Wez's Evil Shell - A Windows Desktop Replacement

2008-Jun-08 | Tags: startmenutrayvirtual desktop

Start64!A replacement for the default Windows®XP and Windows Server 2003 graphical shell (taskbar, start menu and "tray"). The default explorer shell uses quite a lot of run-time resources and can be quite slow to use for "Power Users". This shell provides the following features but uses only a fraction of the resources that explorer.exe uses:

  • Quicklaunch icon bar
  • System Notification area (aka "Tray"), including tray bubbles
  • Clock
  • No classic taskbar, but "flashing" windows have their icons bounced to get your attention
  • Light-weight icon-free start menu
  • Kludge-free Workspace management; use up to 32 virtual desktops
  • icon-free desktop

 Wez's Evil Shell x64 version

Once installed, the default configuration will leave you with a desktop that is mostly empty, with a partially transparent toolbar in the bottom right corner.

The partially transparent toolbar is known as the slit, and it contains your quicklaunch icons (the "dock"), the system "tray" icons and a clock.

To launch an application, click on its shortcut icon in the dock. The shortcut icon will change into the window application icon and a small arrow will appear next to it to indicate that it is now a running application. Clicking on the icon will now bring the application to the front.

Application windows are grouped together, so if you have multiple web browser windows open, you'll see only a single icon in the dock. Clicking the icon will bring the front-most instance of the application to the front of the screen. If you want to activate one of the other windows, you may right click on the icon to select the one that you want.

You'll notice that the start button and taskbar are not present, so how to do you get at the equivalent functionality? Right-clicking on the desktop or on the slit will popup a context menu (you may also press Win-S). The default context menu contains sub-menus to allow you to access your programs, your documents, configure you system (I call it Tweakage), or to shutdown/restart/log-off.

Wez's Evil Shell x64 version
Wez's Evil Shell - 64bit software