Flickr user Greg put this desktop together using Windows 7. It combines some things we like about the flat design in Windows 8 with a little depth elsewhere and some well-placed, very useful widgets. Here's how he set it up.
This desktop is pretty simple and the pieces are interchangeable enough that you can easily leave out parts you don't particularly care for. If you want the same look, here's what you'll need to set it all up:
- The Galaxy wallpaper, by PerfectHue
- The Rainmeter system tweaking and monitoring tool for Windows
- The CircuitousTwo theme for Rainmeter for the circular skins on the upper left and right corners of the screen
- The La Compagnie des Ombres skin for Rainmeter for the media player/visualizer
- The Arrow Launcher skin for Rainmeter to create the launcher on the bottom right (hidden, you'd click the up-arrow to see it)
- The Iron Launch skin for Rainmeter to create the center app launcher at the bottom of the screen
- The Android theme for Rainmeter to create the Google search bar
- The Soul skin for Rainmeter to create the text-based launcher on the left side of the screen
- The Metro Uinvert Dock Icon Set for the icons in the launcher
- The White Windows Start Orb to replace the Start Button
That's a lot of moving parts, but that's everything required! Greg also switched the default Windows 7 Aero theme to its darkest setting, which we think is appropriate given everything else going on here. The best part about this setup is that it works for him, but if you'd like something different, or think it's too busy, you can always take or leave the skins and themes you like to create your own setup — it's up to you.