Winstep Xtreme

Winstep Xtreme

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.2
out of 72 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    14.11
  • Total Downloads:
    764,264
  • Date Added:
    Nov. 10, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $39.90 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    41.56MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    793
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Neither free nor has problems"

August 22, 2014  |  By jackjack5

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 12.2

Pros

Taskbar superior as is NextStart

Cons

Expensive annual upgrades even though not needed.
Hard to Set Up
Quirky

Summary

It was advertised as a free download so I installed it on my computer. Over a year later, it stopped working. Said I had to renew my subscription. I was never advised of that either before I downloaded the program or during installation. Although I had difficulty setting it up and parts of it never worked, I found it useful but not worth $20 a year. When I didn't resubscribe the program shut down and made a mess out of my desktop but I found ways to get around that and was able to get it to work. Nevertheless the program frequently shuts down when I click on an icon and I have to go through the process of getting it to work again. I would be willing to pay $20 for the program but on a subscription basis. It isn't worth it. It has too many problems.

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1 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 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 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 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 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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5 stars

"This is a MUST-HAVE. You may not know it yet but it is."

January 23, 2012  |  By skagon

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.10

Pros

I started using this product just because I wanted a dock with my drives, like the old toolbar of the taskbar used to be.
Now, I can't imagine using any of my computers without it. The features are numerous and everything (or almost so) is user-customisable.
The biggest pro, however, is the support: just post your question or problem in the forum, and the developer himself will answer your questions within a couple of hours tops.
Also, buying it will give you a full year of updates. After that, you can keep using that last version you got, for ever. And ever. And if you decide at any time you want to update, you get the renewal for half the price, and one extra year. At any point in time. Not necessarily *right* after the expiry.

Cons

Honestly, I can't think of one.

Summary

Just give it a try, and give it a month. Seriously. After that, you'll wonder how you ever used your computer before.

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1 stars

"too many free or much lower cost alternatives out there"

January 23, 2012  |  By RSimmons37

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.10

Pros

So much of this is already available for FREE from numerous other sources why pay?
This really isnt anything special.

Cons

again too many products out there that do the same functionality for free or less!

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5 stars

"Winstep Xtreme does what it advertises and very well."

December 16, 2011  |  By akshtray

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.10

Pros

- Low-to-middle resource usage (compared to Object Dock/Desktop)
- Absolutely.Love.Workshelf. I had no idea this existed before my Winstep Xtreme trial and now I am not sure if I can live without it.
- Nexus dock has the customization options that Object Dock and Rocket Dock do not.
- Great forum site with active participation from the Developer(s)
- Loved the customization options available for the Clock, Weather Modules
- Wide varieties of Themes available
- NexStart and Start Menu Organizer let me manage and arrange my applications just the way I like it.

Cons

- Issue with my laptop which uses Optimus (to switch between onboard and nVidia video card) preventing sync of Weather and Time modules and update of the software itself with 'connection failed' issues.

Summary

Only reasons I am not giving it a 5 is:

- The one con with regard to updates as mentioned above.
- My limited exposure to the product (still on the month trial)
- Nothing is perfect. Ever. But .. 4.5/5 is pretty darn close.

That being said the software does exactly what it advertises for and more. A HUGE bonus is the fact that Jorge (the Developer) is very accessible and approachable on the forums. He actively participates with members/customers and uses their input/critique to better the product.

It was also a pleasure to see that there were new themes being actively made for Winstep on Wincustomize and other such sites which demonstrates active member participation in the Design/Development process.

It is a software I would heartily recommend to anyone to spends a lot of time on their computer. Who said that you cannot make your desktop attractive and efficient at the same time?

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4 stars

"Excellent dock with great features and look."

December 09, 2011  |  By afhales

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 11.10

Pros

Has multiple skins, launches apps quickly. Easy to add apps. Can have multiple docks on desktop placed where you want them.

Cons

They ding you for the app for every upgrade so you end up having to re-purchase at least once a year.

Summary

I loved the app but I resent having to pay over and over again.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 14.11
Version 14.11 includes the following enhancements:
  • New Internal Commands.
  • New Pin to Dock context menu option in docks.
  • New Pin to Taskbar context menu option in the taskbar.
  • Improved Windows 8.x support.
  • Updated weather widget feeds.
  • Misc.bug fixes.
General
Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.winstep.net/
Release Date November 07, 2014
Date Added November 10, 2014
Version 14.11
Category
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 41.56MB
File Name xtreme.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 764,264
Downloads Last Week 793
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.9

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