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Finally made the switch! (Rainmeter)

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I had been struggling for some time now with my Windows 7 sidebar using a ridiculous amount of RAM. When I first booted it would be using about 35MB, after idling for about 8 hours it would be using 380MB
I tried multiple times to narrow it down to a single memory-leaking widget, but to no avail.

So I finally got fed up and switched to rainmeter. I had looked at it before, but decided it was too much work. It took about 3 hours to get everything set up the way I wanted, but in the end I really do love this program. This is my new desktop with all of the info my previous sidebar had plus more.



What do you guys think? I know, I made it all fit into a sidebar instead of doing something artistically scattered around the desktop - its because I'm OCD about the center of my desktop being clear. Anyways, if anyone hasn't checked it out yet I would highly recommend rainmeter - its highly customizable and easy to find/tweak skins to suit your needs.
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Looks nice and sleek. I could never figure out how to utilize rainmeter correctly, I can't even figure out how to use presets. Maybe I'll make it something to get into during spring break.
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Looks great, I really don't understand how setting up rainmeter would take so long. It hardly takes half-an-hour to setup rainmeter using Rainbrowser.
Rainbrowser comes along with rainmeter.
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Originally Posted by adizz View Post
Looks great, I really don't understand how setting up rainmeter would take so long. It hardly takes half-an-hour to setup rainmeter using Rainbrowser.
Rainbrowser comes along with rainmeter.
Yes, but first I had to browse and find each module that I wanted. Then I edited a lot of the config files to adjust them to how I needed. For example the Speedfan plugin was a mess of mislabeled sensors and the core usage monitor only supported dual-core by default. So yeah before you know it you've spent hours tweaking it.
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What plugins are you using?
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What plugins are you using?
Sorry guess I might have mentioned that. From top to bottom:

LEXIS Weather
Dark_Rainmeter \\ SystemInfo
System.Temp (speedfan plugin)
Gnometer \\ Msi Afterburner

The recycle bin one I can't remember where I got it from sry.

TranRoundedv121-2 \\ Power.



I've edited the config files on pretty much all these so if you want help with that then lmk.
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post #7 of 7
Thanks. I've been trying to find a Rainmeter set up that I liked for system information. It seems like most people just put clocks and other stuff to make it "pretty". Hopefully I can use some of these plugins and get my old set up up and running.
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