Rainmeter

Rainmeter

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 14 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    97,373
  • Date Added:
    February 07, 2011
  • File Size:
    2.19MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    544
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7

Editors' Review

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Although some people are completely satisfied with the default Windows desktop interface, for others, customization is a must. Rainmeter (32-bit) is an attractive way to view system performance and a variety of other useful information--e-mail, weather, RSS feeds, and much more--right on the desktop. Casual users should beware, however; although it's not difficult to get started with Rainmeter, learning to fully utilize its features will take some time and geekery.

The program comes with two different themes, Enigma and Gnometer. Both of these are modular, transparent, and highly customizable. There is a wide variety of other themes around the Internet--an enthusiastic community of Rainmeter fans keeps them coming--so users who aren't crazy about Enigma and Gnometer can easily find other options. Features vary from theme to theme, but some common ones we came across include shortcuts to frequently used programs, clocks, calendars, notes, and news stories. Each theme can be reconfigured in a wide variety of ways, as each individual module can be dragged and dropped anywhere on the screen. All this flexibility is great for the hard-core Rainmeter user, but new users should expect a lot of trial and error, as the program definitely isn't as intuitive as it could be. The program comes with quite a bit of documentation, but even that doesn't really begin to describe what Rainmeter is capable of or how to use it. Overall, we think that Rainmeter is a great choice for users who like to geek out over customizing their desktops, but users who are looking for something that's easy and low maintenance will be frustrated and disappointed.

Rainmeter (32-bit) is free. It installs and uninstalls without issues, and we recommend this program to serious desktop customizers.

 
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User Reviews
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  • 5 stars

    "super awesome"

    November 21, 2013   |   By geekudu

    Version: Rainmeter 2.5

    Pros

    low memory usage
    infinite possibilities

    Cons

    none so far

    Summary

    http://www.geekudu.com/2013/10/customize-your-windows-7.html

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  • 4 stars

    "Awesome software"

    September 18, 2013   |   By Dyoung71

    Version: Rainmeter 2.5

    Pros

    I would recommend this to any one who's like 3Ds software
    you can't go wrong with this.

    Cons

    no concern at all with this software

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 2.0
    Adding new skins is easier. Added Illustro, a new set of default skins, which have been specially designed to help new users learn the basics. Rainmeter itself is much lighter. A portable install option has been added.
    General
    Publisher Rainmeter
    Publisher web site http://www.rainmeter.net
    Release Date February 06, 2011
    Date Added February 07, 2011
    Version 2.0
    Category
    Category Desktop Enhancements
    Subcategory Desktop Customization
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Server 2008, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 2003, Windows Vista
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 2.19MB
    File Name Rainmeter-3.1.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 97,373
    Downloads Last Week 544
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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