|09 Feb 2010||#1|
Windows 7 Shell Replacements
What is a Windows Shell Replacement?
Simply put, a Shell replacement is software that integrates with your Windows environment to replace the default Windows shell. In other words, The graphical user interface that you use to manipulate your programs in.
A new shell will replace your graphical environment either completely or in part depending on the shell you choose to use.
See this for more information on the default windows shell: Windows shell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I know what your thinking.. your thinking, " Dude you just got Windows 7 and now you want to replace it's shell... Are you Freaking Nuts ? "
Replacing the shell is not for everyone, but for those who find a need for it and or just want to use a different graphical user interface.
There are both free and commercial Windows shell replacements on the internet.
There are many Great reasons to replace your default Windows Shell.
Most replacement shells offer you the ability to configure your working environment the way you want to it work.
Most shells are made to use less resources than the default Windows shell. This is great for laptop users who don't have a lot of resources to spare to begin with.
Most shell replacements are slimmed down and streamlined without the bloat of unnessassary graphical resources clogging up your system.
Lets face it... Windows 7 is a Disk Operating System. It has One job, that is to run your programs when it is told to do so. That's all an Operating System is or should be.
Yes sure Windows 7 has it's own built in graphical goodies and we all love to use them. But most of these programs are just extra add-ons you may not need. If you only have certain programs you run every day and do not need the the extra resources running in the background or need a better more configurable way to access your programs, then using a shell replacement may be for you.
There are two types of replacement shells out there. They are all designed for better user customization and configuration, as well as using less resources.
1. Rich Graphical Environments:
Some shells offer full and rich graphical desktop environments;
Such as the commercial products Aston Shell and Aston Shell 2 -http://www.astonshell.com/index.html
Or the Open Source SharpEnviornment - SharpEnviro, an open source shell replacement for Windows: News
2. Minimal Graphical Environments:
Many shells offer an even slimmer interface that uses very little or no graphics (and thus even fewer resources);
Such as BBLean - bblean
Or - Black Box for Windows - BB4Win: News
Both of the above are Open Source.
All Windows Replacement Shells are designed to run simply, not harming your existing system. They are easy to install (though some may have a steeper learning curve than others), They can all be easily uninstalled so there is no worry about a shell 'taking over' or harming your default windows shell or system in any way.
More Window replacement Shells can be found here:
The OSSwin project: Open Source for Windows!
Windows shell replacement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All of the the Windows replacement shells you find on these pages do not work with Windows 7. The shells I listed above do.
I want to hear from You. What Windows Replacement Shell do you use and why do you like it?
|My System Specs|
|Similar help and support threads|
Registry: differences between Shell Folders and User Shell Folders?
Please consider these two keys: What is the main difference between these? Say, I've changed first the keys under Shell Folders and then under User Shell Folders. It was only until I'd changed those under User Shell Folders (after restarting the machine) did the changes take place.
Hey Everyone, We've a Volume License Key (MAK, for those who know the two types), and it's great, but we've run into a dilemma: we were only provided one set of disks to use for installing W7 Pro. The set of disks is rather ragged these days, and the company that sells us our licenses* wants to...
|Installation & Setup|
What is some good replacements
What is some good replacements for Win 7 media center. I don't use it much but it looks kinda funky to me.
Uac On/Off? Replacements?
I´m just curious how many can stand Uac and how many find the functionality good enough to get a replacement, like me. Edit: Hm, I tried making a poll and discuss it, but no luck. I like statistics, I was kinda hoping for numbers. Anyways, I personally have it disabled, I find it pretty...
Windows Explorer replacements
I came across this and think it's a cool Windows Explorer replacement. --> Xyplorer XYplorer - Product It is NOT Free. But I like the feature of tabbed browsing in the explorer environment. I can see how this can be very handy. You can download a 30 trial version. Otherwise it's $20.00
© Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:26.