List of alternative shells for Windows

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This list of alternative shells for Windows includes graphical user interface shells that can replace the Windows Shell or Program Manager in Microsoft Windows. An alternative shell may afford the user a desktop environment with different functionality, a different workflow, or customization options.

Shell License OS Dev. Status
Calmira GNU General Public License Windows 3.1 Active
Classic Shell Freeware Windows 7, 8, 8.1 Active
Emerge Desktop GNU General Public License Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7 Active
GreenGnome Open source Windows XP Discontinued
LDE(X) GNU General Public License Windows 2000, XP Discontinued
LiteStep GNU General Public License Windows 95 and later Active
SharpEnviro GNU General Public License Windows XP, Vista, 7 Discontinued
KDE Plasma Workspaces** GNU Lesser General Public License Windows XP, Vista, 7 Active
BumpTop Apache license Windows XP, Vista, 7 Discontinued
Packard Bell Navigator Commercial proprietary software Windows 3.1, 95 Active
Pokki Freeware Windows XP, 7, 8 Active
RetroUI Trialware Windows 8, 8.1 Active
Talisman Desktop Trialware Windows 95+ Active
TabWorks Commercial proprietary software Windows 3.x Discontinued

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