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Classic Shell, a free start menu program that was first launched in 2009 for Windows 7, has seen a massive surge in popularity since the launch of Windows 8 and has now topped six million downloads.

Earlier this week, we mentioned that two Start menu programs made specifically for Windows 8, Stardock's Start8 and SweetLabs' Pokki, have had a combined total of eight million downloads since the launch of Microsoft's latest OS in October. As it turns out, another free Start menu program has also seen large amount of downloads since the Windows 8 launch, but that program was first released back in 2009 for Windows 7.

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That program is Classic Shell, which was first developed by Ivo Beltchev. As stated on the program's official website, it allows users to switch from three different main styles of Start menus: Classic, Windows XP and Windows 7. It also lets users put in custom skins for the menu. In addition, Classic Shell offers enhancements and changes for Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer 9.

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Classic Shell first put in compatibility for Windows 8 in January 2012, but full support didn't happen until April 2012. The program has seen its download numbers skyrocket since the official launch of Windows 8 in October 2012. Classic Shell is officially available only on the SourceForge website, and according to their own statistics, it has generated over 4.3 million downloads since the Windows 8 launch, for a total of over 6.1 million downloads. In fact, the month of April saw the biggest numbers yet for Classic Shell, with over 1.1 million downloads.

Neowin will have an interview with Beltchev soon about Classic Shell, Windows 8 and his future plans for the program.

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Means, if you count Start8, Pokki, Classic Shell, they 3 have atleast 12 million downloads between them. So, if we go by the 58 million Windows 8 users, we have atleast 20% of users using 3rd party start menu. And if we add StartIsBack and many many other alternatives, we will have atleast 30% or even 40% of Windows 8 users using 3rd party start menus.

Not much love for Metro, eh, Microsoft?

Also, Windows 8 metro is the worst thing to happen to PCs and the best thing to happen for Startdock, Classic Shell and other Start Menu companies. :P

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Sounds good - clearly indicating that much more people are using Windows 8 now than we give credit for. :think:

As far as the Modern UI is concerned, that should be a non-issue for people who have to the knowledge, capability & intent to disable it - with or without Start Menu alternatives. :coolwink:

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now take into account that ~40% of windows 8 licenses are currently not being used it means that the vast majority of users don't like metro! yet, MS still tries to push it down everyone's throat....WHY!?

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While the Modern UI would certainly pose problems for n00bs, I'm glad most of the members of this Board are knowledgeable, capable and have sufficient time to be able to overcome the Modern UI (a one-time operation) - else, we'd have found some more of them whining over a non-issue.

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While the Modern UI would certainly pose problems for n00bs, I'm glad most of the members of this Board are knowledgeable, capable and have sufficient time to be able to overcome the Modern UI (a one-time operation) - else, we'd have found some more of them whining over a non-issue.

And that's because of your tutorial. Thanks dcs18! ;)

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Means, if you count Start8, Pokki, Classic Shell, they 3 have atleast 12 million downloads between them. So, if we go by the 58 million Windows 8 users, we have atleast 20% of users using 3rd party start menu. And if we add StartIsBack and many many other alternatives, we will have atleast 30% or even 40% of Windows 8 users using 3rd party start menus.

Not much love for Metro, eh, Microsoft?

Also, Windows 8 metro is the worst thing to happen to PCs and the best thing to happen for Startdock, Classic Shell and other Start Menu companies. :P

You hit the spot where it truly hurts Miros0ft. hahaha!

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