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Classic Shell


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This package was approved as a trusted package on 12/21/2017.

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


  • 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 4.3.0 29982 Saturday, October 8, 2016 approved
Classic Shell 66329 Saturday, May 21, 2016 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.5 8534 Saturday, November 14, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.4 4630 Monday, August 10, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4.2.1 9153 Saturday, April 11, 2015 approved
Classic Shell 4005 Saturday, December 27, 2014 approved
Classic Shell 2037 Thursday, October 2, 2014  
Classic Shell 1619 Tuesday, June 24, 2014  
Classic Shell 4.1.0 1201 Monday, April 21, 2014  
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