"Enjoy new icons and visual styles on your PC."
Even though the Windows operating system desktop allows for some customization, the truth is that there are simply too few options to play around with. In case you are considering totally revamping your desktop and making it less boring, then you should try out the fun and easy to use Auslogics Visual Styler. With this software utility, you can say goodbye to the same old standard Windows icons and that same old blue welcoming screen. Regardless of whether you prefer a funky plastic look, a sleek or glittery appearance or a metallic façade, you will be able to give your computer a complete digital makeover and customize it as you see fit.
Although it has a relative small size of about 15 MB, the Auslogics Visual Styler incorporates over 80 different icon styles and designs. Besides the icon packs that you will receive with the software, you will happy to learn that it includes a sophisticated Package Editor where you can modify the existent icons or, use your creativity and imagination to design a completely new icon style. Overall, this little application will bring out the designer aptitudes you have in you.
Since the software is quite small, the downloading and installation phases are brief as well. All you need to do is follow the instructions of the setup wizard and you will have the Auslogics Visual Styler on your computer in less than one minute. What is great is that it does not require more than a Pentium processor, 32 RAM and a Windows XP or higher operating system from your machine. In addition, it is important to note that the software has been extensively tested and was found free of spyware or adware.
As any other respectable software utility, the Auslogics Visual Styler enables the users to test out the product’s capabilities and features before purchasing. Therefore, you can enjoy a free trial of the software for 15 days, when you will be asked if you want to upgrade it to the paid version, which costs less than twenty-five dollars.
The interface is sleek and appealing as well. The main menu includes the main file commands, located in the upper right corner. Underneath it you will observe a eight-option submenu that includes the startup page, icon styler, wallpapers, logon screen, drives and folders, boot screen, XP themes and customize display commands. When you click on any of them, you will notice all your available commands popping up in the middle of the interface.
Right underneath the aforementioned display, you will see the icon package where you can find all the icon styles and designs that came with the product. In addition, in the left area of the interface a task menu allows you to promptly replace or reset any modifications. In order for your changes to become active you will need to click the “Apply” command, which becomes active only when you are making revisions to the icons and screens.
While the vast majority of visual styler applications will only enable you to make adjustments to the desktop icons, with the Auslogics Visual Styler allows changes of the icons in the Favorites and Startup Menu as well. In addition, another great benefit provided by this styler is that it supports a wide variety of file formats that you download from the internet. In fact, once you download a theme you like, the software will do all the work and set it up for you.
Even though the software is able to make all the changes and adjustments you want on the boot, welcome and logon screen, it is not really clear how the modifications you made affect the responsiveness and speed of your machine.
An alternative for the Windows XP users would be Vistapack XP software, a free of charge utility that can realistically transform the appearance of the XP into Vista. However, as many users have claimed, the problem with the Vistapack XP is that it can cause system freezes and consumes a lot of your machine’s RAM.
If you love customizing and you are always changing the appearance of your background desktop, then you will certainly enjoy working with the Auslogics Visual Styler. Besides the dozens of themes and adjustment options it includes, you will also be able to use your creativity and design your very own icons and screens.
Requirements: Pentium, 32MB RAM, 15MB HDD
What's new in this version: - now BoostSpeed supports Windows XP SP3 - fixed shared modules errors