Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features.
Classic Shell works on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 8 CP. Both 32 and 64-bit versions are supported (the same installer works for both). Some skins for the start menu require Aero theme to be enabled. Others require at least Basic theme.
Classic Shell FEATURES
– Classic Start Menu is a clone of the original start menu, which you can find in all versions of Windows from 95 to Vista
– Classic Explorer is a plugin for Windows Explorer.
– Alt+Enter in the navigation pan.
– Additional Up Button.
– New copy UI.
– Status bar.
– Classic IE9 is a plugin for Internet Explorer 9.