The developer gave up on Classic Shell because of the constant Windows 10 upgrades. It will get to a point, unless somebody else picks up development, where Classic Shell will no longer function on Windows 10.
There were few factors that led to my decision:
1) Lack of free time. I have other hobbies that demand my time, some related to software and some not. It requires a lot of effort to add new major features to Classic Shell and keep it relevant. Even keeping it running on newer version of Windows is a lot of work. That leads me to point #2
2) Windows 10 is being updated way too frequently (twice a year) and each new version changes something that breaks Classic Shell. And
3) Each new version of Windows moves further away from the classic Win32 programming model, which allowed room for a lot of tinkering. The new ways things are done make it very difficult to achieve the same customizations
If you have a valid Windows 7 key you can always do a clean install using install media using this program. Opt out of sharing resources if it asks. Pick your version.
It would be best to reinstall your image if you decide to go back to 7. Back up your Activation files using Advanced Tokens Manager. Unzip the folder on the Windows 7 desktop. Run the program and click on the Activation Backup button. Make a note of the key it finds and write it down. When finished the button changes to Activation Restore. Copy the unzipped folder to a USB key. This will allow you to do a clean install should you decide to do so.
Use the the DVD you created from the iso downloader program and the key found by Advanced Tokens Manager to install. Once installed copy the unzipped folder back to the desktop and click the Activation Restore button.
Edited by JohnC_21, 28 December 2017 - 11:27 AM.