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Winstep Xtreme

CNET Editors' review

Winstep Xtreme is a customizable Windows interface suite that combines enhanced functionality and attractive effects with a wide variety of widgets, utilities, task managers, and power tools, all designed to work together seamlessly. It bundles the NeXuS Ultimate dock system; WorkShelf, a versatile tabbed dock; NextStart, an enhanced system taskbar; Winstep Start Menu Organizer; FontBrowser; and more. Not to mention a wide variety of desktop widgets such as weather monitors, system meters, and time/date displays.

We opened Winstep Xtreme, and first to appear was NextStart, a skinnable, totally customizable taskbar replacement that basically lets you park anything you want on it, in groups, with widgets. This was followed shortly by the associated WorkShelf, which expands to a console of docked items, including tasks, utilities such as FontBrowser and Start Menu Organizer, system tools, and even a fish called Wanda that dispenses advice and pithy quotes. Xtreme also installed floating desktop widgets for local weather, a CPU meter, and an attractive combined analog/digital clock display. At the center top of the desktop appeared the NeXuS Ultimate dock, a series of docking icons that you can customize to provide quick access to your most needed programs and files, from programs to media players to family pictures and everything in between, too. Winstep might just provide more settings and options for configuring and customizing Xtreme's various parts than any similar tool or suite we've seen. We were able to change the size, color, effects, behavior, function, performance, sounds, themes, and much more, yet everything was surprisingly easy to configure since the right-click context menus access all needed controls and settings. It's not difficult to configure advanced settings, either. The displays, widgets, skins, effects, and other visual settings were all compatible with Windows Aero themes and the Windows 7 Superbar, too, and were quite attractive, ranging from subtle to jazzy and even entertaining, such as the small but realistic explosion that demolishes items when you remove them from the dock.

Winstep Xtreme has still more features than we can describe, such as the Tasklist on the WorkShelf and an Advanced Time Report Client. It's worth the time and effort to customize Winstep Xtreme to suit your needs, since the end result is a much better desktop.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Winstep Xtreme 10.9. The trial version is limited to 30 days.

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  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 71 votes

    • 5 star: 50
    • 4 star: 9
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 9
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  • 1.0 stars

    "obsolete program."

    April 13, 2014  |   By britbastard

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    far better than the system screwing up stardock stuff.
    lots of customisations and skins from wincustomize (for a price)

    Cons

    this software has had no minor or major update since march 2012.
    I emailed Jorge a few months back regarding his plans over the future of winstep and if he intended to issue any more updates or major releases................I got no reply. which answers my questions fully. so if you are thinking of buying this be aware that there will probably be no further updates or releases and what you buy now is what you will end up with.

    Summary

    if you do not mind the cons, then worth buying instead of buying startdock programs which seem to do little except screw up your computer.
    wincustomize, where you can get skins, charges for a membership even though their contributors who make and upload the skins do it for free. hows that for nauseating capitalism?
    also be aware that if you use a windows replacement clock such as atomic alarm clock, it will not appear on the nextstart task bar replacement.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Make Win 7 look like Win9"

    April 18, 2013  |   By fatherchrisH

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    Ability to totally customize Windows 7.

    Cons

    It doesn't really give much to Windows 8 other then shelves which can be found on the web for little or nothing without spending so much money.

    It simply was confuseing and not worth the money for me.

    Summary

    IF you like Windows 7 stay with it,

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Demo is NOT "shareware""

    April 10, 2013  |   By Jayson32

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    please see notes

    Cons

    see summary

    Summary

    I downloaded this program with full intentions on purchasing it if it fit my needs. As soon as I installed it things went badly first off my firewall went for 5 minutes straight asking to block or allow all the crap this program apparently installs on your computer. Then there is the part where if I hit ANY button including the windows start (which this program replaces apparently) the buy me now ad comes up and will not let me do anything. If a product is this shady with its "demo" or "shareware" I want nothing to do with it and immediately removed it from my machine.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program"

    February 24, 2013  |   By Tallos9

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    Changing the look of windows desktop could not be easier. Program is easy to use and there are plenty of themes that can be applied..

    Cons

    Have not found a con yet.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great program and so versatile"

    June 15, 2012  |   By bachbeet

    Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

    Pros

    Features are great. I can recolor any winstep theme to match other themes I might have. I can choose which parts/modules to run at any given time. And, the themes look great. Especially those that complement the Windowblinds themes.

    Cons

    Support can be a bit slow in responding because Jorge is very busy. but he always points one in the right direction and resolves the issue if it can be resolved.

    Summary

    Highly recommended.

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