actually it's mostly just StyleXP. pretty cool shellish kind of program, not really a shell, just themes and styles. on top of style xp I'm runnign particular thing for it but I can't remember what it's called. It was one of the styles that gave me the bar thing on the right. I don't know what to call it either exactly but it's pretty cool, it ties right into all your system stuff like outlook's calander and inbox and such, give you news, clock etc. etc. and lets you add panes to it etc... pretty customizable. I'll choose a different style later tonight to show you the difference. oh, and winmx is well, I don't use it that much and it works okay when I do. i tried edonkey and it pissed me off because it wouldn't ever connect to a server.