Customize Your Windows Desktop To Elegance

Windows 7 Ultimate Black Rainmeter Desktop Screenshot

Been a really really long time since I customized my desktop. And when I say customize I mean not just change wallpaper & the theme (I’ve been doing that a lot).

Windows 7 Professional Blue Rainmeter Desktop Screenshot


  • Windows 7 (not necessarily, but Vista’s behavior with all this I don’t know & XP is too old. Win 7 FTW!)
  • Some free time
  • Good sense of aesthetics (this is a must.)
  • Internet connection (duh!)

All of this started with #1 & hence it is #1 (I think I’m still sleepy). What is it? It’s a Vista gadget.

1. SysInfo (Vista Gadget)

This is a full fledged System Information gadget & probably the best looking out there when it comes to gadgets, why? Because it has NO background. A lot of options to show/hide. I chose the following:

  • Gadget size: Small
  • Gadget mode: Normal
  • Only the uptime information section with continuous uptime checked.

You can definitely play around to add more properties.

download System Information (Sysinfo) Vista gadget on Windows 7

2. Bing Gadget

Yes. I. Use. Bing. Anyway, here is the good looking & useful Bing gadget for your desktop.

download Bing Vista gadget on Windows 7

Note: You might want to read how to add Bing to other parts of your OS.

3. Weather Gadget

This is the gadget that comes bundled with Windows 7, unlike the one in Vista, this one does work & shows my city’s weather. Enable it from your Gadgets directory. :)

NOTE: For the other three, you first need to download Rainmeter. Bloody brilliant piece of software, how it eluded me thus far baffles me. Once you have it, follow the rest of the steps.

download Rainmeter for Vista and Windows 7

Once download, simply run the program. In your task bar you’ll get new icon:

Right click* –> Configs –> Skins folder

*You can right click on the icon in the task bar or any open skin.

4. Music

The latest build I downloaded came with the Enigma skin. Hopefully yours will too, if it doesn’t get it here. Once you have Enigma:

Right click (you know where) –> Configs –> Enigma –> Sidebar –> Music

Note: If you’re using iTunes on Windows, Rainmeter will crash when you try to extend your desktop. Disable this skin & it won’t. I’ve contacted the developer about this.

5. System Performance

To get this simple set of System Performance monitors:

Right click (you know where) –> Configs –> Enigma –> Taskbar –> Combos –> Tray Systems –> TraySystems.ini

6. The Clock

This is probably the best. And hence kept for the last. The original script was found on lifehacker, but then this one had a lot of issues, properties kept overlapping & I didn’t like the color. So, I modded it & as you can see I’ve got different colors in both screenshots. Here are the 2 config files:

download Rainmeter minimalist clock for Vista and Windows 7

To install these:

  • Download & extract the file on the desktop
  • Right click (you know where) –> Configs –> Open Skins’ folder
  • Paste the folder in the Skins’ folder
  • Right click (you know where) –> Refresh All
  • Right click (you know where) –> Configs –> minimal config files –> Choose the one you want

Now, editing this to suit your wallpaper is pretty darn easy and here is how you do it:

  • Right click (you know where) –> Configs –> Open Skins’ folder –> minimal config files
  • Open the file you want to edit in Notepad
  • Find & edit the following properties to suit yourself:

To edit the positioning of a certain property like hour, minutes, date, month, title, parameter:


MeasureName=<whatever you want to edit>

Edit the X & Y values.

To edit the text color:


MeasureName=<whatever you want to edit>
FontColor=255, 255, 255

Edit the FontColor values (255, 255, 255 = White; 0, 0, 0 = Black)

Note: To see the effects:

  • Change the particular value
  • Save
  • Right click (you know where)
  • Refresh

You can find some more Rainmeter skins here.

Oh and here is the beautiful Windows 7 Box Art wallpaper set:

download Rainmeter minimalist clock for Vista and Windows 7

Created by someone, if you read this article, let me know & I’ll give you a link back. (I’ve edited the Ultimate wallpaper to center the Win 7 logo.)

There you go, a rather good looking desktop & certainly a lot of customizability to be explored :)