NiceDesktop Alternatives

    NiceDesktop is described as 'A free tweaking tool for Windows and Android. Tweaks your wallpaper, mouse cursor, sounds, and has free screensavers. More features may be coming soon. Requires Windows 8.1+ or higher' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to NiceDesktop for Windows, Microsoft Office Suite and Mac. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like NiceDesktop are Microsoft PowerToys (Free, Open Source), Classic Shell (Free, Open Source), Winaero Tweaker (Free) and Ultimate Windows Tweaker (Free).

    This page was last updated Jul 15, 2021

    1. Open Shell is a fork of Originally Classic Shell by Ivo Beltchev. Flexible start menu that can mimic the menu behavior of Windows 2000, XP and Windows 7 and compatible with all recent versions of Windows 10 and previous versions of Windows.
    2. Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows experience for greater productivity. Inspired by the .
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    3. Classic Shell is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it.

      Discontinued

      The developer announced that Classic Shell will be no longer developed because Windows 10 is updated too frequently and because Microsoft is making more difficult to customize Windows: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=8147 Last version, 4.3.1, released in August 2017, can be still downloaded from the official website, together with the source code.

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    4. Universal tweaker software which supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
    5. Ultimate Windows Tweaker is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows. It can simply be downloaded and used as a portable application to customize your Windows to meet your requirements.
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    6. StartIsBack returns Windows 8 a real fully featured start menu and start button, behaving exactly like the ones in Windows 7. StartIsBack radically improves desktop usability and makes new Start screen clutter-free.
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    7. The start menu replacer for Win8, styled and integrated inside taskbar. Designed for Windows8 (v.1.0.1 tested under RTM 9200), works under XP SP3 and Se7en SP1 as well.
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      • 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. bbLean is based stylistically on the Blackbox window manager for the X Window System by Brad Hughes.

      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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    8. 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.
      • Windows
      Return the Start Button to Windows 8 With these features: - Search for Windows 8-style (Modern UI) apps - Pin desktop and Metro apps to the start menu - Jump List support - Unified Search for apps, settings and files - Boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop - One click...
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