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.
Classic Shell is a great application! Be sure to download it from sourceforge! We should be able to pay for a non-GPL license instead of upgrade to a proprietary application. I dislike the dishonesty it now does by suggesting to upgrade with no license change being identified. It feels like they are disbanding the GPL version in favor for a proprietary non-open source version. Even if the source was shown under a proprietary-only license, I could at least determine if it contains spyware or adware. Not to mention, I am interested in learning and supporting it's source code to the features I like. We need to donate for the GPL code, or pay for a open-source proprietary version. But not until the suggested upgrade specifies the intent. Even if it becomes nagware (with the GPL source-code, we can disable the nagware). Or we need to fork this code (donations, or large portion thereof, still going towards the original owner).
This is a good product. In Windows 7, you can get the classic start menu back. Something that existed even in Vista. In Windows 8, you get a start menu. Now with 8.1 coming out, I will still use Classic Shell simply because I want control over my start menu. I do have a compatibility issue with Novell ZenWorks 11.2 and right-clicking a ZenWorks icon revels a gray context menu with no text. I took a star off for that since there has been a ticket for it since 2012 and no progress. We still use Classic Shell and I still highly recommend using it!!!!