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  1.    21 May 2016 #1
    Join Date : Nov 2014
    Posts : 30
    Windows 10

    ANN: Classic Shell 4.2.6 beta is released

    Classic Shell 4.2.6 beta was just released.
    Download it from here:

    Here’s what’s new:
    • Improved support for Windows 10 Redstone
    • New feature for setting the taskbar color, texture, and text color
    • Menu animations for the Windows 7 menu style
    • New skinning features for pattern textures, emblem textures, and more complex skin settings
    • New Metallic skin
    • Ability to execute some start menu commands from the command line
    • Separate commands for Restart and Shutdown without installing updates
    • Toolbar buttons for Windows Explorer to toggle the hidden files, system files, and file extensions. Button to create a zip archive
    • Ability to change the font and size of the status bar in Explorer
    • Many small fixes and improvements

    Update: A crash was discovered with version 4.2.6 and 32-bit Windows 10. Use the new beta version 4.2.7. Download it from the main page
    Last edited by Ivo; 22 May 2016 at 17:58.
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  2.    22 May 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 23
    Windows XP

    Here is the detailed change log for Classic Shell 4.2.6:

    Major new features:
    ● Classic Start Menu supports fade, slide and random animations also in Windows 7 style
    ● New feature to select the text color for the taskbar on Windows 7, 8, 10
    ● New feature to set a texture for the Taskbar and Start Menu for Windows 7, 8, 10!
    ● Settings to set taskbar color and transparency for Windows 7, 8, 10
    ● Metro Settings in search results have a "Pin to Start Menu" right-click command
    ● New Explorer toolbar commands to toggle hidden files, system files, file extensions, open Folder Options and create a ZIP file
    ● New setting for the font of the Explorer status bar (Windows 8 and up)
    ● Many new skin features
    o Skins can use PNG and JPEG resources
    o Textures are supported in Start Menu skins, up to 4 with tiling pattern and a mask
    o Skins support logos/emblems drawn on top of the menu background, up to 10 emblems, first 4 can have a mask
    o Menu shadow can be disabled as a skin setting
    o All Programs tree in Windows 7 style can be completely transparent and use the background from the main menu
    o Skin options are completely rewritten and now support colors, bitmaps, and more
    o New "Metallic" skin that showcases the new skin features

    Minor new features and changes:
    ● Compatibility with Windows 10 Redstone 1
    ● New setting to set hover sound for the Start button
    ● If a menu item's Label field has a user-defined accelerator key using an amperstand (&) character, it will be executed when you press the key, ignoring other items that begin with that letter
    ● You can hide All Programs item in Windows 7 style menu from Settings UI (previously only as a Group Policy)
    ● Some Start Menu commands are now available from cmd line. e.g. ClassicStartMenu.exe -cmd restart. Other commands include confirm_logoff, advanced_boot, update_restart, update_shutdown, hybrid_shutdown
    ● New setting to select the last item in the shutdown menu instead of the first
    ● The Shutdown menu has separate items for shutdown/restart without installing updates
    ● The Invert Metro Icons setting now works without a restart of the menu
    ● Metro icons correctly update their color when the system color changes (Windows 10)
    ● The search thread runs at normal priority instead of "idle" so even if the CPU is busy at startup or doing long-running tasks like video encoding, the search will be fast
    ● Corrupted/damaged Metro Apps are hidden from the Apps menu

    Bug fixes and minor changes:
    ● Recent documents will not show redundant items with full path
    ● Fixed a bug where you can select two radio buttons in the skin settings
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  3.    22 May 2016 #3
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Home

    @Ivo: Thank you very much for this excellent program.
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  4.    22 May 2016 #4
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 1,540
    Windows 10 Pro x64

    Just a small suggestion, it is not a good to link exe directly, especially on a forum.
    Better to link the webpage instead. The webpage offers more choices anyway.
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  5.    22 May 2016 #5
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Home

    @Ivo: I have a black taskbar, but the startmenu is blue not black. Is there a fix for this?
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  6.    22 May 2016 #6
    Join Date : Nov 2014
    Posts : 30
    Windows 10

    The colors of the taskbar and the start menu are independent. If you want them to match, pick a skin to your liking, adjust its settings, then change the taskbar color to match.
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  7.    22 May 2016 #7
    Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 338
    Windows 10 Home

    Okay. Thanks
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  8.    22 May 2016 #8
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Posts : 115
    Windows 8

    Thank you for the update. I have it running OK on a 64 bit version of Windows 10 but on two 32 bit versions, it keeps starting and stopping and making the screen flash every couple of seconds. Very strange!
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  9.    22 May 2016 #9
    Join Date : Nov 2014
    Posts : 30
    Windows 10

    Yes, this was reported earlier today. Download the new beta 4.2.7, which should work on 32-bit as well.
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  10.    24 May 2016 #10
    Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 395
    Windows 10 Pro

    I really love it. It's by far the best start menu out there. And it keeps getting better.
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