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Make Your PC Look Like Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 offers a unique and exciting UI that displays lots of information efficiently on the screen.  And with a simple Rainmeter theme, you can have the same UI and content directly on your Windows 7 desktop.

Turn your Desktop into a Windows Phone 7 lookalike

To give your Windows 7 desktop a Windows Phone 7 makeover, first you need to have the free Rainmeter application installed.  If you do not have it installed, download it from the link below and run the setup.  Accept the license agreement, and install it with the default settings.

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By default Rainmeter will automatically run when you start your computer.  If you do not want this, you can uncheck the box during the setup.

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Now, download the Omnimo UI theme for Rainmeter (link below).  You will need to unzip the folder first.

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This theme uses the Segoe UI and the Segoe UI Light font, so Windows Vista users need to install the segoeuil.ttf font first, and XP users need to install both the segoeui.ttf and the segoeuil.ttf font first.  Copy the appropriate fonts to C:\Windows\Fonts, or in Vista double-click on the font and select Install.

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Now, run the Rainmeter theme setup.  Double-click on the Rainstaller.exe in the Omnimo folder.

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Click Express install to add the theme and skin to Rainmeter.

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Click Finish, and by default Rainmeter will open with your new theme.

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When the new theme opens the first time, you will be asked to read the readme, or simply go to the gallery.

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When you open the gallery, you can choose from a wide variety of tiles and gadgets to place on your desktop.  You can also choose a different color scheme for your tiles.

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Once you’re done, click the X in the top right hand corner to close the Gallery.  Welcome to your Windows Phone 7 desktop!  Many of the gadgets are dynamic, and you can change the settings for most of them.  The only thing missing is the transition animations that Windows Phone 7 shows when you launch an application.

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To make it look even more like Windows Phone 7, you can change your background to black.  This makes the desktop theme really dramatic.

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And, if you want to add gadgets or change the color scheme, simply click on the + logo on the top.

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Windows Phone 7 Desktop Wallpapers

If you’d prefer to simply change your background, My Microsoft Life has several very nice Windows Phone 7 wallpapers available for free.  Click the link below to download these and other Microsoft-centric wallpapers.

Wallpaper 1 - sans text - web

Wallpaper 2 - sans text - web

Wallpaper 3 - sans text - web

If you can’t wait to get the new Windows phone 7, this is a great way to start experiencing the beauty of the phone UI on your desktop.

Links

Download Rainmeter

Download the Omnimo UI Rainmeter theme

Download Windows Phone 7 inspired wallpapers

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  • Published 04/1/10

Comments (15)

  1. Kaweni

    I once saw someone on a page (don’t know if i may mention it, just to be safe, i won’t) who built a touchscreen monitor into the wall in his kitchen, with wich he was able to view mails, surf the internet, watch tv, listen to radio etc. For this, he made his own html-page. I think THIS would be perfect for a kitchen computer too!

  2. Joe

    Kaweni: That’s exactly what I’m using it on! I have a 15″ touchscreen mounted in my kitchen with an Atom based PC, and this really is perfect. Finger friendly, lightweight, and beautiful! Now if only the skinning was more in depth (like Sense for WinMo, etc). Highly recommended for touch computers with limited use.

  3. Matthew Guay

    @Joe – Awesome! That sounds like a great way to use this.

  4. Richard

    This is awesome BUT how do i keep the block aligned, while adding / moving the blocks it’s hard to align them correctly (with the same seperation between the blocks, on the same line)?

  5. Giblet

    Hey Guys,
    I helped creating this product and I can all teel you:
    version 2 is coming up!
    with many new features such as:

    Structural changes

    Added language support
    Default languages:
    English, Russian, German, French, Finnish, Turkish, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Dutch
    Optimized panel snapping
    Moved panel icons to the inside of the panel
    Removed most of the About icons
    Removed “cut-off” text (not compatible with new snapping)
    Added new configuration applet, features:
    Nicer UI, no Enigma branding, less buttons, autorefresh on close.
    Other optimizations and enhancements

    Panel changes
    Added new panels:
    System Tools
    Adobe
    Alarm clock
    BinaryClock
    Fruit Clock large
    Flipclock
    Internet shortcuts
    Interfacelift
    Media Center
    Piano
    secuNotes
    Weather forecast
    Weather alt
    Quadcore meter
    Several easteregg panels
    New panels in bonuspack:
    Astronomy Picture of the Day
    Control Panel
    Garfield minus Garfield
    uTorrent
    Digg
    Flickr
    National Geographic
    Changes in panels:
    Modified Slideshow panel
    Removed Zune rolover
    Fixes in other panels

    Other changes
    Added 3 more readers
    Fixed Notes
    Added lots of Day variations with customizable size and color
    Updated gallery
    Updated Intro window with instructions

  6. Matthew Guay

    @Giblet – sounds exciting, and thanks for your great work already :)

  7. RGuy

    I followed your steps TO THE LETTER and nothing. I have installed the fonts, copied the files to their correct locations and i have nothing to show for it. please help.
    vista HP, 32bit sp2.

  8. RGuy

    it’s also looking in the D drive for the skin. How can i change this to C?

  9. Tony

    I’ve been wanting something like this for years. Thank you so much. :)

  10. John

    if I want to change it back to normal windows computer, do I just right click on the desktop and change the them like normal?

  11. Tehninjah

    Version 3 is out now, with a marketplace and other stuff
    #topicrevival
    #typelikeitstwitter

  12. Marcus

    Rainmeter is – to a large extent – a really good way to customise the desktop but the creator/s seem to be lacking the knowledge required in presenting simple IMPORTANT information to newbie users of the product who have no prior knowledge of HTML or using Rainmeter whatsoever. For instance, one poor soul (not me I might add) has changed his background to ‘click-thru’ as recommended by the omnimo panel setup, and has now come stuck because he doesn’t know how to change it back. Why? Cause it’s click-thru you CAN’T click on it and get a sub-context menu.
    I’m wondering if he found the solution to that.

  13. Road Dog777

    Nice prog, I d/l-ed a less functions freeware prog ‘Right Click Enhancer’ and got rid of unwanted left-overs/links 2 parts of my computer I no longer use/need, basic GUI, had a ‘God-mode’ (too much tweak 4 me!) and cleaned up my R-click mouse shell menu fine, small footprint, malware clean.
    I d/l-ed & stored Rainmeter for a cyber-bad-hair-day just in case my mouse escapes!
    Cheers,

    R D

  14. Aldi

    how to add google chrome shortcut ?????

  15. Jack

    @Aldi

    Add an internet explorer icon, and keep licking the little arrow that appears when you highlight it to cycle through different browsers.

    Or, rightclick on the internet explorer icon, highlight variants, and choose google chrome.

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