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Welcome To This Customization Tutorial

First of all hi and a good day to you all.

I would like to contribute something to this community since it has given me very good knowledge when it comes to computers and more so in a way I would like to help out people to customize their desktops.

Not everyone likes customization and some love it a lot. So lets start off below with a screen shot of my desktop.

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By armen16 at 2011-03-10

This may not be the best customized desktop you have seen. There are a lot of people who have even better.

This comes down to personal preferences.

So what I did here was to minimize and lessen objects as much as possible to make it simple yet elegant and very clean looking.
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Tips on making an overall look good.

1. Try to match the icons don't make them look different from each other for example one icon is custom made and the other is default.
2. Don't have your icons all over your desktop. Organize them and group them together either on the edge of the screen or top or even below.
3. Use icons what you need on a daily basis on the desktop if you have a lot then the best solution is pinning it in the start menu.
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How did you get your theme like that?

1. Go over to deviantart.com
2. On the left hand side Customization > Skins & Themes > Windows 7 Utilities > Visual Styles
3. On top just below the search bar you can arrange it by Popular or New. Make sure its on Popular and then select when was it popular if during 8hrs ago, 24hrs, 3days, 1week and more.
I would go for 1month so that you can see most of the popular downloaded visual style.

4.Select something to your liking and ALWAYS remember to read instructions below if it supports Windows 7 Service Pack or not. I don't need to mention it here. It will just make this long.
5. ALWAYS ALWAYS make backups.
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How did you get your icons like that?

1. I use RocketDock its the best free app out there. Link to the download site http://rocketdock.com/
2. From where I got my black icons? Actually its a pack of Silver and Black Matte looking icons. Its a lot enough. Link > http://browse.deviantart.com/customization/icons/?qh=&section=&q=token#/d24gow2
3. There no game icons included here and I know everyone here plays games so what you should do is create an empty folder in any drive and contain all of your game shortcuts there. And then drag your folder full of game shortcuts into RocketDock. So you don't have every single icon or game everywhere.
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What widgets are on the left side?

1. Its called RainMeter. Link to the official site (Be prepared tons of nice looking stuff here) http://rainmeter.net/RainCMS/

How to use it? At first it looks really complicated when running Rainmeter then right click the icon in the taskbar. Look and read carefully. When downloading a pack and running it. It shows tons of widgets or codes running at the same time. So when right clicked on the rainmeter icon in the taskbar. Just above the exit button you'll see all the current widget running. Simply move your mouse to it and you can see close skin.

2. Adding Skins isn't hard really. Right click the rainmeter icon > Skins > Open Skins Folder. Open any folder and you'll start to understand how these widgets are made. They are actually saved in a small notepad with config codes. Now that's just to make you understand since some people don't know how Rainmeter works.

3. Adding nice rainmeter widgets and from where to get. Go over to http://rainmeter.deviantart.com/gallery/

You'll see many nice stuff just have patience and search then download it and save it in the skins folder where I mentioned it was located or you can just download from the rainmeter main site.

Added Info [Rainmeter]

How to use rainmeter?

Types of skins
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Some skins come in a installer where they have complete skins for example time, HDD space meter, Recycle Bin and more.
And some skins can be download specifically for example maybe a user created his own time skin and uploaded it. And these skins are basically coded and saved in a notepad ".ini "config format.
Where are the skins located?
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You can easily right click on the rainmeter icon then go to Skins > Open Skins Folder
How to activate skins and how to know which skin?
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You can activate a skin by going to Skins > (Name of Skin) > (Name of what app example Clock, HDD, Recycle Bin) > Then it should end up having a .ini at the end which means this is the config file you want to select.
How to close a skin?
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You can easily right click on the skin it self on the desktop and select Close Skin
How to delete unwanted skins
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Very easy. Just go to the skins folder I mentioned how to get there then delete it like a normal folder then Right click on the rainmeter icon and select refresh all to make clean changes
Please forgive me. I'm not good at formatting well. I'll try to update this and see how better I can make it.

Armen



Update #2 As of February 23 2012

My setup as of Feb, 19, 2012

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Sharing the setup
Rainmeter Clock - Cowon Clock (http://marcarnal.deviantart.com/art/Cowon-Clock-for-rainmeter-191393706)
Rainmeter RAM, CPU and Network - (http://lilshizzy.deviantart.com/art/Rainmeter-Encoded-v1-2-2-215992941)
Visual Style - (http://solmiler.deviantart.com/art/Placebo-for-Windows-7-188414149)
HDD - Modded By Me

Wallpaper Sources
1. http://www.Wallbase.cc
2. http://www.Wallpaperswide.com
3. http://www.hdwallpapers.us
4. http://www.goodfon.com
5. http://www.badfon.ru/

Icon Sources
1. Iconspedia.com
2. Iconfinder.com
Edited by armen16 - 2/22/12 at 11:21am
post #2 of 17
Very nice + Rep
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post #3 of 17
Great work. I like your Rainmeter setup too smile.gif
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Thanks for the contribution!
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Thank you so much guys. I really appreciate it. Still having new ideas.
post #6 of 17
Thats some sick looking desktop : D
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Originally Posted by SnakeEyez;12757644 
Thats some sick looking desktop : D

Well thank you sir. You have a sick video card there. smile.gif
What's even sick is you make use of your 775 processor by pushing it to 4.0Ghz. thumb.gif
post #8 of 17
i installed rocketdock and really like it, finally can get rid of the cluttered desktop:D
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Teach us how to use rainmeter sir! +rep
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I tried rainmeter but couldn't get it setup how I wanted... I may have to give it another try.
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