So, What Are You In For?

Which customizing app got you hooked and why?

Thursday, September 18, 2008 by Mirsguy | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

I'm just curious: Which customizing program got you into it all? Which one is your fave, and why?

For me, it was ObjectDock. And I have to admit, it was about the time that Mac OS X Leopard came out. (Don't crucify me! ) I was so intrigued with Leopard that I began looking into Windows dock programs. The rest is history...

I have since come to the realization that my infatuation with Leopard was all cosmetic. I still love Windows, and I love it more with OD+!

Then it was all downhill from there. I decided to get the Object Desktop package. I began using WindowBlinds, RightClick, IconPackager, Desktop X, and now Fences! Will it ever stop?!?! I hope not!

OD+ is still my fave, but I gotta admit: I'm hooked on it all!

How 'bout you... ?

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Reply #1 Thursday, September 18, 2008 10:50 PM

I started with the docks too. I got the free version first and spent hours looking throught the icons and backgrounds I could put on it.

I knew I wanted Object Desktop as soon as I saw everything it had. When I finally got it, I was in heaven. I wanted to learn how to skin it all! So far I've made icons, dock backgrounds, rainys, sysmetrix, wallpapers (not my best catagory) and windowblinds.

I still feel like there is so much to learn....and I'm having so much fun doing it!

Reply #2 Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:04 PM

A small program called Desktop Architect got me serving 8 to 12 (weeks)...

Then I discovered StyleXP and served six months of what could have been a much longer sentence...

Fortunately, somebody managed to sneak me in a birthday cake with a file in it, so I was able to escape...

While on the run I discovered this place called Wincustomize - it seemed like a safe haven to hole up for

a while, but it became my "Hotel California'. I found I could never leave... too many great toys to play with.


My faves would have to be WindowPlinds, IconPackager, ObjectDock Plus, CursorFX Plus and DesktopX

DeskScapes and SoundPackager are great, too, but I gotta say WinStep Xtreme is right up there on the list as well.

Yup, looks like I'm in for life, but that's not so bad... the other inmates are a great bunch, the guards are pretty cool

and management gives us plenty to do for recreation... so I have no plans to dig a tunnel and try to escape.

Reply #3 Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:06 PM

ObjectDock (free) did it for me.  Then I got Plus, then I got WindowBlinds, then I smarted up and bought an ObjectDesktop subscription.  I've never looked back.

Reply #4 Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:11 PM

I still feel like there is so much to learn....and I'm having so much fun doing it!

Ditto, Xiandi!

so I have no plans to dig a tunnel and try to escape.

Hahahahaha! Same here!

Reply #5 Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:13 PM

ObjectDock (free) did it for me. Then I got Plus, then I got WindowBlinds, then I smarted up and bought an ObjectDesktop subscription. I've never looked back.

'Tis about what I did, too. I'm in for life, and lovin' it!

Reply #6 Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:30 PM

I started with window blinds and quickly moved to the hard core stuff Object Desktop.  Before long my desktop was sporting widgets, gadgets, rainy's and sysmetrix skins. 

If my dad were here to see this he would say "Get a Hair Cut!" even though I'm half bald and wear my hair clipped short. And I know what my mom would say "Don't let your Father see you!". 

They say with enough good behavior you can even have weekend visitation here in the SD big house.  Don't tell anyone but, I turned down work release.  I got get another desktop done.

Reply #7 Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:52 PM

"Don't let your Father see you!"

Most who see my computer think it's awesome. My brother hates it and always complains about my docks. As I remember though, my mom was actually using WindowBlinds for quite a while before I began using ObjectDock!

Reply #8 Thursday, September 18, 2008 11:56 PM

I spent forever configuring OS/2 after leaving windows and it was amazing.  Then I fould Object Desktop and did it again . . but better.

After a gap I found WindowBlind nad it sucked.  Then it got better.  THen it was amazing.  Everything eilse followed.

Reply #9 Friday, September 19, 2008 12:09 AM

Don't tell anyone but, I turned down work release.

Hehe... and why wouldn't you!   Yep, I turned down work release as well....

... and when they told me I was being released early for good behaviour, I commited another crime (took a look at RocketDock) so they'd keep me in longer.

Nope, I'm not in favour of these early release programs - if you do the crime you should do the time - so I'm hoping my look at RocketDock carries a life sentence.  If not, I'll scour the internet software pages until I take a look at something that does.

Reply #10 Friday, September 19, 2008 12:20 AM

ASCII codes to alter your DOS prompt....

First awareness of what a skin/skinning was was fly7e's hacking of WinAMP to alter its default look [that of an ugly Llama's arse].

Then LiteSTEP and the whole alternate shell fraternity....

Then Windowblinds [pre v1.0]...

Reply #11 Friday, September 19, 2008 1:41 AM

For me at first i got addicted to screen savers. I Went to every website that had sorenesses and  grabbed as many as i could. One day for some reason or another I landed on a  website that contained no screen saver but had all these cool looking programs to download with free trials, Wondering if i could trust this stuff at  I kept on eying those programs and finally gave in to Windowblinds.



Once I found Windowblinds I had to try Ojectdock, cursor xp, and that led me to DX and eventually had to buy Object Desktop. 


DX was awesome but could not figure out how to really use it. Thank god for Tiggz And _Martin_ with there awesome themes and widgets. DX  rocked my world.  Because of them and there cool stuff I started to modify what they made. Learning and making DX stuff with there graphics. So because of them and a few others. DX is my favorite.



Just wish i could make cool Graphics.




Reply #12 Friday, September 19, 2008 1:49 AM

  Forums Edit 


[Fixed for you - Erk.]

Reply #13 Friday, September 19, 2008 3:09 AM

One fine day, years back when I had a 128 MB Pentium 3 rig, I typed in "customize windows" on Google.

It led me to some site called "WinCustomize" which took hours to fully load on my IE6 with dialup. There were bootskins and screensavers, and something called ObjectBar. Never paid much attention to OD then.

Then one day, my Win 98 got infected and for a year or two, I completely detached me-self from computers. Two years ago, my dad got me a new one, and I jumped right into XP. After a few searches, I found this site again. 

The rest, as they say, is history  

Reply #14 Friday, September 19, 2008 4:27 AM

In my early XP days I hated the default cursor.  I discovered this site and found out about a free cursor program... I went nuts!!! I was downloading cursors left and right; I was in cursor heaven. 

Over time and a couple of computer changes later I read about windowblinds.  I downloaded the free version and that was it!!!  I bought Object Desktop, CursorXP Plus, now CursorFX, ObjectDock Plus and well as they say the rest is history.  I am an addict for life!!!

Reply #15 Friday, September 19, 2008 4:28 AM

   I found Stardock, and got hooked on windowblinds, the second greatest piece of software ever to hit the computer world!  Second only to DesktopX , of course! I cut my teeth, so to speak, by collecting all of Gef's DX themes, and modifying them to suit my needs.   It was a good 2 years later before I actually made my first rejected  Got disheartened ( that was for Zubaz   lol..) at first. Too lazy to read the guidelines, I was using borrowed graphics, no permissions, nada. I was so green, I didn't realize I was!

    Long story short, I am now practically the owner/operator of the DesktopX gallery. I want that to change. I would love to see DX get as popular as Windowblinds...yeah, right!  

Reply #16 Friday, September 19, 2008 4:33 AM

Damn edit button!!!!   That may have been a little over the top, the owner/operator line...  you get the point. Didn't mean to sound  Strange, no bar here for smileys, links, etc.  Hmmm....damn pidgeons!

Reply #17 Friday, September 19, 2008 7:05 AM

Well Lets see...

  • Windows95 It was Desktop themes.
  • Win98,  Desktop Architect.
  • Sometime after that I found eFX at
  • Which opened my eyes to serious skinning...WOW!
  • eFX was quickly dumped when I tried WindowBlinds.
  • From WindowBlinds, I went to getting ODNT Subscription.
  • To here I am today Fully Assimilated

By far though, My most favorite, Can't live without Proggy is ObjectDoct Plus Man! I cannot live without my Docks!!!

Reply #18 Friday, September 19, 2008 8:24 AM

It started about 5 years ago for me.  I wanted a program like the Mac Dock to keep some organization on my desktop.  So, naturally , I downloaded ObjectDock Free.  I LOVED it!  The problem was that it was a bit of a hog on my system then (it wasn't the only hog, though) so I decided that I'd uninstall and wait till I had a better computer to run it.  Well, last year I decided to give it a try again and, obviously, I can't escape  it .  I even have a few friends hooked on it .  I've tried to get my husband to give it a try, but he's too cool  .  

Reply #19 Friday, September 19, 2008 9:21 AM

Win98, Desktop Architect.


o boy.     i forgot about this one.

This is how one day i stumbled on Stardock website.

Reply #20 Friday, September 19, 2008 9:36 AM

Pretty much the same as jafo's...

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