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Aug 21, 2015 4:29 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

The Start10 1.01 beta is now available and current customers can download from their Stardock accountStart10 brings a more familiar look and feel to the Windows 10 start menu.

Included in this update:

  • Bug Fixes
  • New feature to control the start menu transparency

For more information about Start10, please visit

Object Desktop owners get Start10 for free!
Get Start10 along with other popular Stardock apps like Fences and DeskScapes by becoming an Object Desktop subscriber. Learn more here.

Upgrade from Start8 to Start10 today
Do you own Start8 and want to upgrade to Start10? See if you are eligible for an upgrade discount here.

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Aug 21, 2015 4:24 PM by Discussion: WindowFX

The beta for WindowFX 6 is now available for Object Desktop subscribers and WindowFX 5 customers.

WindowFX6 beta includes:

  • UI Updates
  • Win10 support
  • New options on the right-click menu
  • Enhanced monitor edge sizing
  • Option to make desktop icons semi transparent unless selected

Object Desktop subscribers can download the beta from their Stardock account here.

For non-Object Desktop subscribes, please click here.

Learn more about WindowFX here.

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Stardock is excited to announce that Tiles and ShadowFX are now supported on Windows 10!

Tiles works by creating a side-bar on a user’s display. At the top of the side-bar are labels for each page such as ‘My Tiles’ or ‘Documents’ or ‘Apps’. Users can then drag and drop programs, documents, or website URLs onto Tiles. When the program is inactive, it appears as an icon. When it is active, it appears as a live preview tile. Learn more about Tiles


ShadowFX enables users to add distinctive drop shadows to the windows of Microsoft's Windows 8/10 user interface. Learn more about ShadowFX


Tiles and ShadowFX are also part of the Object Desktop suite of desktop enhancements. You can learn more about Object Desktop here. Current Tiles/ShadowFX users can update to the latest version from your Stardock account here.

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Aug 12, 2015 5:07 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

Make your Windows 10 Experience Better with Start10

Stardock is excited to announce the release of Start10 which brings a more familiar look and feel to the Windows 10 start menu. The new start menu in Windows 10 has a very app-focused layout, and Start10 helps users with a familiar Windows 7 style layout, and also offers additional customization with just a few mouse clicks.

Get Start10 for just $4.99!

New in Start10 1.0:

  • New options to change your taskbar including color, alpha, blur and texture.
  • Option to remove Start10 search and swap it with Cortana.

For more information about Start10, please visit

Object Desktop owners get Start10 for free!
Get Start10 along with other popular Stardock apps like Fences and DeskScapes by becoming an Object Desktop subscriber. Learn more here.

Upgrade from Start8 to Start10 today
Do you own Start8 and want to upgrade to Start10? See if you are eligible for an upgrade discount here.


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Plymouth, MI – August 12, 2015 – Today Stardock announced the release of Start10, an easy-to-use program that returns the Windows 10 start menu to a more familiar look and feel.

Windows 10 has brought back a start menu, but the focus is heavily on apps, which are preloaded and pre-organized and are viewed as tiles rather than in the simple list of programs in Windows 7. The start menu is there, but consumers may feel the brunt of this app-focused layout. Start10 returns the familiar start menu to Windows 10, and allows for additional look and feel customization with just the couple of clicks of a mouse.

Start10 also maintains the familiar “folders” metaphor. Right now in the Windows start menu everything is listed in alphabetic order, which can make the start menu quite long, whereas in previous versions of Windows applications like Word, Excel and the other Office applications were found in the “Microsoft Office” folder on the start menu.

In Windows 10 the search bar has been taken out of the start menu and placed on the task bar. Start10 allows you to have the search functionality back in your start menu.

Start10 is only $4.99. For more information about Start10, please visit

For more information about other desktop customization and productivity applications made by Stardock, visit


About Stardock

Stardock is a leading developer and publisher of PC games and desktop software. Its PC games include Sins of a Solar Empire and the critically acclaimed Galactic Civilizations series. Its desktop software includes Start8, Fences, WindowBlinds, ObjectDock, and more. Learn more at


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Paul Thurrott shows Windows 10 users how to get the Windows 7 start menu with Starock's Start10.

“When I think about the experience of upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, there is only one major area of concern from a user experience standpoint: the new Start menu. Yes, Microsoft should be applauded for listening to customers and bringing it back. And yes, I do feel that the new menu is both usable and better than the version in Windows 7. But for many users, and businesses nervous about training costs, this new UI could prove a bit too different from what they’re used to. Fortunately, there’s a fix.”

Read it here:


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Start10 .99 beta is now available for download. Start10 adds the familiar Windows 7 start menu experience to Windows 10. To learn more visit

Update includes:

  • Added OS blur for the default and modern themes when transparent.
  • Now picks up the Windows 10 color scheme.
  • Updated UI that brings the modern theme onto the main page and adds a more visual way to choose start buttons.
  • New advanced style options.
Current customers can download the update from their Stardock account.
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Jul 29, 2015 4:21 PM by Discussion: Personal Computing

Windows 10 is here today and we’ve seen lots of questions about compatibility with Stardock software. I wanted to take the time to post a chart with compatibility so you can know what to expect when you update to Windows 10.

We also have lots of exciting things ahead for Windows 10 starting with Start10 which is currently available in beta, and will be released in August. We’ll also have more news soon about Fences 3 and gamers on Windows 10 should also be on the lookout for the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark also coming next month.

Now is a great time to be an Object Desktop subscriber. Learn more about Object Desktop here.


  • Please note that even though we say it’s working on Windows 10 doesn’t mean full compatibility or supported and there is always the chance that issues will arise when being used with a brand new operating system.

Make sure you are on our mailing lists which you can sign up for on Also follow us on Twitter @stardock and our Facebook page.

App Compatible? Notes
WindowBlinds 8 No  
Start8 No Start8 customers can upgrade to Start10 here:
DeskScapes No  
Fences Yes  
ObjectDock Yes  
CursorFX Yes  
WindowFX No WindowFX 5 is not Win10 compatible, but you can try the WindowFX 6 beta here.
Tiles Yes  
ShadowFX Yes  
Theme Manager No  
Decor8 No  
IconPackager No  
ModernMix No  
Keyboard Launchpad Yes  
SkinStudio No  
Launch8 No  
SoundPackager No  
IconDeveloper No  
Multiplicity Yes  
Acoustic Bridge Yes  
SpaceMonger Yes  
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We are updating our Object Desktop website and we want to feature some of the great screenshots with Stardock apps that the community often posts. We want to show other potential users how others are customizing their desktops and direct them to WinCustomize to get these great skins created by our members.

If you have a screenshot we'd like to take a look and maybe have it featured.

We're looking for screenshots with Stardock software only shown. A mix of several apps is great, but we just need them all to be Stardock apps as that's what we're wanting to show. :)



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Stardock will be closed for the week starting on Monday, June 29th and we will be returning on Monday, July 6th. We will be monitoring support tickets and forums during this time, but expect delays in responses during this time.

If you'd like to see some of the things Stardockians are doing on their time off, then be sure to follow us on our various social media channels and look for the #StardockWeekOff hashtag. We'll be sharing images of some of our adventures over the week.
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