Sad been using Stardock Start for 12 years paid for every new platform change (7-8-10) including 11.
I, like many others here have to go left nothing else makes sense to me unless I still had a 4:3 aspect monitor.
I tried explorer patch, sadly needed aside, it worked but I lost functionality of Start 11 for Taskbar.
Warning said, another app was in control.
I will miss:
1) some of the functionality, for example finer control of task bar with multi monitors.
2) finer control task bar translucency
3) allowing Windows to control the color at the same time.
4) adjustments to Start menu sizing and it's finer control
In spite of those missing elements the competitor just works out of the box with no hoops to jump through. The most important feature, moving to the left works great paid for 3 keys today, under 12 buck.
Bottom line please please please Stardock maintain Fences still love it and works great with Windows 11.
Right now there are two methods to customise your desktop
WB11 and Start 11 (used it for years and loved it, until Win 11 came along)
The Competitor and one of the Theme Patchers (what i use now , as it works with Win 11 almost since its launch, and has been updated constantly to adapt to those annoying changes MS keeps dumping on us).
If anyone needs a recommendation, i would say go for the Stardock option, Why, less risk to your system, yes it is still learning, and if you have the time to follow all the fixes that react to MS changes, you will have a Kool looking Desktop.
Why would a Theme user recommend Stardock. I do maintain a Win 10 SSD with Both Start 11 and WB 10, for the future to compare functionality with WB 11 on Win 11. Themes for me , is my thing right now, will i come back to Stardock (fully), in a Heartbeat when the time is right and i see less and less problem topics. (Simply do not have the time i once had)