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Posted on Nov 11, 2014 in Desktop Enhancements, Skins and Themes | 0 comments

Rainmeter Tutorial 1 – Installation

Since the dawn of Microsoft Windows, users have enjoyed customising their computers. Rainmeter is the latest in a long line of widget and gadget engines that allow you to make more use of that empty space on your desktop. We’ve seen widget engines come and go from the likes of Microsoft, Google and Yahoo, but Rainmeter is open source and non-commercial, meaning it won’t suddenly disappear just because executives in a board meeting decided it should.

To get started with Rainmeter you will need to install the program. Installation is really easy. First visit the Rainmeter homepage here. Look for the download link under “Final Release”, this should be on the middle-left of that page. Click on the download link and once the download is complete, choose “Open” or “Run” in your browsers download manager. The following window should then appear.

 

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Choose a language for the installation (English should be selected by default) then click on “OK”. The following window should then appear.

 

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Make sure “Standard installation (recommended)” is selected, then click on “Next >”. The following window will then appear.

 

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On this window you can choose where to install the Rainmeter program files. The default location is fine for most users, so simply click on “Install”. You will need to enter your administrator password and/or click on “Yes” if User Account Control prompts you to do so. There will then be a short pause while files are copied and configured. When the process is complete, the following window will appear.

 

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Installation is now complete. Click on “Finish” and you can proceed directly to our next tutorial.

 

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