Force Windows to Use the Classic Style/Theme Desktop

For those of you who still love the old classic look of Windows, make the following registry edits to force Windows to you the classic desktop. Use the “User Key” to change it for one specified user. Use the “System Key” to make this change for all users who login.

Location of User Key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer

Location of System Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\
Explorer

Value(s) to Modify: ClassicShell

Correct Data Type: REG_SZ

Value Data: 0= Default, 1 = Classic Desktop

If the “REG_SZ” value “ClassicShell” does not exist in the registry path, create it in order to make the changes.

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