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#1 prz

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:00

Visual styles, desktop screenshot threads. I've been gone for awhile, but where did everyone go? Was it just a fad, gone by the wayside?


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 05:07

The Desktop Screenshots thread has been fading. Probably due to the majority of people wanting simplicity on their desktop, there's just not much to show. I think most have moved on from Rainmeter and hence don't care to take a screenshot of their desktop when there's nothing there but a dock.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:30

I for one am still making posts, I have been customizing a number of different operating systems like Windows XP & Windows 7, Linux Ubuntu, iOS 6.0.1 etc..

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:34

Customization died when Vista came out. Aero is enough eye candy for me. :)

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:38

I'm just customizing Linux these days.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:39

Visual styles, desktop screenshot threads. I've been gone for awhile, but where did everyone go? Was it just a fad, gone by the wayside?


They grew up

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:45

Visual styles, desktop screenshot threads. I've been gone for awhile, but where did everyone go? Was it just a fad, gone by the wayside?


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Posted 08 November 2012 - 14:51

Visual styles, desktop screenshot threads. I've been gone for awhile, but where did everyone go? Was it just a fad, gone by the wayside?


As I've grown older, I've pretty much grown out of needing to tweek my systems. I just setup, and go. Plus, Microsoft has actually taken the time to make Windows somewhat attractive to look at without needing to customize the Hell out of the system. Luna was just god-awful to look at, so on XP it was needed. Not so much anymore.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 15:03

I agree with Dot Matrix on this. XP looked horrible so it was needed then, but MS has made great strides in their looks lately. Not only is it not really needed anymore I went and just got older too. Stupid time insisting on always moving...

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 15:11

I didn't like to use Windows XP without a custom skin but since Vista I haven't felt any need to, especially not when you have to modify system files to do so. More importantly, I haven't seen any compelling alternative themes. The customisation seen has come alive again with Microsoft's decision to drop the Start Menu, so I don't think all hope is lost.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 15:17

Windows stopped looking ugly, basically.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 15:23

Windows became beautiful with Vista/7 and again butt ugly with Windows 8. The customization community, they moved over to Deviantart? :p

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 15:28

I think with the release of Windows 8 the customization community might make a come back, i certainly hope so anyway! The default themes on Vista / 7 were nice so i guess people had less of an incentive to try customise.

I also think things became harder to change in Vista / 7 and themes needed multiple versions (32 and 64bit), I could be mistaken there with that, however I remember seeing 32bit only themes for Vista.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 15:47

Wow I miss those days....that's what brought me here. Working with Mike and Gorman at DeskMod back before dA was hot, they told me of this place called Neowin.

It died for me when I switched to Mac 8 years ago.

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 16:05

I think with the release of Windows 8 the customization community might make a come back, i certainly hope so anyway! The default themes on Vista / 7 were nice so i guess people had less of an incentive to try customise.

I also think things became harder to change in Vista / 7 and themes needed multiple versions (32 and 64bit), I could be mistaken there with that, however I remember seeing 32bit only themes for Vista.


Why would windows 8 make peopel customize again, it won't both because people don't care anymnore, it looks more than good enough, and customizing is more trouible than it's worth. I have yet to see a single theme that doesn't suffer from at least one serious visual bug, often font colors that are insivible in certin places or apps because of limited testing or limited ability to change those parts of the skin. so the themes look good in explorer, most of the time. but load up another app and something is badly broken.