How To Get A Windows 7-Like Start Menu In Windows 10

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How To Get A Windows 7-Like Start Menu In Windows 10
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When software giant Microsoft decided to drop the Start menu option in Windows 8 and 8.1, it faced a storm of criticism from customers. Eventually the company came to its senses, and now with the launch of its new OS Windows 10, Microsoft has brought back the Start menu, albeit with a different look and options.

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If you are on Windows 10 and have used Windows for some time, then you might feel that the current Start menu is not for you, and you might prefer the classic Start menu from Windows 7. If this sounds like you, there’s a new app you really should try out.

How to get a Windows 7-like start menu in Windows 10

Classic Shell is a program that lets you replicate the Start menu found in older versions of Windows, from Windows 95 to Windows 7. It features three styles: classic, two columns and the Windows 7 look.

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You will be happy to know that the app provides tons of customizable options. You can drag and drop applications to the Start menu or show/hide recently-used documents, and a search box helps you find programs quickly. There’s also jumplist support, support for skins and more. It can show, search and launch Windows Store apps. Also there’s a “All Programs” button, which will open a list of all the programs on your computer. Classic Shell also adds a customizable toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer.

Of note, Classic Shell is available for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows. The good news is that it is a free program/app, which means you don’t need to shell out a penny for this one. You can download the useful program from here.

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  1. I have been running Win 10 for 3 weeks now (upgraded from 7)..

    I STILL HAVE YET TO SEE A SINGLE REASON WHY ANYONE SHOULD UPGRADE TO 10, other than it is free. The live tiles suck up your bandwidth, and you just spend more time trying to USE your computer. If you like to constantly configure and search for things, you are used to finding quickly, then upgrade immediately. If you want to actually USE your computer and not configure it, best you just stick with 7.

  2. Lots of people will stick with 7, or return to it, and it will make the XP holdouts look like a small church gathering by comparison.

  3. The point is not that one cannot get something similar to what was by adding a 3rd party solution. The point is that Microsoft cares SO LITTLE about its customers that it did not put back what so many were adamant they wanted. Even with 10, it was still more of the “you’ll have it OUR way!”

  4. I rather keep my Windows 7 and turn off all my updates. Microsoft is now trying to install spywares on Windows 7 and 8 now. Since they know some people are refusing to upgrade to Windows 10.

  5. For personal stuff like email ,social media, banking i use Linux Mint since all linux is good for is the basics. Wen i want to play games or do any work i use windows. simple solution

  6. I suggest you go read one of the many articles posted by security firms. The code MSFT uses will allow hackers to take any single file off of your system without even you knowing about it or current virus protection software learning about it since the damn code is built into the OS to allow access to any file on your system.

  7. They dont send info such as accounts. All they care about is what types of stuff you search for so you can get ads that are directed more your way (ie no Mydol ads for men and no Viagara ads for women) but if you want to see random ads rather than stuff related to you there are a hundred web sites that will tell you how to turn off much of the info being tracked. People are happy they get windows for free, but dont want to pay up with their info. It is one or the other.

  8. How do I get rid of the Spying they added to Windows 10? I don’t want any of my personal PC’s sending anything to Microsoft. I thought Microsoft would be different than Apple or Google, and would respect home computers that have banking and personal info

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