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Classic start menu is simple and efficient, but the Vista style start menu gets in the way from letting me get on with what I want to do. It also has features I don't want, such as an irritating bitmap that changes according to where the cursor hovers. I've managed to disable most of the unwanted cosmetics and animations but it's still not the dull old Classic Menu that I prefer. How to get the Classic Start Menu in Windows 7 but without a kludge if possible?

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The HowToGeek has an elegant solution here on how this can be done.

The functionality has been removed in Windows 7, most likely because of the new TaskBar among other reasons, and most people using Vista extensively have gotten used to using Search to find applications rather then navigating a huge amount of menu's.

The solution requires you to download an application called CSMenu which simulates the Classic Menu, and is free. To completely replace the Windows 7 Menu you will also need to download StartKiller which will remove the start button and allow you to use CSMenu instead.

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If however you switch to the Classic Theme, I don't think you need StartKiller. Correct? – A Dwarf Oct 30 '09 at 13:34
@A Dwarf I am not sure. I haven't tried it at all so I can't comment. – BinaryMisfit Oct 30 '09 at 13:36
Unfortunately this is a bit of a kludge. – Rob Kam Oct 30 '09 at 16:09
@Rob. Unfortunatly it is but there is no other way to get the classic menu in Windows 7. I checked tonight and it has definitly been removed. – BinaryMisfit Oct 30 '09 at 21:19
Using Search to find applications works great, but it's lost when reverting to the Classic Menu. – Rob Kam Oct 31 '09 at 12:16
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The free Classic Shell does a classic start menu for Windows 7.

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