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Windows 7: Classic Shell no longer in development, and now open source

04 Dec 2017   #1

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
Classic Shell no longer in development, and now open source

Sad news, everyone.

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.

And of course, special thanks to Gaurav Kale, who stuck with me from the early days to the end. His passion for all things Windows was instrumental to the Classic Shell success.

There were few factors that led to my decision:
1) Lack of free time. I have other hobbies that demand my time, some related to software and some not. It requires a lot of effort to add new major features to Classic Shell and keep it relevant. Even keeping it running on newer version of Windows is a lot of work. That leads me to point #2

2) Windows 10 is being updated way too frequently (twice a year) and each new version changes something that breaks Classic Shell. And

3) Each new version of Windows moves further away from the classic Win32 programming model, which allowed room for a lot of tinkering. The new ways things are done make it very difficult to achieve the same customizations

So, moving forward, I am making the latest version of Classic Shell open-source and adding it back to SourceForge (Classic Shell download |, where it all began. I encourage other people to fork it and go with it.

I will keep the MediaFire download mirror for another 6 months. The forum on Classic Shell Index page will stay open until the end of 2018, however I will not frequently participate in the discussions.

Thanks again, everyone
All the best
Ivo Beltchev

Source: Classic Shell View topic - Classic Shell no longer in development. Source code released

My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Dec 2017   #2

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)

What a shame to see the dev go. It's a great piece of software and one of the first things I install on every system I set up.
I'd find Windows 8.1 a lot less fun to use without it.

Hopefully it'll continue in some form with somebody else on board.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2017   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate, SP1, x86

If it works for you today, then it should work for you till the cows come home....why not?
That is, if you don't get a MS update that kills it! Keep good backups!

Happy Holidays, Mates,
My System SpecsSystem Spec

05 Dec 2017   #4

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate, Windows 8.1 Pro, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon (All 64-Bit)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechnoMage2016 View Post
That is, if you don't get a MS update that kills it!
Exactly what I was thinking!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Dec 2017   #5

Windows 7 home premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brds7t7 View Post
Exactly what I was thinking!
Oh well, we can live in hope!
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