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It's Feature Friday! Today we're featuring the Vantage WindowBlinds skin by LightStar. This is a great looking skin for Windows 10, 8, and 7. Be sure to check this one out!

Download: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8527/


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Nov 17, 2017 2:30 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

How can I get my registration / product key information

Table of contents

How do I disable WindowBlinds temporarliy
This program isn't skinned – why not?
How can I temporarily exclude a program from being skinned?
WindowBlinds states that “WindowBlinds is not installed correctly on this PC".
Applied a skin but my wallpaper does not change
How do I make skins for WindowBlinds?
How can I change my WindowBlinds randomly?
WindowBlinds Clean Boot
Purging and re-installing

 

 

 


 

How do I disable WindowBlinds temporarliy:

While the PC is booting, hold down the Ctrl key to bypass Windowblinds.

 


 

This program isn’t skinned – why not?

There are several reasons why a program may not be skinned by WindowBlinds. A few programs are protected by the operating system from skinning – for example, the DOS prompt or cmd windows in early versions of Windows. 16-bit applications are not skinned for a similar reason.

Some applications are excluded from skinning because they skin themselves – there’s no point trying to draw the windows of an app that draws them itself. Then there are the applications that cause problems when skinned. Usually this is because the programmer has done something non-standard or has made an incorrect assumption about, say, the sizes of windows. This can mean that windows do not display correctly, or resize incorrectly, or in the worst cases can cause a freeze or crash. If no workaround can be found the application has to be excluded.

You may find that certain exclusions are not needed – as newer versions come out, bugs may be fixed, or the problem may only be a problem on a previous version of Windows. If you wish, you can try removing exclusions from the WindowBlinds settings dialog, Per Application section.

You can also add exclusions there – if you find an app that needs excluding, tell us here and if it’s found to be a general problem it’ll get put on the main exclusion list.

You can also post about it here as well as see what applications are being reported as having an issue: http://forums.stardock.com/415220/page/1

 


 

How can I temporarily exclude a program from being skinned?

For WindowBlinds 8:

 Click the gear icon in the upper right.

Click the "Per Application tab" and then click "Add...".  Browse to the location of the .exe having trouble and select it.  Once you do, in the window that appears, under the "Total Exclusion" section check the box that says "Ignore this application and do not skin it"

 For WindowBlinds 10:

Open the WindowBlinds 10 configuration window:

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Click the "Per Application tab" and then click "Add...".  Browse to the location of the .exe having trouble and select it.  Once you do, in the window that appears, under the "Total Exclusion" section check the box that says "Ignore this application and do not skin it"

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WindowBlinds states that “WindowBlinds is not installed correctly on this PC".

We are experiencing an issue with ESET and WindowBlinds at this time and are trying to work with them to resolve it.

In the meantime, please try the following:

  1. Open the configuration window for ESET, click Setup.
  2. Select Computer Protection
  3. Select the gear to the right of Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS).
  4. At the bottom of the Basic Section you should see "Rules"
  5. Select "Edit" to the right of "Rules"
  6. Select "Add" at the bottom of the screen
  7. Give the rule a name like WindowBlinds and set action to ALLOW.
  8. Enable the "Operations affecting" options (Files, Applications, Registry entries)

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  1. Select Next
  2. Then, on the Source Applications window pick Add... and browse to the WindowBlinds directory and select wbcore.exe

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  1. Select OK
  2. Select Next
  3. Enable "All file operations"
  4. Select Next
  5. Select Next on the "Files" window
  6. Enable "Application operations" again
  7. Select Next
  8. Select Next on the "Aplications" window
  9. Enable "Registry operations"
  10. Select Next on the "Registry entries" window
  11. Select Finish
  12. Select OK
  13. Select OK
  14. Select Yes if prompted for User Access Control
  15. Then click OK on each of the dialogs and sign out.

When you sign back in you should find WindowBlinds 8 is now happy with ESET(or rather ESET is happy with WindowBlinds)

If you still experience difficulties, disable HIPS and restart your computer.  You can read more about HIPS here.

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Applied a skin but my wallpaper does not change

The wallpaper will not change if the skin does not include a wallpaper (as many do not). If you select a skin within the 'Change how my windows look' section and it does not change the background in the preview, this means there is not an included background with the skin. I would suggest in this case to apply a different background through the 'Change my wallpaper' section. 

If you are looking for the background that was shown in the preview on wincustomize.com, the author will usually have a link to this wallpaper in the skin's description.

 


 

How do I make skins for WindowBlinds?

WindowBlinds skins are made up of a skin definition file (a UIS file) and a collection of bitmaps, sounds and other files. There are two ways you can do it – either using a GUI editor – SkinStudio - or a text editor, like notepad. Which you use is a matter of personal preference, and it’s worth trying out both ways to see which is best for you. You will also need a bitmap graphics editor – Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop are popular choices, but anything that can handle BMP files will do.

UIS files are divided into sections, and each section defines a part of the skin – for example, one section defines what the start button looks like, and there is one for each of the buttons on the titlebar. This makes it easy to build a skin piece by piece, and also to modify an existing skin – if you are new to skinning, this is often the best way to start. Have a look at your favorite skin and see how it fits together, then try to change something.

Unfortunately, Stardock Support does not assist with skin creation. (It's like calling Microsoft to ask how to write a paper in MS Word.)

However, a fellow skinner has created a detailed tutorial that may assist you. It can be found at: https://forums.wincustomize.com/447931/SkinStudio-Tutorial-by-Vampothika

It is also encouraged for you to ask other skinners your question/s on WinCustomize: http://forums.wincustomize.com/forum/64

 


 

How can I change my WindowBlinds randomly?

In the 'Settings' menu, there is a 'Random Skins' tab where you can set which skins you want as part of the rotation, or set it to use all of them.

 


 

WindowBlinds Clean Boot

Prior to continuing, I'd like to make sure the issue you are encountering is not occurring as a result of an application conflict. The best way to proceed would be to try loading under a new Window's Administrator account and in a "clean boot" state.

Create a new Windows Administrator (<--important that its an Administrator) account:

Winodws 7: 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-user-account#create-user-account=windows-7

Windows 10:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/create-a-local-user-account-in-windows-10

Windows 8:

 http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-user-account#create-user-account=windows-8

Log in under that account and see if your issue persists.

If so, and while still under that new account, please click the link below for performing a 'clean boot' under it:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929135

After you've loaded Windows in a clean state, please download this file:

http://sd.stardock.com/Support/Utilities/StartWB.zip

Run the batch file in it to start the Windowblinds service.

See if your issue persists

 

 


 

Purging and re-installing

The following tool will purge the application for a possible re-install (if that is the goal). 

**IMPORTANT** Please save any open documents/work and close out all of your applications including browsers. Your PC may restart after running this .bat file.

Please follow this link: 

http://sd.stardock.com/zubaz/apps/Purge_WB.bat

Save the file to your desktop, right click it and select "Run as Administrator" if you're on Vista/7/8/8.1/10

If you are running Windows 8/10, you may be notified that Windows is protecting your PC.  Select "More info" and then "Run anyway". 

Reboot the computer and reinstall the application.  It is important to get the most recent version of the application.

For trials:

Please ensure you have the most recent trial available:

https://www.stardock.com/products/

For Stardock direct purchases:

For getting your product and key, please see the following: 

http://www.stardock.com/support/productkeyretrieval

Please DO NOT change any of the default settings until you verify that the application is running as expected in its default state.

 

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Nov 15, 2017 2:53 PM by Discussion: DeskScapes

How can I get my registration / product key information

Table of contents

I purchased Deskscapes but I can't seem to run any dreams but the ones that came with the application.
DeskScapes and codecs
How do I randomize Dreams within DeskScapes 8?
How do I make Dreams
DeskScapes Clean Boot
Purging and re-installing

 

 


 

I purchased DeskScapes but I can't seem to run any dreams but the ones that came with the application.

Stardock does not support skins, themes, docklets, icons, widgets, objects, etc that are created by third-parties.  Please contact the author of the item you are having problems with for help and support. Also, if a dream was encoded by an author in an unsupported Windows 8 format you will need to contact that artist or install a codec that will work on Windows 8.

For instruction on customization and the use of downloaded media try checking out the forums: http://forums.stardock.com

 


 

DeskScapes and codecs

Please see the following for information on codecs if DeskScapes is telling you that you do not have a video codec: http://www.stardock.com/products/deskscapes/faq.asp

If a dream was encoded by an author in an unsupported Windows 8 format you will need to contact that artist or install a codec that will work on Windows 8.

 


 

How do I randomize Dreams within DeskScapes 8?

To randomize dreams within DeskScapes 8, right click on the desktop and choose 'Configure DeskScapes'.

On the window that comes up, hold the ctrl key and then click to select the dreams/images you want to randomize. You will see they are selected by the blue/white check-mark in the upper right.A button for 'Adjust random settings' appears. You can enable the randomization and specify the speed of the changes from there.

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How do I make Dreams

To make a dream, please run DreamMaker.exe located in the DeskScapes install folder (typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Stardock\DeskScapes8)

Also see: How to Create an Animated Wallpaper Using Stardock’s DreamMaker

 


 

DeskScapes Clean Boot 

It can be helpful to boot Windows into a clean state, and only running DeskScapes, to make sure any issue is not occurring as a result of a 3rd party application conflict. The best way to proceed would be to try loading under a new Window's Administrator account and in a "clean boot" state.

Create a new Windows Administrator (<--important that its an Administrator) account:

Windows 7: 

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-user-account#create-user-account=windows-7

Windows 8:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/create-user-account#create-user-account=windows-8

Windows 10:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/create-a-local-user-account-in-windows-10

Log in under that account and see if your issue persists.

If so, and while still under that new account, please click the link below for performing a 'clean boot' under it:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/929135

After you've loaded Windows in a clean state, please download this file:

http://sd.stardock.com/Support/Utilities/DS_Restart.zip

Run the batch file in it to start the DeskScapes service.

 

 


 

Purging and re-installing

The following tool will purge the application for a possible re-install (if that is the goal). 

**IMPORTANT** Please save any open documents/work and close out all of your applications including browsers. Your PC may restart after running this .bat file.

Please follow this link: 

http://sd.stardock.com/zubaz/apps/Purge_deskscapes.bat

Save the file to your desktop, right click it and select "Run as Administrator" if you're on Vista/7/8/8.1/10

If you are running Windows 8/10, you may be notified that Windows is protecting your PC.  Select "More info" and then "Run anyway". 

Reboot the computer and reinstall the application.  It is important to get the most recent version of the application.

For trials:

Please ensure you have the most recent trial available:

https://www.stardock.com/products/

For Stardock direct purchases:

For getting your product and key, please see the following: 

http://www.stardock.com/support/productkeyretrieval

Please DO NOT change any of the default settings until you verify that the application is running as expected in its default state.

 

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Windows icons haven't changed much over the years and they're not something we think about too much, even though we click on them every day. One thing we can probably agree on is that the default icons on the Windows desktop or in the Explorer can be a bit plain - but, we can easily change that using IconPackager!

Instead of altering icons one by one, IconPackager uses an entire package of icons to change nearly every one at the click of a button.  

Get IconPackager for $9.99


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Downloading new IconPackager themes
There are thousands of icon packs available on WinCustomize.com that can apply a matching icon set across your entire Windows PC. The program comes with several high-quality icon packs that you can start using right away, but I definitely recommend downloading even more. There are a wide variety of styles available to achieve the look that you desire for your desktop.

Just head over to the IconPackager gallery and start browsing. When you find a theme you like, just click the download button to get it. When you double-click the file, it will install to IconPackager.

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Applying the Icon Theme

Open the IconPackager 10 configuration window and you’ll immediately see all the icon packs that you currently have installed. Scroll through the list at the bottom of the window to see all of them, then select any of them and click the preview button to see a larger preview of the icons. When you are ready to apply, just click ‘Apply icons to my desktop’. If you want to go back to the default Windows icons, just select that and apply.

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Changing the Icons Colors
A cool feature in IconPackager 10 is the ability to change icon colors. Click the "Colors" section in the IconPackager configuration and you’ll be presented with a variety of options. Use the sliders to change the color and you’ll be able to preview the changes right from the preview window. When you're satisfied with your choice, just hit "apply" again and they will be applied to your PC.

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Changing Individual Icons
If you want to just change individual icons, then click the Customize section in the IconPackager configuration. Here, you will see all of your icons. Double-clicking one will launch a new window that allows you to change that specific icon. When you’re done, hit "apply."

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IconPackager 10 is individually available for your Windows PC, but you can get that and more with a low-cost membership to Object Desktop.  While you're a member, you'll get free updates, access to all betas, and any new apps for one year. You’ll also get access to other great programs like Start10, DeskScapes, WindowBlinds, Multiplicity, and many more!

Visit the Object Desktop site for more information.

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Beta is now available for Object Desktop Members

Nov 14, 2017 6:00 PM by Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

From the people who brought you Fences, DeskScapes, and countless other amazing programs comes a brand new one that will transform the way you use your PC: Groupy. Learn more here.

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The weekend is about here! Today we're featuring the DLorek Master WindowBlinds skin by basj. This is an industrial designed theme that was updated this week to support Windows 10. 

Get it here: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8184/

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The Autumn season is here, so we're kicking off our Friday by featuring the Fall Color WindowBlinds skin by don5318! This is a fantastic seasonal skin that should find a place on your desktop this month. 

Download: https://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/8791/

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Stardock Software's Store just got an upgrade!  
Stardock Software Store

We are happy to announce that we are adding new, useful, products that were created by fellow software developers.  But, don't worry!  We are hand-picking products that we feel benefit our customers, so the store isn't going to be flooded with random software.

As an example, we have added WinOptimizer 15 by Ashampoo.  If you were a fan of our Tweak products, then this is a must have!

Key Features

  • Interactive start screens with problem analysis
  • 1-Click optimization with One-Click-Optimizer
  • Detect hard disk issues ahead of time with HDD Inspector
  • Speed up Windows startups with Startup Tuner
  • Adjust hidden settings with tweaking module
  • Disable unnecessary system services for better performance

WinOptimizer is currently available for only $9.99, so get your copy today!  Get WinOptimizer

 

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Oct 31, 2017 7:12 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Happy Halloween! We're enjoying some spooky festivities here at Stardock with our annual costume contest! We stopped scarfing donuts and guzzling cider long enough to get some photos to share:

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Oct 31, 2017 7:12 PM by Discussion: Stardockians

Happy Halloween! We're enjoying some spooky festivities here at Stardock with our annual costume contest! We stopped scarfing donuts and guzzling cider long enough to get some photos to share:

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jeff

jillian

katie

kristy

ron

sarah

trophies

debbie

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