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15 great ways to dress up your Windows PC

Tweak your PC's appearance with these downloads

Bored with Window’s appearance? Give it a makeover with these 15 downloads.


Ignore this program's name, because if you're a true Vista expert, you don't need it. On the other hand, if you're like most people and you don't know how to disable User Account Control, customise the menu power button, or disable and enable the Aero environment, you want this tool.

Via a simple interface, you can customise many Vista features, changing (among other things) the behaviour of Windows Updates, User Account Control, the power button, and Internet Explorer. Nothing big or dramatic here, but the program is free and it lets you make adjustments without having to dig through menus and dialog boxes, so it's worth a try.

Download a free version of Vista4Experts here


MagicTweak gives you countless ways to rework Windows to your heart's content. Change the icons for various system features, such as folders, drives, documents, disks and more. Create a custom desktop shortcut arrow. Alter the appearance and functionality of Windows Explorer. Optimise your network connection. Hide menus and customise the Start menu. Adjust Windows' security. That's just the beginning.

Dedicated system tweakers should grab this program - it's among the most comprehensive utilities you'll find anywhere.

Download a 15-day trial of MagicTweak here for $40 (£20)




Here's a chance to dress up your PC and do some good for science as well. This screensaver uses your system's idle cycles to perform processing for various research projects, including those to control malaria, search for extraterrestrial life, help with medical research and many others.

As your PC goes about its work, it shows exactly what it's doing, in the form of charts, graphs and data rotating in space. Will you understand the charts and graphs? Most likely not, but they're certainly cool-looking, and you get the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping scientific progress.

Download a free version of BOINC here

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