5 Ways To Revolutionize Your Windows Experience

Windows has been steadily used for years and the design has largely remained the same. We are the users of Windows that want customization and to make the UI ours. With applications like Rocketdock, Rainmeter, Window Blinds, Emerge Desktop, and more, we can infinitely customize the user experience until our heart is content! Everything from icons to wallpaper to menu bars to widgets, we have the power to change!

Customizing your interface is easy, painless, and fun! Follow along as I show you what you will need!

RocketDock

RocketDock image

RocketDock

Many of us who use both Windows and Mac have wanted to bring the dock experience to our Windows machine. The Windows dev community, ever so graciously, brought the very ability for us to mod our winbox! To get started, simply visit www.rocketdock.com, click download, and follow the simple install instructions to get started.

Launch RocketDock and up comes the awesome dock. The dock has a few customization options. You can choose to place the dock on the bottom, top, left, or right. Log back on www.rocketdock.com and you can download themes, special icons, and other add ons. You can simply drag and drop icons onto the dock for quick access. I love RocketDock and I know you will too!

Do not forget if you put the dock at the bottom, to move your task bar to the top!

Rainmeter

Rainmeter

Rainmeter

If you are like me, you like to get a little extra bang for my buck (even when free)! Customizing your Windows experience does not stop at backgrounds, you can get your desktop to give you information. Rainmeter gives you the looks and the brains! You can get weather forecasts, memory usage, and other hard data straight on your desktop.

Installing Rainmeter is without fanfare. It easily installs and you can set it to start when you boot up your computer. The styles can easily be download from DeviantArt, Customize.org, and from their recommended skins section. The options really are endless.

Remember to remove the Windows Sidebar!

Window Blinds

Window Blinds

Window Blinds

Imagine a world where all of us dressed exactly the same, for years! That would be crazy! Each individual has their own style, why shouldn’t your computer? Desktops should not be different. Why have the same desktop everyone else has? Windows Blinds allows you to change Windows from top to bottom.

Windows Blinds is among one of our pricier options, it costs $49.99, which is a little more than free. Once downloaded and installed, the interface is sleek and easy to use. You can choose which style you want with the elegant slider. You can also download more themes to customize the heck out of your machine.

Window Blinds Taskbar Style

Window Blinds Taskbar Style

Emerge Desktop

Emerge Desktop

Emerge Desktop

If you like Window Blinds and want something similar that won’t cost you half a Benjamin, Emerge Desktop could just be your thing. Emerge Desktop is free! Emerge Desktop is a custom shell replacement for Windows. Instead of just changing colors, it completely replaces Windows Explorer shell environment. It also changes the start menu and system tray.

Emerge Desktop is really simple to use and is pretty much point and click. Emerge Desktop also gives you access to a forum and new nightly builds of the software, free! To get more looks and styles, just visit Customize.org or DevianArt.

Deskscapes

Deskscapes

Deskscapes

For any of you out there with Android phones (and of course you read Android.Appstorm), you already know the mystique and beauty of moving, animated wallpaper. Deskscapes from Stardock costs $19.95, which is considerably less than Window Blinds. You could also do the same thing that this program does on your own; however, it gets really complicated for some novice users of Windows.

If you have a great video clip you would like to loop as wallpaper or a choose some of their beautiful wallpapers. Deskscapes allows you to set it! You can set it to randomly select animated wallpapers to change up your look frequently. You can easily create your own animated wallpaper with the software!

Conclusion

You don’t have to settle for just the same plain-jane style of Windows that millions around the world have. You can completely transform the look and functionality of Windows with the tools mentioned in this article.

If you have any you like, please feel free to share in the comments below. So, go ahead and take control and express your personal style on your PC.