Wincustomize Download Guide

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By on January 18, 2007 3:31:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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It seems like everyday someone comes into IRC or makes a forum post and asks....."I downloaded this file from WinCustomize, how do I make it work?"  Well I thought it was time to write a guide to let our members know what to do when they download a file from WinCustomize.

When you click to view a gallery in WinCustomize, the gallery you select will have a description telling you which software (if any) you need to use for that particular download.  The screenshot below highlights the description area.

 

In the screenshot above I am in the DesktopX theme gallery.  It gives you a brief description of the gallery and links to the product page required for that download.  So basically whatever gallery you are browsing, the description and links at the top of the page should tell you what software you will require.

Here is some of the more common files and their associated programs.  Click the links to find out more information about the product.

When downloading a skin, theme, wallpaper, etc. from WinCustomize, always be sure to read the authors description.  People will often include important information in their description such as a specified resolution for a DesktopX theme.

If you need an explanation of what some of these applications do, and then here is a series of articles on how to change your desktop theme.

If you still need help, always feel free to post to our forums, join us in IRC, or visit the WinCustomize Wiki.

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January 18, 2007 3:38:43 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Excellent post I_D. I'll be redirecting many to read this.  Thanks!
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January 18, 2007 4:00:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
This should be labeled FAQ and available on every page.
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January 18, 2007 5:17:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
This should be labeled FAQ and available on every page.


No doubt. On IRC the other night I was saying that when someone downloads a theme, a popup should come up that lists what program you need, a link to that prog, and a tutorial on how to use it. That and of course making the gallery description stand out oh so much more than it does now. But oh in a perfect world....
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January 18, 2007 6:59:05 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I always think its funny that people download tons of things and never know what they will do, or how they work. When the instructions are right on the page where they clicked on the thing they wanted to use. its amazing.

This will help, good idea ID!
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January 18, 2007 11:39:08 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Excellent post indeed.

While you're in a writing mood...

I'm still waiting for a tutorial that will explain how to get all that stuff on the screenshot I downloaded working...
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January 24, 2007 7:47:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
  
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January 24, 2007 7:54:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I'm still waiting for a tutorial that will explain how to get all that stuff on the screenshot I downloaded working


You get a THUMP for that
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January 24, 2007 7:55:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
ID - you really have been writing some great articles lately.
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February 1, 2007 8:02:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
ok i downloaded the "VistaLook2" and i have no clue what to do with the .desktop file type in the .rar. so if yall can help, thanks
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February 1, 2007 8:12:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
If you read the first post, it says that .desktop files require DesktopX. Loading DX Themes
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February 1, 2007 8:34:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Have you figured it out yet Rebel14/88?
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February 4, 2007 4:06:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

LMAO

  
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May 2, 2007 1:47:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
LoMa
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May 10, 2007 12:03:36 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Okay this is bollocks....


I download this, I download that, I need to find this online, I have searched for and downloaded every file type extension opening program majjigger on the list that ID provided and they all come back to this Stardock thing I am in right now...


I have downloaded the Symplex theme and I can't use it, I have downloaded a ".suite" theme that magically does xxx all, so can someone please e-mail me at sam4292@hotmail.co.uk to tell me how to use WinCustomize efficiently without just downloading shit that I can't use, pleaes?

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May 10, 2007 12:34:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I have downloaded the Symplex theme and I can't use it, I have downloaded a ".suite" theme that magically does fuck all, so can someone please e-mail me at sam4292@hotmail.co.uk to tell me how to use WinCustomize efficiently without just downloading shit that I can't use, pleaes?


Symplex theme is a WindowBlinds skin with a .wba extension.  If you look at the guide it will tell you what you need to have in order to use the theme that was downloaded.

A .suite file is for Theme Manager, but you will still need the associated software (Windowblinds, Iconpackager, etc) to use the components.


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March 31, 2008 2:20:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Updated with new applications and file extension. 

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March 31, 2008 3:42:55 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
* Part 3 - (DesktopX)
* Part 4 - (LogonStudio and ObjectBar)
join us in IRC

Nice thread to bump for new users.

The links for the 3 things above don't work though.
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April 15, 2008 2:53:29 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Links should be fixed now. 

 

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April 15, 2008 3:44:30 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Part 3 and Part 4 work now.

join us in IRC still goes to the Forums go boom message
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May 29, 2008 2:15:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Not to piss is anyone's wheaties but, as a newbie myself it can be confusing. Some downloads go right where thy should and then some you download and have to know where to put them. That was the confusion for me. With some of the snarky remarks I have seen posted from some holier than thou people, just remember this we were all new at one time or another. Flame away if you must.
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May 29, 2008 2:59:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Some downloads go right where thy should and then some you download and have to know where to put them. That was the confusion for me.


It was/is the same for me,but I figured it was all part of the learning curve.WB's self install for the most part and .dockzip is a wonderful ,but under-used thing. Otherwise,"Some assembly required" is not unusual. I extracted so much into the wrong places,I unzip to desktop now. Please don't mistake some "tilted"(putting it mildly) humor as unfriendly, eventually you get a straight answer. The new Help pages will be a valuable asset for newcomers.
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July 16, 2008 7:56:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I love this post it tells me everything i need!
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July 30, 2008 7:32:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
When you download a screensaver where do you download it to when asked so it will showup in my screensavers please email me with help on this at fushia6770@hotmail.com just incase I can't find my way back to this. I have trouble finding my way out of paper bag if you know what I mean    thank you in advance Joan
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July 30, 2008 7:52:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Screensavers typically go into c:\windows and/or c:\windows\system32.  If they download as a 'scr' file than that's where they go...if they are an 'exe' they will install for you...
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September 11, 2009 2:23:00 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

aah newby here how do i add a bootskin to the list?

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