Stardock  (Free to try, $19.95 to buy)

Anybody who has need of a program that can alter the feel and look of the Microsoft Windows operating system should take a close look at WindowBlinds. The software is able to apply different visual styles (aka “skins”) right across the whole OS. Consequently, users get absolute control over every aspect of the appearance of Windows.

WindowBlinds comes equipped with a selection of styles so users can get started quickly. The next step is to modify preset styles, which involves altering colors, adding wallpaper and textures, using different fonts, and altering blur or transparency.

Furthermore, users are welcome to download free styles in their thousands from If users care to install SkinStudio, which is a separate program, they gain the ability to create their own skins. These can be used with WindowBlinds.

New in the latest version: Fixed an Internet Explorer sizing problem; fixed an issue affecting repainting in Opera; added optional blurring of borders.

Operating System:  Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

Limitations:  30-day trial

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Last updated May 16, 2014

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