Add Windows 8 Charms Bar to Windows 7

The most talked about feature in Windows 8 is the metro style start screen and the charms bar. The all new Charms Bar brings up various options in the start screen as the interface is quite different from the earlier versions. If you are a Windows 7 user, then no need to worry you can also access the Windows 8 charms bar on your system. Here is the tutorial how you can get the Windows 8 charms bar on your Windows 7.

Add Windows 8 Charms Bar to Windows 7
From all the latest features included in Windows 8, charms bar is also one of them. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview (Beta) includes a number of new features along with an improved Charms Bar.

For the users out there who would like to access the new Charms Bar in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 have3 to download a new skin for RocketDock. PeterRollar, a deviantart member, has created Windows 8 DP Charms Bar style skin for RocketDock.

How to install Windows 8 DP Charms Bar style skin for RocketDock?

  • Firstly, you need to download RocketDock from here. This is a free app launcher for Windows.
  • Once downloaded, run the setup
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation
  • Now, download Charms Bar skin RAR file from here and Extract the skin file and put Charmbar Transparent folder in the skins folder of Rocket Dock. That is, move Charmbar Transparent folder to C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Skins
    If you have x64 version of Windows, then copy the folder to C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketDock\Skins folder.
  • Now, replace the default Icons folder present in Skins folder with the Icons folder that were obtained by unzipping the skin file
  • Next, place settings.ini file in C:\Program Files\RocketDock folder and the x64 users need to place the same file in C:\Program Files (x86)\RocketDock folder
  • Finally, launch RocketDock program. Go to Dock Settings and select Style from the left-pane. Next, click the drop down arrow and from the list that appears select Charmbar Transparent. Hit the Ok button and the new skin is set.

Now you can have the charms bar without having Windows 8 OS installed on your system.

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