How To Install The Classic Start Menu On Windows 8
- March 23, 2019
- Posted by: Craig Chamberlin
- Category: Microsoft Windows
This article aims to teach a user How To Install The Classic Start Menu On Windows 8. Windows 8 was not Microsoft’s most popular operating system. In fact, it was not well received by their user community at all. If you’ve been around Microsoft and technology as long as I have, you know Microsoft operated on the “On, Off, Back On Again” cycle for their operating system.
Thankfully the open source community released the Classic Shell, which gives Windows 8 users the power to restore the classic start menu experience to Windows 8.
Basically Microsoft’s go to strategy was to release an exceptional operating system, let’s say Windows XP. Then, they would run some oddball experiments and use their customer base for a grand new experiment, let’s call this Windows Vista. Once that experiment failed, they would meld together their great success and failure into a stable operating system. In our example, that would be Windows 7.
They ran the same cycle on Windows 8. Windows 7 was the stable and excellent release, and then they ran another grand experiment with Windows 8. Unfortunately for the user base, Windows 8 was an experiment to get Microsoft’s operating system mobile friendly. For desktop users this was a nightmare, and it meant the death of the Start Menu.
Not too long after that Microsoft released their Windows 10 operating system. Once again, this was an excellent merger of Windows 7 and Windows 8 into a stable, reliable operating system. But not everyone is on Windows 10, in fact, many user still use Windows 8. Thankfully the open source community released the Classic Shell, which gives Windows 8 users the power to restore the classic start menu experience to Windows 8.
The Classic Start menu is a must have for any Windows 8 user. If you currently use the Windows 8 operating system then you’ll want to make sure you grab Classic Shell and get it installed as soon as possible. The classic shell will make your Windows 8 experience much more tolerable.
If this video is confusing or causes frustration then I encourage you to read the step by step instructions I have listed below.
The following are step by step instructions. These instructions aim to help eliminate the need to watch the above video. If you run into issues when following these instructions then I strongly recommend viewing the video above.
- Download Classic Shell Start Menu From The Networking & Administration Section On My Free Downloads Page
- Launch The Installer.
- If Prompted, Click Ok.
- Follow The Prompts, Then Read And Accept The End User License Agreement.
- Once Installation Is Complete, Right Click On The Start Menu Button.
- Click On Settings.
- Choose The Customization Options (Windows XP, 7, Vista, etc.) That Best Fit Your Start Menu Preferences.
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