Turn on Classic Shell

This setting allows an administrator to revert specific Windows Shell behavior to classic Shell behavior. If you enable this setting users cannot configure their system to open items by single-clicking (such as in Mouse in Control Panel). As a result the user interface looks and operates like the interface for Windows NT 4. 0 and users cannot restore the new features. Enabling this policy will also turn off the preview pane and set the folder options for File Explorer to Use classic folders view and disable the users ability to change these options. If you disable or not configure this policy the default File Explorer behavior is applied to the user. Note: In operating systems earlier than Windows Vista enabling this policy will also disable the Active Desktop and Web view. This setting will also take precedence over the “Enable Active Desktop” setting. If both policies are enabled Active Desktop is disabled. Also see the “Disable Active Desktop” setting in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Desktop -> Active Desktop and the “Do not allow Folder Options to be opened from the Options button on the View tab of the ribbon” setting in User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> File Explorer.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER -> Software -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Policies -> Explorer # ClassicShell

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> File Explorer


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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