Now that Microsoft has officially unveiled the new user interface (UI) of the upcoming Windows 8 OS (check out the official preview video) with some great new features, you might want to get the tile-based Windows 8 Start screen in your Windows 7 OS as well.
Unlike Windows 7 or any other desktop OS, Windows 8 includes tile-based Start screen (just like in Windows Phone 7), which replaces the Windows Start menu with a customizable, scalable full-screen view of apps. These live tiles provide notifications, up-to-date information from installed apps.
Getting the new Metro UI based Start menu is pretty easy if you follow the steps given below.
Get Windows 8 Start screen in Windows 7
Step 1: Start the procedure by downloading and installing Rainmeter software.
Step 2: Once you are done with Rainmeter installation, download Omnimo 3.1 skin for Rainmeter.
Step 3: Extract the contents of the zip pack and then double-click on Omnimo.rmskin file to start installing the skin.
Step 4: Once installed, add new panels and arrange them one by one to get the Windows 8 Start screen look.
Step 5: Good luck!
NOTE: The developer of Omnimo Rainmeter skin, fediafedia, is working on a new version of the skin which will bring the exact Windows 8 Tablet UI Start menu to Windows 7 (with Start at the top left and user picture at the top right of the screen) and the skin will be released within a week or two. Until then, you can follow the above procedure to get similar Start screen in Windows 7.
Here is the preview of the next version of the skin with exact Windows 8 Start screen look: