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Windows 7: Classic Shell 4.0 Beta

15 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate
Classic Shell 4.0 Beta for Windows 8.1

Classic Shell 4.0's public beta is now available. Completely free, no license key, registration, or activation hassles, nothing. Get it here: And good news, Classic Shell reached 8 million downloads.

What's new in 4.0?
  • Windows 8.1 Support
  • New "Windows 7" menu style that replicates the look and feel of the Windows 7 start menu
    • the programs show in a tree inside the main menu
    • search results and jump lists show inside the main menu
    • dedicated shutdown button
    • the unparalleled customizability you've come to expect from Classic Shell
  • New Windows 8 optimized skin
  • You can search for files as well as programs (Windows Search integration)
  • The menu can show the frequently used programs instead of the recently launched
  • Newly installed programs are highlighted
  • Many improvements to performance and responsiveness
  • Programs can be pinned directly from context menu
  • New more reliable way to start on Windows 8, that doesn't use a service
There are numerous other improvements and changes all around such as:

- Easier to customize Start Menu items in Windows 7 style
- a new turn off monitor command
- search box for settings dialog and nested settings. Dependent settings are offset from their parent
- Country flags in the Languages tab
- Computer item can now show a list of drives as a menu without expanding them further
- Secondary Tiles for Modern apps show the personalized tile name and can be launched from the menu as well
- "Install Updates and Shutdown/Restart" functionality like the original Start Menu
- Aero Glass rendering if the MSFN member BigMuscle's AeroGlass for Windows 8 mod is installed
- Enhanced keyboard shortcuts like Home/End/Page Up/Page Down in addition to F2, Del, Alt+Enter etc working everywhere
- Shift+Win uses a hotkey instead of a keyboard hook so it will give less problems and work with elevated programs
- The icons and data are saved to a cache on disk at %APPDATA%\ClassicShell, so the menu should stay responsive all the time.
- Right-click for the Win+X menu works even when all corners are disabled
- New setting for the icon size for the classic button
- Windows 7 treeview style can show folders first
- Classic IE9 renamed to Classic IE as it has enhancements for IE9 and up

- Classic Shell 4.0 no longer supports Windows Vista

Some screenshots:
On Windows 7:

On Windows 8:

Classic single column style:

Settings window with abundant customization:

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21 Jul 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate

The public beta of Classic Shell 4.0 is now available (as 3.9.0) @ . The stable release will be 4.0.
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