Add a Start Menu to Windows 8

Windows 8 introduced some significant changes to the user interface, most significantly replacing the Start Menu and Start Button with the tile-laden Start Screen.

Just want your Start Button and Start Menu back?  Try the free download from Classic Shell.  I’ve used it and it works pretty well.  You can choose from the classic Windows 95-98 menu, the two column Windows XP menu, or the newer Windows 7 menu.  Download from


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