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A lot has been posted on Make Use Of about docks Docks - The 6 Best Friends of your Windows Taskbar Docks - The 6 Best Friends of your Windows Taskbar Read More , widgets 6 Cool FREE Widget Platforms for Your PC 6 Cool FREE Widget Platforms for Your PC Read More , toolbars, and whole packages to transform your default Windows 5 Packs to Transform Windows to other OS 5 Packs to Transform Windows to other OS Read More 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.

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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?

  1. Devicepedia
    October 30, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Tried this one and looks very cool in my pc.

  2. Brainiac
    May 14, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Tina, thanks for another cool post :-)

    Brainiac

  3. celine
    May 13, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Nothing to do with the program reviewed but : please tell me where can i get me a beautiful bar with colourful tabs on my desktop as you have on the pictures !

    • Tina
      May 14, 2008 at 3:05 am

      Hey celine,

      people keep asking me that. :) The bar you are refering too is a tabbed dock from Stardock's Object Dock. Unfortunately, it only comes with the Plus version of Object Dock which isn't free. Here's a link: http://www.stardock.com/products/ObjectDock/

      You should read my previous articles for desktop improvement, you might find more things you like and almost all of them are free. Here's another link: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/author/tinsie/

      Enjoy!
      -tina-

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