Stardock releases overhauled WindowBlinds 8 Beta (v7.95) with brand new interface

WindowBlinds is a software utility that allows you to completely change the look and feel of Microsoft Windows. It works by applying new visual styles, also called skins, across the entire user interface (i.e. start menu, window frames, title bars, menus, buttons, taskbar, scroll bars, ...) of the operating system. As a result, you gain complete control over the way Windows looks. Select from the many skins included with WindowBlinds or choose from thousands of skins available for download at

What's new in WindowBlinds 8 Beta:

The WindowBlinds 8 Beta (v7.95) brings an all-new user interface, Windows 8 / 7 support and performance enhancements.


  • Apply skins to your desktop
  • Add backgrounds, textures and colors to skins
  • Customize title bars and buttons
  • Choose your own skin fonts
  • Choose from thousands of FREE skins at
  • Windows 8/7 support
  • And more!

Note: WindowBlinds 8 beta supports Windows 7 and 8 only.

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Download: WindowBlinds 8 Beta v7.95 | 44.5 MB (30-day trial - $9.99 to buy)
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One thing I've almost NEVER done is changed themes or skins or any of that stuff. I mean really, how often do you set and look at the edges of the window, or care for what color it is?

Skinning is generally for typical desktop (Win32-type) applications (such as browsers) that cooperate - some applications are notable for being uncooperative (Google Chrome and Office 2007 and later are good examples) - further, the core WindowBlinds lets you add other exceptions (and has going back to WindowBlinds 5). Also, I actually like the LACK of blur, especially with Diamond - it means that the clear part are actually CLEAR, due to no blur.

If it doesn't work with StartIsBack, what does StartIsBack do differently than other Start menu bringbacks (including Start8)?

PGHammer said,
If it doesn't work with StartIsBack, what does StartIsBack do differently than other Start menu bringbacks (including Start8)?

It implements the real start menu with native search and so on, rather than a brand new, separate application.

If you're referring to why I wouldn't change to Start8 to use WindowBlinds - simply because I have paid for SiB.

I just installed it (Windows 8 Pro x64) - it also offers to install Start8 if you want (I passed on that). As is typical, several base skins are included (such as Diamond, an old reliable from previous versions of WindowBlinds - it still looks good, even on Windows 8).