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Classic Shell

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This package was approved as a trusted package on 5/27/2019.

Classic Shell is a collection of usability enhancements for Windows. The main features are:


  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
  • Find programs, settings, files and documents
  • Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer


  • If you want to install only specific components, e.g. only the Start Menu, use
    choco install classic-shell -installArgs ADDLOCAL=ClassicStartMenu. If Classic Shell gets updated, you won't have to specify the -installArgs again. It remembers your previous selection and will only install the component you have specified. To look for other possible installer arguments, go to

To install Classic Shell, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install classic-shell

To upgrade Classic Shell, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade classic-shell


  • legal\LICENSE.txt Show
    You are permitted to distribute the Classic Shell installer or offer it for download on your website, as long as:
    You do it free of charge
    You don't misrepresent the origin of the software
    You don't modify the software in any way
    Wrapping Classic Shell in a secondary installer or bundling with other software is not allowed
    The Classic Shell name and logo are trademarks and cannot be used to identify other products or services.
    * "Commercial use" means you can use it in a commercial environment - your office, school, etc. It does not mean you can sell the software.
    If you are operating a computer shop it is permitted to install Classic Shell for your customers as long as you do it free of charge. If you do this on a large scale a donation is encouraged.
  • legal\VERIFICATION.txt Show
    Verification is intended to assist the Chocolatey moderators and community
    in verifying that this package's contents are trustworthy.
    The embedded software have been downloaded from the listed download
    location on <>
    and can be verified by doing the following:
    1. Download the following <>
    2. Get the checksum using one of the following methods:
      - Using powershell function 'Get-FileHash'
      - Use chocolatey utility 'checksum.exe'
    3. The checksums should match the following:
      checksum type: sha256
      checksum: 8BBD850FD8A2B41D090FBF8E005F9A5A76C774ACA643318A8A34254F99F79ED8
    The file 'LICENSE.txt' has been obtained from <>
  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $toolsPath = Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName    = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
      fileType       = 'exe'
      file           = "$toolsPath\ClassicShellSetup_4_3_1.exe"
      softwareName   = 'classic-shell*'
      silentArgs     = '/passive'
      validExitCodes = @(0)
    Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage @packageArgs
    Get-ChildItem $toolsPath\*.exe | ForEach-Object { Remove-Item $_ -ea 0; if (Test-Path $_) { Set-Content "$_.ignore" } }
  • tools\ClassicShellSetup_4_3_1.exe Show
    md5: 4C566D866483669EB44584E6E0339292 | sha1: 3C02AD8DB1B5EE6BC085588B89E8845C53387B15 | sha256: 8BBD850FD8A2B41D090FBF8E005F9A5A76C774ACA643318A8A34254F99F79ED8 | sha512: E973BFFC16C54667729FCBCBE02B3A5615E895787218681224E90EE62BE761148E203848DF43A4A280E8AEB1D4DDE43F29CA917748874012AA57E6DB1FB62583

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Ivo Beltchev


Classic Shell


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
Classic Shell 4.3.1 23114 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 approved
Classic Shell 4.3.0 30294 Saturday, October 8, 2016 approved
Classic Shell 66521 Saturday, May 21, 2016 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.5 8695 Saturday, November 14, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.4 4754 Monday, August 10, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.1 9293 Saturday, April 11, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4139 Saturday, December 27, 2014 approved
Classic Shell 2169 Thursday, October 2, 2014  
Classic Shell 1760 Tuesday, June 24, 2014  
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