Get Windows 8 Transparent Charms Bar in Windows 7, Vista and XP

Windows 8 charms bar feature is an alternative to Windows Start Menu. With the help of this tutorial, you can enable the ‘same’ on the earlier versions of Windows.

Few more days are left for the official release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Based on available reports Microsoft has readied the final build of Windows 8 Consumer Preview for launch. The final build of Windows 8 Consumer preview is expected to be numbered as 8250 and not 8220 as per the latest news. The release date of Windows 8 Consumer Preview is 29th of this Month. Microsoft will unveil this latest version of Windows 8 Beta at a special event in the Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona, this Wednesday.

I know many of you are looking forward to download this Windows 8 Consumer Preview release that features metro UI and best for touch friendly screen. As per the latest reports, Microsoft has removed the traditional Windows Start button from Windows 8. Instead, you can access the same functionality using the Windows 8 transparent Charms Bar. If you wish, you can easily enable the same type transparent charms bar on your Windows 7, Vista or XP running computer with the help of a free Windows app launcher and one awesome skin pack.

Transparent Charms Bar

Steps to Install Windows 8 Transparent Charms Bar in Windows 7

Download and install RocketDock app launcher. It’s free.

Download Windows 8 charmsbar skin from Here. You can see the download link on the right hand side of the screen that below “Add to Favorites”

Unzip the “[dot]rar” file and you will get 3 folders and one “[dot]exe” file as follows.

  1. Charmbar transparent
  2. Icons
  3. Rocketdocsettings
  4. StartMenu.exe

Look for “RocketDock” folder in “C:\Program Files”. Copy the folder “Charmbar transparent” from the just unzipped skin folder to “C:\Program Files\RocketDock\Skins”. Then Icons folder to “C:\Program Files\RocketDock”.

Double click and open the folder “Rocketdocsettings”. Copy the file “Settingstransparent.ini” and paste it in “C:\Program Files\RocketDock”. Delete the existing “settings.ini” file there and rename the above “Settingstransparent.ini” to “settings.ini”. Now copy and paste “StartMenu.exe” to “C:\Program Files\RocketDock”.

That is all. Run “RocketDock” and enjoy.


  1. Rizonesoft says

    Microsoft now totally removed the Start Menu from Windows 8 and replaced it with the Start Screen. We decided to do something about it and created a petition to ask Microsoft to bring back the Start Menu. If Microsoft enables the ability for us to choose between the interfaces, then everybody should be happy even those who like the new interface. For this petition to be successful we need a few million signatures; this seems impossible, but can be done. Go to for more information.

    I’m not looking for free traffic to my site, if you could just share the direct petition link that will be perfect and be a tremendous help. Only those who can see the invisible can accomplish the impossible.

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