The desire to customize the appearance and function of Windows does nothing but increase and this accounts for the large number of tweaking and skinning tools that are available for the operating system. Whatever you want to do to the look of your desktop, there is undoubtedly a tool that can be used to achieve what you are looking for, and one of the most powerful and feature packed is Rainmeter which has just been updated to version 2.2.
There are a huge number of skins and widgets available for Rainmeter that can be used to not only completely change the look of your computer, but also provide easy access to tools and utilities that you may need. There is virtually no limit to what can be achieved with the app from adding news feeds and tweeting ability to the desktop, to resource monitoring and media control. All of this is available free of charge in Rainmeter 2.2.
This particular version of the app has been undergoing testing and beta and release candidate form for some time now, but it has only now officially been released as a stable product. There are a number of important changes to Rainmeter, but one that will be of interest to many people will be the reduced in resource usage which in turn leads to a boost in overall performance. International users will also be pleased to find that localization is now available.
There is the usual slew of bug fixes to be found in this update, but there are also a range of additional new options including the ability to load themes from the command line. The new Process plugin can be used to determine whether a particular program or process is running, while digital signing means that there is now less likelihood of Rainmeter being detected as malicious software by malware scanners.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the app by paying a visit to the Rainmeter 2.2 review page.