I have friends that when they come over to my place they see my computer and go “Oh. Wow! That’s a cool computer!” Haha, my girlfriend would say otherwise. Nevertheless, I thought I’d put together a list of some things that I thought someone could do to make their computer look much cooler.
First, if you haven’t upgraded from Windows XP to Vista or 7 yet, one really cool way to spruce up your PC is with the Vista Inspirat 2 theme package by CrystalXP. It is a really awesome way to disguise your computer and make it look like you are running Windows Vista. It provides a whole new icon set changing the look of files and mouse pointers and a sound package with Vista sounds.
Not only does it do that, your start menu is changed to look the same as well as wallpapers, including your log on/off screens. It uses relatively the same amount of resources as any windows theme so you don’t have to worry about a slow computer. The best part about the package is you don’t have to worry about changing from what you already know and you also don’t get a lot of the hassles you get in Vista and 7, but on the same hand you don’t get some of the helpful features and updates provided with the new releases.
Another great way to spice up the look of your computer is to head on over to Stardock’s website. They offer some amazing programs to dramatically change the look of your computer. Take for example their DeskScapes 3 program.
“Stardock DeskScapes is a program that allows users to have animated wallpaper on their Windows 7, Vista or XP desktop. It supports playing video as animated wallpaper, dynamically generated content as animated wallpaper, and more.”
The files come know as Dream files. It is quite a perfect name for them as you can create anything you can dream and make it an animated wallpaper. Dream files can be found anywhere on the net and have quite a number of designers making them. A great place to start looking for them is WinCustomize.com where you can find a large selection of files.
Stardock has a large variety of applications to choose from, another great example is DesktopX 3. DesktopX allows it’s user’s to build their own desktops, including widgets and gadgets. The functionality of this program is so ridiculous I have seen desktops that were 3D globes and cubes, and some advanced menu systems that completely replaced what everyone has grown so familiar with. Many of the widgets such as weather, RSS feeds, and my computer have been incorporated into the desktop so as to provide a seamless environment that looks as if it is to belong there.
Finally, another great way to customize the look of your computer is changing its physical features. Many websites off ridiculous looking cases with many colors and designs. Some cases come optimized for advanced cooling while others are optimized for storage and the rest are for show.
Most custom cases will have cutout windows that allow you to show off the interior of your computer. You can then ad to the interior lighting such as neon, LED and cold cathode. Lighting can add dramatic effects by using different colors or UV reactive wiring and paint. The lighting, I must say, looks extremely ridiculous when placed inside a completely clear acrylic case. Hell, if you want you could even add a fan to your computer that has an LCD screen which will display a programmable message.
So now that you know a few ways to add your own personal touch to the extremely bland computer you are reading this on take a look around the web and start working on it!