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Published on September 26, 2017 By Island Dog In OS Customization

WinCustomize has a wide variety of skins and themes for nearly every aspect of your Windows operating system. From animated wallpaper for DeskScapes all the way to skins for WindowBlinds, from cursor themes to icon packs, we are the site for finding the best themes to use with your Stardock applications. Since we have a massive amount of available downloads, we've created a guide that explains what software is needed (if any) in order to use these great skins and themes.

I’d also recommend subscribing to WinCustomize. Once you become a subscriber, you'll have access to unlimited downloads, ad-free browsing, and discounts on Master skin purchases.

Become a WinCustomize subscriber here.

Galleries
When you want to browse the galleries on WinCustomize, the "explore" button on the site is the best place to start. Clicking here will take you to an overview of our featured galleries, which showcase the most popular categories on the site. You can also get a list of the galleries by hovering over the "explore" button. If you're a WinCustomize subscriber, you can customize this menu to show only the galleries you want to see.

When you click to view a gallery in WinCustomize, the gallery you select will have a description telling you which software (if any) you need in order to use that particular download.  The screenshot below highlights the description area.

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In the screenshot above, we’re looking at the WindowBlinds gallery.  It gives you a brief description of the software and links to the product page required for that download. If you don’t already have that application, you can download the free trial from its site. If you are interested in customization and productivity for your desktop, I would recommend checking out Object Desktop. This is our suite of over a dozen desktop applications. You can see the benefits of being a member here.

To download a skin, just click the Download button on an individual skin page. If it is an item that requires the use of an application then read more about that below.

Software
While we have a variety of downloads available on WinCustomize, these are some of the most popular applications that users come to download skins and themes for.  Click the links to find out more information about the product and to download a free trial. 

Many other downloads will be contained in a .zip file, which you will need to extract once downloaded.


Master skins
WinCustomize creators who have reached the rank of Master are able to sell their skins on WinCustomize. These premium skins are available to purchase, but if you are a WinCustomize Subscriber then you will get a 20% discount on the purchase of these skins. When browsing the galleries, Master skins will have a special badge indicating they are from a Master skinner. You can also use the filters in the galleries to only show Master skins.

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Tutorials and community help

For a list of tutorials on how to use many of the Stardock apps, see here. If you have questions about the downloads on WinCustomize, or just want to come chat with the rest of our great community, be sure stop by and visit our community forums here.


Comments (Page 1)
on Jan 18, 2007
Excellent post I_D. I'll be redirecting many to read this.  Thanks!
on Jan 18, 2007
This should be labeled FAQ and available on every page.
on Jan 18, 2007
This should be labeled FAQ and available on every page.


No doubt. On IRC the other night I was saying that when someone downloads a theme, a popup should come up that lists what program you need, a link to that prog, and a tutorial on how to use it. That and of course making the gallery description stand out oh so much more than it does now. But oh in a perfect world....
on Jan 18, 2007
I always think its funny that people download tons of things and never know what they will do, or how they work. When the instructions are right on the page where they clicked on the thing they wanted to use. its amazing.

This will help, good idea ID!
on Jan 18, 2007
Excellent post indeed.

While you're in a writing mood...

I'm still waiting for a tutorial that will explain how to get all that stuff on the screenshot I downloaded working...
on Jan 24, 2007
  
on Jan 24, 2007
I'm still waiting for a tutorial that will explain how to get all that stuff on the screenshot I downloaded working


You get a THUMP for that
on Jan 24, 2007
ID - you really have been writing some great articles lately.
on Feb 01, 2007
ok i downloaded the "VistaLook2" and i have no clue what to do with the .desktop file type in the .rar. so if yall can help, thanks
on Feb 01, 2007
If you read the first post, it says that .desktop files require DesktopX. Loading DX Themes
on Feb 01, 2007
Have you figured it out yet Rebel14/88?
on Feb 04, 2007

LMAO

  
on May 02, 2007
LoMa
on May 10, 2007
Okay this is bollocks....


I download this, I download that, I need to find this online, I have searched for and downloaded every file type extension opening program majjigger on the list that ID provided and they all come back to this Stardock thing I am in right now...


I have downloaded the Symplex theme and I can't use it, I have downloaded a ".suite" theme that magically does xxx all, so can someone please e-mail me at sam4292@hotmail.co.uk to tell me how to use WinCustomize efficiently without just downloading shit that I can't use, pleaes?

on May 10, 2007
I have downloaded the Symplex theme and I can't use it, I have downloaded a ".suite" theme that magically does fuck all, so can someone please e-mail me at sam4292@hotmail.co.uk to tell me how to use WinCustomize efficiently without just downloading shit that I can't use, pleaes?


Symplex theme is a WindowBlinds skin with a .wba extension.  If you look at the guide it will tell you what you need to have in order to use the theme that was downloaded.

A .suite file is for Theme Manager, but you will still need the associated software (Windowblinds, Iconpackager, etc) to use the components.


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