WindowBlinds 7.2

WindowBlinds is the application to completely change the look and feel of Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.  It has been downloaded over 16 million times on Download.com alone, and there are thousands of skins that can be downloaded from sites like WinCustomize.com. 

Included in WB 7.2:

  • Added advanced glass support including new sections for SkinStudio
  • Improved compatibility with pre-release Firefox 4 and IE9 builds
  • Added new IE9 sections
  • Added support for per-skin custom colors
  • Optimized skin changing speed on 64-bit Windows

A free trial is available and can be downloaded from Download.com.  More information about WindowBlinds can be found at www.windowblinds.net.

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Skins are different to each person, some like one style - some like another. Many who have been complaining about the look of WB skins over the years at Neowin have never actually tried them, and based their opinions on screenshots which hardly tell the true look of a skin until applied. They say the taskbars are huge and gaudy, but most are the exact same size pixel-for-pixel of Aero.

Island Dog said,
Skins are different to each person, some like one style - some like another. Many who have been complaining about the look of WB skins over the years at Neowin have never actually tried them, and based their opinions on screenshots which hardly tell the true look of a skin until applied. They say the taskbars are huge and gaudy, but most are the exact same size pixel-for-pixel of Aero.

This may be true, but I do agree with the poster above. I've had Windowblinds in the past, and there are a handful of good looking skins out there, but the majority are gaudy. The colors are awful. Get KoL back in the Windowblinds business and then we'll talk about purchasing it again.

The skins have always been terrible, as far back as when I first tried it on Windows 95. I always found most of them too garrish or childish looking. The best skins are usually copycats of already existing UIs like OSX, OS/2, Solaris, etc.

I swear it looks like 90% of those skins were made with no reaaal idea about ui design. Black text on Blue backgrounds and enuff bevelling and gradients.

Dont get me wrong theres some real gems and ports of fantastic .msstyles etc but I dunno I get the feel that the afore mentioned skins are for the market that created them (Bedroom programmers and designers aka average pc geek).

Still very least its good to see a community around it thriving and no doubt some of these skin designers will go onto much better things

Colicab said,
I swear it looks like 90% of those skins were made with no reaaal idea about ui design. Black text on Blue backgrounds and enuff bevelling and gradients.

Dont get me wrong theres some real gems and ports of fantastic .msstyles etc but I dunno I get the feel that the afore mentioned skins are for the market that created them (Bedroom programmers and designers aka average pc geek).

Still very least its good to see a community around it thriving and no doubt some of these skin designers will go onto much better things

I used to skin alot about 5-6 years ago an all i got to say is its hard to please everybody. you dog on the wb skin designers but don't take into credit how much time is involved. alot of these designers have real jobs and theme-ing/skining is their hopbby/passion.

If you use chrome of opera, that already rules out using this as this thing cant skin those for whatever reason(i think i read its actually opera and googles fault)

Ive also found that all but 1 skin ive used, you have to set it up like in the screenshot or it looks awful..ie cant move the taskbar from the bottom n such..its frustrating cause i dont think its really a bug or anythin, just a limitation int he way windows/different software works.

Soon or later you encounter bug, or display problem while working with a windowblinds theme, nothing is better than default aero theme.

bigmehdi said,
Soon or later you encounter bug, or display problem while working with a windowblinds theme, nothing is better than default aero theme.

That is precisely why I'd started to go minimalist with themes/skins back two major versions ago (WindowBlinds 5). With 7.2, both my favorite themes (Sublime and Precision) along with original favorite Diamond, are part of the choice from the start. The only issue with skinning is that some applications (notably, the beta of Yahoo Messenger 11; however, the same is true of most multi-client IM software, including Trillian) don't play nice with being skinned (in YM 11's case, it's the main window that acts ugly when skinned; child windows skin fine). If an application in its entirety acts ugly when skinned, I can tell WB to not skin it (this has always been true, and is a big point in WB's favor); it's the "part-fail" applications, such as YM 11, that get my goatherd.

I think it's a shame that I can only download/upgrade Windowblinds through Impulse...
I'd rather just download a setup file and enter a key... but I think this has to do with piracy.

I hate how I'm the victim of anti-piracy... even though I've paid for my software.

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So, I've upgraded... and I got an error: File downloaded is larger than expected.
No upgrade for me today.

Bamsebjørn said,
I think it's a shame that I can only download/upgrade Windowblinds through Impulse...
I'd rather just download a setup file and enter a key... but I think this has to do with piracy.

I hate how I'm the victim of anti-piracy... even though I've paid for my software.

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So, I've upgraded... and I got an error: File downloaded is larger than expected.
No upgrade for me today.

As long as you have registered with Stardock, as long as you're within the general upgrade period (one year for all Object Desktop products, including WindowBlinds), you can use Impulse to upgrade for free. Impulse itself is free, and does not require any Stardock product purchase - fiurther, it covers all of Stardock's products.

http://www.impulsedriven.com (Stardock Impulse)
http://www.stardock.com (Stardock - Main Page)
http://www.windowblinds.net (WindowBlinds Main Page)

Yes, but I loathe that I need to have Impulse installed in order to upgrade. It's just more ad infested junk on my computer. I will not be renewing my ObjectDesktop license next year.

Also, the upgrade to 7.2 is still not working.

Bamsebjørn said,
Yes, but I loathe that I need to have Impulse installed in order to upgrade. It's just more ad infested junk on my computer. I will not be renewing my ObjectDesktop license next year.

Also, the upgrade to 7.2 is still not working.

Ad-infested? How so? You only see their products when you open the app. The only time I open it is when I am installing/updating software. It's not like you need to keep it open all day!

briangw said,

Ad-infested? How so? You only see their products when you open the app. The only time I open it is when I am installing/updating software. It's not like you need to keep it open all day!

By default, it auto starts when Windows starts... and by default, it shows ads.
You can turn off the ads, but by default they're on. It's annoying.

Haven't used it on 7. On my iMac I have Vista setup in Boot Camp, and use Windowblinds, and fine that it works very good. I still like the idea of being able to change the GUI periodically; change is nice. There will be some who will come on here, and attempt to spread their hate for Stardock products; if they do just try it out for yourself to determine if it is something you would like to continue to use. It's free to try so what do you have to lose.

Pam14160 said,
Haven't used it on 7. On my iMac I have Vista setup in Boot Camp, and use Windowblinds, and fine that it works very good. I still like the idea of being able to change the GUI periodically; change is nice. There will be some who will come on here, and attempt to spread their hate for Stardock products; if they do just try it out for yourself to determine if it is something you would like to continue to use. It's free to try so what do you have to lose.

Actually, they included several new default themes with WB 7.2, and I found a new pair of favorites (before, it was Diamond) - Sublime and Precision. Even better, IE 9 is now partially skinnable (that was why I had avoided WB 7.1 - the lack of support for Nine, which has become my browser of choice). While some folks like to go *hawg wild* with changing Windows, I like a more minimalist approach to Window-skinning. A lot can be done with *just* WindowBlinds, and 7.2 is further proof of that.

Pam14160 said,
Haven't used it on 7. On my iMac I have Vista setup in Boot Camp, and use Windowblinds, and fine that it works very good. I still like the idea of being able to change the GUI periodically; change is nice. There will be some who will come on here, and attempt to spread their hate for Stardock products; if they do just try it out for yourself to determine if it is something you would like to continue to use. It's free to try so what do you have to lose.

Well, that shut me up....

cleverclogs said,
Are there any good fairly minimalist windowblinds skins for Windows 7? The best ones I can find are generally all visualstyles

I find Sublime and Precision quite useful, and both are very minimalist. Even better, both skin IE9 beta very effectively as well (unlike some, I don't mind IE 9's very minimalist UI). Both are included with WB 7.2.