Rainmeter (64bit)

Rainmeter (64bit)

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 8 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.3
File Size:
9.61MB
Date Added:
October 10, 2010
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
30,799
Downloads Last Week:
132
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Rainmeter is a free, open-source desktop environment and customization tool. It lets you re-skin your Windows desktop with various themes and create real-time displays for everything from system resources to e-mail alerts, even the weather. It's built around customizable resource meters and desktop widgets similar to Windows gadgets, and it can integrate music and media players and files as well as Web-based resources like RSS feeds, video, and data streams. Since Rainmeter is an open-source project, you can download new skins online and even contribute your own creations.

Rainmeter's themes are basically just .ini text files that tell the desktop how big this should be and what color that should be, much like desktop themes in Windows, but with more options for customizing and personalizing not only what the desktop shows but what it does. The online documentation includes instructions for programming themes directly from text files, too. We selected the Gnometer skin for starters; it installed some useful widgets on the desktop, including a digital clock with analog icon that shows a calendar when you hover or click; quick-access icons for drives and the Recycle Bin; and a nifty little system resource monitor that showed CPU, RAM, and SWAP in linear graphs and percentages. That's just the beginning, though. We right-clicked Rainmeter's System Tray icon, selected the theme's properties (which lets you change fonts and colors directly) and opened the Configuration Tool. This small dialog actually lets you customize every square inch and every pixel of the desktop; it even includes options to integrate uTorrent, Google features, and weather feeds. The Color Settings list color numbers and have customizable values and a link to an online color picker tool that lets you create colors and save them in Rainmeter. You can create as many different skins as you like and switch between them quickly and easily via the program's System Tray menu.

We've seen lots of desktop enhancements, but Rainmeter is better than most. Newer versions of Windows offer a lot of desktop features, but it can be cumbersome to make all the small changes that Rainmeter does so easily. It's well worth a look.

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    3.9

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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    • 5 star: 3
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 2
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  • 3 stars

    "Wonderful for a week, now crashes on startup"

    January 10, 2014   |   By HSS300M

    Version: Rainmeter (64bit) 1.3

    Pros

    Great program, great skins--when it works

    Cons

    Worked for a week, then crashed

    Summary

    This is a very sad situation. Rainmeter is a great program with great skins. But after using it for a week, it started crashing on startup. Going to the forums, there are 2 known workarounds:

    1) Try renaming C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\Plugins\TopProcesses.dll (to e.g. TopProcessTemp.dll) and then running Rainmeter.

    2) For Win7 - Start - cmd as administrator
    Type this command: lodctr /r

    Neither solution has worked for me. I don't have the time or expertise to do find a solution myself, so I guess I'll just wait until Rainmeter puts out a version that fixes this problem. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!! I just got my desktop looking great, then Rainmeter just totally died on me :(. I tried re-installing, rebooting, I got nothing.

    Updated on Jan 10, 2014

    OK, I have a fix. If Rainmeter suddenly stops working with an error message and you've tried the above solutions without success then: go to Documents\Rainmeter\Skins. Sort your folders by "Date Modified" (I change the folder to viewing style "Details", then click the "Date Modified" header up top) and move the newest folder to the desktop. This is the skin folder for the very latest skin that you installed. When I did this, then re-started Rainmeter, it worked great!! Then I dragged the offending folder to the Recycle Bin. I guess my computer just wasn't meant to have that skin. I can't guarantee this will work but it did for me.

    OK, so Rainmeter is once again 5 stars in my book!

    Another caution: these skin files are in .rmskin format. Sometimes skins that you download are in .zip, .rar, or some other Zip-type archive. I would highly recommend that you pay attention to the file extensions. If you see any .exe or .pif files, GET RID OF THEM WITHOUT OPENING!

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  • 5 stars

    "Complicated but expansive and problem free"

    November 26, 2011   |   By Kooblu

    Version: Rainmeter (64bit) 1.3

    Pros

    Can accomplish basically any desktop design that you desire while using minimal system resources, and more importantly never breaking.

    Cons

    Takes a while to learn, be prepared to drop a couple hours if you see a custom desktop you like and want to do it exactly.

    Summary

    Great program, highly recommended. Found a desktop I just couldn't resist on lifehacker.com and tried it out. Much better than my time with windowsblinds, which was buggy and a resource hog.

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  • 5 stars

    "elegant solution to my needs"

    May 28, 2011   |   By jimuleda

    Version: Rainmeter (64bit) 1.3

    Pros

    manageability

    Cons

    ...uh, slight learning curve?

    Summary

    love it or move on!

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  • 5 stars

    "its great program for desktop appearance"

    January 08, 2011   |   By khaledmid

    Version: Rainmeter (64bit) 1.3

    Pros

    the different designs and addons is the best thing

    Cons

    i don't like the sittings on it,, it must be more appear

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  • 3 stars

    "needs more apps"

    October 31, 2010   |   By master_mind413

    Version: Rainmeter (64bit) 1.3

    Pros

    it seems to work fine

    Cons

    not enough applications or its just to hard to find more

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