XP Desktops Get a Brand-New Look

By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-08-05 Print this article Print

When Microsoft launched Windows XP, a theming system for controlling Windows' look and feel was a line item in XP's What's New summaries.

When Microsoft launched Windows XP, a theming system for controlling Windows look and feel was a line item in XPs Whats New summaries. However, with a mere three themes, the feature left much to be desired compared with interface style options provided by other operating systems.

Enter Stardocks $30 Skin Studio XP, which lets users create and apply a variety of user interface themes to computers. It consists of WindowBlinds, the application that applies XP themes, and Skin Studio, software that lets users create themes.

In tests, Skin Studio let me easily change the appearance of an XP-based desktop, and changes were applied universally to the programs running on the Labs WindowBlinds-equipped systems.

Check out www.stardock.com for more info.

As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.

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