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Some users think that the Windows Explorer shell is a fine desktop. But if you've played around in the land of Linux for a while, that less-than-flexible Explorer interface may not work for you. One solution is to install a replacement Explorer shell. There are plenty of shells to choose from, some open source, some proprietary. Here's a rundown of five of the most appealing choices.
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Aston Shell is one of the most feature-rich of all the replacements. With plenty of add-ins, plug-ins, themes, and widgets to play with, the Aston desktop can become pretty much anything you like.
Aston Share also offers animated skins and themes, live wallpaper, effects, and much more. It's shareware and will run you $29.95.