Bring Windows 8 Metro Desktop on Windows 7: Newgen

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Newgen is a free software for Windows 7 and Vista to add Windows 8 Metro UI to Windows 7, and Windows Vista. Newgen is basically a set of  live gadgets/widgets that brings out part of the content from your PC and rest from the web. In case you decided not to download windows 8, then Newgen is a perfect software to emulate Windows 8 look on Windows 7.

Update (8-Oct-2012): This project is now closed. Instead, you can check out Mosaic which gives windows 8 look on Windows 7.

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The application comes up with a “Store” wherein you can add extra attractive widgets from Start Menu at extreme right side of the screen. The widgets/gadgets are very limited in numbers, however, it gives a lookalike of  Windows 8 start screen. You can easily customize feel and look of the start up screen of  Windows 8 by adjusting the options under settings menu.

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Newgen comes up with various attractive features.

Here are some of the features of this Windows 8 Metro UI Emulator:

  • Bring up your favorite apps in just a click
  • Modify as per your liking
  • Switch to your active or opened files, in just a couple of clicks
  • Lets you play music, videos, view pictures without even opening them
  • Serves you with API for developers of alluring Widgets
  • Get updates regularly without visiting the website

In order to get started with Newgen, you are not required to configure settings. You just need to bring out the .exe file to add the sidebars to Windows 7 screen.  It is very easy to download Newgen.

Here is how to download Newgen:

  • Go onto the below given link
  • Click on “Download”
  • Click on “Newgen Installer”
  • Click on “I Agree”
  • Click on the downloaded link in order to run
  • Click on “Run”

Here is your all new start screen. Start using and feel the Start Menu of Windows 8 right on your Windows 7 desktop.

Newgen is Alpha Testing Phase. It supports WPF, HTML5, and HTML widgets.

Basic System Requirements:

  • Windows 7, Vista
  • Microsoft .Net Framework
  • Microsoft Zune (Optional)
  • Internet Connection (Optional)

In short, Newgen is a nice app to feel the upcoming Windows 8. Go ahead, give Windows 8 Preview a try. You will definitely like it!!

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Works With: Windows 7, Windows Vista
Free/Paid: Free