Starting from Windows XP, Microsoft has continuously trying to make Windows look better and more appealing in appearance. And to be honest, they have been successful in prettifying the Windows interface. Some Windows enthusiasts have also created their own software called Rainmeter with the goal of turning Windows PC into a head turning machine. Rainmeter is a free software that adds gadgets, sidebars and other apps to your Windows desktop using many beautiful and useful skins. The effect is that your Windows desktop looks like a newly wed bride – smiling but not shy.
You can download the Rainmeter from the Rainmeter.net website. Although the program comes with a setup installer, it offers the options to be installed or used as a portable application. The software is written using various Microsoft technologies like .NET 2.0 and requires the Visual C++ 2010 as well as the Visual C++ 2012 redistributable packages to be installed before you can use it. After the installation, it runs automatically and places its icon in the notification area. Double-clicking on this icon would open the management window for Rainmeter.
In the management window for Rainmeter, you can manage the installed skins, load/unload the layouts for the skins, and choose the settings for Rainmeter (for example, checking for the updates, D2D rendering, displaying of the notification area icon, disabling dragging of sidebar and widgets, and so on).
Rainmeter comes with only one basic skin called illustro. If you want to download more skins then you can find them on the Rainmeter website. The most popular skins include Enigma, Gnometer and ABP. The downloaded skins are in the .rmskin file format. To install this downloaded skin file, you have to use the SkinInstaller.exe program, open the downloaded .rmskin file in it and then select which portions of the skin suite you want to install before clicking on the Install button.
So if you are tired of looking at the same boring Windows desktop day and night, then its time to download and install the Rainmeter software on your Windows PC. It supports Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8. You can use it to adorn and beautify your dull and flat looking Windows PC. Not only it turns your PC into an exquisite object but it also adds many useful widgets and shortcuts to your desktop.
You can download Rainmeter from http://rainmeter.net/cms/.