What is ClassicStartMenu.exe?

The genuine ClassicStartMenu.exe file is a software component of Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev.
ClassicStartMenu.exe is an executable file that runs Classic Shell, a freeware program for Microsoft Windows that enables several utilitarian Windows user interface (Shell) features, File Explorer features, and Internet Explorer features which have been removed by Microsoft. This file is not a critical Windows component and should be removed if known to cause problems. The Classic Shell started out as an open-source project meant to allow users the ability to revisit the old familiarity of past versions of Microsoft Windows. The program provides a suite of enhancements that serve three different components, namely, the Start Menu, the Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer. All Classic Shell components are optional and independent of each other. Classic Shell is developed and maintained by Ivo Beltchev and his team (also known as IvoSoft). Ivo Beltchev began his work on the project after switching from Vista to Windows 7 around 2009, and realizing that the classic menu had been removed. After Windows 8 was released, Classic Shell exploded in popularity as people missed the old Windows functionalities that were absent in later releases.

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the ClassicStartMenu.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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ClassicStartMenu.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with ClassicStartMenu
ClassicStartMenu.exe process in Windows Task Manager

The process known as Classic Start Menu or Start Menu program belongs to software Classic Shell or Classic Start Menu by IvoSoft ( or OrdinarySoft (

Description: ClassicStartMenu.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. ClassicStartMenu.exe is located in a subfolder of "C:\Program Files" or sometimes in a subfolder of the user's profile folder. Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 161,984 bytes (24% of all occurrences), 161,728 bytes and 17 more variants. 
The file is not a Windows core file. The program is not visible. The program can be removed using the Control Panel's Add\Remove programs applet. ClassicStartMenu.exe is able to record keyboard and mouse inputs. Therefore the technical security rating is 27% dangerous, however you should also read the user reviews.

Uninstalling this variant: If you still experience problems with ClassicStartMenu.exe, you can also visit the vendor's support site [1][2] or uninstall the software Classic Shell or Classic Start Menu using the Uninstall a Program function of Windows Control Panel (Windows: Start, Settings, Control Panel, Uninstall a Program).

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as ClassicStartMenu.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder. Therefore, you should check the ClassicStartMenu.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.


User Comments

The best little Windows7 File Manager fixer ever!
  Patrick Libby   (further information)
Has worked well with Win 8/8.1 for 3 yrs.

Summary: Average user rating of ClassicStartMenu.exe: based on 3 votes with 2 user comments. 3 users think ClassicStartMenu.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application.

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Best practices for resolving ClassicStartMenu issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with ClassicStartMenu. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the ClassicStartMenu.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.

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