I’m fairly certain that some of the most popular hacks and tweaks for Windows 8 will be those that bring back the typical Start Menu interface that users have become accustomed to in previous Windows releases. One such app is Classic Shell which, as you can see in the screenshot above, provides an old-school Start Menu that will make your average geek feel right at home in Windows 8.
Classic Shell has been around for about 3-years, and all of the same features that applied to previous versions of Windows are also working in Windows 8. You can choose from a variety of skins, add a second column to make it more like Windows 7, customize the Start Menu button icon, and tweak just about every aspect of how the app behaves. The power is truly in your hands.
With Windows 8, however, there are some features starting to trickle into the app that target that specific OS. One such feature is the Skip Metro screen option which will tell Windows 8 that it should immediately switch to the standard desktop after the machine starts up. Unfortunately this hack is like the others I’ve seen where it doesn’t prevent the Metro interface from loading. That means when your computer starts up you will briefly see the Metro screen appear before Classic Shell has had a chance to load and kick you back to the desktop. Not ideal, but a step in the right direction.
Classic Shell Homepage (Windows only; Freeware)