• Navigation
  • open search





Winstep Xtreme

Download Editors' Rating:
Average User Rating:
out of 72 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
  • Total Downloads:
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 13, 2010
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $39.90 to buy
  • File Size:
  • Downloads Last Week:
  • Platform:
  • Product ranking:

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.

read more +

Publisher's Description

read more +
User Reviews

Results 1–3 of 3

4 stars


March 08, 2011  |  By brianna111518

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 10.9


Everything is a pro. You can choose what you want to see even your desktop icons. I have been looking for something like this for so long and now i did!


i have found nothing


Bottom-line. A Must Have!!

Reply to this review

Was this review helpful? (0)   (0)  

5 stars

"It's amazing"

January 18, 2011  |  By dds2282

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 10.9


It's something your love all new themes if you get tried of the old vista theme


Love the desktop theme

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0)   (0)  

4 stars

"A fun new toy to play with."

January 15, 2011  |  By Debzb

 |  Version: Winstep Xtreme 10.9


I downloaded the trial version and liked it so much I've bought a licence. There's so much you can do with it, docks within docks and a canny start menu organiser and backup tool.


Not enough new skins for it yet. There's about 8 sites listed on the Winstep homepage and there all pretty much showing the same. Also the Shelf keeps roaming about when I've got full screens over it. Not too annoying yet. Still worth it.


Winstep Extreme has a lot going for it and it's really just becoming popular with this version so I can see good things coming.

Reply to this review Read reply (1)

Was this review helpful? (0)   (0)  

Results 1–3 of 3

Add Your Review

Login or create an account to post a review.

You are logged in as . Please submit your review for Winstep Xtreme
Add Your Review

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

Update Your Review

Since you've already submitted a review for this product, this submission will be added as an update to your original review.

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our site terms of use.

see all reviews +

Full Specifications

What's new in version 10.9
Version 10.9 adds nine new dock and Shelf colorizable mouse over effects, five new menu opening animations, multiple docks and the Shelf can now be attached to same screen edge, docks can display running applications with live window thumbnails and Aeropeek capability on mouse over (like the Windows 7 taskbar), sub-docks can open on mouse over, and much more! Winstep Xtreme now supports 16 languages.
Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
Publisher web site http://www.winstep.net/
Release Date October 13, 2010
Date Added October 13, 2010
Version 10.9
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 42.87MB
File Name xtreme.zip
Total Downloads 785,707
Downloads Last Week 454
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $39.9

Previous Versions:

Add to my list Report a problem
read more +

More Products to Consider


Submit a problem report for Winstep Xtreme

Please describe the problem you have with this software. This information will be sent to our editors for review.


The Download.com Installer isn't working as expected

The download link does not work

The software has a newer version

The product contains malicious software



Please select a feedback type.

Please enter a description.

Submit Problem Report


Problem Report submitted

Thank you for submitting a problem report! The Download team is committed to providing you with accurate software information.