comes with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro
. Notably missing from the new interface is a Start button and Start Menu. Many users do not like it, much preferring the interface of earlier versions — Windows 7
, Windows XP
, and even (my personal favorite) Windows 2000
. This video Micro Tutorial explains how to achieve the W7, XP, or 2K interface on your Windows 8 computer with an excellent, free product called Classic Shell
1. Download the installer for the software
Visit the Classic Shell
Click the Download Now
Save the downloaded installer (ClassicShellSetup_latest_
mber.exe) wherever you want.
2. Run the installer
Locate the downloaded installer in Windows/File Explorer (or whatever file manager you use) and run it.
3. Select the options
There are four main options: Classic Explorer, Classic Start Menu, Classic IE, Classic Shell Update. It defaults to installing all four, but you may select whichever ones you want.
4. Complete the setup wizard
You will now have a Start button
and Start Menu
5. Right-click on the new Start button and select Settings
There are many tabs in Settings
. Click each of them and select whichever settings you want. Examples are the Start Menu Style
tab, where you may select the Windows 7 or Windows XP or Windows 2000 interface, and the Windows 8 Settings
tab, where you may Skip Metro screen
upon startup, thereby bringing you straight into the desktop.
6. Left-click the new Start button
You will now have whatever interface you selected, i.e., W7, XP, or 2K.