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Classic Shell


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This package was approved as a trusted package on 4/2/2018.

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 --version 4.3.1

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

C:\> choco upgrade classic-shell --version 4.3.1


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'
    $packageName = 'classic-shell'
    $url32       = ''
    $url64       = $url32
    $checksum32  = '8bbd850fd8a2b41d090fbf8e005f9a5a76c774aca643318a8a34254f99f79ed8'
    $checksum64  = $checksum32
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName            = $packageName
      fileType               = 'EXE'
      url                    = $url32
      url64bit               = $url64
      checksum               = $checksum32
      checksum64             = $checksum64
      checksumType           = 'sha256'
      checksumType64         = 'sha256'
      silentArgs             = '/passive'
      validExitCodes         = @(0)
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs

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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 23046 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 approved
Classic Shell 4.3.0 30216 Saturday, October 8, 2016 approved
Classic Shell 66470 Saturday, May 21, 2016 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.5 8654 Saturday, November 14, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.4 4726 Monday, August 10, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.1 9253 Saturday, April 11, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4106 Saturday, December 27, 2014 approved
Classic Shell 2139 Thursday, October 2, 2014  
Classic Shell 1729 Tuesday, June 24, 2014  
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