How to Uninstall Rainmeter Skins Completely from Your Operating System

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How to Uninstall Rainmeter Skins

Uninstalling Rainmeter skins is a piece of cake. All you have to do is visit their default folder and delete them manually. The default folder is Documents/Rainmeter/Skins. After you delete all the skins (or the skins you don’t want), open the Rainmeter program and click Refresh Skins. The program will refresh, and you’ll find the skins you deleted gone from the list. But what if you want to find new Rainmeter skins? Or you’re not sure how to install them? Or maybe you want to diagnose common issues with Rainmeter skins? Keep reading to find the answers you’re looking for.

Where to Find New Skins for Your Rainmeter

If you want to download new skins for your Rainmeter, there are multiple places you can go to do so. Finding reliable sites to download them from is essential so you don’t install malicious files onto your operating system.

Depending on where you get them from, some downloadable skins simply don’t work and end up disrupting the whole Rainmeter program, which is another reason why it’s better to get the skins from reputable websites.

Here are three decent options for downloading Rainmeter skins:

Rainmeter.net

The most obvious place to download Rainmeter skins is from the official website. It has a full section dedicated to the community. In it you can find endless forums and website suggestions for downloading skins.

You’ll also find a community showcasing desktop examples with skins designed to inspire you with your own creation.

DeviantArt

No joke, DeviantArt is one of the world’s largest online art communities. Here you can find even more examples on DeviantArt with endless example skins uploaded by designers to showcase their skills. Whether you’re looking for movie-themed skins, minimalistic skins, or anime-themed ones, you’re sure to find something to inspire you here.

But again, just be sure you’re downloading skins from a reliable source so you don’t harm your operating system or download malicious files by accident.

VisualSkins

The best thing about VisualSkins is the easy layout and the user-friendly interface. There are endless skin options available and browsing through them is pretty easy. The website has an organized design, dividing the skins into Weather, Themes, and Clock. That way, you can instantly navigate to the section you want.

How to Install New Rainmeter Skins

Now that you downloaded your favorite skins, it’s time to install them and start customizing your desktop. Let’s see how to install new Rainmeter skins automatically and manually.

Automatically

An automatic installation is the easiest option. However, it won’t work unless your downloaded skin file is in the .rmskin format (if your skin is not in the .rmksin format, proceed to the manual instructions).

If the skin you downloaded is in this format, you can follow these steps to start using it:

  1. Double click on the file to open it.
  2. The installation dialog will pop up. Enable the skin’s layouts by checking the small box below, then click on Install.
  3. When the skin finishes the installation, you’ll be able to use it.

Manually

A manual installation is a bit more complicated. Unfortunately, most skins will require a manual installation since not all websites provide their skin in the .rmksin format.

But the process isn’t too challenging. Here are the necessary steps involved to install any Rainmeter skin manually when it’s not in the .rmksin format.

  1. Make sure that the Rainmeter skin you want to install is in Archive format. Then, extract it so that it’s inside a folder. (If it’s not in Archive format, skip to copying the folder.)
  2. When the skin is inside a folder, copy the whole folder and visit Documents\Rainmeter\Skins.
  3. Paste the copied folder inside so that the skin is uploaded onto your OS.
  4. Refresh the Rainmeter program by right-clicking on its icon and choosing Refresh All.
  5. Open the Rainmeter program and you’ll find the new skin installed and ready for use. If it’s not there, refresh the skins and look for it again.

Common Issues with the Rainmeter Program

Rainmeter allows you to customize your desktop with any theme you with endless skins to choose from. But there are some errors worth looking into that may cause you to think twice about downloading Rainmeter skins. Here are some common issues you may encounter with Rainmeter and its skins:

  • The program crashes every time you open it.
  • The program keeps re-installing even after you uninstall it.
  • Rainmeter shows compatibility issues with other applications.
  • The program doesn’t show up on the Control panel.
  • Your Antivirus regards the program as a malicious file.

How to Uninstall Rainmeter for Windows

Rainmeter may start disrupting your system because of file corruption. Or, you may have restored it from another computer’s backup, which may cause a lot of other errors. In this case, the best thing to do is uninstall it so it can’t cause you more issues.

Here are the steps required to completely uninstall Rainmeter:

  1. If you have skins that you want to save, visit Documents\Rainmeter\Skins, copy the contents, and paste them somewhere you’ll be able to find them later.
  2. Visit AppData\Roaming\Rainmeter\Plugins, copy the contents you want to keep, and paste them into another file.
  3. Then, exit the Rainmeter program.
  4. Open your version of Windows’ Start menu and search for Programs & Features or Apps & Features.
  5. Open Apps & Features and look for Rainmeter on the applications list.
  6. Click it, then click on Uninstall located at the top.
  7. When the uninstallation finishes, visit C:\Program Files\Rainmeter and delete the whole folder.
  8. Visit Documents\Rainmeter and delete all the skins you don’t want.
  9. Then visit Appdata\Roaming\Rainmeter and delete all third-party plugins and Rainmeter layouts you no longer need.
  10. Visit C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp.
  11. Delete Rainmeter’s shortcut icon.
  12. If you can’t find it, you’ll probably find it in AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start.
  13. Finally, restart your laptop to finish the clean installation.

Why Is Rainmeter Refusing to Uninstall?

If you’re trying to uninstall Rainmeter, and the program is refusing to help with uninstallation, then there’s likely an issue. Here are the possible problems preventing you from cleanly uninstalling the program:

  • A file necessary for the process doesn’t want to run.
  • Not all Rainmeter’s files are uninstalled from your Windows.
  • Your Windows uninstaller doesn’t work properly.

In such cases, you can always opt for a third-party uninstaller which will get rid of all the unnecessary files for you.