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Hello everyone! It's nice to be back. I've been around since 2001/2 (I can't remeber) and I've seen some things. I used to change the way my desktop looked everyday for at least 2 years, then it was every 2 days... then once a week... now it's more like I'll change my DreamScapes wallpaper every few days or so and that's it. I can now keep a "theme" for months. It might be because I work off of laptops mostly now instead of my desktop.

The main skinning program for...
So I have been subscribing to ODN on a monthly basis, even though it costs more in the long run, it's what I could afford or I should say 'how' I could afford it. I have received the emails saying that the monthly sub will be discontinued as of April 2016.

My question is this : Come April, will programs that have NOT been compatible with Windows 10 be updated or not?

I am referring to 

SoundPackager (which I miss dearly)IconPackager (Another I miss dearly especially now...
February 19, 2016 by LightStar on LightStar Technologies
I have a bet going with someone on how this question will be answered, so we would appreciate your opinion.


Pretty simple question really... do you prefer the background in explorer windows to be (1) white, or (2) another color that goes well with the skin?


I know what I like, how about you?  


To make it easy, just put 1 or 2 in your reply, and thanks for your opinion!
Any info on if there is going to be a GUI Champs for 2016?
October 13, 2015 by admiralWillyWilber on michaelwhittaker71
I noticed that Windows 10 does not let me convert desktops from the start menu.
September 3, 2015 by RedneckDude on redneckdude
With the risk of being labeled as a Stardock suck up, I would just like to say how much I appreciate the latest activation setup that Stardock has employed.

  I have a varying number of PCs in my home (usually around 8 or 9, which is why I have 2 Stardock accounts) that mostly all run a varying mixture of Stardock products. I build PCs as a hobby now, since skinning has kind of become a secondary hobby. And, as a good builder, I use the systems I build for a bit before I sell them. Just ...
July 30, 2015 by DrJBHL on drjbhl

Jorge has released the new version!

He has fixed some sticky issues such as:

“…Winstep Xtreme hanging for a couple of minutes when running for the first time and the Windows Start Menu button being disabled when showing the Windows taskbar…” – Winstep


“…v15.7 also adds support for Windows Apps and the new Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Manager.” – ibid


“To make up for the fact that there were no new...
July 17, 2015 by Vertigo931 on Vertigo931
I can't find a download link for Logon Studio, wondered how to get it?
July 3, 2015 by Vertigo931 on Vertigo931
Using Windows 7 64, when using SoundPackager the system start sound will always be a Win7 sound instead of the one in whatever theme is applied. 

Any ideas?
April 24, 2015 by TwoWolves on The Two Wolves Widgets
Why isn't there a setting to allow only one type of slide-in and slide-out?


Why is only random allowed?


Can we have slide-in-from-left/slide-out-to-left settings?



March 27, 2015 by Bebi Bulma on Steph's Lair
Does anyone know of a screensaver that mimics the lock screen slideshow from Win 8? I'm on Win 7 x64 (no plans on going to Win 8, use it at work). I'd love to be able to have something similar on my home machine. I'm currently using the Google Picasa Photos screensaver, but I really like the Ken Burns/collage effect on the lock screen slideshow.
November 21, 2014 by Skarny on .
Does anyone want something made in DesktopX or xWidgets?

The table below lists requests which have been made in this thread and the skinners/creators who have expressed an interest in taking them on.

It does not indicate they are actually going to complete/finish any request, just that they might be doing so or be giving them a try.

Request Requestor SkinnerFull screen image on all monitors when user has not had a 'break' for a period of time. With an unlock button and...
November 8, 2014 by Skarny on .
Any suggestions from peeps on a desktop widget engine? Windows 8 compatible.

I would love something that can render with more speed/flexibility than DesktopX used to be able to.

e.g. LittleBoy once released a canvas plugin for DesktopX that let me draw to a HTML5 Canvas direct to the desktop rather than in a browser window.

I'd use that...if DesktopX was still supported and had a chance to get other bugs fixed.

Because I'd like to play with animations and a bit of 3D if the e...
September 17, 2014 by Island Dog on ID's place to speak
ShadowFX is the newest desktop customization app from Stardock that gives you the ability to add drop shadows to your windows in Windows 8.  It’s very easy to use, just select which shadow you want from the drop-down list, and you’re good to go. 

ShadowFX is also easy to customize, and making your own shadows is very simple.  You can create your own shadows to use for yourself, and you can submit them and share with others on

Learn more about Sh...
September 8, 2014 by MadDeez on snidely
okay, kiddos, here's the deal......whenever i attempt to run CFX on W8.1 when using the metro start screen, the cursor vanishes. i know some people have said to use a workaround, which i can't remember at present, but i don't want to use a workaround. i've installed and uninstalled CFX numerous times to attempt to remedy the issue with no success. i've even formatted and reinstalled winders 8.1 again and the issue reappeared. any advice not including a workaround, uninstallin...