Restore Windows 7 Classic Start Menu
Windows 7 has many enhancements and many experts agree that it is the best Windows operating system so far ever released by Microsoft. Unlike when Windows Vista was released, many users still stuck to Windows XP because it was more stable and had better compatibility with third party software. One of the enhancement in Windows 7 is the Start Menu and Microsoft totally removed the Classic Start Menu.
The Classic Start Menu was simple and easy to use which requires lesser clicks to run a software from there. For example, one can press the WIN button to launch the start menu, then press P which goes to Programs and then another letter to open the shortcut. In Windows 7 new Start Menu, it uses the search programs and files where it tries to look for the software that you are finding.
One way to bring back and restore the good old classic start menu in Windows 7 is by using Classic Shell. After installation, pressing the Win key or clicking the Windows orb button will launch a Classic Start Menu. You can always open the new Windows 7 Start Menu by pressing Shift and click on the Orb.
Other than the classic start menu, it also comes with Classic Explorer where it replaces the copy user interface in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows XP and many other classic features. Classic Shell is free and can be used on both 32 and 64 bit of Vista and 7.