Flickr user Anmol Bahl wanted a desktop that looked like smooth, translucent glass, but also hankered for a completely new look for the Windows taskbar and desktop icons. He put some elbow grease into it, but the end-result looks sharp.
Want the same look for your Windows desktop? A little Rainmeter action and some custom icons and it can be yours! Here's how:
- The wallpaper from Desktoppr
- The Rainmeter system configuration and monitoring tool for Windows
- The Simple Media skin for Rainmeter to create the date, time, and recycle bin replacements on the right side of the screen
- The Enigma skin for Rainmeter for the network info, uptime and battery status data on the desktop
- The CLN skin for Rainmeter to create "Now Playing" media control widget (used in conjunction with the Aimp3 music player and the MiniM skin for it)
- The Roliz skin for the weather and power/shutdown controls next to the media control widget
- The Omnimo skin for Rainmeter to toggle the desktop skins on and off quickly
- The Token icon set to replace the default file and folder icons on the desktop
- The Shine 2.0 visual style for Windows 7
- The WIndows 7 Start Orb Changer and the Leaf Start Orb to replace the Start button
- The Launchy application launcher and the Smooth Glass skin
- The Minimalistic Cursors pack to replace the default Windows cursor
That's a lot of skins and components. However, one of the best things about this desktop is that they're all pretty modular, so you don't have to install them all. You can pick and choose the ones you like and ditch the ones you don't think you need. For more detail on the parts included and some of the skins Anmol thinks are worth downloading but aren't shown above, check out his Flickr page! If you have trouble with the setup, check out our guide to Rainmeter for some helpful tips.
The Lagoon Desktop [Flickr]