The new start screen in windows 8 is disliked by many users who are more comfortable with classic desktop and start menu. But thanks to those developers and tweakers out there, you can now change your windows 8 start screen to classic desktop and install windows 7 like start menu in windows 8.
A similar utility called Classic Shell not only allows you to boot directly to windows 8 desktop but also adds a windows 7 like start menu in windows 8. As the developer’s website says, Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but were later removed. It has a customizable Start menu and Start button for Windows 8, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features.
How to Install Classic Shell in Windows 8:
You can download Classic Shell’s latest version from here. Once the download is complete, you will see a start icon already created. Simply click on it and customize the settings as per your needs and there you go!
Accessing Default Start Screen while Classic Shell is Installed:
Classic shell does not disable windows 8′s default start screen, you can access it anytime by simply holding the SHIFT button and click on the Start Icon.
Some of the salient features offered by Classic Shell are:
- Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
- Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
- Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
- Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
- Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
- The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
- Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
- Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
- And last but not least – it’s FREE!
Not only this, but you can also customize your windows explorer settings, internet explorer settings and start menu settings with classic shell.