Classic Shell is awesome. I, too, was dazzled by the new Windows 8 start screen, but even with a touch screen it's cumbersome to navigate. The built-in apps have minimal functionality which has resulted in me having to have a full version of each app that I use (mail and picture viewing are good examples). Classic Shell helps me get to those items quickly and easily. I am appalled that Microsoft took such exception to the original Classic Shell logo. If they don't like a competing skin for their lousy product then they should have given users the option to revert to a more traditional layout instead of bullying sourceforge into changing their logo. For people who do substantial WORK on their computers the Windows 8 start screen is a real hindrance.Classic Shell makes right was Microsoft made wrong. I understand the Win 8 was courting the mobile user and trying to put themselves in competition with Android and other like OS', but it was too little, too late (as always with Microsoft). I would recommend Classic Shell to ANYONE who is struggling with the new Win 8 start screen reducing their productivity. One nitpick: sourceforge required me to create an account I'll never use again just so I could leave a comment to praise one of their products.
What did I expect to get from this project? A WinXP like look to my Windows 7. Many seemed to advertise this project just like that. What did I get instead? Ugliest UI decorations in the world and to get those blows and whistles, I was forced to sacrifice a lot and thanks to that, it then got even worse. There's no real comfort of WinXP. This project does not give the original XP look and feel. Verdict? People should carefully think if what they say is really true before advertising anything, especially if it's freeware they are advertising as usually false advertising is used for commercial products. People who give 5 stars and just say: "It installs and it works!", well I think we need a higher discipline here at SF to prevent misinforming and abuse of power.
WTF is with all these obviously fake, repeated comments by fake people on here? I've noticed them on other programs reviews as well here, and it's despicable! It's so obvious, I mean at least TRY to make it seem real, instead of having three or four different names post the exact same comment, one after another. Honestly whenever I see these, I can't help but feel almost completely sure that these people are just trying to boost the ratings on SF up for their own program, which is pathetic. Just having more people downloading it isn't going to do anything for you, you need people to actually like it, too. Unfortunate, too, if it's actually a good piece of software! Also, Windows 8 is a disgrace and should never be called an OS by any means. Shame on MS for that pile of crap. It's hideous, too! I like MORE functionality with my computer, not LESS! Stop trying to appeal to the morons who don't know how to use computers, and making it more like mobile, the majority of major computer users aren't these people, and most of us would rather have our phones more like our computers, not vice versa. I wouldn't touch 8 with a ten foot pole.