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Tutorial: Bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8.1

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2014/01/11 05:25:10 (permalink)
There have been several posts about adding the old start menu to Windows 8/8.1, but this will be a tutorial to show everyone step by step how to do this using Classic Shell:
 
1: Go to http://classicshell.net/ and download Classic Shell
2. Run the file. It will calculate first to see if you drive has sufficient space and then you'll see this screen:

3. Choose next
4. Agree to the license terms if you wish to do so and choose next
5. You'll now see this screen:

6. In this menu you have to make a decision about which features you choose to install. For myself I will choose NOT to install the Classic Explorer and Classic IE but you can decide which feature(s) you wish to install. This is a screenshot of what I have chosen:

7. Choose Next when you are ready to install
8. Then choose Install on the next screen
9. If you get a user account popup choose yes
10. Then choose Finish
 
The toolbar for Windows Explorer may not show up automatically after installation. You have to do a few things before you can use it.
 
Windows 8: Press Alt+V to open the View ribbon. Click on the down arrow in the “Options” section. Select “Classic Explorer Bar”
 
If successful this is what you should see:

 
If you need to change the ClassicShell settings right click the start button and choose settings. There is also a skin tab so you can change the skin if you don't like it. If you click the All Settings box in the Start Menu Style tab this will give you maximum flexibility.
 
If you feel this software is worth your time please think about making a donation by clicking the donate button on the ClassicShell homepage:
 
http://classicshell.net/
 
 
 
 
 
post edited by rjohnson11 - 2014/01/11 05:32:37

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    Re: Tutorial: Bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8.1 2014/01/13 01:12:27 (permalink)
    Been using classic shell since day 1. 

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    Re: Tutorial: Bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8.1 2014/01/13 12:49:51 (permalink)
    I delayed using it because of some bugs but now it's a finely made tool which is why I made the tutorial.

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    Re: Tutorial: Bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8.1 2014/03/02 17:48:36 (permalink)
    Nice work,
     
    what are the chances of someone making a explorer that is layout like OSX finder, with the columns?
    That and the color coding of files and folders is probably the only two things I like from OSX.
     
    Anyway I'll give this a run on my tablet, thanks for making this available
     
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    Re: Tutorial: Bring back the Start Menu to Windows 8.1 2014/03/03 16:13:56 (permalink)
    I recommend using Classic Shell also.  I've been installing it on all of our client's Windows 8 machines and everyone likes it.
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