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out of 155 votes out of 155 votes

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Editors' Review

The Winstep Nexus Dock is a free alternative to the standard Windows desktop, and it can add character to your user experience.


Tons of customization: Winstep Nexus Dock give you a lot of options and a fine degree of control over how the dock looks, moves, and sounds. You could have the dock running on a hundred different PCs, with no two docks feeling exactly alike.

It can completely replace the taskbar: If you're transitioning from Mac OS X or another dock-oriented OS, or if you just want to try something different, the Nexus Dock can be configured to accommodate all the actions of the Windows taskbar, including access to the Start menu and the system tray.

Helpful fallback options: If you end up not liking your customized dock and you don't know how to get back, you can reset the whole thing or individual sections. You can also back up your settings and move them to another device that has the dock installed.


Not clear what user problem it's solving: The Windows taskbar may not be exciting, but it doesn't get many complaints, either. The Nexus Dock is an interesting alternative that can help you personalize your desktop, but it doesn't feel like an essential piece of the user experience.

System tray icons get stretched: System tray icons don't look very good when they are stretched out to Nexus Dock size. Also, it would be nice to be able to set your own icons.

Minimal options for the screenshot tool: The screenshot tool is featured as a default item on the taskbar, but you can't set a quality level or file type, and we'd prefer PNG to JPG. You can only tell the tool which folder to save the image in. For screenshots, we'd recommend Lightshot or Greenshot instead.

Bottom Line

If you think that the Windows user interface is dull and you want to try something different, the Nexus Dock is worth a look. It may also be useful for Mac users who are transitioning to Windows or who must use Windows at work.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 18.3
  • The fixes for the Intel MeltDown and Spectre vulnerabilities had a 10-15% cost in overall performance for all desktop users (and 35% or more for servers in data centers with heavy I/O loads). With a combination of extensive code profiling and optimzation, plus a new compiler switch to remove integer overflow checks, overall performance of Winstep applications has been increased by 10-15%, which nicelly makes up for the peformance hit caused by the Intel vulnerabilities.
  • Heads up Home Theater users: added full keyboard support to docks. The first - and only - Windows dock that can be fully controled with nothing but the keyboard and remote controllers such as the Logitech Harmony.
  • New Media Player internal command.New Media Player internal command. The new Media Player internal command adds a very quick, convenient and unobtrusive way to listen to your favorite musics at the click of a button without having to open a full blown media player.
  • New Power Saving mode - Winstep just turned green and joined the effort to save the planet!
  • New Fast Boot internal command.
  • More User Interface (UI) improvements.
  • New optional 'time only' digital version of the clock module.
  • Added optional high-DPI support to docks.
  • Icon reflections can now be fine tuned to be more, or less, transparent.
  • New Capture Desktop options.
  • Added 'Sort By:' options to the Recent Documents tab in the Shelf.
  • Fixed Alt GR key getting stuck.
  • Explosion of new features added to the Alarm Manager.
  • Many other performance and stability improvements.
Publisher Winstep Software Technologies
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Release Date March 31, 2018
Date Added April 02, 2018
Version 18.3
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Desktop Customization
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8/10
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 34.44MB
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Total Downloads 2,720,150
Downloads Last Week 258
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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