Are you running Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7? Do you love the new Start screen introduced with Windows 8? Would you like to get the Start screen and Charms bar in your Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 as well? If your answer is yes, we have a brilliant software to share with you today.
In the past, we showed you how to get the Start screen in Windows 7 with the help of Rainmeter & skins and also get the Charms bar. This time around we have a fantastic application that not only brings the all new Start screen to Windows 7 and previous Windows versions but also the Charms bar.
WinMetro is a free tool from the popular IObit software, the maker of popular Advanced System Care and StartMenu8 software. WinMetro aims to bring Windows 8’s Modern UI to previous versions with a few clicks. The best part is that it doesn’t replaces your original system files.
Once installed, you will see how to use the new Start screen guide on your Windows 7 or XP. Just like the Start screen in Windows 8, WinMetro also comes with weather, calendar, news, and stocks apps. It even displays frequently used programs on the Start screen. These news, stocks, weather, and calendar update in real-time and display information with the help of live tiles.
Clicking on the user picture that appears on the upper-right of the screen displays shut down, restart, sleep, log off, and user account options. Move the mouse cursor the lower-right corner of the screen to see the Charms bar. You can even use the Windows + C hotkey to see the Charms bar.
To switch to the desktop, click on the Desktop tile on the Start screen. And to switch to the Start screen from desktop, just like in Windows 8, move your mouse cursor to the lower-left corner of the screen to see the Start screen preview button and then click on the same.
Please note that the WinMetro is currently in beta stage. You might encounter issues while using it. We tested it on Windows 7 (x86) and can confirm that it works as advertised by the developer.
Overall, WinMetro is the perfect program for users who want get the Start screen and Charms bar in Windows 7, Vista, and XP operating systems.
Download WinMetro (Softpedia link)