Classic Shell returns as Classic Start -- giving Windows 10 users a proper Start menu

When Microsoft scrapped the Start menu in Windows 8, users were up in arms. Most refused to upgrade to the new OS, which ultimately led to its failure and demise, and of those who did switch, large numbers sought out third-party Start menus.

The best of these options was unquestionably Classic Shell. A great free tool it offered users a choice of three different menu styles -- Classic, Two Columns and Windows 7 -- as well as other options for customizing various elements of the OS, including Explorer.

Sadly, the creator of Classic Shell, Ivo Beltchev, pulled the plug on his famous creation in December 2017, stating:

After months of deliberation, I have decided to stop the development of Classic Shell.

It was a great adventure for me that lasted 8 fun and exciting years. It started back in 2009 as a simple weekend project and over time grew to be a hugely popular software brand with many millions of downloads. It was in large part due to all of you, the active Classic Shell community, that reported issues, suggested features, provided translations, developed new skins and participated in forum discussions. My thanks go to you for your continued support and encouragement.

Before he killed Classic Shell, however, Ivo made it open source and added it to SourceForge, in the hope that someone would fork the project and continue where he left off.

And the great news is someone did exactly that. Classic Shell is dead, say hello to Classic Start.

The new version is really just Classic Shell with a new name at the moment and gives you all the options you had previously. Quite where the project will go in the future remains to be seen, but it’s great to have it back.

Classic Start runs on Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows and is available to download from GitHub.

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