WheezyJoe writes: Classic Shell is a free Windows application that for years has replaced Microsoft’s Start Screen or Start with a highly configurable, more familiar non-tile Start . Yesterday, the lead developer released what he said would be the last of Classic Shell. Citing other interests and the frequency at which Microsoft releases to Windows 10, as well as lagging support for the 32 programming model, the developer says that he won’t work on the program anymore. The application’s source code is available on SourceForge, so there is a chance others may come and the code to continue development. There are several available, some pay and some free (like Start10 and Start Is Back++), but Classic Shell has an exceptionally broad range of tweaks and customizability.

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