A lot has been posted on Make Use Of about docks, widgets, toolbars, and whole packages to transform your default Windows interface into something more appealing. The possibilities are endless and a new tool has just joined the scene.
Stardock’s MyColors is surprisingly quick and easy to handle. The download took a while, but the installation itself was super fast. It made me wonder how well the program was going to perform. I was surprised to find that applying the included Diamond theme went just as rapid.
The new look is very pleasing. I love the the taskbar and start menu style. The Diamond theme also comes with a fresh wallpaper and new icons. There are no apparent compatibility issues, not even having FlyakiteOS installed gave me any trouble. The switch from the FlyakiteOS Tiger theme to MyColors’ Diamond was smooth and thorough. Going back to the default Windows XP Desktop is easy as pie. However, in order to restore my previous custom look, I had to go into Display Settings and load the Tiger theme under Appearance.
Most themes revolve around sports teams and brands, hence the name. The program is freely available for Windows XP and Vista (32-bit). Unfortunately, there are only two free themes, all others must be paid for. Quest, the second free theme, comes with a calendar and clock widget, and the icons are very nice. The paid themes come with many more gadgets such as a media player.
MyColors doesn’t make any permanent changes to your system. It’s very simple, not allowing for many changes, but also not requiring users to be tech-savvy at all. In other words, it’s safe to use, but potentially boring. You could call it conservative. ;) And so I recommend trying this tool only if you like one of the free themes, they are pretty cool.
What do you think? Would you pay for any of the MyColors themes?