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WindowBlindsMinimal skins have become quite popular when using Stardock's WindowBlinds.  They have always been what I personally prefer as they don’t really interfere with the desktop, and overall I just like clean designs.  There’s a big selection of WindowBlinds skins on WinCustomize that cover nearly every type of design you might like, but today I wanted to focus on minimal skins so here’s 5 of my favorites.

See the entire WindowBlinds gallery on WinCustomize here.

Stylish by LightStar


Mac OS X Ultimate by josh36


Agartha-Blue by adni18


Tanipal by Z71


Laguna by essorant

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Aug 26, 2014 4:34 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

WinCustomize and other Stardock related sites were down most of yesterday due to a big server issue.  We were able to get mostly everything restored last night and I think with the exception of forum avatars, everything should be in working order today.  If not, please let me know.

Now that we’re done with those issues, we can get back to business and that business is skinning.  We have several new submissions including an update for a vStyler Master skin that has been updated for Windows 8.

Lets take a look at what’s new!

Venom for XP, Vista, 7 and 8/8.1

Summer's Last Smile

UFO v2



Something Blue

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Aug 22, 2014 1:58 PM by Discussion: WindowBlinds

The WindowBlinds 8.06 update is available for download.


  • Added new SAS activation and trial code
You can download the updates from your Stardock account, or via Object Desktop Manager.
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The WindowBlinds 8.06 update is available for download.


  • Added new SAS activation and trial code
You can download the updates from your Stardock account, or via Object Desktop Manager.
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The latest Master WindowBlinds skin from LightStar is Atheros.  It is based in Greek architecture, and he did a fantastic job using that to build a skin around it.  As always, attention to detail was paid greatly and overall it’s just a really cool skin to have.  It was designed for Windows 8 and Windows 7, and also includes a wallpaper and ObjectDock tile.

Don’t forget your 20% discount on Master skins if you are a WinCustomize Subscriber.

Atheros by LightStar

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We are going to start to see the Windows 9 preview fairly soon according to various reports.  


We've heard the rumors of supposed features and user interface changes, so we can only wait and see what really to expect in Windows 9.

The real question is, what do you want to see changed or added in Windows 9?


Image via Neowin.

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Aug 20, 2014 6:52 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

I’ve been neglecting showing off some of the fabulous skins that have made their way to WinCustomize, but regardless of my schedule these need to be shown off.  So here are some featured skins that you should have already seen, but if you missed them for some reason, here they are.

Be sure to help these awesome skinners by sharing their skins with your friends, especially if you are on social media. 


Brusied Ego


180° Clock 1.0

Blue Steel

Island Beach

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Since the launch of Windows 8, Stardock has released several award winning apps, like Start8 and ModernMix to bring back lost functionality and add new features for users of Windows 8.  Another Windows 8 app from Stardock is Launch8.  

Launch8 adds the convenience of a quick access stationary dock on your Start screen. Drag and drop your favorite applications to your Launch8 dock and quickly launch them no matter where you have swiped to on your Start screen.

Learn more about Launch8  |  Get Launch8 for just $4.99



Once Launch8 is installed you will have a dock on your Windows 8 Start screen. You can choose to place the dock at the top or bottom of the screen, and customize it to have a translucent background.

Apps are added by simply dragging and dropping them to the Launch8 dock.  You can create shortcuts for Windows 8 Modern apps or regular desktop apps that you use everyday.  Icons can be arranged by dragging them around, and the size can be controlled in the Launch8 configuration.

The Windows 8 Start screen can become quite large if you have a lot of apps displayed. The Start Screen scrolls from left to right to display all of your apps.  Launch8 stays stationary so you will always have quick access to your shortcuts, regardless of where you have scrolled to on the Start screen.


Launch8 can also be enabled to show jumplists for apps that utilize them.  In the screenshot above I am viewing the jumplist for Steam showing items like my recently launched games.  This is especially handy with many apps, including Office where you can open recent documents right from your dock.

If you need a way to have quick access to frequently used applications on your Windows 8 Modern Start screen, Launch8 is the perfect solution.


Learn more about Launch8  |  Get Launch8 for just $4.99

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Aug 18, 2014 2:51 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

I'm trying to get a hold of SKoriginals, but I'm not sure if the email I have is good or not.  Is there anyone on WC that has contact with him still?

If so, could you please pass along that I need to speak with him?


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Lets take a look at some of the newest skins and themes available for your Windows desktop from  There’s been some good stuff uploaded lately, so lets highlight a few!

You can view all the latest skins here.

Woodworx Extreme

Woodworx Tabbed & Side Docks

Dark Knight


Millaa Millaa Falls


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