any way to get the "pop out" menu but keep the Windows 7 view/look?
Saturday, February 20, 2010, 2:42:30 AM | Zoran Zorkic
Great stuff! The guy fixed what Ms has broken! Life is good again!
Thursday, February 18, 2010, 7:59:10 PM | U. Nesshoever
Just what I needed, to work as efficient with the keyboard as under any previous Windows version. THANK YOU!!! Finding this made my day!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 3:34:15 AM | anonymous
Just what I've been looking for and it's free. I tried 4 different tools, none of them had the right effect. I even deleted Windows 7, until I found this tool, reinstalled Windows 7 installed this program and now I'm a Happy Windows 7 user. Keep up the good work!!!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 12:02:57 AM | anonymous
Essential for advanced users :)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 2:45:53 AM | anonymous
Win 7 is good, this makes it better and easier for a more mature (older) user.
Monday, February 15, 2010, 2:04:54 AM | anonymous
Great program !
Monday, February 15, 2010, 1:24:53 AM | anonymous
Thank you!
Saturday, February 13, 2010, 6:47:29 AM | anonymous
I finally found one that works!
Saturday, February 13, 2010, 5:36:54 AM | anonymous
great! finally a fix to give us back the very useful info on the folder status bar that MS robbed us of from vista onward!
Friday, February 12, 2010, 9:43:24 PM | anonymous
Love it! Thanks so much. Its probably impossible but "Disable auto arrange in folder windows" would put this way over the top. Any chance of that?
Friday, February 12, 2010, 9:31:35 PM | anonymous
Thank-you , thank-you for this. It is exactly what I was looking for to replace the chaotic mess that is the Windows 7 Start button (or whatever MS have renamed it). MS version tricky to navigate, confusing combination of functions, very poor customization options. To me Start should be easy, left-hand side contains programs, right-hand contains the libraries you have configured. The programs could be grouped in any way meaningful to the user e.g. "Office" "Multimedia" as containers for links to progs. Same idea for the right-hand side link to folders grouped (via libraries) in anyway meaningful to user. Retain "All progs" at bottom LHS, Retain option to launch Explorer at bottom RHS. W7 search is unreliable for content search. I use Google desktop. Rant over.
Friday, February 12, 2010, 7:18:48 PM | anonymous
great tool, works fine and it looks what it should, like windows Vista or XP system thanks 4 developing and 4 free download :)
Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:23:18 PM | anonymous
охуенная прога! пусть горит в аду тот мудак, который додумался убрать из "семерки" классическое меню "пуск"
Friday, February 12, 2010, 10:53:21 AM | anonymous
This is just great. I am so glad to have the + back in explorer and not that stupid triangle. Thanks
Friday, February 12, 2010, 5:20:12 AM | anonymous
Friday, February 12, 2010, 12:45:02 AM | anonymous
Thanks a lot - works like a charm; even with my 'old' shortcuts from Vista :-)
Thursday, February 11, 2010, 4:21:09 PM | anonymous
Great Job! Makes Windows 7 a lot more easier experience! Best of both worlds; I have the old UI, but improved security and updates.
Monday, February 08, 2010, 11:27:50 PM | anonymous
works perfect
Thursday, February 04, 2010, 12:37:43 PM | anonymous
I just have it for 5 minutes on my system but I’m already amazed how easy it can be :) Another step closer to my XP style. Forget about CSMenu and the other one this has till now the most features and the best of it: It is for free. Great work and keep it up. Thx.
Thursday, February 04, 2010, 8:10:15 AM | anonymous
if it ain't broke...don't fix it nothing really wrong with XP intreface
Wednesday, February 03, 2010, 6:48:21 AM | anonymous
Best Tool to get the old Start menu back
Tuesday, February 02, 2010, 4:13:01 AM | LafinJack
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sunday, January 31, 2010, 11:25:25 PM | Don Adams
Works the way it's supposed to. Almost forgot what Xp start menu looked like.
Sunday, January 31, 2010, 1:47:31 AM | anonymous
I am saved! Ever since I saw Win7 RC1, I had assumed that the Start menu functionality was broken and would be fixed in the final version. But when I saw that it was still there, it dawned on me that they meant it to be that way. Even worse, I realized that they had actually paid people to do that. How awful can you get? The Start menu was the one thing in 10 years of Windows development that had worked right. Now I can rest in peace.
Saturday, January 30, 2010, 2:56:31 PM | anonymous
Лучшее меню для Пуск из того, что я видел и пробовал. Спасибо!
Saturday, January 30, 2010, 2:42:58 PM | Xia Zheng Xin
so funny the project is !
Thursday, January 28, 2010, 8:54:56 AM | Sunii
This is the best program I have installed since switching to Windows 7. It adds back useful features to explorer that Microsoft removed for no good reason. Highly recommended!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010, 7:00:02 PM | anonymous
I like it. A stunning piece of software! Go ahead, Win7 offers a lot of opportunities to do so.
Monday, January 25, 2010, 9:35:33 PM | anonymous
God this application RULES. Never would I have thought I'd be shedding tears of joy to simply have the functionality of the old Start Menu back, but this one does it perfectly. Seriously, ibeltchev, if you're responsible for creating this, I am forever indebted. Thank you!!
Monday, January 25, 2010, 5:19:13 AM | anonymous
Something that actually works. For those that like the classic Start Menu this is great. Unfortunately I like the new Start Menu except for the lack of an open when hover in the All Programs section. Being able to use the new Start menu with that feature would make a usable menu system with the eye candy intact. One thing I would change is to use a different name or to use different keywords when submitting to search engines. It was difficult to find where programs like CSMENU came up in many of the reviews when searching for Windows 7 "Start Menu". Since I use a good dual pane file manager rather than the one built in to Windows the Classic Explorer part was not as important, but my wife disagrees as she hates the pop up's when copying, and I agree that this program improves MS's interface dramatically. Thank you for a well thought out and implemented program. For anyone who wants the classic start menu back in Windows 7 this program works better than the others. On the other hand can I beg for you to see about writing a program to modify how the standard Start Menu works? Adding a "open when hover" feature to the Windows 7 Start Menu so that the categories worked like the libraries do would make that menu system almost as quick as this one and for those of us who like eye candy a better choice.
Monday, January 25, 2010, 2:55:02 AM | anonymous
Thank you! I'm left-handed; customized mouse menus in Opera let me keep my right hand by the keyboard arrows and my left hand on the mouse. This creates a fast, rhythmic, work flow, and now I usually only lift my hands when I'm writing. Typing commands into Windows slows computing down, for me. So I've tried every Windows 7 patch I found, but yours is the only one I'll use! (I'd like to be able to change the selection highlight background color to match my desktop, though...) You have my gratitude, admiration & best wishes (for what they're worth)!
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 2:53:16 PM | Franz
Congratulations. That was *the* mandatory feature that was missing for me before migrating to Windows 7. Thank you.
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 1:13:14 AM | anonymous
Wonderful. Gives me the missing features I used SO MUCH in XP that are missing from Window 7.
Thursday, January 21, 2010, 12:49:00 AM | willydv
Fantastic tool !
Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 5:49:48 PM | anonymous
This is definitively the best Classic Starmenu App for Windows 7 - a must have!!! 100%!!!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 5:26:42 PM | anonymous
Awesome little tool. I always hated the new start menu, the explorer tree style and of course the confusing copy menu in Windows 7. Now it looks like my beloved old XP :-)
Monday, January 18, 2010, 5:52:36 PM | Lupin III.
Up to now definitely the best "classic" startmenu! Also like the detailed documentation. Shows that the program is thoroughly developed!
Monday, January 18, 2010, 3:40:33 AM | anonymous
Thank you, Thank you. I just discovered your project and love it. Thank you again for being innovative when Microsoft was forcing its classic UI users to use the "NEW" but not necessarily better interface. Code jockeys like you have made a lot of people happy.
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 3:04:31 PM | Dave
Excellent Project - SUGGESTION: One thing that was better in Win7 start menu, and is gone now with this Classic Shell, is a direct option to ShutDown/Restart/Switch User. Now we have to go through the (unnecessary) dialog with the options, while in Win7 we could Restart with 1 single click. Perhaps this could be a feature request ? :)
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 5:17:59 AM | Matthew Monroe
Classic Shell is awesome!! I couldn't stand not seeing the total size of selected files in the status bar in Windows 7 Explorer; with Classic Shell -- I now know immediately the total size of selected files. The Classic Start Menu is also great to have again. Thank you ibeltchev for developing and publicly sharing this software!! The Microsoft developers are complete idiots for dumbing down the Windows 7 status bar.
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 2:26:38 AM | anonymous
its working :)
Friday, January 15, 2010, 3:36:54 PM | anonymous
Awesome :))
Thursday, January 14, 2010, 7:40:46 PM | W. White
Classic Shell! Classic Shell! Classic Shell! :dances around in mad circles: Classic Shell! Classic Shell! Classic Shell!
Thursday, January 14, 2010, 6:14:09 PM | anonymous
The classic Start menu is just awesome but Explorer navigation buttons are not that good looking as of Windows XP. :(
Monday, January 11, 2010, 11:30:14 PM | anonymous
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Please add option to disable auto arrange in explorer, I have an idea: all folders could be treated as desktop folder, then we`ll get native option to disable auto arrange. But I don`t know how to realize it, please help.
Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:37:31 PM | r_x
Difference to the default Win7 start menu: Less klicks, easier to configure and no more switching between mouse and keyboard. Great!
Sunday, January 10, 2010, 1:02:35 AM | anonymous
THANK YOU, I LOVE YOU, the only problem remain: disable auto arrange
Saturday, January 09, 2010, 9:12:36 PM | anonymous
Up to now definitely the best "classic" startmenu! Also like the detailed documentation. Shows that the program is thoroughly developed!
Saturday, January 09, 2010, 8:14:30 PM | anonymous
Great Job. I like it very much. Thanks a lot.
Saturday, January 09, 2010, 1:07:55 PM | anonymous
All the features mysteriously removed from Explorer... like file sizes once u select more than 16 files...
Thursday, January 07, 2010, 11:13:22 PM | anonymous
Great replacement for the claustrofobics Vista/Win 7 start menu. It would be fine if they implement completelly the XP start menu look.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 11:13:32 AM | anonymous
I can't believe it! You folks made Windows 7 usable again. I was going to return to XP because of this space nonsense.. I love you guys! [donating]
Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 5:26:15 AM | anonymous
I found Classic Shell a few days ago after lots of grief about the Win7 UI (switching from WinXP), and apart from the good old cascading start menu, I really started to hate Windows Explorer. Thanks so much for bringing back all those useful features that have been removed by Microsoft in the past! Finally, I can use my computer as fast and effective as I could before.
Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 4:29:48 AM | anonymous
Saved me from Win7's "improved" star menu. :)
Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 8:13:12 PM | anonymous
Awesome! Finally I'm no longer encumbered by the stupid "you have to use it because we think its good for you" MS UI
Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 6:07:23 AM | anonymous
Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!! I'd be happy to make a donation. It is truly sickening that MS is so mentally deficient that you had to spend time fixing their design flaws. One thing that would be nice is to have an option for the search field on the classic menu - but just not in the default position. I'd have no problem with the Win7 search field if there was a way for me to move it to a different position so that it would not steal my keystrokes that I want to use for navigating the start menu subfolders. Now can you code up a way to disable the Ribbon menu on apps that are cursed with it? :)
Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 5:16:20 AM | anonymous
Great lightweight windows tweak -- no background task! :-) The up button in windows explorer is also great to have back.
Monday, January 04, 2010, 4:05:50 PM | anonymous
Absolutely what I was looking for. Further improvements are looked forward to, but this product is already head-and-shoulders above the competition (including the pricey for-pay competitor "Seven Classic Start", which I purchased and briefly ran). Please keep up the amazing work! I am an IT administrator of several networks and am very particular about my own user interface and that of the servers whereon I operate — this is such a blessing of a piece of software. Thank you!
Sunday, January 03, 2010, 6:17:48 PM | anonymous
It works great!!! But I need more customization
Saturday, January 02, 2010, 3:52:15 PM | anonymous
Would it be possible to have a little bit more Aero style WITH keeping small icons in the main menu? Unfortunately I've lost the option to have small icons AND the highlighting based on Aero theme.
Saturday, January 02, 2010, 11:15:48 AM | anonymous
This rules. MS screwed up by removing the classic shell functionality in the otherwise brilliant 7 - this brings it back! How do we donate?
Saturday, January 02, 2010, 6:04:08 AM | Kevin
Thank you for this, now win 7 works for me
Friday, January 01, 2010, 6:15:12 PM | anonymous
Completely cured my only irritation with Windows 7. Thank you.
Friday, January 01, 2010, 4:25:12 PM | anonymous
Great, Thanks. Please add an option to Disable "Auto Arrange of files/folders in Explorer Window"
Friday, January 01, 2010, 3:18:36 PM | anonymous
Friday, January 01, 2010, 9:09:55 AM | Haki Failey
Fantastic, It will replace all start menus of our PC's and servers. Great job.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 10:52:45 PM | anonymous
Вот это я долго искал, спасибо, крутой проект!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 10:25:20 PM | Alex
OMG Thank u!
Monday, December 28, 2009, 1:20:50 PM | anonymous
Love it. Can you find an Ability to disable folder auto arrange .
Sunday, December 27, 2009, 3:21:50 AM | mss
This is just great! Two things though.. With xp powertoys/tweak ui/registry change, I was able to change the folder expansion delay in xp.. I would prefer to be able to set it to zero if I like that. Also it would be nice if the fade was optional because even if I have fade disabled in the rest of the windows 7 ui the classic start menu keeps fading when it opens. Again... this is just what I needed, thanx!
Saturday, December 26, 2009, 11:24:40 PM | anonymous
Very Good Work ! Runs fine and is language localized!
Saturday, December 26, 2009, 9:20:42 PM | anonymous
Saturday, December 26, 2009, 2:31:31 AM | Veteran
Great!! Love this!! Thank You!!
Friday, December 25, 2009, 11:07:47 PM | anonymous
Thank you for this, now win 7 works for me
Friday, December 25, 2009, 5:51:04 PM | ftsm
It's very nice software~!!
Friday, December 25, 2009, 4:01:27 PM | anonymous
please link to this project on any site you can. since the last few months, when i google for "windows 7 classic start menu", it never come out. i only found this after looking in soureforge.
Friday, December 25, 2009, 3:56:25 PM | anonymous
great pro thanks
Thursday, December 24, 2009, 6:03:01 PM | anonymous
This software is amazing! I was looking for something like this for some and now I have it. Everyone should try it! Thanks a lot! Now, I just need to fix the auto roll in list view when I want to click in a file in the last right column and explorer will become a good tool again!
Thursday, December 24, 2009, 3:56:09 AM | anonymous
The best project for Windows 7 ever!
Thursday, December 24, 2009, 3:41:46 AM | anonymous
thank you, cool!
Thursday, December 24, 2009, 3:27:52 AM | anonymous
Long awaited! Meets a frequent need - thank you indeed! Might be worth adding to the instructions about "View Classix Explorer bar" that the Status Bar needs to be turned on, too. I've had it turned off under Win 7 since it didn't add any useful information. Now, it does.
Monday, December 21, 2009, 8:27:18 AM | anonymous
Just wonderful. Thanks so much.
Thursday, December 17, 2009, 5:06:04 AM | anonymous
Forša programma! Visiem iesaku!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 4:08:33 PM | anonymous
I'd absolutely recommend this app. Since moving to Win7 I've been through so many alternatives to Explorer looking for one that doesn't look like the rubbish MS has foisted on us. I had decided on XYPlorer (and still use it thanks to the many powerful extra features it has) but this little app has brought me back to using Explorer regularly. Amazing. And the Classic Menu is really great (though I would prefer to see it invoked by the "all programs" button rather than hijack the whole Start menu) and is *much more stable* than some alternatives I've tested -- no flickering or Aero issues! Again, amazing stuff, well done!
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 11:34:12 PM | anonymous
Bug? If I add further folders in start menu's root, I cannot drag'n'drop items in these folders. Within programs folder and its subfolders everything works as intended.
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:14:12 PM | anonymous
at long last a proper classic start menu that actually works. Brilliant! I would have liked to see a donation facility for the author.
Thursday, December 10, 2009, 10:38:18 AM | Spenny
Great work on implementation. Been missing the Up button for a looong time. And thanks for giving the option of Big Icons! Please keep up the fine work.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 2:58:07 AM | anonymous
Very accurate implementation of the Classic Start Menu for Win7. Excellent programming work, I love it.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009, 4:26:54 PM | anonymous
Awesome!!Awesome!!Awesome!! Love this idea!! Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please add feature: "Disable auto arrange in folder windows"
Monday, December 07, 2009, 6:51:38 PM | OiToS
If you use Vista or Seven and you miss the great Windows XP Explorer toolbar with its buttons, you're gonna like this extension! Good job!
Sunday, December 06, 2009, 1:11:37 AM | J Burt
Works like a charm!
Ashley Lewis
Love this program, I've been stuck with Windows 7 shitty start menu & thanks to Classic Shell I've got my favorite start menu back!! :)
Tony Martin
After what you have done for the Windows community at large!!
Emeka Ekeledo
Very impressive application. Classic Shell makes Windows 8 usable. Thanks for coding it.
Rajan Patel
This is such an amazing application; I want to thank you for making Windows (after XP) usable again.
Brian Bartlett
This will definitely do well. [Still prefer wrapping windows in a NeXT interface ;-). ] Great job!
Chuck Renner
Kudos to the Classic Shell team! This is an awesome alternative to the Metro interface on Windows 8 that is so ill-suited for Desktop computing! I love you guys! Every Windows user should know about this!
Andrew Matthews
The Windows 8 Metro workaround is great and is very useful
Sam Caldwell
Thanks for your excellent work. Lets hope the servers can take the traffic when Windows 8 hits the market. Cheers!

Timothy Carroll
This app is a sanity saver for me. I'm always embracing new technology, so I'm far from a luddite, but it drives me crazy when basic features are REMOVED from Windows just because the UI designers decide that nobody should want to user computers a different way than them. I look forward to Classic Shell continuing to save my start menu sanity when the atrocious Windows 8 metro start screen makes its RTM debut this year.
Ronnie Maxwell
I just discovered this software and it looks amazing. I tried Win7 long ago and hated all the features they changed/removed. I returned to Windows XP and while I'm content with it, there are disadvantages (no DX11, for example). Classic Shell makes me want Windows 7 again.

Mark Del
Classic Shell has been a staple of my Windows 7 install for over a year now. I especially love the more recent search feature, and the older "most used programs" listing. It's the best of the modern and classic start menus. I also install it for people migrating from XP to 7, to ease the transition.
Mary Lamb
I love what Classic Shell has done with my start menu
Lance Wilson
Works great on Windows 8 CP! Thank you very much! I had a hard time learning Windows 7 start menu and had given up on Metro UI...UNTIL THIS! You could have made a lot of money on this...yet you made it open source. You guys are heros.
Sam Caldwell
Looks great and thanks for your efforts. What a shame it is needed! Microsoft is shooting itself in the other foot by making customers look for 3rd party fixes. This will create confusion and Vista like negative PR. I just don’t understand the reckless arrogance of Microsoft management in forcing people to abandon the Start Menu and Button which defined the Windows user experience since the introduction of Windows 95. Thanks again for your excellent work but suspect it will not prevent the train wreck waiting to happen.
Paul Cornett
just loaded this on win8cp.. awesome. With some tweaks, metro can be a good thing... but this fills the gap beautifully
Ryan Spyky
Many thanks!! It's finally great to see the CLASSIC START Menu on Windows 8 CP! appreciate the hard work gone into this.
Paul Rokicki
Thank you for this. Much appreciated!!!!!!
Darrel Balucos
brilliant! it simplifies our start buttons in my internet cafe...
Reviews from other websites (CNET, Softpedia etc):
Classic Shell is an awesome program. I much prefer it to the Vista and Windows 7 Start Menus. It's tremendously customizable and you can export and import all the settings so that they can be applied to other computers and login ids. It also provides a great replacement for XP-style function buttons on Windows Explorer. Again, customizable and one can export and import settings. I use its Classic Explorer function to hook to a good third party filesystem search program to replace the excrable Vista/W7/W8 filesystem search.
But the best thing is that Classic Shell 3.5 puts its beautiful Start Menu on Windows 8 Consumer Preview, turning a sow's ear into a silk purse! Settings from W7 will even import into W8, providing instant customization.
Best Start Menu alternative I've Found. Works flawlessly with much flexibility and options.
Compensated for Microsoft's blunders. Software provides any one (or all) of a wide range of xp-related functions (personally used the 'up a level' button). Windows really should have come with these functions built in...Would highly recommend to anyone who misses the xp features this program provides.
Makes the Windows 7 Start Menu Customizable to your needs. It looks much cleaner. Increases efficiency as well as making your desktop shortcuts unnecessary giving you a cleaner desktop. I highly recommend this software. Nothing out there right now can compete in ease of use and effectively solving your problems with the current Windows Start Menus. It's easily customizable to have everything you need at the click of an icon.
Makes Windows 7 (and Vista) MUCH more usable! Extremely useful, rock solid and well supported. Amazing (and free) software! Highly recommended.
If your computer use is about getting things done rather than glitz, Windows 7 can disappoint. But by turning off the Aero and other effects and installing Classic Shell, Windows will be faster and more responsive, and you will once again have a Menu that allows you to organize things they way you want. Program works great - highly recommended for serious computing.
John Tesla
Essential core software. Of all the software, what is more essential and "core" than the Windows explorer interface and the start menu, and task bar controls? Classic Shell allows you far more control and options for this than any product I've seen; it is free and runs without problem on more than 10 computers (family, friends etc), and lets me/other users make the Windows interface the way I want, not as Microsoft would force on me. Fabulous!If you hate the Win7 setup and want to revert back to XP - or any other custom setup - this is what you need. Crucial when upgrading or installing a new system. I can't praise it enough.
Good news for Win7 users. This quick download will put you right in the driver's seat on screen.You soon realize the quick responsive choice menu of familiar XP is at hand."Classic Shell" provides an escape from the bloated menu Win 7 offers even in it's most basic personalization. A good mix of past control but new OS dynamic.
When windows 7 came out I was beside myself at the fact that MS omitted the classic menu style. The way I arrange my menu simply cannot be accommodated with the overly compact new style. Being unable to get classic buttons like delete, etc. Onto the explorer toolbar was annoying too. This program took care of everything. If you've got vista or 7, you need this.
The Champion of the Start Menu replacements!! A magnificent program, beautiful with any of the skins, thoroughly configurable. It even works with Windows 8 (where it is even MORE desperately needed!). Highly recommended. Don't pay for a Start Menu program until you've tried this one! You'll never go back...
I have been using 'Classic Start Menu' by Ordinarysoft fot the past several years - until I recently discovered 'Classic Shell.' This utility is superior to Classic Shell in virtually every aspect and adds numerous features for tweaking Windows Explorer and IE9 on top of that. You have nothing to lose by giving it a try. You will love it.
I have use this for a long time, now I write this to say thanks! It is simply perfect! Thank you very much for the creator of this software, I really appreciate it.
Excellent program! I didn't like that I had to click to access my programs. Now everything is a lot more accessible. Thanks!
So happy to get no frills clasic look using windows 7. Sometimes Microsoft changes thing that do not need to be changed.
I cannot properly express my thanks for Classic Shell in words - I want to use $. :) Do you have PayPal? Please keep up the good work.


Anonymous said...

Terrific article! This is the kind of information that are meant to be shared across the internet. Shame on Google for no longer positioning this put up upper!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog after searching for Classic Shell. I held out as long as I could - ran XP until August, 2012. There's nothing I can add to what you've said: Classic Shell speaks for itself.

Microsoft has chosen a direction with Vista/Aero, and not looked back. I have an XP VM in Windows 7 which allows the goodness to continue for perhaps 2 years, then what?

I wish there was a fix for the distracting, glitzy, bloated UI in Vista/7, but what can you do?

I tried OSX, it was just as limiting as Vista/7. There are some distraction-free distributions of linux, but linux changes so frequently, 'backwards-compatibility' and 'muscle memory' doesn't really exist in the linux desktop. Maybe get used to old DOS applications again and run them in a VM?

I sure hope somebody makes a sane mobile OS [but I'm not holding my breath].

Anonymous said...

You might be interested in this article, which is about the utility of Windows vs. useless prettiness:

Pretty vs. useful: Microsoft declares a winner

Anonymous said...

Microsoft has Failed

Their actions erase any lingering doubt

Gaurav Kale said...

Yes indeed. Both articles speak the truth.