Get Windows 8 and 8.1 Start Screen in Windows XP, Vista and 7 Using “Omnimo 6” Rainmeter Skin Suite

UPDATE: New version 6.0 released with lots of fixes and new features.

Microsoft's new OS Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 feature brand new "Start Screen" which looks similar to Windows Phone 7 home screen. It basically shows live tiles of the installed programs and apps in Windows 8. You can read more about it at following link:

[Windows 8 Start Screen] How to Pin, Resize, Move, Close or Uninstall App Tiles?

Recently we shared Start Screen inspired Homepage utilities for web browsers:

Now its turn of something more interesting!

"Omnimo" is a Windows Phone 7 inspired multifunctional interactive desktop information center based on Rainmeter. It has been created by our friend "fediaFedia" @ DA. This suite will turn your desktop into a productive and attractive workarea , delivering only the information you need. Every interactive tile gives you information at a glance, and can be easily customized to your needs.

Now a new version 6.0 has been released. In this release you'll find that there had been many improvements in performance, visual interaction and the inner workings of the project, as well as better customization abilities. One of the more important ones being the ability to replicate the Windows 8 start screen - you'll have a screen in the intro offering to select either the traditional WP7 layout, or the new, fresh, Windows 8 one.

New changes in Omnimo 6.0:

  • Windows 8 style panels and sidebar
  • Panel creator
  • Hubs and Kiosk apps
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

How To Use:

1. Simply download and install Rainmeter first using following link:

Download Rainmeter

2. Now download Omnimo skin suite using following link:

Download Omnimo

3. Double click the Setup.rmskin file, the extraction might take a minute or two, after that you'll be guided by the Intro.

4. You can also download following 65+ panel pack to use with Omnimo:

Download Omnimo Panel Pack


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  • Thank you so much for the update. Version 5 is superb. :)

  • I will try to test it next time.
    Thanks Vishal!

  • Leaving the personal taste of others, I, personally, didn't pretty much like this thing i.e, the "Start Screen" of Win 8 with 'Live Tiles' but I surely loved the "Lock Screen" of Win 8 i.e, the screen which is displayed just when we press the Win + L combination in Win 7 (where the date/time were displayed at a corner). I would surely like to use that in place of default Win 7's plain & dull lock screen. Any suggesstions ????

  • VG

    ^^ No alternative is available but you can try following:

  • I have ram 256 mb on my windows xp sp2
    Can i run this application .....

  • where is the search box of windows 8 start menu???????Plz Help ..............I am new for Win 8

  • VG

    ^^ When you are on Start Screen, just start typing and it'll automatic start searching for it.

  • @ Avinash

    I agree, I don't like Metro either nor Live Tiles nor Windows 8 nor Rainmeter.

    I don't like if I have some 3rd party apps running in background, I like to keep my Windows 7 as minimal as possible, i.e I like to disable things and features. Only software which is running in background is my antivirus, that's it.

  • I have found a great software here

  • Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • whenever i restart my laptop the screen becomes black nothing comes up on the screen but the power light on laptop remain on? plz help .i have to press the button till laptop shutdowns then i press the button then laptop starts.

  • thanx for omnimo i want to get win 8 start appearence i got it in my xp pc. My system is of 2.6 ghz processor with 512 mb ram. It slows my system somewhat how to solve this prblm?

  • Friends this program is infected by viruses please don't download this rainmeter and this program also modifies windows themes and you are not able recover them so please it is looking very beautiful but is infected by viruses

  • VG

    ^^ No. I can assure you that neither Rainmeter nor the skin is infected with any kind of virus. Both are absolutely safe to use.

  • hello sumeet you want to login windows in safe mode and uncheck reinmeter in startup apps in control panel then your problem will get solved

  • my loptop has 512 ram windows xp will it work

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