Alternatives to Liteshell for all platforms with any license

  • WindowBlinds icon

    WindowBlinds

    WindowBlinds is a computer program that allows users to skin the Windows graphical user interface. It has been developed by Stardock since 1998, and is the most popular component of their flagship software suite, Object Desktop. It is...

    Commercial Windows

  • LiteStep icon

    LiteStep

    LiteStep is a replacement desktop interface for Windows. The LiteStep Shell allows creation of custom desktop interfaces in ways that you find useful (and eye catching). LiteSteps modular structure enables the addition or removal...

    Free Windows

  • Cairo Shell icon

    Cairo Shell

    Cairo Shell is a replacement shell for the Microsoft Windows operating systems. Like other shell alternatives, it replaces the default Windows Shell. Cairo Shell will be free to download and use when it is released.

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued While not officially stated as such anywhere since there is no blog or forum this project should be marked as discontinued. The code repository has seen no changes since 2010 and the site hasn't been updated since 2009 (check the copyright).
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    BB4Win

    BB4Win (Blackbox for Windows) is an alternative shell for Microsoft Windows. The program aims to emulate the look and feel of a Linux based desktop. The BB4Win project was discontinued in 2005 but various branches have been built from...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Latest release 2009, see http://bb4win.sourceforge.net/
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    Emerge Desktop

    Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above. In order to replace Windows Explorer as a shell, it provides a system tray (the area...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained. Last version, 6.1.3, released in 2012, and the source code are still available on SourceForge
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    bbLean

    bbLean is the lean version of Blackbox for Windows. It tries to keep balance between features and complexity, to give you some efficient means within a compact shell. bbLean is based stylistically on the Blackbox window manager for...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.17.1, released in May 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Talisman Desktop

    Talisman Desktop is a configurable Windows shell replacement introduced in 1997 by Lighttek Software. It is available in a number of languages including English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian and Italian. Talisman...

    Commercial Windows

  • SharpEnviro icon

    SharpEnviro

    SharpEnviro (or SharpE) is an open source shell replacement system for Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. When using SharpEnviro the default Windows desktop is replaced by a new and more powerful desktop environment....

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued As of december 2011 the SharpEnviro project is no longer under active development. All files provided come without any warranty or support! It is uncertain if or how well the previously released versions of SharpEnviro will work with any new or updated Windows system after Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
  • GeoShell icon

    GeoShell

    GeoShell - The premier minimalist Windows shell replacement. It replaces the default Explorer interface. It features menu bars—“geoBars”—that can be dragged-and-dropped anywhere on the users screen. There are also desktop menus that...

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.11.10, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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