Five cool alternatives to the Windows 7 desktop shell

Five cool alternatives to the Windows 7 desktop shell

Summary: Whether you crave a highly customized desktop or just want a different look and feel, one of these shells might be just what you're looking for.


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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.

    Note: If you'd prefer to view this information as a blog post, check out this entry in our Five Apps blog.


  • 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.

Topics: Software, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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