Get Start Button (ORB) and Classic Start Menu Back in Windows 8 Using Classic Shell

We all know that Microsoft has finalized its latest OS "Windows 8" and currently a free 90-day trial version of Windows 8 RTM is available for download.

Windows 8 comes with many new features and enhancements but many people didn't like the removal of Start button and Start Menu from Windows 8 Taskbar. Microsoft has removed Start button and has replaced it with a thumbnail which appears when you move your mouse cursor to bottom-left corner of screen. Start Menu has been replaced with new Start Screen.

Microsoft is not in mood of adding Start button and Start Menu back in Windows 8, so we have no other options left except using 3rd party software to get both the things back.

We have told you in past that you can get Start button and Start Menu back in Windows 8 using a few freeware such as ViStart and Start8.

And today in this topic, we are going to share yet another freeware to bring back Start button and Start Menu in Windows 8.

We all know about "Classic Shell" software which was developed to bring Classic Start Menu back in Windows 7. The software got huge success and lots of new features were added in later versions such as classic Windows Explorer features, classic IE features, etc.

Now the good old software has been updated with support for Windows 8 so now you can get Start button and Classic Start Menu back in Windows 8 using Classic Shell. Other operating systems such as Windows Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 are still supported.

Following is a preview of Classic Start Menu and Start button in action in Windows 8:


The Start Menu is highly customizable so as the Start button. You can customize lots of settings using Classic Shell Options. Just right-click on Start button and select Settings option.


You can change Start Menu skin, Start button image and much more. You can also add new items in Start Menu, remove unwanted items from Start Menu. Its extremely customizable.


By default, Classic Shell overwrites WIN key behavior and shows Classic Start Menu when you press WIN key. You can change this behavior using its Settings. You can also enable 2-column view in Start Menu, show user picture, user name in Start Menu and much more.

Apart from Classic Start Menu and Start button, Classic Shell also adds the good old toolbar in Windows Explorer and titlebar text, etc options in Internet Explorer 10.

You can download it using following link:

Download Classic Shell

Thanks to our reader "davidlim" for the update...

NOTE: You can also apply following exclusive skin to get Windows 7 look-like Start Menu and Start button in Windows 8:

Get Windows 7 Look-Like Start Menu and Start Button in Windows 8

Check out following video to learn how to customize Start button and Start Menu look using Classic Shell:

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Posted in: Software, Windows 8 / 8.1

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