WinMetro Alternatives

    WinMetro is described as 'is specially designed to bring the newly introduced Windows 8 Metro UI to Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP. It offers an easy solution for old version Windows users to try and enjoy the tile based Metro UI'. There are seven alternatives to WinMetro for Windows, Android and Rainmeter. The best alternative is Open Shell, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like WinMetro are Classic Shell (Free, Open Source), 7+ Taskbar Tweaker (Free), Immersive Explorer (Free) and Omnimo UI (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Oct 19, 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. 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.


      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: 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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    3. Adapt the taskbar to your workflow, not the other way around. Designed for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10. (Most of the configuration options it provides can’t be tweaked using the taskbar properties or the registry.
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    4. Immersive Explorer is an open source alternative to the default file explorer included in Windows (known as Windows Explorer). Although it is not a Windows 8 "Metro application", Immersive Explorer is designed around the "Metro" user interface guidelines.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      • Rainmeter
      Do you want your desktop to look futuristic, informative and stylish? With Omnimo you can create amazing homescreen-like desktops that will fit your every need. Inspired by the Metro UI, it delivers highly functional interactive panels to the desktop and more!
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    5. Windows 8 Transformation Pack turns Windows 7/Vista/XP user interface to Windows 8. Including Windows 8 Boot Screen, Login Screen, Themes, Wallpapers, Icons, Sounds, Fonts, Metro/Modern UI, Aero’s Auto-Colorization, Taskbar UserTile and more.
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    6. 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.
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