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Before deciding to remove Classic Shell, you may be interested in knowing what this program can do exactly. If not, just jump to the any heading below this part.

Classic Shell is a simple utility you can get online for free. It improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows, and empowers you to use your computer the way you prefer. Other specific features include:

  • Highly customizable Start button & menu with multiple styles and skins for Windows 7/8/8.1/10
  • Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
  • Find programs settings, files and documents
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer

If you have tried to remove Classic Shell and it said “The configuration files for this product are damaged. Please contact the support,” download its latest version and install it to cover the old one. Then continue what you think you should do, or follow this instruction to complete the removal.
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Step-by-Step Guide - Manually Remove Classic Shell

This part is about how to normally uninstall a program. You can choose to perform this in Safe Mode, better with Networking in case you need to use the Internet for update or download. Then make sure you’re using the administrator account or you know the permission password for making changes.

1. Close the program (service: MWL.exe) and any other related process, you can access Task Manager (by continuously pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del) to end the processes it if necessary.

2. Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner to open the Start menu, see if there is an uninstall option under Classic Shell, click it to start the first part of removal. If no, move to the next step.

3. remove Classic Shell from Control Panel:

Windows 7: Open the Start menu > click Control Panel > select Uninstall a program/Programs and features > when the window opens, scroll down to find Classic Shell in the list, double-click it to activate the uninstall wizard > follow the prompts to proceed with the removal.
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Windows 8/8.1: Right-click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner to open the Start menu > select Control Panel > click Uninstall a program/Programs and features > when the window opens, scroll down to find Classic Shell in the list, double-click it to activate the uninstall wizard > follow the prompts to proceed with the removal.
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Wait for the process to finish before closing all the open windows.

If the removal process freezes or stops responding, restart the computer. Then delete the “Uninst.isu” file which can be found in the folder of Classic Shell under “Program Files”. (Or you can search for “Classic Shell” in the target driver to find it.) Then reinstall the program to replace the deleted one with a good copy, and repeat the above steps 1-3.

4. Then you get to remove its written entries, before which you can choose to backup the Registry first in case of any mistake.

(How to back up the registry: Open the Start menu and search for “regedit” > Locate and select the key you want to back up > click the “File” menu and select “Export” > In the Save in box, select the location you want to save the copy to, then type a name for the copy > click “Save”.)

Windows 7: Open the Start menu > type “regedit” in the search box to open Registry Editor > locate your target in HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Classic Shell/, and right-click the folder and select “Delete” to completely remove Classic Shell.
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Windows 8/8.1: Hover your mouse pointer in the bottom-left corner until you see the charms bar on the right > type “regedit” in the search box to open Registry Editor > locate your target in HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Classic Shell/, and right-click the folder and select “Delete” to completely remove Classic Shell.
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5. Now you can reboot your computer to take effect. If this didn’t work on your system, continue your tour below and you will have a much easier solution.

Safely and Effectively Remove Classic Shell

This is a small-sized professional Windows cleaning utility to easily remove Classic Shell. With this utility you don’t need to access this and that. Steps are simply as follows:

1. Click on the green download button here or visit the homepage to try out Max Uninstaller.

(When installing something, whatever the program is, I suggest putting on any other hard drives instead of the C: drive (system drive). Then when you have to re-install the system, things you previously installed would still be there, and you only need to repair their registry entries. At the meantime, C: drive space can be saved for better running performance.)

2. Double-click the desktop icon to open it, you will know what programs are currently installed on your PC. Find and select the Classic Shell icon, and press Run Analysis to scan all the related files.
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(The tool will finish scanning the files of targeted program within a few seconds.)

3. In the list presented, tick all the items displayed belonging to the toolbar, and hit the Complete Uninstall button.

(Then it’s time to delete the written registry entries from your system.)

4. A window will show up telling you “Please wait while it initializes the uninstall process.”, after which press Scan Leftovers > and Delete Leftovers at last to completely remove Classic Shell.

(At last, you can click “Back to Step 1” to refresh the programs list, check whether the program has gone. Play the following video demonstration for a quick view of the whole process.)

Video Demonstration - Remove Classic Shell


Hope you think the reading is worth your time :)

Other instructions you might need:
How to Uninstall Google Chrome

How to Uninstall Avira System Speedup 2016

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