Open Shell, the open-source software from Ge0rdi, helps users rewind their current Start Menu to Windows 7 Start Menu style. This is available for Windows 8 to Windows 10 versions and brings the classic old-style Start Menu with options for setting in three different styles. Also, it has options to show file size in the File Explorer’s status bar.

A Software for Windows 7 Start Menu

Out of all the Windows versions released to date, Windows 7 has been the most liked ones by the community. This is because of its simplistic design, better navigation, etc. While everyone is accustomed to it for so long, Microsoft has forced everyone to shift away from it eventually, with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows 10 series.

Yet, few users stayed back, unable to detach from it. But for those who gave up, and wants at least some features to resemble the old classic styles, here’s an option – Open Shell, software for Windows 8 to Windows 10 for tuning the Start Menu as Windows 7’s. Here’s how to install it;

How to Get Windows 7 Start Menu With Open Shell

  1. Go to GitHub where the software is hosted, and download it.
  2. Upon opening the downloaded file, it prompts with an installer.
  3. Proceed with the Next button, and click on Install on the next screen.
  4. Here, you’d be asked to choose what all are wanted. You can select not just the classic Windows 7 Start Menu but also the Classic IE and Classic Explorer.
  5. After selecting, click Next to start the installation.
  6. After completing, you’ll be prompted with a User Account Control window, asking for the administrator’s permission. Click Yes.
  7. Before setting up, you’ll be shown a configuration page for selecting the Start Menu Style, where you can choose between three styles.
  • Classic Shell – This shows only the recently used apps and all apps list.
  • Classic Shell with two columns – Which shows the Start Menu, recently used and settings, and
  • Windows 7 Style – showing only the classic Windows 7 Start Menu.

Select one and click OK to complete the setup.

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