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WindowBlinds

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WindowBlinds version 8 brings a couple new features that include a brand new interface, better support for Windows 8, and SkinStudio, a theme designer that lets users create their own customizations.

There are four main aspects of your windows that you can modify: style, color, texture, and background. Styles are preset schemes to make your windows look new. Version 8 includes a couple new styles (including Win8, which mimics the flat style of Modern UI). Each style contains a substyle that'll modify a graphic or tailor your windows and taskbars to be more in line with your current version of Windows: 8, 7, Vista, or XP. You can also add or change a texture overlay to give your windows an even greater visual twist, complete with various color hues.

Version 8's more modern interface has made selecting a style much more intuitive and visually appealing. Preset styles are now showcased vertically on the left panel, with the selectable substyles and descriptions appearing on the right. Gone are the dozen tabs or so from the previous version and settings are now tucked away in a simple gear menu on the upper-right corner, mimicking much of the current progression toward flatter UI design. We actually found the new layout to be much more pleasant to use and refreshing.

Beyond an improved user flow and an ever-increasing library of downloadable themes, WindowBlinds doesn't really bring much to the table in terms of revolutionary features. However its only job is to make Windows look prettier and fancier than the original stock experience. Does it accomplish it? Yes.

A minor note is that though Windows 8 users will especially appreciate the greater control over their OS appearance, the Windows 8.1 service pack is just around the corner, as well. But for anyone running older legacy operating systems, WindowBlinds might just be the fresh coat of paint needed to make your PC look fresh again.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It is different think its kind of neat"

    August 12, 2013  |   By kingbed42

    Version: WindowBlinds 8.0

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    None yet so far

    Summary



    Updated on Aug 12, 2013

    Too bad its not free you only get it for 30 days

    Updated on Aug 12, 2013

    Too bad its not free you only get it for 30 days

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  • 1.0 stars

    "hangs and crashes"

    July 1, 2013  |   By Shynnzu

    Version: WindowBlinds 8.0

    Pros

    good interface.. but

    Cons

    installed windowblinds and start8, and i am using vaio duo 11. when i cant seem to customize settings in start8, i try to restart the pc. windowblinds started to generate crashes and hangs right after i log-in. lucky i am just trying it, uninstalled. but the bad news is i bought start8, it is generating hangs too. windowblinds seem to make other vaio app and mcafee software to crash.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great Idea"

    June 20, 2013  |   By McBee5

    Version: WindowBlinds 8.0

    Pros

    When I downloaded Windows 8 I didn't know I couldn't go back to Windows 7. It's hard for me to find what I need. Having this program it gives me the Windows 7 opening window and I LOVE that! I loved Windows 7!!

    Cons

    I haven't found any!

    Summary

    I love this program and would recommend it to anyone who would like to have the Windows 7 start button on the bottom left hand side.

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