Download: Click the download button to your right.
Windows Vista, 7, 8 or 8.1 with Rainmeter 3.0.2+ (rainmeter.net/cms/) installed.
Note: Internet Explorer sometimes renames .rmskin files to .zip files. If this happens you will need to go to the file location and rename it back to a .rmskin before running it.
Important: Using With a Portable Installation of Rainmeter
If you want to be able to launch the Start Menu from your windows taskbar using a portable installation of Rainmeter, a little tweaking is required.
1. In the Menu and MenuSmall folders there are subfolders called Link and LinkSmall. Contained in these are the .LNK shortcut files used to launch the menu from your taskbar.
2. Right click on the .LNK shortcut, select properties, and go to the shortcut tab
3. Replace the current folder paths for the Target and Start In parameters. Be sure not to delete the !ToggleConfig bang.
If you followed the steps correctly the taskbar Start Menu shortcuts should now run without problem on a portable installation of Rainmeter. If you have any further questions feel free to leave a comment below.
What is this?
A skin for Rainmeter supported Operating Systems (excluding Win XP) to bring back the start menu and orb.
Do I have to have Rainmeter v3.0.2+ installed to use this?
Yes, you MUST have Rainmeter v3.0.2+ installed to use this Start Menu. It won't work with older versions, period.
How do I manually change one of my Apps icon, name, or path?
If you want to change that stuff manually, those variables (like the 7th app name) are in a file called VariablesApps.inc
Its location should be this:
Go to %USERPROFILE% then Documents then Rainmeter then Skins then Start Menu and finially resources
How do I access the settings menu?
For the Classic start menu, click the black settings icon in the lower right-hand corner of the start menu.
For the Metro start menu, click the title called setting icon.
and much more!
Start Menu/Setup/Setup.ini"). When a given skin's button is clicked the skin sends a
!ToggleConfigbang (this allows the skin to be used to open AND close skins) and opens the skin. The downside with this is it requires the end user to configure and add information for each Rainmeter skin they want to use before they can use the skin. In addition, it cannot detect if a skin is open.
%APPDATA%\Roaming\Rainmeter. Being able to use this would allow a skin to know what other skins are running. However, I have no idea how to retrieve and convert this into useable variables...
You mean the one attached to the taskbar? First I got StartIsGone which removed the windows start button from my taskbar and then I pinned a shortcut that launches the rainmeter start menu from my taskbar.
To do that on your desktop, you first need to install StartIsGone winaero.com/comment.php?commen… and let it run at startup.
Once you have done that, assuming you have a standard installation of rainmeter and want to keep the on-screen start orb there are two options.
Go to your skins folder, which should be %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Skins and open the folder named Start Menu. Open the folder named Menu or MenuSmall based on which sized menu u use and then go to the folder named Link or LinkSmall (there will only be one folder or the other there). Finally, right click on the shortcut in that folder and click Pin to Taskbar
Right-click on the start orb or start menu and in the popup menu navigate to Start Menu then Setup and click on Setup.ini. From there choose the classic/win 7 style menu of your size and go through the setup process. When done go to settings and if wanted change your Start Menu Format back to metro/win 8.
I'm working on redoing the Setup menu so that it will be easier to do stuff like this but for now the two options above should work ok.
When I was making the start orb I toyed with using Toggle, but I decided against it for two reasons:
1. If someone double clicks on the start orb it would open only to immediately close, since the first click would open the skin and the second would close it.
2. The start menu can already easily be closed simply by pressing the X button in the upper-right hand corner of the start menu.
If you have any suggestions feel free to share them.
Bear in mind I use windows 8.1 now so I don't have a start menu to directly compare this rainmeter skin to for adding missing features.