The Easy Way to Restore Your Start Menu in Windows 8

Windows 7 Start Menu Windows 8

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Do you hate the tiled start screen in Windows 8?

Do you hate change? We do!

We’re creatures of habit and change can cause us discomfort and frustration especially when dealing with new technology.

Don’t worry you can take back your device and restore your classic start menu in Windows 8 today!

 

Restore Classic Start Menu in Windows 8 Using Classic Shell

 

When Windows 8 released in late 2012, nearly all of the focus was on the touch interface of Windows devices and many of the simple features of prior operating systems disappeared. One of the simple and most useful features that disappeared was the start button and menu that was replaced by the start screen.  Since we enjoy using the start menu in Windows 7 and wanted to continue to use it on Windows 8, we have created a simple tutorial to show you step by step how to restore your classic start menu in Windows 8.

By restoring your class start menu in Windows 8, you will be able to navigate to your programs and settings easier and in a way that feels more familiar.

We will be using a nifty free download called Classic Shell that will give you back your Start Menu and a whole lot more!

Click through the slideshow to find out how or follow our descriptive guide step by step below!

 

1. First, download  and install Classic Shell.

Classic Shell

2. After you have downloaded Classic Shell click on the file and you will get a pop-up window that welcomes you to the setup wizard.

After you’ve read this pop-up, if you wish to continue with the installation (which you do) click the “Next” button at the bottom of the screen.

Classic Shell Setup Wizard

 

3. After you hit “Next” you will see a screen that displays Classic Shell’s license agreement.

Read over this information and click “Next” if you agree to their license agreement or “Cancel” if you disagree.

Classic Shell License Agreement

 

4. Next a window will pop-up for the custom setup of Classic Shell. At this point you want to select Classic Explorer and Classic IE  to remove since their newer counterparts in Windows 8 are superior.

Classic Shell Custom Setup

 

5. Then a pop-up screen confirming you are ready to install Classic Shell will appear. To install just navigate down the “Install”button and click on it or if you no longer want to install the program hit “Cancel.”

Install Classic Shell

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6. After Classic Shell has been installed you should now see your new “Start” button with a small blue seashell located before the text.

Windows 7 Start Menu Windows 8

 

7. The first time you click on it a configuration screen will pop up which allows you to select the style you would like to use for your new menu. You will want to choose the style you are already the most familiar with, which for most people is probably Windows Vista / Windows 7.

In this case we chose the “Classic style” menu.

Setting Class Start Menu Windows 8

 

8. Next you will want to click the next tab labeled “Basic Settings” to set the settings for your new start menu. Here you will select “Classic Start Menu” for the various ways you can open your start menu including, Left click, Shift+Click, Windows Key, Shift+Win.

Setting Classic Start Menu Windows 8

 

9. Now click over to the next tab labeled “Skin” to set the settings for the skin on your start menu. Here we chose “Show user picture” and “White sub-menus”, but these options will vary depending on your preference.

Settings Classic Start Menu Windows 8

 

10. Now you will click over to the next tab “Customize Start Menu.” Here you click on each item to include it in your start menu, you can drag items to change their order, or double-click to edit additional settings.

Settings Classic Start Menu Windows 8

 

11. After you’ve made your selection, Click “OK” to activate your selected style.

As you can see when we navigate to our start menu, the Classic Style Start Menu is being displayed.

Windows 7 Start Menu Windows 8

 

Now that your “Start” button is active, press the Alt key and the S key at the same time (the Alt+S keyboard combination). This combo will take you to the “Start Screen” (the screen with all those pretty tiles).

Windows 8 Menu

 

Exit that and try just Pressing the Alt key by itself. This will take you straight to the Desktop.

 You’ve Restored Your Start Menu in Windows 8

You’ve done it! You’ve got your start menu back after losing it to your Windows 8 update. Those tiles on the start menu for Windows 8 can be cool looking, but can definitely become overwhelming and you end up wasting your time searching for the programs you need. By using the familiar classic start menu you are able to search and use your programs and device controls quickly and more efficiently.

If you’re happy with getting your start menu back help your friends out and share this article!

Do you have another way to restore the classic start menu in Windows 8? Let us know in the comments below!

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