Stardock has carved out a name for itself when it comes to UI customization on the Windows platform. Its WindowBlinds software in particular has enjoyed great success over the years. The program offered users of Windows XP the ability to apply a variety of different themes that altered the look and feel of the...

Should you get a Start menu replacement or leave Windows 8 as is? Honestly, I think that it is really about what you want and need. There is no right or wrong answer. Microsoft isn’t budging on its future direction for Windows 8, but at its core, Windows is still flexible enough to allow the use of 3rd party tools to...

Windows 8 brings quite a few changes to the table, including massive speeds improvements when compared to Windows 7. Probably one of the most noticeable changes is the new Start Screen. Some users love, it some hate it. Others are neutral about its presence. Any time a major change comes to an OS, there is some...

Part of the nature of Microsoft Windows is the ability to load the programs, apps and UI shells you want– at least in the traditional desktop. There are many Windows users that feel that the newest OS is trying to hard to lock down and restrict us, luckily this isn’t really true and options exist that allow us to turn...

So here we are doing the dance. Another prediction of mine is coming true. In this post, I said: It is clear to me that forcing users who just aren’t ready for Metro to see it every day is going to be an overwhelming turn off. People spend a lot of money for a PC, they should be able to configure it the way they...