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  1. #1


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    Classic shell


    I just updated to windows 8.1 and cannot get the classic shell to work. I have downloaded it but was not asked which form I wanted and so far there is no start button. I cannot find the program anywhere. Also I cannot get avast to open. Is this another glitch in windows?

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  2. #2


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    You probably have to uninstall it and re-install it.

    If AVG can't open, is it still there? There is a new strain of Sirefef that has been floating around last week that prevents certain files from being downloaded, they vanish the moment they hit the hard drive. It takes over Windows Defender.

    Try this:

    http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page...nt&id=SOLN2895

    See if it lets you download to the drive. If Not, go into Program Files, and change the name of the Windows Defender Folder to "Windows Defender Virus" or "-Old" or something, then try saving the file again.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by notsosavvy View Post
    I just updated to windows 8.1 and cannot get the classic shell to work. I have downloaded it but was not asked which form I wanted and so far there is no start button. I cannot find the program anywhere. Also I cannot get avast to open. Is this another glitch in windows?
    Did you install Classic Shell for 8.1 or for 8 ?
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    A-HA. if he updated, it would be the 8 version. Yah just update the app, download the new version.
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  5. #5


    Had the Classic Shell problem on a Win 8 X64 upgrade to 8.1. Uninstalled and reinstalled it several times, never get the Classic Shell Start Menu icon. If I click on the Start button that comes with 8.1, nothing happens. Press the Windows key and I do get the Classic Shell start menu.

    On my Toshiba laptop, I upgraded from Win 8 Pro X86 to 8.1 pro X86 via the store. Classic Shell was already installed on Windows 8.0. After the install, Classic Shell is still installed and works correctly. I did not have to uninstall.

    No idea why the difference. So far have not been able to get Classic Shell start button working on the X64 system.
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    windows 8


    Ok, Avast is no where to be found.I had it on windows 8 but now it is gone. Classic shell is showing in the apps but there is no button in the left corner. I'm not a HE I'm an 83 year old grandmother. LOL It is always fun when no one knows that. I really would like my start button back. Not sure I can find the Defender, but I'll try.
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    windows 8


    In windows 8.1 I cannot even find the local C or programs files.
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    windows 8


    Went back and re downloaded classic shell I now have the button on the left. Yeah !! I cannot find the Defender files. Where do I look for that?
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  9. #9


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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Had the Classic Shell problem on a Win 8 X64 upgrade to 8.1. Uninstalled and reinstalled it several times, never get the Classic Shell Start Menu icon. If I click on the Start button that comes with 8.1, nothing happens. Press the Windows key and I do get the Classic Shell start menu.

    On my Toshiba laptop, I upgraded from Win 8 Pro X86 to 8.1 pro X86 via the store. Classic Shell was already installed on Windows 8.0. After the install, Classic Shell is still installed and works correctly. I did not have to uninstall.

    No idea why the difference. So far have not been able to get Classic Shell start button working on the X64 system.
    OK. So you are saying that pressing the Win key opens the classic start menu. That means Classic Shell is installed and running. Open the Classic Shell settings from the start screen and either reset them (from the Backup button at the bottom) or poke the settings to find which are misconfigured. You can also save your settings to XML file and attach it here.
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  10. #10


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    Widows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by notsosavvy View Post
    Ok, Avast is no where to be found.I had it on windows 8 but now it is gone. Classic shell is showing in the apps but there is no button in the left corner. I'm not a HE I'm an 83 year old grandmother. LOL It is always fun when no one knows that. I really would like my start button back. Not sure I can find the Defender, but I'll try.

    Happened to me, too. Did the re-downloaded it, and clicked install, all my settings were where I had left them.
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