Customize your Windows 10 desktop with Rainmeter
If you want to customize your Windows desktop, you’ve probably heard of Rainmeter. For starters, Rainmeter is a Windows application that allows you to customize your desktop with many gadgets and widgets called “skins,” which greatly expands the capabilities of your Windows desktop.
Here’s a detailed look at Rainmeter, a Windows app that lets you customize your desktop with a variety of gadgets and widgets. I’ll explain how to get it, install it, configure it, and find my own “skins” to use.
Wait a moment – there are a few things you need to do before proceeding with the installation and configuration of the Rainmeter.
- Windows XP or later. Some features require Vista or later.
- Visual C ++ distribution packages
In addition, you should be aware that some “skins” require you to configure them yourself and may have specific hardware requirements. Be sure to read the documentation before installing the skin. In the next article, we will explain how to install and configure skins.
You can download Rain gauge from his site. Be sure to choose the latest “final version” to ensure stability.
Open the Rainmeter installer. You have two installation options. In this guide, we use “standard” and not “portable”. In the last step of the installer, you can choose to start the Rainmeter at startup. I like this option, but if you’re using an older computer with a longer startup time, you may not want Rainmeter to start automatically.
Rain gauge assembly
When you turn on the Rainmeter for the first time, your desktop will change like this.
Shown here is Rainmeter’s default package “illustro” and the default downloadable skin combination. You will see the welcome color in the center of the screen, and in the upper right corner of the screen are the time, system usage, and disk usage counters. You can remove them by right-clicking on them, clicking on “Options” and deselecting its “ini” file.
There is also a separate settings menu (used to manage settings such as transparency), but first right-click the Rainmeter icon on the taskbar and click “Manage.”
In the Administration window, you can really get acquainted with the program’s functions. Let’s go ahead and go through each of them.
Skins displays a list of skins in the Rainmeter directory, regardless of whether you installed them via the rmkskin file (like most skins) or manually placed them in the Rainmeter skin directory.
The default shell package that comes with Rainmeter is “illustro,” which offers a variety of counters, displays, and even a nice little Google search feature that gives you a little idea of what Rainmeter is capable of. Keep in mind that Rainmeter skins range from basic widget functions to what can be considered complete applications. With this tab, you can easily manage active skins and update them to reflect any changes.
Layouts store and manage certain layouts. The default layout is the one you see every time you open the program. The layouts allow you to save the Rainmeter configuration you want the next time you turn on your computer or restart the Rainmeter. This setting is important if you want Rainmeter to become a big part of your daily office use.
Finally, Settings gives you some manageable basic settings, such as update options, language settings, and an application that launches every time you change certain layouts. Most people don’t have a reason to change all of this, but if you want all of your skin to stay in one place, you can always choose to “Disable Sweep” if someone else is using your computer or you’re worried about accidentally changing things. .
Let’s move on to installing and using the skins!
Find and install skins
For me, this is the best part about using Rainmeter. Rainmeter has a vibrant developer community that makes different skins focused on aesthetic appeal, extra features, or both. The possibilities are basically the whole blue ocean, but because of this article, I’m not going to cover it all. Instead, I’ll tell you the “how” to find and install skins, and I’ll give you some of my own recommendations at the end of the article.
Here you will find complete and advanced skins with several elements that its redditor usually links to where you can download it (which is usually DeviantArt).
I found this really nice rain gauge case for the Rainmeter subreddit, but I just want that clock / date element.
I scrolled down the Reddit chain, where the poster was easily linked to all items, including “Time and Date.”
I then downloaded it from his page. (DeviantArt’s download button is pretty hidden.)
Once you’ve downloaded the skin, open the file, which should be a .rmskin file (it may be in an archived folder that you need to extract), and then click “Install” in the Rainmeter Skin Installer.
Once you’ve done that, it’s time to start using skins.
Once you’ve installed skins, you may not be sure how to add them to your desktop. To add skins to your desktop, right-click the finger gauge icon in your notification area, select “Skins,” and then select the surface you downloaded (in my case, “Color Flow”).
Once you have a surface on your desktop, you can drag it to the screen by holding down the left button and place it where you want, or you can right-click it for more options.
- Options you can use different versions of the same version. Usually they come in different sizes or styles.
- settings you can control the options listed with transparency being one of the most important, while the other options bring you back to the previously discussed rainbow menu. However, all of your main features are covered here, and usually you don’t need to do anything other than the options listed.
To remove a skin from your desktop, right-click on it and click “Remove.”
Click Reload Appearance to reload it based on the changes you’ve made. For the most part, you don’t have to change these other options, but if you ever want to change their behavior or appearance a bit, now you know how to do it.
View rain gauge system statistics
Most of the more useful Rainmeter skins show things like CPU usage, GPU usage, temperatures, RAM usage, etc., so you can see this information in general.
However, for many of them, you need to link Rainmeter to third-party applications such as HWiNFO for more detailed information (such as GPU and CPU temperature).
This can be quite a complicated process, so if you want to remove that rabbit hole, we recommend that you go to the official Rainmeter website guide to integration with HWiNFO.
That’s where the rest is yours. There are so many great Rainmeter skins out there that we’ve decided to put together a list of our favorite skins. And what better way to complement the Rainmeter desktop than with a gorgeous 4k background.