Aston

Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 34 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.9.4
  • Total Downloads:
    160,207
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 31, 2007
  • Price:
    Purchase; $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    15.44MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    17
  • Platform:
    Windows

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5 stars

"Works well on Netbooks... for the most part."

May 27, 2010  |  By JasCarver9

 |  Version: Aston 2.0

Pros

Attractive themes, customization options , low file sizes on themes, etc.

Cons

Well the start menu is a problem on a small screen but its a machine issue because of the 10.1" screen and not the software.

Summary

I received this version for free through the site GiveAwayOfTheDay and decided to install and use it. I found the text, and the overall desktop experience to be a lot better then the boring Windows 7 Starter desktop offered. A big plus about this software is that under Windows 7 Starter, you can actually use this program to change the background to whatever you like. On the home page of Aston 2, It looks like there are only 4 pages of skins present to take advantage of the new features of this version but I expect more to come in the future. The install was easy, and so is the interface. I may purchase an actual license in the future once it comes out again to give it another try. But for what I was offered, it was just right.

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3 stars

"Nice explorer replacement"

March 03, 2010  |  By Thomas-new

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.6

Pros

I used this sw for for couple years and I have good experience with it.
Lighter than explorer, takes less RAM, Provides much better look(if you use some nice theme) than classic explorer shell, includes lots of useful features (sidebars,...)

Cons

Aston is quit difficult to configure, I think that many users actually dont understand this sw (see previous reviews ;) )

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1 stars

"Very Stupid Software. Regret Trying."

January 21, 2009  |  By derricksidhu

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.6

Pros

Nothing at all.

Cons

Messed & screwed up my whole PC. Won't even uninstall properly.

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2 stars

"I didn't care for it"

January 21, 2009  |  By jim63135

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.6

Pros

not really sure

Cons

I like to hide my desktop icons and I also didn't care for the themes, most were for kids and gamers if you ask me.

Summary

I just didn't care for it. Couldn't see paying $30 for it at all. I was shocked there were no reviews on the product or pictures before downloading and installing to find out I didn't like it.

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2 stars

"Wasn't what I wanted."

January 04, 2008  |  By mariposa_7

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.5

Cons

It was too much and it was confusing to use.

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5 stars

"Worth It"

November 29, 2007  |  By drummin2dabeats

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.5

Pros

This is an awesome program. I used it on my Win98 and I can make it look like it has vista. The fact that it replaces "explorer" is a decent idea. Sometimes it is faster than explorer. Thousands of themes to choose from from the Aston Website. Based on Video Game Consoles, OSs and much more. I got the full licensed version from giveawayoftheday.com for free a couple months back.

Cons

However, sometimes it is slower than "explorer". I have had days when it will crash, but that is usually when I use a very complicated theme with many plugins, and after all I am using it on Win98.

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4 stars

"Pretty Cool Tool"

September 18, 2007  |  By johnrpan

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.5

Pros

This gives you an interface much like the high-end UNIX workstations. You can also download different themes from vista-skins.com and get the same look and feel by changing the Vista theme or skins on your desktop.

Cons

Kind of confusing to learn how to use it.

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1 stars

"This Broke My Computer!"

January 03, 2007  |  By Sam Spam

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.3

Cons

All of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5 stars

"I can't recommend this product highly enough!"

December 17, 2006  |  By TatianaM

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

1. Aston lets you customise your desktop to suit the way you work.

2. It gives you several alternative ways to access your programs, using pop-up and drop-down menus, as well as tabs.

3. Its shell swapper utility allows you to switch between Aston and Windows Explorer shells quickly and easily.

4.There's a huge choice of different eye-candy themes downloadable from the Astonshell website, each with its own arrangement of icons and buttons. You can even design your own! Or customise the four themes provided by default.

Cons

1. Accessing system tools such as disk defragmenter from the Aston desktop is difficult, so you should either switch shells or download third-party utilities.

2.Some of the reviewers here complain about difficulties with uninstalling Aston.

Make sure you switch back to windows explorer first, then you'll have no problems at all!

3. Aston desktop doesn't show Windows Explorer icons. This may be alarming at first, but all the programs you had desktop shortcuts to can be instantly accessed from the Desktop Shortcuts menu item. I find this arrangement very convenient and easy to use

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4 stars

"like it in general"

December 02, 2006  |  By CarmanL

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

it works much faster than windows explorer, and i liked it's interface.

Cons

need to pay for it.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Gladiators Software
Publisher web site http://www.astonshell.com/
Release Date March 31, 2007
Date Added March 31, 2007
Version 1.9.4
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Maintenance & Optimization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 95, Windows 98
Additional Requirements
  • Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP
  • 20MB HDD Space
  • Download Information
    File Size 15.44MB
    File Name Aston_setup_2.0.0.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 160,207
    Downloads Last Week 17
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    License Model Purchase
    Limitations Not available
    Price $29.95

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