WindowBlinds™ 7.90 beta is available for download now!

Monday, May 20, 2013 by Island Dog | Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

Today we updated your Object Desktop subscription with the WindowBlinds 7.90 beta. Featuring Windows® 8 / 7 support, an all-new user interface and performance enhancements.

Current Object Desktop subscribers
Visit your Stardock account now to download the beta and you will also have free access to the final release version in the near future.

Note: WindowBlinds 7.90 beta supports Windows 7 and 8 only.

Info about upgrades for current WindowBlinds (non-Object Desktop) customers will be available at a later date.


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Reply #41 Monday, May 20, 2013 4:50 PM

Quoting Robbie_Boy, reply 34Can we use any skin that's for Win 7..... On win 8?

They should all work.


Thanks for the quick Answer Zubaz...

Reply #42 Monday, May 20, 2013 4:53 PM

Can't seem to find a link to download?

Reply #43 Monday, May 20, 2013 4:54 PM

Can't seem to find a link to download?

Reply #44 Monday, May 20, 2013 4:56 PM

Can't seem to find a link to download?


Log in. Go to My Downloads. Scroll down.

Island Dog
Reply #45 Monday, May 20, 2013 5:01 PM

Just a note:

This beta is currently only available for Object Desktop Subscribers.

You can download here -


Reply #46 Monday, May 20, 2013 5:02 PM

I was able to get the Explorer background function to work after a reboot, but I am still unable to create or add my own custom explorer backgrounds from the "create texture" button. It takes me to my texture folder and when I click on the image it just reverts back to the texture options and won't add or create. Here is my System info. -


Your computer has a Windows Experience Index base score of 5.9 Your Windows Graphics Experience score is 6.9

WindowBlinds version : WindowBlinds 7.90 (008 - Windows 7 Edition) - 64 bit OS

WindowBlinds is installed correctly on this PC

(AOC 2752Q) 1 is attached to NVIDIA GeForce 9600 GT

Wblind.dll      2013/05/20 11:43:ll Wblind64.dll      2013/05/20 11:43:48 Wbsrv.dll      2013/05/20 10:18:07 WB8Config.exe      2013/05/20 12:03:20 Wbload.exe      2013/05/07 13:30:24 Wbhelp.dll      2013/04/18 14:51:37 Tray.dll           2013/04/18 14:51:19 Wbload.dll           2013/05/20 10:18:39 Screen.exe      2013/05/09 14:07:23


thanks.                      -- Ace --

Reply #47 Monday, May 20, 2013 5:06 PM

The wait was well worth it. The release is stable on my rig

MB:Intel DZ77GA-70K Extreme Series

Memory:Corsair 2x4 GB CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B 2kits 16GB

CPU:Intel I7-3770K "OC 4.0GHz"

GPU:EVGA GeForce GTX 680

PhysX:EVGA GeForce GTX 460

SSD:2 Crucial 256 GB m4 2.5-Inch

OS: Windows 8 64Bit

The desktop Looks great the start menu looks great. the start button looks great. fences makes my life more organized. I am a happy camper





Island Dog
Reply #48 Monday, May 20, 2013 5:11 PM

If you have any issues, please post them in the following thread so we can keep track of them.


Reply #49 Monday, May 20, 2013 7:25 PM

Neil Banfield
We already offer Decor8 which allows you to customize the background and colour scheme used by the Windows 8 full screen start menu.


Just to make doubly sure the air is clear: I do like having the ability to use what WB8 provides and am grateful for it.

  Decor8 is great at what it does - so far. However the ability to customize the tiles, add perhaps transparency to them, things like that are painfully absent. I have to use something like OblyTile to do that, and it could use some work.


Neil Banfield
I am unsure why the lack of a start button in the OS would impact the usability of WindowBlinds.  That's a tiny part of what WB has always skinned.

It doesn't. But WB8, for someone that doesn't use Start8 (more on that below) is not as full of an experience.

Neil Banfield
Of course if you have Start8 then you get a skinned start button and start menu with WB too

I choose not to rely on Start8. I have it installed but set to only engage if I use the Win Key. I hardly ever use it. I see Start 8 as a (quite nice) crutch and step back from the (IMO) improved and more efficient modern UI start menu.

To me, the bulk of eye candy that WB always provided was the cool things of the start menu design. Thus, my comments of having WB address the  customization aspects of the modern UI menu... 

Reply #50 Monday, May 20, 2013 8:02 PM

I am sure that no one will be disappointed when they buy and use WindowsBlind 8, I knew the team at Stardock would do a Great Job, always great quality and in a class by themselves.

Reply #51 Monday, May 20, 2013 8:22 PM

Great job, guys and well worth the wait!  

Reply #52 Monday, May 20, 2013 8:51 PM

One good thing I see with WB8 on 7.

The secondary start menus using DisplayFusion now paint correctly.  

Reply #53 Monday, May 20, 2013 9:18 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been working on my new laptop/windows 8 for about 2 months and it's been driving me nuts not to have windowblinds.

You guys are awesome!

Reply #54 Monday, May 20, 2013 9:24 PM

You guys are awesome!

Aren't they just....

Reply #55 Monday, May 20, 2013 9:50 PM

Quoting karmat, reply 53You guys are awesome!

Aren't they just....


Yes, they is.

Reply #56 Monday, May 20, 2013 10:58 PM

Any screencaps of Glass/Aero on Windows 8?  

Reply #57 Monday, May 20, 2013 11:14 PM


Any screencaps of Glass/Aero on Windows 8?


Reply 20

Reply #58 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:25 AM

I are so liking this new WB. The new UI is great. I made a copy of the skins folder thinking I'd have to re-install the skins but nope. Wasn't necessary. All my skins are there and intact. I find I'm playing with it more often than usual. Excellent job SD.

Reply #59 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 5:46 AM

One important thing to consider when using Win7 skins is that the ones with semi-transparent areas that looks well, may not look as good in Win8 because there is no blur in Windows 8 (ATM) so skinners may want to update their skins with less transparency to compensate the lack of blur.   One easy alternative for non-skinners and skinners that want a fast solution, you can use the "Transparency" settings from WindowBlinds 8 (Colour > Transparency) to reduce skins transparency and then you can save this changes as a skin preset under the "Style" section (see screenshot).   Some new skins featuring new WB8 features will come put very soon, one of them is intended to be used as a base-template skin and will have some basic visuals and source files will be released too (.psd).

Skinners might want to consider the majority of people use w7 so better to not update a current skin but make a seperate w8 skin. 

Reply #60 Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:37 AM

First of thanks for the email ^^ im exited downloading atm... more feedback to it later
Then i want to already thank dani, for the input provided might come handy in the future  

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