Get the Start Menu Back in Windows 8 With Classic Shell

Introduction

 
In this article, we are going to explain how to get the Start menu back in Windows 8 with the classic shell.
 

Classic Shell for Windows 8

 
Step 1
 
First, we can download Classic Shell from Source Forge.
 
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Step 2
 
After the installation, we'll see the classic shell start button in our Windows 8 Desktop.
 
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Step 3
 
When we open it the first time, a screen is shown to pick the menu style we want as well as other settings.
 
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Step 4
 
Select the "All Settings".
 
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Step 5
 
Here's a look at one of the combinations I set. It's set to the Windows 7 style with the Metro Skin. We get a fully functional Search box too and other options Logoff, Shutdown, and Hibernate of our system.
 
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Step 6
 
We'll use the Windows Store apps menu.
 
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Step 7
 
One of the coolest features is that we can set it to bypass the Windows 8 Start Screen. This will boot our system directly into the Desktop. We can change that in the Settings under the Windows 8 Settings tab.
 
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Step 8
 
There are a ton of settings we can configure to get the menu customized to what works best for us.
 
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Step 9
 
The Classic Shell also installs its File Explorer bar that's also fully customizable. But, with the new Ribbon in the Windows 8 Explorer, it might be a bit much. We can disable it easily though.
 
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Step 10
 
If you like it, hide the Ribbon and customize the Classic Shell version.
 
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Summary

 
In this article, we learned about Getting the Start Menu Back in Windows 8 With Classic Shell.