Classic Shell: Open Source Classic Start Menu for Windows 8
Posted 16 April 2012 - 08:06 PM
Classic Shell, a free and open-source program that replicates the classic Start Menu now supports Windows 8 Consumer Preview. It adds a new customizable start button and some of the features have been disabled because they are not possible on Windows 8 or no longer make sense - like the status bar enhancements, the copy dialog replacement, and the Up button.
On Windows 8 you can customize the Start button too:
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 12:29 PM
Windows 8's start screen is searchable too. Just start typing.
Tbh, the fact alone that Windows 7 still has the searchable start menu is enough to make me stick with Windows 7.
Well then don't.
Can't find the reason to stick with anything from Microsoft. They always decide what i will use, even i don't like their way.
Posted 19 April 2012 - 05:17 PM
It can be customized to look like the Windows 7 menu. No one's forcing you to use it. In fact, we don't disable Metro either. We are giving people a choice of whether to use the Start menu or Start screen - use what you like and respect others' choices.
Posted 23 March 2013 - 07:02 PM
In case someone interested, we have released a skin for Classic Shell.
It looks good in Windows 8, much better than default skins. The skins shipping as part of Classic Shell do not match the look of the Windows 7 Start Menu or the style of Windows 8. Many settings also need to be heavily tweaked to get a more closer look. We tried to match the look on Windows 8 while making some changes from the Windows 7 style. For example, the skin has square corners, not rounded corners, like Windows 8 has. Also, because Windows 8 no longer has blur or glow, the glass is replaced by simple transparency, just like the Windows 8 taskbar uses. Semi-transparent Start Menu without blur makes the content behind it much harder to read, so we made the skin with very subtle transparency, that keeps the content behind it readable.
Please read provided FAQ.