To be frank I am not using Windows 8 Consumer Preview since its release, metro interface aimed at touch screen devices making it much harder for desktop users to adopt to the change, but we need to move on and get used to technology and security enhancements brought by Microsoft with Windows 8, and its also sad that at least there is no start button either even though traditional start menu has been removed, no problem! Classic Shell 3.5 adds classic Start menu along with Start orb in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, though this classic Start menu is old Windows 98 style-one with search box, it’s better to have something than nothing.

Classic Shell enables Classic Start Menu in Windows 8

Classic Shell brings older Windows version features like Classic Start Menu, Classic Explorer to Vista and Windows 7. Developer of this program released Classic Shell 3.5 by adding support for Windows 8.

Installing and configuring Classic Shell 3.5 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Since Classic Shell offers lot of features, but we’re only installing Classic Start Menu here in WCP. During the setup, leave Classic shell and Classic Shell update selected and uncheck for other options by clicking the down arrow and selecting “entire feature will be unavailable”.

classic shell setup

Once the installation is finished you’ll see Classic Start Menu and its related orb, here pressing win key or left clicking on start orb opens Classic Start Menu which by default with metro skin designed by developer for Windows 8.

classic start menu with start orb in Windows 8

We can change start orb to custom Windows 7 like one from this program’s Settings,  you can download the start orb from below. Select “All Settings” in the Settings program window, select “Start Button” tab and choose Custom Button and click on Button Image and browse for start orb downloaded earlier and click on “ok” to save the changes.

start orbstart button

This start menu lacks restart button, which we can add easily again from program settings, in Customizes Start Menu tab, right click on restart command on Available commands pane and Click “add to menu” or press Enter.

customize start menu

You can play with settings of this program and tweak Classic Start Menu according to your needs. Though this article looks a bit long, but let me tell you the program usage and customization of start menu is very simple.

You can download classic shell 3.5 from here.

Don’t forget tell me have you liked he classic start menu brought by classic shell in Windows 8 with us in comments.