Review: Classic Shell brings the Start menu to Windows 8 for free | PCWorld. Okay, cheapskates. It has been reported that some of you are mucking along with the Windows 8 Metro interface, and unwilling to pay five bucks for Start 8 to get back your classic Start Menu. I love navigating around my StartMenu, searching and looking for Programs when I don't have a Quick Launch Icon available. Now I discover that you can get back your StartMenu, customize it, add in a better Windows Explorer, and other stuff for free. Yes, you read it right. Classic Shell brings back the Start Menu, and gives you an amplified Windows Explorer for free. This freeware has been around since 2009, so I have no clue why I didn't know about it before. But, we know now. Get back to the Classics.