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Save up to 75% on games, DLC, and software in the Stardock Publisher Sale on Steam!

Monday, September 13, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Stardock's Publisher Sale is here with up to
75% off* on our most popular games, DLC, and software!



Star Control: Origins
$29.99 Now $13.49 - 55% Off


Galactic Civilizations III
(Includes FREE: Crusade and Retribution Expansions, Mega Events DLC)
$29.99 Now $9.89 - 67% Off


Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
$29.99 Now $9.89 - 67% Off


Offworld Trading Company
(Includes FREE: Jupiter's Forge Expansion and Almanac DLC)
$29.99 Now $11.99 - 60% Off


Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion
$39.99 Now $9.99 - 70% Off

Siege of Centauri

Siege of Centauri
$14.99 Now $7.49 - 50% Off


The Political Machine 2020
$14.99 Now $7.49 - 50% Off

Game Bundles:

Galactic Civilizations III: Ultimate
$111.84 Now $39.39 - 65% Off


Offworld Trading Company: Ultimate
$99.87 Now $36.41 - 64% Off


Ashes of the Singularity:
Escalation Ultimate

$84.89 Now $27.22 - 69% Off


Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Ultimate
$90.93 Now $24.49 - 65% Off

Legends Pack

Stardock Legends Pack
Now $19.99 - 50% Off

Fallen Enchantress: Ultimate
$42.93 Now $18.74 - 56% Off



Classic Games:

GalCiv II: Ultimate
$19.99 Now $9.99 - 50% Off

$9.99 Now $4.99 - 50% Off

Sins of a Solar Empire: Trinity
$19.99 Now $4.99 - 75% Off

Legendary Heroes
$24.99 Now $9.99 - 60% Off

The Corporate Machine
$9.99 Now $4.99 - 50% Off

Dead Man's Draw
$6.99 Now $3.49 - 50% Off

GalCiv I: Ultimate
$9.99 Now $4.99 - 50% Off


Popular Expansions/DLC:

GalCiv III: Intrigue
$14.99 Now $7.49 - 50% Off

Star Control: Origins - Earth Rising
$19.99 Now $9.99 - 50% Off

Offworld Trading Company: Jupiter's Forge
$14.99 Now $3.89 - 74% Off

GalCiv III: Crusade
$4.99 Now $1.24 - 75% Off

GalCiv III: Mercenaries
$9.99 Now $4.99 - 50% Off

Galactic Civilizations III - Mega Events
$3.99 Now $0.99 - 75% Off

The Political Machine 2020: Founding Fathers
$4.99 Now $2.49 - 50% Off


Stardock Software:

$9.99 Now $5.99

$4.99 Now $3.74

Multiplicity KM
$19.99 Now $9.99
Multiplicity KVM
$39.99 Now $29.99

$4.99 Now $3.74

$9.99 Now $7.99

$4.99 Now $3.99

SoundPackager 10
$4.99 Now $3.99


*Sale ends 9.20.21 at 1PM ET. 

Here's 5 Top Desktop Wallpapers for Fall

Monday, September 13, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Fall is just around the corner, and I've been getting ready with my pumpkin coffee and changing the wallpapers on my various PCs! We have a bunch of seasonal desktop wallpapers here on WC, and we've been adding more so there's a wide selection to choose from.

We've also been making sure the tags are in place, so just by searching 'fall' or 'autumn' should bring up plenty of results in all categories!

Here's a few of our favorites to get you started! If you like these be sure to share!

Pumpkin Harvest


Fall Leaves in Kolob Canyon


Yellow Fall Leaves


Autumn Road


Autumn Bokeh


Share Your September Desktops with the WinCustomize Community!

Monday, September 6, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

September is finally here, and we are just weeks away from the official start of fall! With a new month brings a new opportunity to show off the skins and themes you are using on your desktop. Take a screenshot and post to our desktop screenshot thread and let us know what themes you are using this month.

Post your desktops to the monthly thread here:

(This is a news thread and will be locked. Screenshot taken by JanOscar)

New Curtains Themes for a Minimalist Desktop

Monday, August 30, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

The Curtains gallery has quite a few new themes added recently, and we have just been enjoying them. They have a smooth and minimalist design and are great for daily use either at work or home.

Check out some of the latest theme below but be sure to check out the full Curtains gallery for many more themes. Have you tried any of these new themes? Let us know in the comments!









Here's 5 Relaxing Animated Wallpapers for Your Desktop

Monday, August 23, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

One of my favorite things about using animated wallpapers with DeskScapes is the relaxing scenes I can have right on my Windows desktop. My personal favorite types are the triggered .dreams that change on the time of day, and animated wallpapers with very subtle animations. A quick example would be snow slowly falling on a winter scene, or subtle movement of water that doesn't distract you from anything.

The best thing is we have a ton of those types of animated wallpapers here on WinCustomize. Here's five of my favorites to check out!

Calm Lagoon Waterfall


Canopy on the Beach


Autumn Leaves in the Breeze


Spring Falls


Wind Blowing in a Wheat Field


Getting an Early Start on Your Fall Desktop!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

We're just over a month away until the fall/autumn season arrives, and I am so ready for some hopefully cooler weather. Fall is a wonderful time to base some desktop themes on as we have many types of skins that fit perfectly with the season. We have an excellent selection of wallpapers, WindowBlinds skins, animated wallpapers for DeskScapes, and much more to choose from!

We'll be featuring plenty of themes over the next few weeks, but here are some of our favorites to get started with. Let us know if you have any seasonal favorites that you'll be using.

Scenic IV (WindowBlinds)


Fall Color (WindowBlinds)


Autumn Leaves in the Breeze (Animated Wallpaper for DeskScapes)


Candy Corn (CursorFX)


Fall leaves in Kolob Canyon (Wallpaper)


Stardock Announces Start11 - Get into the Beta Today

Beta version of Start11 goes live today

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

Stardock Restores Classic Start Menu in Windows 11
Beta version of Start11 is live today


Stardock announced Start11, a program that allows users to customize the Windows Start menu. As with previous editions of the StartX products, Start11 allows users to restore the Start menu to appears as it does in previous versions of Windows as well as customize it to their liking. The beta version is now available at Stardock’s homepage. 

“This first beta is designed to regain some of the lost functionality in the current Windows 11 Start menu,” said Brad Wardell, Stardock CEO. “We have a lot of exciting new features planned to make the Start menu not just more accessible but also more useful to companies and power users.” 

The first beta of Start11 is compatible with Windows 11 and Windows 10, supports moving the start button to the middle or to the left, makes visible many subtle Windows features, and provides a new configuration UI that allows extensive customization. 


“The new UI has been designed to support future Start menu designs,” said Wardell. “Start8 and Start10 focused on restoring previous versions of the Start menu. Start11 will be extending this to support a host of new Start menu ideas such as the concept of pages, tabs, minimalism, and features for our enterprise customers.” 


Join the Start11 Beta Today for $4.99
Users who buy into the beta will get the full release free.

Start8 or Start10
 We've got special upgrade pricing just for you.




Top 5 HOT Desktop Wallpapers to Check Out!

Monday, August 9, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

If you are looking for a new desktop wallpaper, then you have some great choices from the past month in the WinCustomize gallery. It's also fun that we can get these through DeskScapes 11 without even leaving the app, which is what I've been doing on a couple of my PCs.

There's plenty to choose from in the gallery here, and new ones come in just about daily. Check them all out here.

Here are five of the top wallpapers on WinCustomize. Check them out!

Futuristic Neon Cityscape


Stormy weather_4K


Palm on the Left_4K




Silhouette of Palm Trees



Share Your August Desktops with the WinCustomize Community!

Monday, August 2, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

We are getting into the final stretches of summer, and I for one am looking forward to fall. We still have some weeks of summer left, so let's take a few minutes and show off those hot August desktops to our community! 

Post your desktops to the monthly thread here:

(This is a news thread and will be locked. Screenshot taken by LightStar)

The WindowBlinds Gallery is on Fire!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 by Island Dog | Discussion: WinCustomize News

How is that for a dramatic post title? Well, I'm only exaggerating a little as the WindowBlinds gallery has had a considerable number of beautiful skins added over the past few weeks. Some of these are new skins, some are updated, and some are being re-uploaded by "retired" members of the site.

It's nice to see a wide range of distinctive styles and colors being used, and it's been fun to combine these themes with various static and animated wallpapers from DeskScapes to create some awesome Windows desktops.

Here's a few of our recent favorites but be sure to check out the entire WindowBlinds gallery here.

Sunset II