Thanks to copyright issues, Classic Shell replacement Classic Start is no more… but it's not bad news


Classic Shell was around for years before finding fame following Microsoft’s ill-conceived idea to make Windows 8 without a Start button or menu. It remained popular even after the Start menu made an official return in Windows 8.x and then Windows 10.

Development of Classic Shell was sadly ended in 2017, but not before the developer open sourced it. Classic Start arrived last month, picking up where Classic Shell left off, but potential copyright issues mean it is no more.

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But while Classic Start might be dead, you’ll be pleased to hear the project isn’t. It’s just been renamed. Not once, but twice.

All we know about the name change so far is it was made to avoid copyright issues, and for a time it was going to be called NeoClassic-UI.

Thankfully that name change didn’t stick, and the new official title is Open-Shell.

Work on the Start menu tool continues apace, although for now it still isn’t very different from the old Classic Shell.

You can download it from here.

What do you think of the new name?

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