get old start menu back windows 8.1

In the last couple of days I Installed Microsoft Windows 8.1, which is the latest Operating System at time of writing this tutorial.  I did not like the new charms menu at all. It has appeared that Microsoft wanted to redesign the user interface, and the classic Windows 7 Style Start Menu was missing.  I know a lot of others miss the old classic start menu, but it’s really easy to get old start menu back windows 8.1 with a simple third party app called Classic Shell. 


Classic Shell App

The classic shell app is an open source software, it allows users to customize  the User Interface of Microsoft Windows Operating system.


Install Classic Shell App


Step1: Go to the classic shell website and download the latest version of classic shell.

Step 2: Go to the folder you downloaded the software to. Run the setup wizard from your PC.

Step 3: Follow the setup wizard


classic shell



Running Classic Shell


Step 1: Start the Charm menu, and enter the search term “ Classic Start Menu Settings”


Step 2: Select “Classic Start Menu Settings” in the list of apps as shown below




Using the Classic Shell App


Step 1: Once you have opened the classic start menu app, the interface appears as shown below. In this example we are going to select “Windows 7 Style” This option will get the start menu back for your windows 8.1 operating system.

Step 2: Once you select the windows 7 style, Press the OK Button. 

classic menu


Step 3: You may need to restart your PC.

Step 4: Test to see that it’s working by clicking on the start icon.

start windows 8.1


As you can see, the classic start menu should now be back in windows 8.1. 


If you like this tutorial, please share and share a like.  What are your experiences with this App? Do you like it? Have your say by leaving your comments below.

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Anthony Rousek


Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional

Anthony Rousek
Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional