How do you feel when your friends shows you his Linux desktop and make you jealous with it’s customizability? Probably, you’ll feel bad about having Windows, as Windows is not as flexible and customizable as Linux Desktop. The first thing that pops up in your mind might be using some transformation packs, for example, Ubuntu transformation pack, Linux transformation pack, etc.
But still they are not that customizable as they claim. When you apply such transformation packs, you’ll only have your taskbar and windows buttons changed, while the desktop interface remains same. Even though, you can gadgetries your Windows vista or seven, you’ll still be lacking the customizability power.
If you are one of them who’s is having such problem but still want to stick with Windows, then I have good news for you. Let me introduce you to Rainmeter.
Rainmeter is a desktop customization platform. Through Rainmeter, you can enhance your Windows at home or work with skins: handy, compact applets which float freely on your desktop, much like Windows Sidebar gadgets, or dashboard widgets for the Mac.
It’s easy to keep an eye on your system resources, like memory and battery power, or your online data streams, including email, RSS feeds, and weather forecasts. Many skins are even functional: they can record your notes and to-do lists, launch your favorite applications, and send your tweets to Twitter – all in a clean, unobtrusive interface that you can rearrange and customize to your liking.
Using rain meter is very easy, just drag it to your startup folder and run it. It will provide you real time information every moment. If you are not satisfied with the current style then you can alwaysdownload variety of them for free from deviantart.
Download Rainmeter from here. Choose correct version of your windows, usually it’s 32-bit.
Once downloaded, install or extract it and run it.
When you run Rainmeter for the first time, you’ll have default skin, Gnometer.
You have 3 skins that comes pre-installed with Rainmeter, Gnometer, Enigma and Arcs.
You can load all these three skins at once or you may choose the part of the skin to load to make your desktop more beautiful.
The Rainmeter runs in background so make sure that it is running in Notification bar.
You don’t have to search for your credit card number or paypal username to use Rainmeter because, Rainmeter is a freeware and their skins and accessories are free as well. You can readthis tutorial for basic tips and techniques for new users of Rainmeter.