Desktop Lighter

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not recommended"

    May 21, 2011  |   By iLeeW

    Pros

    Controls screen brightness to a degree

    Cons

    See below:

    Summary

    Summary: I realized that after a certain point, this program wasn't actually "brightening" my computer. What it was in fact doing was changing the colors on my screen; after having my screen brightness set to 100% through Windows, this program continued to affect my screen's "brightness" level beyond that, except it wasn't actually brightening; It was replacing lighter shades on my computer with the color white, and sort of creating the illusion of brightness by bleaching out lighter shades. The color of the blue side panel in Windows' folders disappeared completely when increased to maximum. Basically, instead of increasing illumination, it just starts bleaching lighter colors out after a certain point.

    I was also dismayed to realize during experimentation that if I set this software to minimum brightness and then uninstalled the program, my computer didn't go back to the brightness level it was at before the program was installed. The brightness level stayed dim even after this program was both closed and removed, and even though the brightness level as set through Windows was at maximum!

    Therefore, this software somehow affected my computer's settings in a way that wasn't actually fundamentally tied in to my operating system's brightness mechanics, but in some other way instead. I tried reinstalling and then readjusting before closing the program again, and wish I could know that I have my screen settings the way they were before I installed this, but now I'm not sure. I now regret that I ever used this.

    And FYI, I subsequently discovered through a bit of research that in Windows, you can change your computer's brightness levels with a simple hotkey/keyboard shortcut: Fn + up arrow/down arrow.

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