Classic Shellfor Windows



Yesterday’s look, modern efficiency

The name of this software program tells us all. Now, you can alter the design of a modern interface to look like past Windows OS.

Retro look on modern computers

Revisit the good old days of IT history while not sacrificing modern effectiveness.

Classic Shell is software made for all the romantics sitting in front of a computer screen. The nature of the IT sector is such that changes are inevitable and fast-paced. While improvements are welcomed with each update, some older designs rest close to Window users' hearts. Whether nostalgia or aesthetic preferences cause affection, this program allows you to change the look of your modern computer to look like an older Windows OS. Classic Shell revisits designs from the Windows 9x family, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.

The effects of this program are specifically  visual. No modifications are made to the actual OS. Contextual elements on your Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 are removed and replaced with old Windows versions. The listing and branching of folders and programs change their appearance as well. Many icons take their older forms. The program is great for going  back in time to engage a PC with a format you were more familiar with.

Despite the fun this software can provide, it struggles to keep up with updates. This means that Classic Shell can lag if used on contemporary and upcoming Windows computers. The community supporting this program is rather active, meaning that you can browse forums to fix bugs on modern machines.

Where can you run this program?

Classic Shell works on computers running Windows Vista and later.

Is there a better alternative?

No. Classic Shell invokes the look of multiple past Windows OS's. Other appearance-altering programs are more specific and limited with their changes. Start Menu 8 alters the ‘Start Menu’ button only, while Start10 and Start8 do the same.

Our take

Classic Shell is a fun piece of software which adds a retro aura to your computer. It brings some back to yesteryear, giving new generations a chance to experience the layout of older computer operating systems.

Should you download it?

Yes. If you’re looking to experience some sweet nostalgia from older versions of Windows, this is a great choice.


  • Simple installation
  • Nostalgic feel
  • Excellent reproduction of past OS's


  • Limited support
  • Issues on newer computers
  • Only aesthetic

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Classic Shellfor Windows


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