Version 3.6.8 general release

Classic Shell™ adds some missing features to Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 -
like a classic start menu, start button, a toolbar for Windows Explorer and others.

The latest version can be found on the Classic Shell website:

For answers to frequently asked questions look here:

Or use the discussion forums to get help:

Report problems in the Classic Shell development forums:


1) Classic Start Menu

Classic Start Menu is a clone of the start menu from Windows 2000, XP and Vista that
sadly is missing from Windows 7. It has a variety of advanced features:

*	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

*	Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by
	Shift+Click on the start button

*	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

*	Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins. Make your own!

*	Fully customizable in both looks and functionality

*	Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility

*       Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading
        menu (Vista and Windows 7) 

*       Implements a customizable start button (Windows 7 and 8)


2) Classic Explorer

Classic Explorer is a plugin for Windows Explorer that:

*	Adds a toolbar to Explorer for some common operations (Go to parent folder,
  Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Properties, Email). The toolbar is fully customizable

*	Replaces the copy UI in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly "classic"
  version similar to Windows XP

*	Handles Alt+Enter in the folder panel of Windows Explorer and shows the properties
  of the selected folder

*	Has options for customizing the folder panel to look more like the Windows XP
  version or to not fade the expand buttons

*	Can show the free disk space and the total file size in the status bar

*	Can disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar

*	Fixes a long list of features that are broken in Windows 7 – missing icon overlay
        for shared folders, the jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting
        headers in list view, and more


3) Classic IE9

Classic IE9 is a plugin for Internet Explorer 9 and 10 that:

*	Adds a caption to the title bar so you can see the full title of the page

*	Shows the security zone in the status bar

*	Shows the loading progress in the status bar


4) The source code

Classic Shell is open source, and the source code is licensed under the terms of the
MIT open source license. See the LICENSE.txt file in the main directory.