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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  • 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.

  • SharpEnviro may remind you of Classic GNOME. It's designed to provide a flexible, user-friendly desktop shell that pleases both new and advanced users.

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

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