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Classic Shell for Windows 8


mrelmo

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i really didnt read all 41 pages of posts, i have 8.1 and i downloaded classic shell so i would have the win 7 start menu, but when i went to install the download my security program said that there was a malware threat, can that be explained, thank you

hmmmmm must have gone to a bad download site i click on the link in the original posting and did not run into any issues what so ever, went to my history and i believe this is where i originally downloaded from i am only putting this link here so people stay away from it

Classic Shell | Downloadser.com
 
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kado897

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Some of these sites package PUPs and toolbars with the product. If you go to the author's site you should be OK.
 

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I'm still finding odd bugs with Classic Shell on windowsn 8.1 home prem x64.
One that is consistent is, in its default settings, accesses to folders in Windows Explorer have an unusual delay before the contents of the folder are apparent. I notice this particularly accessing the Downloads Folder when Windows Explorer is not already up/running.
Perhaps I should just turn off all features related to Windows Explorer? [I know of nothing I need CS to do there...]
I also have noticed some random event/s will defeat Classic Shell and I cannot track/correlate this with anything in the Windows Event log. Few times I've had it just "not be there" - not alive, and instead I will be looking at the default 8.1 desktop settings. After a reboot, CS will be coherent again.
 

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skyzoomer

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I'm still finding odd bugs with Classic Shell on windowsn 8.1 home prem x64.
One that is consistent is, in its default settings, accesses to folders in Windows Explorer have an unusual delay before the contents of the folder are apparent. I notice this particularly accessing the Downloads Folder when Windows Explorer is not already up/running.
Perhaps I should just turn off all features related to Windows Explorer? [I know of nothing I need CS to do there...]
Have you changed your default power settings? Sounds like the default setting of putting your hard drive to sleep is causing the delay until it spins up again when you access it.

Control Panel > Power Options > Change Settings.
Inputting a zero value is equivalent to "Never".

I also have noticed some random event/s will defeat Classic Shell and I cannot track/correlate this with anything in the Windows Event log. Few times I've had it just "not be there" - not alive, and instead I will be looking at the default 8.1 desktop settings. After a reboot, CS will be coherent again.
While setting up a friend's new Dell PC running Win 8.1, I installed the Classic Shell as the first step. Second step was to disable all sleep options for everything including the monitor. During the week I had the PC I did not experience any problems. He has been using the PC for about 7 months without any problems.

Skyzoomer
 

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whatnot

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Question about CS install

I would like to install this on a laptop that does not connect to the internet. I have DL'd ClassicShellSetup_4_1_0.exe of Classic Shell. Will it install with no int. connection?

Thx for any help
 

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azasadny

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Yes, it will install fine without Internet connectivity...
 

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TonyB

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Is this program safe?? like will it mess up my windows 8.1 and can i still use the start screen?
 

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Nuccii

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From what I've seen it is perfectly safe and you will still be able to use the Start Screen.
 

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TonyB

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ok thanks
 

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I have been using Classic Shell on Windows 8 and 8.1 for a long time without any problems.

I only use the Classic Start Menu module and untick Classic Explorer module in the installer.

The File Explorer ribbon provides copy & paste buttons etc so I don't feel the need to use the Classic Explorer module on Windows 8.
However, I do use the Classic Explorer module on Windows 7.
 

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Nuccii

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Your welcome Tony
 

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If I use Start Menu 8 from IOBit, does anyone see much of a reason to switch to Classic Shell? (ie. stability, metro looks, etc)
:)

(I might try it, only because so many folks here praise it's claims)
 

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Cool thanks!
 

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At How to Disable Aero Glass Transparency in Windows 8 Taskbar? - AskVG it is clained that the latest edition of Classic Shell has an option to make the Taskbar opaque in Windows 8.1.

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I use Classic Shell and always keep it updated. However the option checked in the image above is missing from my Classic Menu application. Just to make sure that I had the latest version, I re-downloaded the latest version (4.0.6) and reinstalled but no dice.

Can anyone please help?
 

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Not to bother because I have solved the problem. The option is on the "Windows 8.1 Settings" Tab.
At How to Disable Aero Glass Transparency in Windows 8 Taskbar? - AskVG it is clained that the latest edition of Classic Shell has an option to make the Taskbar opaque in Windows 8.1.

View attachment 52870

I use Classic Shell and always keep it updated. However the option checked in the image above is missing from my Classic Menu application. Just to make sure that I had the latest version, I re-downloaded the latest version (4.0.6) and reinstalled but no dice.

Can anyone please help?
 

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Ivo

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Classic Shell 4.2.1 is released

Here’s what’s new:

  • Improved support for Windows 10
  • The start menu searches modern PC settings for Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Added new Midnight skin with dark background
  • Added new flat Metro skin that uses the start screen colors
  • New ability to apply settings from XML files from command line: use ClassicStartMenu.exe -xml <settings file>
  • New setting to override the system DPI resolution only for the start menu
  • New setting to change the user picture
  • Improved support for touch and high resolution displays
  • Added support for Scottish, Catalan, Macedonian and Persian languages
  • Multiple minor improvements and bugfixes

The new version can be downloaded from the home page Classic Shell - Start menu and other Windows enhancements

metro_skin.png midnight_skin.png
 
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