Classic Shell is free software that makes Windows 10 operating system look & operate just like Windows 7 (+ other options)
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Classic Shell is free software that makes Windows 10 operating system look & operate just like Windows 7 (+ other options)

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Found 12th OctMade hot 12th Oct
So you can install the best Windows operating system - Windows 10 - faster, neater & safer than all previous Windows operating systems - yet preserve the look and functionality of Windows 7. (You can choose other looks as well.)

For all intents and purposes, your computer is still using Windows 7, nice and easy to use etc - but you get all the benefits of Windows 10.

Talk about killing 2 birds with 1 stone!

Wiki: Classic Shell is a computer software for Microsoft Windows that provides user interface elements intended to restore familiar features from past versions of Windows.[6] It focuses on the Start menu, File Explorer and Internet Explorer — three major components of the Windows shell. In particular, it can serve as a Start menu replacement for Windows 8 and Windows 10 systems.

Developed by Ivo Beltchev, it was first released in 2009, and has been downloaded hundreds of million times since.

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I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just can't deal with change.

And how is this a deal you didn't really explain 🤔

Classic shell all the way, the tiled start menu likes to take up half the screen with useless content that I'll never use. I'd rather have the clean, and very standard interface from windows 7. Increases my productivity too as I can find things much faster.

cortana can also get uninstalled

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Smadmad1 m ago

And this is a deal why?



you are confused - this is in Freebies

no apology needed

Good software. Thanks for the reminder, used this in the past. Highly recommend it if you don't like your desktop looking like Times Square
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And this is a deal why?

I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just can't deal with change.

And how is this a deal you didn't really explain 🤔

Original Poster

Smadmad1 m ago

And this is a deal why?



you are confused - this is in Freebies

no apology needed

Not confused and no apology offered not showing as freebie in app

Original Poster

iehrgeizi5 m ago

I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just …I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just can't deal with change. And how is this a deal you didn't really explain 🤔



let's see how many people benefit from this Freebie, shall we?

Classic Shell has made my life a helluva lot easier - though admittedly my kids think I should move with the times

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Smadmad2 m ago

Not confused and no apology offered not showing as freebie in app



you are excused

they seem to put Freebies into the Deals stream these days - but I posted it as a Freebie

Win 10 is far superior in every way possible

Classic shell all the way, the tiled start menu likes to take up half the screen with useless content that I'll never use. I'd rather have the clean, and very standard interface from windows 7. Increases my productivity too as I can find things much faster.

cortana can also get uninstalled

Good software. Thanks for the reminder, used this in the past. Highly recommend it if you don't like your desktop looking like Times Square

luvsadealdealdeal4 m ago

you are excused they seem to put Freebies into the Deals stream these …you are excused they seem to put Freebies into the Deals stream these days


Ah... Thanks for that clarification. I thought it was just me who didn't know how to sift them out.

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Smadmad5 m ago

Win 10 is far superior in every way possible



Don't forget - this IS Windows 10, so you get all the benefits without the ugly interface

Why would you want to go back in time and make Windows 10 look like a bad version of Windows 7?

I personally prefer the win 10 interface win 8 on the other hand ugly

ICTHUS2 m ago

Why would you want to go back in time and make Windows 10 look like a bad …Why would you want to go back in time and make Windows 10 look like a bad version of Windows 7?


Each to there own, but if you want to work slower then stick with your tiles

Yakkal3031 m ago

Each to there own, but if you want to work slower then stick with your …Each to there own, but if you want to work slower then stick with your tiles

Tiles?????? That's win 8 I have a start menu on win 10 like win 7

Smadmad16 m ago

Not confused and no apology offered not showing as freebie in app


Try to use a grown up computer and get the full facts before making your childish and snidey comments then.
Edited by: "Magister" 12th Oct

Magister1 m ago

Try to use a grown up computer and get the full facts before making your …Try to use a grown up computer and get the full facts before making your childish and snidey comments then.

Shouldn't you be in bed otherwise you will be grounded

I like Windows 10 as well - I doubt i'd even go back to 7 if i had the chance. Got 10 set up nicely just how I want it as well and with it installed on an SSD, it boots in about 30 seconds as well.

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HankHandsome1 m ago

I like Windows 10 as well - I doubt i'd even go back to 7 if i had the …I like Windows 10 as well - I doubt i'd even go back to 7 if i had the chance. Got 10 set up nicely just how I want it as well and with it installed on an SSD, it boots in about 30 seconds as well.


this would also boot in 30 seconds

I’ve used this since windows 8. Makes them usable as an os again.

I use this. Love windows 10 other than the interface and this fixed it. IMHO (which we will soon no doubt find is worthless) trying to provide one interface for both mouse operation and touchscreen operation was a mistake. In all honesty I've never tried using Windows 10 with a touchscreen...but I know it's horrible with a mouse. Why mess with the start menu so much? Same functionality with different locations and names. It couldn't be to keep the training business busy could it?

This was designed for the mess that was Windows 8 and was a great app to get functionality out of the OS. Since then Microsoft have learnt the error of their ways and improved the layout and buttons to the point where most of Classic Shell is not required.

For anyone who doesn't know, Windows 10 is essentially Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista to an extent. Just go to the additional power options in Settings and you will find the Windows 7 options menu pop up!

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kirkyuk22 m ago

This was designed for the mess that was Windows 8 and was a great app to …This was designed for the mess that was Windows 8 and was a great app to get functionality out of the OS. Since then Microsoft have learnt the error of their ways and improved the layout and buttons to the point where most of Classic Shell is not required.For anyone who doesn't know, Windows 10 is essentially Windows 8, Windows 7 and Windows Vista to an extent. Just go to the additional power options in Settings and you will find the Windows 7 options menu pop up!



yep - you don't actually add that upon installation, Windows 10 looks like an alien system

yes - it can now sort of be 'reverted' but Classic Shell makes it a lot easier with a 5 minute download

HankHandsome1 h, 28 m ago

I like Windows 10 as well - I doubt i'd even go back to 7 if i had the …I like Windows 10 as well - I doubt i'd even go back to 7 if i had the chance. Got 10 set up nicely just how I want it as well and with it installed on an SSD, it boots in about 30 seconds as well.


Your SSD sounds broken...30 seconds boot?

ezzer724 m ago

Your SSD sounds broken...30 seconds boot?


i was wrong - just timed it and it's 18 seconds.

HankHandsome1 m ago

i was wrong - just timed it and it's 18 seconds.


Should be closer to 10, but that's better.

ezzer7210 m ago

Should be closer to 10, but that's better.


It's not a top of the range SSD though. It's only a 120gb one which, I think, cost about £40 quid last year.

I used to use Classic Shell when I had Windows 8 because I found it was the only way to make the user interface vaguely sane. But now I've upgraded to Windows 10 I don't see the point. In fact the Windows 10 interface is the only Windows one that I have actually thought they got right from the outset. The spyware and Cortana BS though - don't get me started on that, oh and how the Creator update trashed all the non-admin user accounts on our main desktop - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

During the horrid transition from Win 7 through the.. Vista's, Win 8's & early Win 10's this was a God send
Charms Bar anyone? ( I used to install Classic Shell on everything for everyone )

But with a little bit of patience, and maybe a little help (Google everything) Win 10 interface can be reduced to a very simple, effective, rewarding & pleasing Desktop Interface/Gui.

Just remember to turn off Cortana (IMO) and all the other "Send to Microsoft" stuff .. tis up to you
Edited by: "kinell" 15th Oct

ICTHUS2 h, 38 m ago

Why would you want to go back in time and make Windows 10 look like a bad …Why would you want to go back in time and make Windows 10 look like a bad version of Windows 7?


Classic shell makes Win10 look and feel like Win7 but with all Win10 functionality.

iehrgeizi2 h, 59 m ago

I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just …I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just can't deal with change. And how is this a deal you didn't really explain 🤔


When you have changed 7 times in the last 20 years, you will also get fed up with Microsoft changing things around

Used this for years. Thumbs up.

crazylegs24 m ago

When you have changed 7 times in the last 20 years, you will also get fed …When you have changed 7 times in the last 20 years, you will also get fed up with Microsoft changing things around


A lot of windows changes don't change a whole lot on the surface. 95 to XP wasn't a huge difference except in stability.

Think you mean 95 to 98 then to Vista then to XP, thats 4 operating systems right there!

crazylegs1 m ago

Think you mean 95 to 98 then to Vista then to XP, thats 4 operating …Think you mean 95 to 98 then to Vista then to XP, thats 4 operating systems right there!


No I mean 95 to XP.

iehrgeizi4 h, 31 m ago

I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just …I like Windows 10 so I'll pass. I've never understood people who just can't deal with change. And how is this a deal you didn't really explain 🤔


And I've never understood people who just accept change then comment that they don't understand those who have legitimate concerns relating to any forced and that's what Windows 10 is...forced change...

Yakkal3034 h, 27 m ago

Classic shell all the way, the tiled start menu likes to take up half the …Classic shell all the way, the tiled start menu likes to take up half the screen with useless content that I'll never use. I'd rather have the clean, and very standard interface from windows 7. Increases my productivity too as I can find things much faster.cortana can also get uninstalled


Absolutely Agree... Have tried to find things in 10....why oh why do they do this and call it progress when it takes twice as much time to do the things you were used to doing...

Cortana can go and get...

Magister4 h, 15 m ago

Try to use a grown up computer and get the full facts before making your …Try to use a grown up computer and get the full facts before making your childish and snidey comments then.



Bit like your childish remarks...eh...

The first Microsoft Windows OS I used was version 1. Been downhill ever since.

Will this bring back Clippy?

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