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Styler 1.401

A surprisingly powerful customisation tool to change the look of Windows

by Bob Thornton

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 31 August 2011
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Styler
Change the appearance of Windows with Styler

When it comes to customising the look and feel of Windows, there is no shortage of apps to choose from. The problem with many of these programs is that they are a little limited in what they enable you to achieve, but Styler enables you to take things a few steps further by making it easy to completely change the look of Windows Explorer.

The program was originally written to work with Windows XP, but despite its age it can still be used to customise the appearance of Windows 7 and Vista. If the software is installed on a version of Windows other than XP, it needs to be installed by running the setup program in compatibility mode - this makes the installation routine think that Windows XP is in use.

Once installed, compatibility mode also needs to be used to run the main program itself - this is nothing to worry about and simply enables this slightly aging program to run correctly in the most recent versions of Windows. Once you have the program up and running you can use it to take control of the appearance of your desktop, by adjusting styles, colour, background image, special effects and more.

But the program becomes really interesting when it is used in conjunction with toolbar skins. These are freely available for download from various customisation web sites and they enable you to completely change the look and feel of Windows Explorer. This might mean re-arranging the order in which buttons are displayed to make things easier to access, or it could mean mimicking the look of a different operating system.

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Styler is one of those deceptively simple customisation tools that is endless versatile and allows for extreme system personalisation.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

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Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

Fall Creators Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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