Free guide: Desktop makeover Ever since its early incarnations allowed users to tile simple backgrounds, Windows users have wanted to change the way they work with the interface. Adding pictures, changing colours and fonts and then – with Windows 95 and onwards – employing different themes all meant that the desktop could be personalised to reflect different tastes.

In this guide, we'll show you different ways to extend the Windows desktop, from simple modifications that provide additional features to a complete overhaul using Stardock's WindowBlinds.

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