We’ve not been forced to deal with Windows 8 yet, but from the chatter we’ve seen, it seems like everybody pretty much hates it, except maybe for Apple and the people who create Linux distros. From some of the comments we’ve read, Microsoft has done a great job of encouraging people to try OS X or Linux! 🙂
But if you have somehow got stuck with using Windows 8 and you simply hate it, and would much rather it worked like the previous versions of Windows that you are used to, then take a look at this free software that might at least make it tolerable again:
Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. 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 and Windows 8.1
- Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
- Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 10 million downloads.
To obtain this software, visit the Classic Shell™ web site, or you can get it at Download.com (where it currently has a 5 star rating as we’re writing this). And did we mention that it’s free? The author accepts donations, but you don’t have to pay one red cent to download and use it, which is more than can be said for some other software that only offers some of the features included in Classic Shell.