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Winstep Nexus Reviews

Completely Customizable Dock

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The Winstep Nexus Dock has matured to become, in my opinion, the best available screen dock program available. Although I didn't like their default floating layout, it was easy enough to configure it exactly the way I wanted it. In fact, this is the most configurable Dock program there is. There are so many features that you may get lost in myriad of options available.

It supports programs, utilities, files, folders, properties information, etc...
You can add Modules, Separators, and Commands, change its Size and Position, alter its Appearance and Sounds any way you choose.

It is compatible with Windows 8

The paid version has even more features but can only be upgraded for a year, then you'll have to pay again.

[Edited by nineascii, February 26]

[Edited by nineascii, February 27]


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I liked it, and it made my docks looks nice. but I recently uninstalled it because it Eats to much of my CPU and used like 1/4 of my Ram! I game and stream on one pc atm and it definitely was messing with my gaming and stream!


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This IS the dock you're looking for! I tested every product I could find on this website and others, and this software is both beautiful and up-to-date in 2019. Buying the Extreme version to support development and enjoy extra features. I wish MSFT would just make this implemented into its OS, but that's unlikely to happen. Glad this software exists! 10/10 for productivity on touchscreen devices.


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Even with its free features I'm able to forget about windows taskbar and tray.


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Eat too much CPU usage, even with empty dock... Look at RocketDock he don't use CPU at all, when idle.


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Best, easy to use yet full featured toolbar/dock for Windows 10


Bad Policy

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Winstep Nexus may have the best dock/app launcher that is completely for free.
It takes a while to set everything up, but I guess that's part of the fun.

Only thing is, when you need to change a setting afterwoods, it is damn hard to find.

This goes even more for the paid version. You'll get lost and end up whith a bunch of side panels, not enhancing
but rather destroying your functionality by popping up with unpredictive sensitivity. So if you need anything of
beauty that might come in handy as well, just stick to the free, single-docked version.

Their predefined themes should show what their idea of functionality is like, but they don't.
What happens when I left-click or double click on the taskbar? Shall we replace our tray icons manually,
over and over again whenever there is a new item installed? Even while they are more accessible, and from a
view point very acceptable, when displaying them at 24x24 instead of the default 16x16?
Shall we have a second start-menu, a dock with folders and another one with folders, one with running
applications and another one as well, all in the same theme?
What is where and why is it there, seems to be a question they forgot to ask.

So if you're looking for a challenge, go ahead but don't be too disapointed if the software won't let you.
Most probably a single-docked quick-launch is all you'll ever need and if you're looking for some
enhanced taskbar functionality, well, Nexus still has some way to go there in thinking things through.

And finally, they're showing a very bad policy when it comes to software locations. Putting program-
resources in the Public Documents folder is no way to go. They explain that you should blaim Microsoft.
As Microsoft won't let users write no longer to the ProgramFiles folder. And as they want their app to be
So I am an Admin, I pay for their program, I'm the only one allowed on my computer to install it, and now I
have to except that custom users can manipulate my program and have their own settings - instead of just
using what my computer is offering them -, at the cost of overhead and possible destruction of program files
in the public documents folder?

Nice try, Nexus, I won't buy it.


Your questions don't make much sense to me, sorry... you seem to be complaining that there are too many options. Well, it's those same options that allow you to customize such things as one of your other complains, e.g.; dock activation sensitivity. We are all different, and if for you the dock is too quick to activate, for others it will be too slow. This way the options are there so you can customize it to your own needs.

Yes, this means there will be a small learning curve when trying to go beyond the basics, but isn't that so with everything? You only need to go through that once. You complain about the software not letting you do things, but I can guarantee to you that no other dock is as fully customizable as Nexus is.

As for it using the Public Documents\Winstep\ folder to store data that needs to be written to... What is so wrong with it besides personal preference? There is no overhead or possible destruction of files as you claim, unless, of course, you or someone else deliberately delete those files, in which case a backup or re-installation would save the day. You think storing everything inside C:\Program Files\ like RocketDock and the others did back in the XP days would be any different? These days you can't even do that because the OS will not let you write data to C:\Program Files\ (e.g.; install new themes, for instance). And if you think running Nexus with admin rights would solve that problem, that would also

a) be a HUGE security risk because anything launched from an elevated application is itself elevated
b) prevent you from using drag & drop between Explorer/other non-elevated applications and Nexus because of Microsoft's UIPI.

Furthermore, the same way application's executables are shared between users, so is with Nexus data like icons, themes, etc..., those resources are MEANT to be shared between all users. Your Nexus settings (docks, shortcuts, preferences, etc...), however, are stored in your own hive in the Registry, so they are specific to you and other users will not be able to change them.

[Edited by Winstep, January 04]

[Edited by Winstep, January 04]

Quick thoughts.

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This is probably a dream come true for users of Rocketdock. It is very lightweight and unlike Rocketdock, it is free of bugs. You can easily get skins, addons and many thigns, from many sources, as it seems that it has been made to be compatible with different plugings of different docks.

With all that said, there is one thing to keep in mind. It is NOT free. I do not know if other users feel it is free, but I know I have been using Rocketdock specifically for it's Stacks addon. For a used to get a subdock, you have to pay for it. If you are not willing to part with currently 20 euro, then it is not really worth to even install it. It is better to get Rocketdock and look around how to solve the Stacks 2.0 problems.

Sadly for me, the price is too steep for the functionality it offers, especially when I can have two different free alternatives.

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As far as I know, there are three versions. A free version, Ultimate (19,95 €) and Extreme (24,95 €).

This is why I mention that I do not know if users feel it is free, since I do not. The free version lacks subdocks, which is the most important to me. It is obviously a good choice of them to not give for free the best selling point, but I am just mentioning that. By now I have found out that ObjectDock 1.90.x can use Stacks (subdock) and thus I am using that one. It works without a problem unlike Rocketdick and of course it is offered for free.

Weltall, we all need to eat, and for that we need to get paid for our work. I'm no different from you or anyone else in that respect. :)

There is a free version, which already does more than other docks out there by itself (for instance, as far as I know no other dock is fully compatible with Windows 10 UWP apps and other Windows 10 quirks), and there is also a paid version if you want/need more than what the free version offers.

It's just a question of supporting the people who make the software you like to use, so that, in turn, they can keep on developing it and keeping up with OS updates, etc..

Obviously you are right. I can imagine bills are there too and you just want to be paid for the effort you put making the problem and then actually updating/bugfixing. I am just putting out there my opinion, for better or worse. I am just an strange case of a person (I am serious on this one), so I just opt out for something else. I am sure people that need the features that your dock offers, will not even care about mine or anyone else's opinion, as like you said, there is not other dock that offers it =) That is a fact.