Alternatives to LiteStep for all platforms with any license

  • 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/
  • bug.n

    bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey. What it can do Provide layouts for resizing and moving windows, utilizing all available screen estate and...

    Open Source 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.
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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    • Discontinued Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained.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.
  • Talisman Desktop icon

    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

  • SphereXP icon

    SphereXP

    The SphereXP is a 3D desktop replacement for Microsoft Windows. Taking the known concept of three-dimensional desktops to its own level. It offers a new way to organize objects on the desktop such as icons and applications. It has...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued Official website not accessible. Available here: http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/spherexp.html
  • DeskSpace icon

    DeskSpace

    DeskSpace is a 3D desktop visualisation tool, allowing you to seamlessly switch between 9 desktops. DeskSpace gives you more space for your windows and icons. You can eliminate desktop clutter by arranging your windows and icons...

    Commercial Windows

  • 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.
  • Mywe File manager icon

    Mywe File manager

    The conventional way to find a file or folder requires in most cases many clicks. Mywe File manager uses menu and allows you find and browse files easily and quickly. This way it can reduce by more than 50% the amount of time you...

    Free Windows

  • Liteshell icon

    Liteshell

    tiny windows shell (explorer.exe) replacement designed for slow PCs. Is a minimalist's shell - no screen space is occupied by the shell. When you right-click on the desktop or press a hotkey, a menu provides access to your...

    Free Windows

    • Discontinued It's discontinued. Last update was 25th June 2008.
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LiteStep Comments

I used LiteStep ...

Comment by muellerto
about LiteStep Sep 2012

... for years. But it seems to be dead.

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I've been using it for 3 years now - love it. There is an a ...

Comment by yboris
about LiteStep Jun 2011

I've been using it for 3 years now - love it. There is an active community of people still making themes: http://www.ls-themes.org/ (also check http://customize.org/litestep and http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/skins/themes/litestep/?order=9 ). LS in highly customizable and easy to do yourself.

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