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We had a few minor updates go out today for WindowBlinds, Start8, and Launch8.  Registered users can download through your Stardock account, and Object Desktop subscribers can also update via the Object Desktop Manager app.

WindowBlinds 8.04

  • Fixes a resource leak and right mouse button menus not appearing on the Windows 8.1 Update start screen

Launch8 1.05

  • High dpi fixes

Start8 1.41

  • Fixes a resource leak
  • Fix for clipping last item in right-hand list


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Apr 23, 2014 7:21 PM by Discussion: WinCustomize News

With more and more skins and themes being created for Windows 8, I wanted to feature my top 5 favorites.  All of these skins can be used on Windows 8, and most should work just fine on Windows 7 as well.  All you need is WindowBlinds, and you can apply any of these themes to your Windows desktop.

All of these skins can be found on, and there are many more great skins that you can discover and download from the gallery there.

1. Delta Quadrant by 2of3


2. Concept (2014) by Z71


3. GlassMaxX14 by basj


4. Sandera7 by LightStar


5. Agartha by adni18

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Master skinner adni18 has brought us a new WindowBlinds skin today called Carbon-Silver-Wood.  As the name implies, this skin has a fabulous combination of textures which makes for an elegant overall design.  Sub-styles are available for OS’s from Windows XP to Windows 8, and also includes ObjectDock docks and wallpapers.

If you are a WinCustomize Subscriber, don’t forget your 20% discount.

Carbon-Silver-Wood by adni18


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The ModernMix 1.14 beta 2 is now available for download.  Registered users can download the latest beta from their store accounts page at New users can begin a 30-day, fully functional trial of ModernMix by downloading

If you are a subscriber to Object Desktop, you can update through the Object Desktop Manager if you have "show beta downloads" enabled in the settings.

New in this beta:

  • Fixes issues on Windows 8.1 Update where taskbar items were being left behind for some users


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We have a new Master WindowBlinds skin submitted today from basj called Simplic.  This WindowBlinds skin takes on a more flat design, and this look works very well on the desktop.  It’s designed for Windows 8 and Windows 7, and makes a great addition to your skin collections.

If you are a WinCustomize Subscriber, you get a 20% discount on Master skins.

Simplic by basj

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pc_world_logo.svgPCWorld has an article up today showing how Windows 8 users don’t have to wait until Windows 9 or any other updates to get the Start menu back and put Modern apps in desktop windows.

“For less than the cost of a pizza, you can have Windows 9’s most-anticipated improvements right now. And once you’ve welcomed a Start Menu replacement and ModernMix into your workflow—especially paired with the Windows 8.1 spring Update’s tremendous tweaks —you might just be surprised how well those newfangled Modern apps translate to the familiar desktop experience.”

Read the full article at PCWorld.

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Yeah, it's not very wise to tweet terrorist threats to an airline on Twitter. The Dutch girl ended up being arrested for this.



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We’ve had quite a few skin submissions in the past couple of days, so lets take a look at some of the latest additions to the skin galleries.

Simplic IconPackager

Clear Pink Lady


Pink Champagne


Zone15 Start Button

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I posted recently about the announcement of the next big update for Windows Phone, which is the 8.1 update.  Today, the developer preview was released by Microsoft, so developers and enthusiasts can download and try the new update before it hits the general public in the next few month.

You have to register as a developer (free) and download the preview app from the Windows Phone store to get the update.  I've installed it on my Lumia 920 and like many of the improvement, but I need to spend some more time with it.


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Lets do a quick roundup of some skins and themes that were submitted to WinCustomize this past week.  We had a fantastic new Master WindowBlinds skin added, several animated wallpapers, some DesktopX and Sysmetrix goodies, and some real nice WindowBlinds skins.


Classic Gray


Triberg Waterfall

Flash on Black SMX

Mountains Edge w/sound effects

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