| By Woody Leonhard |
If you’ve made the jump from Windows XP to Win7 and are asking yourself, “Why did I do this?” perhaps you miss familiar XP controls.
Well, take heart — there’s an excellent free application that will give you back some of the better features in XP’s Start Menu and Explorer.
Put XP-like Start Menu and new tools in Win7
In his February 11 Top Story, Windows Secrets contributing editor Scott Dunn talks about several free products that extend Vista’s and Win7’s capabilities. Among them is Classic Shell, a free download on SourceForge’s product page.
Ace programmer Ivo Beltchev (whose primary occupation is programming games) has just released a new beta version (1.9.0) of Classic Shell. I put the beta through its paces and came away quite impressed.
Classic Shell works with both Vista and Win7 and comes in two pieces. You can install and run either piece independently.
The first piece brings back the old XP Start Menu, along with a handful of interesting extensions — for example, a customizable title on the left of the Start Menu, as shown in Figure 1.