Aston

Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 34 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.9.2
  • Total Downloads:
    160,207
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 21, 2006
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $29.95 to buy
  • File Size:
    15.44MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    17
  • Platform:
    Windows

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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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1 stars

"Its not worth for the money"

October 24, 2006  |  By shajufx

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Cons

User will not be able to find out how to set this thing without causing any issues to the basic set up files. If you are not a computer expert, dont try this, because you might mess up your system big time. I uninstalled this programme within 10 mts of my first use, and it was a tough task to find out how to leave the system as it was before using it. Thanking the windows restore point for no damages, that was created before installing aston.

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2 stars

"Difficult to uninstall"

October 24, 2006  |  By thechubbmeister

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

Nothing

Cons

I could not get the internet to run whilst using Aston and i couldn't uninstall without the help of the internet.

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4 stars

"Very good"

September 29, 2006  |  By bobapanbeers

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

Very nice, like having a new windows.

Cons

I bit complicated at first.

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2 stars

"Pretty good unless you want to uninstall it."

September 10, 2006  |  By amysu88

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

It uses less ram than the windows shell and has lots of options.

Cons

Is a complete pain in the arse to uninstall and can potentially seriously mess your computer up if you're not extremely careful.

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4 stars

"I liked it, bought it and am still using it."

August 31, 2006  |  By flmckinney

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

It's great. You must remember that this is not just a cloak thrown over your windows desktop. It's a whole new desktop to play with. Lots of themes you can download and modify to suit yourself. The shell swapper lets you go back and forth from Aston to windows (goes through a sort of mini reboot to do this). You have to play around with it to get what you want - have patience. Most themes are way overdone but you can disable anything you don't like. I took a rather plain theme and played with it until I got what I wanted. One thing - don't try to uninstall it while your in it. Swap back to windows and uninstall it from there. Give it a chance and you will probably like it. Have fun.

Cons

Documentation is not the best. The help needs help. The forum is sort of a jumble, but all forums are a jumble to me.If you poke around their web site you can probably find what you need to know.

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3 stars

"Pretty good, but be careful during uninstall."

August 31, 2006  |  By Starwarskid

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

Aston has a very nice and customizable shell interface. It has a nice, sleek, bluish look. What I loved most about this program was that it didn't overhaul your entire system. It installs in about 5 seconds, and then when opened, you have a choice, Aston, or Explorer shells. I setup Aston to always give me a choice between explorer and Aston at startup. That's a big plus. No system overhaul and a choice between default and Aston.

Cons

Like I said above, I told Aston to give me a choice between their shell, and the default shell at startup. Normally, that would be a good thing, but after uninstalling Aston, the next morning, I went to boot up, and explorer wouldn't load. I received no error messages, or anything like that, it just wouldn't appear. All that was there was my desktop wallpaper. Fortunately, I had the installer of Aston on my USB Pen Drive, so I plugged it in, and ran the installer through task manager.

After Reinstalling Aston, (Which I uninstalled the day I got it, so my 30 day trial wasn't up,) I pressed the famous Ctrl Alt Del buttons and opened task manager. I was able to open My Documents and from there, navigate to the desktop and run Aston. I logged back on via the Aston Shell, and reconfigured Aston to not run at startup and to revert back to explorer. I exited Aston, and attempted to re-run explorer. This time, it worked! Explorer loaded successfully and I uninstalled Aston. I restarted to make sure the problem wouldn't persist and Aston is now 100% off of my PC and Explorer is back to normal. A little advice: Never install any shell pack, (Whether it be Aston, Vista Inspirat, Flyakite OSX, VTP, etc.) unless you know what you're doing. If a problem occurs, and you don't know how to fix it, then you can run into some major issues. Fortunately for me, this problem was minor.

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1 stars

"Not worth installing"

August 26, 2006  |  By zonnt

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

Nothing

Cons

I installed it did not like it so I uninstalled it by using the softwares uninstaller and $100 dollars later a tech guy fixed my computer to work again. After uninstalling the software you will end up with a blank screen if not done correctly (jump through hoops). All uninstalls should be simple and normal not costly.

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3 stars

"Its a weaker version of other customization programs"

August 18, 2006  |  By DownloadWise

 |  Version: Aston 1.9.2

Pros

Combines alot of different customization aspects into a single package.

Cons

Even though its many in one, its quality seems to be lacking somewhat. There are other programs out there that allow you to do most of the same things, like windowblinds and whatnot, that dont lose settings.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.9.2
  • Multimonitor support (you can place different wallpapers and icons on all monitors)
  • New resource types supported:3pic,ANKz
  • Completely new documentation
  • new theming tutorial
  • Tray clock plug-in now has a build-in calendar
  • New search plug-in
  • Task previews
  • Lots of bugfixes
  • Lots of small tweaks
General
Publisher Gladiators Software
Publisher web site http://www.astonshell.com/
Release Date June 29, 2006
Date Added July 21, 2006
Version 1.9.2
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT, Windows, Windows Me
Additional Requirements Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Download Information
File Size 15.44MB
File Name Aston_setup_2.0.0.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 160,207
Downloads Last Week 17
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $29.95

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