Windows only: Start menu replacement utility Classic Shell adds back some of the missing features in Windows 7 or Vista that used to exist in XP — like the Classic-style Start Menu.
During the installation process, you can choose to install two optional pieces — the first is the Classic Start Menu, which is a full-featured replacement that includes drag and drop, recent documents and keyboard navigation. The second is Classic Explorer, a plugin for Windows Explorer that adds a toolbar with buttons for Up, Delete and Copy/Paste, changes the file copying UI to look like XP, and a number of other changes. You can install one or both of these components, so if you want the start menu but don’t want the explorer plugin, it won’t waste resources on your system.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve previously mentioned a similar utility, but this one is a superior replacement — with 64-bit support, drag/drop organising, expanding Control Panel, right-click item management, and if that wasn’t enough, it even keeps the native Windows 7 start menu around — just Shift+Click on the start button to access it.
Most readers will probably point out that the newer Windows 7 start menu format is well worth getting used to, but for those of you that just prefer the old way of doing things, the free, open-source Classic Shell is definitely for you.