RSS Feeds

Receive a regular RSS feed from our latest, most popular and recommended downloads

Latest downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most latest downloads

Most popular downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our most popular downloads

Recommended downloads feed

Get a regular RSS from our recommended downloads

Newsletter

Subscribe to either one of our two newsletters for regular updates and information

Downloads newsletter

This is a weekly newsletter with download news, updates and other information

This is a monthly newsletter with software store information, offers and deals

Classic Shell 3.9 Beta

The best alternative Start Menu just got better

by Mike Williams

Our Rating:
Your Rating:
Login to rate
Based on 0 ratings
License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8
Requirements:
Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 26 July 2013
Watchlist: Add download to my watchlist
Downloads To Date: 7618
Developer: Ivo Beltchev
RSS News Feed:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/classicshell
Back up your data with Acronis True Image 2016 with a 1-PC LIFETIME license, only $29.99, saving 40%, from store.downloadcrew.com
Classic Shell 3.9 Beta
The best alternative Start Menu just got better

Classic Shell is best known for its ability to bring the Start button and menu back to Windows 8. You can also add the same menu to Windows 7, though (maybe useful as it's extremely configurable), and the program also includes a toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer, and a caption and status bar for Internet Explorer.

This new beta has an enhanced and far more realistic Windows 7 menu style. Programs can be accessed in a tree from the main menu; you can search for files as well as programs, with the results showing inside the main menu; and there's a dedicated shutdown button, as well as the usual menu where you can choose from multiple options (Lock, Restart and so on).

Newly installed programs are now automatically highlighted in the menu, and it can also display the most frequently used programs, all helping you locate the shortcuts you need.

Programs can be pinned directly from Explorer. Classic Shell should launch more reliably on Windows 8, and there's improved compatibility with Windows 8.1, too.

The only wrinkle: Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are no longer supported.

Verdict:

An excellent set of improvements to an already very good program

Your Comments & Opinion
 
Related Download Articles
 
Start Menu Reviver

Start Menu Reviver 3.0.0.18

Free, for personal-use only

A Windows 10-style Start Menu replacement for Windows 7 and 8

IObit Start Menu 8 v3.1

Start Menu 8 v3.1.0.3

Freeware

Restore the Start menu to Windows 8/8.1

Skip Metro Suite 3.0

Skip Metro Suite 3.0

Freeware

Bypass the Start screen when you log on to Windows 8

ViStart 7.0 running in Windows 8

ViStart 8.0

Freeware

Enhance the Windows Start menu in XP – or bring it back in Windows 8 

Other Download Articles From This Category
Process Lasso

Process Lasso 8.9.8.44

Free, for personal-use only

Prevent runaway processes from hogging valuable CPU time

Process Lasso

Process Lasso 8.9.8.44 (64-bit)

Free, for personal-use only

Prevent runaway processes from hogging valuable CPU time

Bullzip PDF Printer 10.25

Bullzip PDF Printer 10.25.0.2552

Freeware

Quickly create high quality PDF files from almost any Windows application

TransMac

TransMac 11.7

Trial Software

Read and write Mac format discs and disc images on just about any Windows PC

From Softwarecrew

Please wait while my feed loads

See more posts...

Our Price: $29.99
RRP: $49.99
Saving 40%
Buy Now
Offer Ends In:
 

Spotlight: Free Full Software

Spektrel Art 1.0.0

Free Full Commercial Software

Spektrel Art is a stand-alone program and Photoshop plugin which transforms digital photos into "magical art that glimmers and gleams with intersecting lines of tapered light".

What does that mean? Essentially it applies a configurable mix of effects, enhancing edges, smoothing backgrounds and emphasizing colours. Take a look at the thumbnail for one example, and the official product page has more.

Spektral Art works much like any similar tool. Open an image, click one of the thumbnails to apply a particular preset, or click a few buttons and drag some sliders to fine-tune the results.

There's surprising scope for variation, too. For example, just switching from the "Light" to "Dark" theme can transform a bright and friendly image into something dark and sinister, at least in some cases (results vary depending on the source image).

Please note, the demo version doesn't allow images to be saved.

SPECIAL OFFER: as we write, the developer is offering Spektral Art for free. The offer expires August 29th. Please note that you must provide your name, address and phone number to receive your free license.

[...]
Value:
Free
Rating: