Classic Shell to Get Start Menu in Windows 8


  • Level: Beginner
  • Presenter: Eli the Computer Guy
  • Date Created: August 16, 2013
  • Length of Class:  8:05
  • Research Assistance:



  • None

Purpose of Class

  •   This class shows how to get the “Start” button back in Windows 8, and have your PC boot to the Desktop instead of the Metro/ Modern Interface.

Class Notes

  •   Classic Shell is a free utility that is easy to install and contains no crapware



Lab Setup Used in Demonstration

  • The ETCG Host Computer Specs are:
    • ASUS Model: CM6870US01
    • 16 GB of RAM
    • 1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
    • i7 3.4 GHz Intel Processor

Study Guide



Eli the Computer Guy (2030 Posts)

Eli the Computer Guy has 16 years experience in technology being the guy to fix "it". From the Army, to building out new satellite offices for the enterprise, to running his own shop with 9 full time employees Eli has real world experience with almost all systems that technicians will be working with. Eli has 1600 hours of formal technical beyond his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice on technologies ranging from Avaya PBX/ Audix to Microsoft, Red Hat Linux, MySQL, Cisco and much more.

One Response to Classic Shell to Get Start Menu in Windows 8

  • Jeff says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I (reluctantly) installed Windows 8 because it is supposed to be stable. I miss the interface to which I have grown accustom. I spend all of my time on the “Desktop” mode (I’m on a desktop computer – No touchscreen, I have other OS for my touchscreen tablets). I was going crazy trying to find programs. I would often have to go into my programs directory to find a program (or completely clutter my desktop with icons). This makes it all a bit more intuitive.

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