Great to hear there's now support for Windows 8.1, even if it's beta. I've been worried about having to ignore the update in October because of MS' new bad idea of a start menu replacement. Classic shell is one of the most important apps for me as it makes the Windows 8 experience almost perfect. I love everything with Windows 8 in desktop mode except the lack of a start menu and classic shell was a life saver when I made the jump from Windows 7. Love being able to have a minimalist one column xp style start menu. Great job!
Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 | 1 x Combo Audio Jack |1 x VGA port | 1 x USB 3.0 | 2 x USB 2.0 | 1 x RJ45 | 1 x HDMI | 1 x SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC Card Reader | Integrated 802.11 b/g/n WiFi | Bluetooth 4.0+ HS | 10/100 Base T | 30.3 x 20.0 x 2.17 cm | 3.08 lbs | For School and General Use
Version 4.0.0 general release (Oct, 5 2013):
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, using the Windows Search
The menu can show the most frequently used programs
Programs can be pinned directly from Explorer
New programs are automatically highlighted in the menu
The list of Classic Shell settings can be searched to easily find the setting you need
New more reliable way to start on Windows 8, that doesn't use a service
The start menu can use the native Windows 8.1 start button
New status bar for Explorer that shows the total size of the selected files and the free disk space
Improved support for downloading and installing language files
Many improvements to performance and responsiveness
It doesn't make you open your wallet! I have use both and I do have a paid version of Start8 sitting here just waiting to be reinstalled on 8.1; however, once I tested the new Classic Shell, I decided to stick with it because it is highly customizable (much more so than Start 8) and I can leave my wallet on the table. To each their own I guess...
The latest version of Classic Shell supports Windows 8 Consumer Preview. The new features are:
A customizable start button. You can pick from Classic, Aero and Metro styles, or select your own image. Unlike Start8 and ViStart, this is a real start button. It can extend beyond the taskbar, and works well for any taskbar position, even in auto-hide mode.
A new Metro skin for the start menu. For people who like Metro, but not the start screen.
All settings are updated to reflect the changes to Windows 8. For example the status bar settings are gone, because the status bar in Win8’s Explorer can’t be customized.
The check for new version is more responsive and can be disabled during installation.
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