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Posted on Jun 20, 2014 in Advanced Skins and Themes, Skins and Themes | 2 comments

Stardock WindowFX 5 – Tutorial 1 – Installation

Stardock WindowFX 5 is a fun and practical window skinning utility and desktop enhancement. The program can add stunning visual effects to your windows, menus and Start menu. It also extends the Desktop/Aero snap functionality, adds new useful options to your right click context menu and much more. Use it on its own or with Stardocks other advanced skinning and theming utilities to build the ultimate Windows desktop!

WindowFX 5 can be downloaded and installed using the executable from this page. Before purchasing or installing the software, be sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements. For full details of the system requirements, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Stardock Software offers a 30 day free trial of WindowFX 5 and that’s what we will install in this tutorial. We strongly recommend using the 30 day trial period to evaluate the software and make sure that it runs well on your system before purchasing the full version. Download the trial by clicking on the big green “Download” button that appears on the page here. When the download is complete, choose “Open” or “Run” in your browsers download manager to start the installation process. The following window will then appear.


Install WindowFX5 - Step 1


Scroll down to read the license agreement and if you agree, make sure “I agree to the terms of the license agreement” is selected and then click on “Next >”. The window shown below will then appear.


Install WindowFX5 - Step 2


You may be offered the chance to install another of Stardock Software’s desktop enhancement or skinning utilities. Go ahead and install the program if it interests you, if not, deselect the tick/check box and then click “Next >”. The following window will then appear.




Choose a folder on your computer to install the program to. The default folder is fine for most users, so simply click on “Next >”. There will be a pause now while files are copied and configured. When the process is complete, the following window will appear.


Install WindowFX5 - Step 4


To start your free trial, click on “Try WindowFX 5”. If you have already purchased a key, you can click on “Unlock previous purchase” instead. As soon as you click on the Try button, the 30 day trial will start and you can begin using the program. Proceed to the next tutorial now for a short introduction to the software.

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  1. I bought windows fx and now it don’t do what it is supposed to do what the h

    • Contact Stardock Software directly for technical support. I’m running it on Windows 10 and it works well.

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