How to install Rainmeter skins on Windows?



Rainmeter skins are an awesome way to give your windows laptop or PC home screen a stylish look. There are mainly two different ways for installing Rainmeter Skins which are downloaded from the Internet:-
  • Manually:- If the file you have downloaded is a .rar/.zip/.7z archive then you just have to unzip the archive file into the Rainmeter Skins folder and refresh it.
  • Automatically:- If the file you downloaded is in .rmskin format then you have to double-click the .rmskin file and then click on the install button.

Manually Installing the Rainmeter Skins: 

Before the launch of the Rainmeter 1.3 version, most of the available skins were had to be first unzipped and then moved to the Skins folder. Each and every version of Rainmeter comes with 100% backward-compatible due to which, older skins will still work smoothly. Below mentioned is the procedure for installing them:-

To begin with, if a skin comes in a ZIP, 7Z or a RAR file, then there is a need for a software to extract them. 7-Zip is immensely popular and recommended software as it handles almost every archive type available. When finished with the installation process, right-click on the archive to extract it.
It may include a readme.txt file with more guidance and instructions. If not, just look for the same folder named as skin because it might be found inside another folder named as "Skins". Paste the folder into the Rainmeter "Skins" folder.

In the final step, right-click the windows of Rainmeter notifications area icon appeared and select the button named Refresh all. Now you can see the new Skins available to load from the context menu and manage windows.

Automatically Installing the Rainmeter Skins:

The Skins which are in a Rainmeter Skin Packager, that is (.rmskin) format can be simply and automatically installed with the help of Rainmeter Skin Installer. While performing a Rainmeter installation, the Skin Installer program is associated with the .rmskin extension and with just an easy double-clicking it will get installed in the Rainmeter.



This dialog will list each and every essential component that will be going to install. That may include:-
  • Skins: Not more but at least one Skin will definitely be comprised and installed in the Rainmeter/ Skins folder. The author may indicate that one or more Skins will be automatically added when the process of installation will be finished.
  • Plugins: The appropriate 32 bit/ 64-bit architecture plugin version .dll files will be automatically installed into the Rainmeter/Skins folder if the author has installed the custom Plugins to the package safely.
  • Addons: Add-ons will be installed by themselves in the Rainmeter/Skins if the author has securely added addon executable files along with the package.

If by chance any of the Skins to be installed already do exist, they will be automatically moved to a special Backup folder just before the installation. This might get disabled by you while unchecking the Backup skins in the Advanced pull-down menu option.
Click Install in order to complete the process of installation of the package.

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