Old 9th October 2002, 14:16   #1
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Shell replacement

Do you use a Windows shell replacement?
Which one?
Which one is best?
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Old 9th October 2002, 14:19   #2
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This one. It does more than just replacing the shell

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Old 9th October 2002, 16:08   #3
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If you want to re-live those classic Windows 2 days, then get a copy of MS-DOS Executive. It'll make you appreciate how good the Program Manager/File manager combination that Windows 3.0 introduced really is!

Alternatively, you could do away with Windows and install GEM...
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Old 9th October 2002, 16:14   #4
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I know its not a different shell, but I still use program manager under xp sometimes...Especially when my desktop starts becoming too cramped with icons.
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Old 9th October 2002, 16:16   #5
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I keep meaning to try litestep, but never get round to it...

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Old 9th October 2002, 16:34   #6
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litestep is pretty nice...i used it in my win98 days...
ive been meaning to start using it with XP but havent gotten around to it.

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Old 9th October 2002, 18:03   #7
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I've used Litestep before, but the problem I had with it, is that with the really nice eyecandy, the ease of use was really limited (I want a friggin start menu )

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Old 9th October 2002, 20:41   #8
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I tried Aston,it was eye candy alright but not the easiest of use!
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Old 5th December 2002, 18:48   #9
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i'm trying aston right now, but i want to know what is the best shell replacement for windows (litestep, aston, program manager, etc)

i don't suck, right?
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Old 5th December 2002, 18:57   #10
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I don't use a shell replacement per se...

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Old 5th December 2002, 19:06   #11
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Old 5th December 2002, 20:22   #12
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I use bash
LOL (weird linuxers )

i like aston, but the prob is that it doesn't handle multiple users under Win9x


I don't want to use Explorer!!!!

i don't suck, right?
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Old 5th December 2002, 22:20   #13
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i use litestep, and am quite happy with it. and what do you mean, start menu, there is one . at least under the menu on mine. the base theme (simplicity) is quite impressive, and it's just refreshing to not have explorer. it's a mental thing.

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Old 5th December 2002, 22:58   #14
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That'll be a version of Unix actually

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Old 6th December 2002, 05:22   #15
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That'll be a version of Unix actually
damn unixers

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Old 6th December 2002, 05:45   #16
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You guys and your stupid geeky shells.
Here is a shell:

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Old 6th December 2002, 05:59   #17
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Litestep is kind of complicated to use and a hassle to change themes.
The best shell replacment for windows is talisman2.
been using it for years with no problems.

www.lighttek.com

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Old 6th December 2002, 06:04   #18
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LMAO @ the shell. I am Jesus, that is the real thing!



Metalman, it is a pain in the ass also to work with Talisman, it's too advanced.

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Old 6th December 2002, 06:06   #19
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I tried Litestep once. It's considered to be one of the best if you want to spend time tweaking it. Since I like to change my themes whenever I feel like I just got sick of spending 3 hours customizing it every single time to my liking.
I'll try ObjectBar soon enough. Of course it's not a shell but it replaces Win task bar well enough

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Old 6th December 2002, 06:23   #20
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you people and your resource hogging themes and shell replaces...the superior config uses the default shell and has all visual effects disabled so that it looks, feels, and works like good old Win 98.
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Old 6th December 2002, 06:26   #21
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works like good old Win 98.
But XP works a lot better and obviously nothing can top bash

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Old 6th December 2002, 06:28   #22
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Metalman, it is a pain in the ass also to work with Talisman, it's too advanced.
Depends on how computer illiterate are you. If you like something simpler then you should try DesktopX, i use that one too, its pretty Cool!

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Old 6th December 2002, 06:32   #23
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But XP works a lot better
In terms of internal kernel stability and efficiency, yes, but in terms of configurable visual things (menu styles and navigation, etc.), it doesn't. The default XP start menu, for example, is an overblown bitch, and it has nothing on the classic Win 98 start menu...the same goes for Win XP style titlebars, with their gaudy colors and oversized buttons. As far as look and feel goes, MS had it right with win 98.
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Old 6th December 2002, 06:37   #24
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In need of a shell replacement...



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Old 6th December 2002, 06:40   #25
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The default XP start menu, for example, is an overblown bitch, and it has nothing on the classic Win 98 start menu...the same goes for Win XP style titlebars, with their gaudy colors and oversized buttons. As far as look and feel goes, MS had it right with win 98.
Even though win98 look may appeal to some, you were stuck with that look unless you install some hogware (win. blinds). With XP you can use crax0red uxtheme.dll to use any theme you want and the performance would be hardly sacrificed. For some (ie me) other themes may be more productive than win98 look.

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I use litestep and for me at least the strengths far outweigh any weaknesses. I don't change themes very often (I only have two that I use at all). It can do almost anything that you would want.

As for the other choices, GeoShell seems to have some good promise. I haven't used it enough to really get a feel. Bluebox and bb4win are in a different class altogether (in my mind at least) Bluebox works real well (for me at least) It is however a different experience.

Try looking around. The www.lokai.org forums might be a good place to ask these questions. Try looking at some of the links at www.shellfront.org or for litestep specific www.litestep.info

Incidently I posted a thread like this about a year ago here.

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to be honest, i havn't found any theme for litestep i like better than the one it now comes with, simplicity. it's just so well put together, with so many little non-obtrusive features taht are actually usefull.... though the cpu meter graph and text are never together 0.o. anyway, it's good.

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Litestep is kind of complicated to use and a hassle to change themes.
yeah, clicking to select a theme, then 'ok' is a bit too complicated for some users (especially having to actually download it).
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