List of alternative shells for Windows

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This is a list of software that provides an alternative graphical user interface for Microsoft Windows operating systems. The technical term for this interface is a shell. Windows' standard user interface is called Windows shell; Windows 3.0 and Windows 3.1x have a different shell, called Program Manager. The programs in this list do not restyle the Windows shell, but replace it; therefore, they look and function differently, and have different configuration options.

Shell Software license Windows versions Development status
3.1x 9x 2000 XP Vista 7 8 10
BumpTop Apache License No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Discontinued
Calmira GPL Yes No No No No No No No Discontinued
Emerge Desktop GPL No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Discontinued
KDE Plasma Workspaces GPL No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Stalled
LDE(X) GPL No No Yes Yes No No No No Discontinued
LiteStep GPL No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Stalled
Packard Bell Navigator Proprietary Yes Yes No No No No No No Discontinued
Pokki Freeware No No No Yes No Yes Yes No Active
ReactOS Explorer GPL No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Active[1][2][3]
SharpEnviro GPL No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Discontinued
TabWorks Proprietary Yes No No No No No No No Discontinued
Talisman Desktop Trialware No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Active

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "ReactOS Explorer". ReactOS Project. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "ReactOS Explorer source code". ReactOS Project. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Fuchs, Martin. "ReactOS Explorer (original author, details)". Retrieved 16 May 2014. 

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