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Classic Shell closed beta is looking for participants

  1. #1


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    Windows 7

    Classic Shell closed beta is looking for participants


    Classic Shell will soon have a closed beta for the upcoming version 4.0. If you are interested in participating, please register on the forum at www.classicshell.net/forum and send a PM to the user Ivo. Include details about the system configuration on which you plan to use CS4.

    What's new in 4.0?
    • 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

    • You can search for files as well as programs
    • 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 Explorer
    • New search feature for the settings
    • New more reliable way to start on Windows 8, that doesn't use a service


    Why should you do this?
    Participation in the beta has some benefits. You get an early glimpse into the new features in CS4. You get to influence the development of CS4 before the features are finalized.

    The beta will begin early next week and will run for about two weeks.
    Hurry up, seating is limited.

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    Posts : 62
    Microsoft Windows


    Some screenshots:
    On Windows 7:


    On Windows 8:


    Classic single column style:


    Settings window with abundant customization:
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    Microsoft Windows


    There are numerous other improvements and changes all around such as:
    - New Windows 8 optimized skin
    - Easier to customize Start Menu items in Windows 7 style
    - a new turn off monitor command
    - 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
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    Microsoft Windows


    New build supports Windows 8.1.
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    Microsoft Windows


    The public beta of Classic Shell 4.0 is now available (as 3.9.0):

    Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements The stable release will be 4.0
    Last edited by xpclient; 21 Jul 2013 at 16:35.
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by xpclient View Post
    New build supports Windows 8.1.
    I'm gonna try it on my 8.1 laptop right now!
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Looks like the beta does install just fine on 8.1. No boot to desktop option though so I had to turn that option on via the Taskbar > Properties > Navigation view. It seems to be working just fine on default options and I like the new icon too!
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    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Found a tiny beta bug. Inherent shortcut to Desktop comes up as invalid:

    Click image for larger version

    Also found no way to get back to the Metro screen at default settings (if anyone wants to go back there). Solved this by changing the Windows Key to toggle between Desktop and Metro (maybe I missed a different key combo default setting?).

    One other surprise. Apparently, Classic Shell now installs an IE toolbar. I declined to activate it. Is this something new? Never used Classic Shell before.
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    Windows 7


    Just like in previous versions, you can do Shift+Win or Shift+Click to open the metro screen.
    You shouldn't use the desktop link while on the desktop. You can get any more desktopy.
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  10. #10


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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by Ivo View Post
    Just like in previous versions, you can do Shift+Win or Shift+Click to open the metro screen.
    You shouldn't use the desktop link while on the desktop. You can get any more desktopy.
    That makes perfect sense then why is it there? Didn't know how to toggle in previous versions because I never used it before. Thanks for the response.
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