How this Windows 7 fan feels right at home on Windows 8
Windows 8 since it’s release has freaked me out. I can see what Microsoft was thinking. I mean iOS and Android’s touchscreen platforms are very successful. Why not try to compete? But for Microsoft to completely force everyone to forget about how Windows worked in the past and embrace the whole metro interface is craziness! (I think Microsoft finally got the memo as Windows 10 has just been announced and doesn’t force you into the metro world anymore.) For me Windows 7 is great! It’s fast, lean and mean. So when I got my HP Pavilion x360 a month ago that came with Windows 8.1 I was a little resistant. I have always loved my classic start menu, but with Windows 8 it is nowhere to be found… until I found Classic Shell.
What is Classic Shell you may ask? As their website states “Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it.” Keywords are FREE and THE WAY YOU LIKE IT. This sweet little application brings back the classic start menu and all it’s glory. The coolest part is that you don’t have to say goodbye to the metro tiles and apps. They can still be reached from the charms bar by swiping in from the right of the screen. I enjoy the metro Netflix and Youtube apps– I’m glad there is still a way to use them as well. So really you’re getting the best of both worlds!
I would suggest trying Classic Shell on your Windows 8 machine. It’s easy and quick to install, it’s freeware and even easy to uninstall if you don’t end up liking it for some reason.