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LiteStep Alternatives

LiteStep is described as 'replacement desktop interface for Windows' and is an app in the os & utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to LiteStep for Windows. The best alternative is Cairo Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like LiteStep are BB4Win, SharpEnviro, bbLean and bug.n.

LiteStep alternatives are mainly Desktop Environments but may also be Window Managers or Desktop Customization Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of LiteStep.
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

LiteStep is a replacement desktop interface for Windows.

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  1. Cairo Shell icon

    Cairo Shell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

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

    ⚫︎ CustomizableCairo Shell is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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  2. BB4Win icon

    BB4Win

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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 the source.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsBB4Win can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Discontinued

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

    For those who prefer a not-so-minimal setup. If I tried to put 82 icons on my explorer desktop I doubt they'd fit in a single column


  3. SharpEnviro icon

    SharpEnviro

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

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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.

    Default Setup
  4. bbLean icon

    bbLean

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

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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.

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  5. bug.n

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    bug.n is a tiling window manager add-on for Microsoft Windows. It is written in the scripting language AutoHotkey.

    ⚫︎ Portablebug.n can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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  6. Emerge Desktop icon

    Emerge Desktop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    Emerge Desktop is a replacement Windows "shell" (the desktop environment normally provided by Windows Explorer) for Windows 2000 and above.

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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

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  7. GeoShell icon

    GeoShell

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    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.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGeoShell can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Discontinued

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

    Example of GeoShell desktop
  8. DeskSpace icon

    DeskSpace

    • Windows

    DeskSpace is a 3D desktop visualisation tool, allowing you to seamlessly switch between 9 desktops.

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  9. Talisman Desktop icon

    Talisman Desktop

    • Windows

    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.

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    Talisman 3.0, theme: Carbon
  10. SphereXP icon

    SphereXP

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    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 been tried out by millions worldwide.

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    Discontinued

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

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