Some people love the new Windows 10 menu. Others hate it. If you fall into the latter category, then you may want to install something called Classic Shell for Windows 10.
This free application turns your modern-style Windows 10 Start menu into the classic style used in Windows 7.
The menu is actually superior to the Windows 7 menu because it’s more customizable – you can tweak every corner of the Start menu – including things that Microsoft would never allow you to change, like popup delay, menu delay, and how icons load in the Start menu.
Download Classic Shell from here. The software isn’t bundled with any adware or anything – it’s supported entirely by donations. If you like the software, then you might want to consider donating.
The software is available for both Windows 10 and Windows 8 – so you can change either of the “Modern UI” start menus created by Windows in recent OS updates.
Choose your Menu
There are three different menu styles available in Classic Shell, including the Classic Style, the Classic Style with Two Columns, and the Windows 7 Style.
You can also choose your default skin from the Start menu, including picking from popular options like Windows Aero.
Once you’ve finished the installation, you’ll realize that Classic Shell looks virtually identical to the Windows 7 default menu. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to spot the difference between the two when they’re side by side.
If you need to change your Classic Shell settings in the future, right-click on the Start menu and choose the Settings option.