Alternatives to LiteStep for all platforms with any license

  • Cairo Shell

    Cairo is a desktop environment for Windows. Its goal is to develop a desktop experience that increases productivity and advances current technology standards.

    Free Open Source Windows

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  • 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...

    Free Open Source Windows

  • 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...

    Free Open Source Windows

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

    Free Open Source Windows

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    • Discontinued Emerge Desktop is no longer maintained.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

    Free Open Source Windows

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    • 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.
  • 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. ...

    Free Open Source Windows

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    • 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

    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...

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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...

    Commercial Windows

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  • 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...

    Free Windows

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

    Free Open Source Windows

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

    Free Windows

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

    Free Windows

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LiteStep Comments

I used LiteStep ...

Comment by muellerto
about LiteStep · Sep 2012 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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

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It's not dead yet but definitely on life support.

There was an alpha release in March 2016 for "Litestep 25.0 x64" which targets Windows 10: http://forums.litestep.info/viewtopic.php?id=416

Comment by yboris
about LiteStep · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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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