We here at IntoWindows love customizing Windows and free tools that allow us to customize Windows operating system. Back in the days of Windows XP, I used to customize almost every part of the OS with the help of resource editing tools.
Even though I have stopped installing third-party visual styles and transformation packs on my primary machine, I always install new customization tools on my other PCs and write about good customization utilities.
If you have been using Windows for a long time, you probably have observed that Microsoft hasn’t changed the default cursor since the release of Windows Vista. In short, both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 include the same set of cursors introduced first with Vista. While the default set of cursors is elegant, users who love customizing Windows and users who are bored with default cursors might want to replace the default cursors with new ones.
Installing a third-party cursor in Windows isn’t as difficult as installing a new visual style. There is an option available under Mouse Properties to install new cursors or choose one of the tens of cursor schemes included in Windows. Even though Mouse Properties is good enough to change default cursors, there is a better program available now to install and manage new cursors.
Cursor Commander is a new program from our friend at WinAero, the developer of many popular Windows customization and tweaking tools such as Windows 7 Personalization Panel, Startup Sound Changer, and Alt Tab Tuner.
With Cursor Commander, you can install new cursors with a click and share the new cursor schemes with your friends and family. Once you download and install (yes, it’s not portable) Cursor Commander, select a default cursor and then click on the browse button to browse to location of new cursor or browse to the cursor pack containing new cursors to quickly install them.
Download and install new cursors from web
The best thing about this free cursor customization tool is that it lets you download and install tens of new cursor schemes from the web. Simply click Get more cursors link to see tens of browser schemes.
Overall, Cursor Commander is a decent program to install and manage cursors. With that said, this is not the program if you don’t install new cursors very often as the default Mouse Properties in Windows is more than enough for most users to install new cursors.
The only downside is that it’s not portable, meaning that you need to install the program in order to use it. Cursor Commander is available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 operating systems.