WindowBlinds is a software utility that allows users
to completely change the look and feel of Microsoft Windows. It works by
applying new visual styles, called skins, across the entire user interface
(title bars, push buttons, start menu, taskbar, etc.) of the operating system.
As a result, users gain complete control over the way Windows looks.
Since 1998, WindowBlinds has been the defacto
standard when it comes to customizing the look and feel of Microsoft Windows.
A WindowBlinds users can apply thousands of free skins from the Internet that
change title bars, push buttons, Start menus, scrollbars and every other element
of the Windows GUI. WindowBlinds gives users the power to personalize
their Windows experience to match their particular style.
Since its initial release, WindowBlinds has steadily
improved in capability, performance, robustness, and popularity. With over 12
million downloads at CNET's Download.com, WindowBlinds is the most popular
desktop enhancement utility of all time.
A Thousand Faces
Whether you're using Windows XP or Windows Vista,
WindowBlinds 6 provides native skinning to the GUI. It integrates so
seamlessly into the operating system that it is the only solution Microsoft
itself has ever licensed to deliver custom-branded themes for its users.
WindowBlinds 5 is Microsoft certified and WindowBlinds 6 is even better.
As good as someone might think Windows looks, it is a one-size
fits all solution. WindowBlinds gives users thousands of new looks to choose
Windows Vista and Windows XP by default
And thousands of others...
Features of WindowBlinds
WindowBlinds has hundreds of different features for
enabling users to customize the look and feel of Windows. For this guide, we'll
stick to the primary features:
Applies visual styles that can change the title
bars, Start bar, push buttons, radio buttons, and nearly every other element
of the Windows UI.
Takes advantage of hardware acceleration on
Windows XP and Windows Vista increasing window drawing performance over
Windows by default
Skins virtually every part of Windows XP
Supports on-the-fly blurring of title bars and
Start menus on Windows XP!
Skins virtually every part of Windows Vista
New, easy to use configuration (screenshot)
Supports on-the-fly blurring of window frames,
start menus, and menus on Windows Vista
Users can change the color and brightness of
individual skins (screenshot)
Users can change fonts and font colors of their
Supports animation overlays for integrated,
Designed exclusively for Microsoft Windows as a
native solution. Does not disable any system file protections, does not
patch any system files on disk or in memory to bypass OS protections, does
not break with new service packs or updates.
Users can modify their skins within the easy to
use configuration program and then save them as a new sub-style for later
Can change the Windows Vista Sidebar skin
Allows users to re-define the right-mouse button
behavior on the title bar.
Supports the addition of roll-up buttons,
website link buttons, always-on top buttons, and more on the title bar or
Even skins applications that are not "theme
Changes toolbar icons in Internet Explorer and
Can change the background of Explorer windows
Uses no additional memory over the default
Windows XP or Windows Vista display system.
Users can customize the color of individual
pieces of their skins
Users can customize the amount of transparency
and blur on individual skins
Includes a wallpaper manager
Supports different skins for different programs
Includes full Internet Explorer 7 skinning
Supports user customization of Aero on Windows
Vista without making a new skin
Includes several exclusive new skins created by
top skinners in the community
WindowBlinds 6 in action
WindowBlinds is used by millions of people all over
the world. In fact, nearly half of all PC users have WindowBlinds on their
machines in some form or other even if they don't know it because of the number
of companies who have licensed WindowBlinds technology for skinning their own
Here is a collage of WindowBlinds in action...
WindowBlinds used by movie studios
WindowBlinds used by Nintendo and Microsoft
nVidia and ATI both use WindowBlinds
Windows XP (left) with Diamond applied. Note the transparency and blur on
Windows XP with negligible difference in performance. On right is Windows Vista
with Diamond, note the blurred Start menu and subtle Explorer background to give
Vista just a more elegant look and feel.
Windows XP (32-bit or 64-bit) or Windows Vista
(32-bit or 64-bit) are required for WindowBlinds 6 (users of Windows 2000, 98,
and ME can purchase WindowBlinds Classic). No additional requirements are
needed to use it.
More Help & Information
You can download WindowBlinds for free at www.windowblinds.net. The full version of WindowBlinds is $19.95 on its own or you can get Object Desktop for $49.95 which includes not just WindowBlinds but many other programs with it.
Stardock is a Microsoft Gold Partner. WindowBlinds does not modify any system
files and conforms to Microsoft's rigorous requirements for logo certification.
Windows Vista logo certification currently pending.