It’s a great time to be a Stardock fan. The fabled software and game developer has its own Humble Bundle available right now meaning you can get some great utilities at an awesome price. All told, if you pay the full price of at least $15, you’re getting close to $90 worth of Stardock programs (we’ve noted the regular pricing below) and you’re doing a good deed in the process—a share of the proceeds from Humble Bundle sales are automatically donated to charity. That’s what we call a win-win, especially since Stardock offers some of the best paid Windows software around.
Humble Bundle pricing can fluctuate as more people pay for the bundle, but here’s how the pricing breaks down as of this writing:
Stardock Humble Bundle tiers
If you pay at least $1 you get Iconpackager (normally $10) and Start8 ($5), though the latter doesn’t matter much if you don’t have Windows 8. It inserts a Start menu in the mostly hated OS, which is a lifeline for those still struggling with the awkward dual interface. Iconpackager, meanwhile, customizes your Windows desktop icons.
Moving up the ranks, paying more than the average—currently $13.92—adds Start10 ($5), which brings a Windows 7-style Start menu to Windows 10, though you can approximate that on your own for free. This tier also has WindowBlinds ($10) and SpaceMonger ($15). The former lets you customize the look of the taskbar, window frames, and other accents, while SpaceMonger helps free up storage space on your local drives and shared network drives.
If you step up to the final tier and pay $15 or more, you also get Fences ($10), Groupy ($5), Deskscapes ($8), and Multiplicity ($20). Fences is an incredibly popular utility that groups and organizes desktop icons into separate virtual boxes. It’s a great tool if the Windows desktop is your main workspace for dropping files. Groupy is a complement to Fences that groups applications into a single window with browser-like tabs. It’s amazing. Deskscapes lets you add animated wallpaper to your desktop, and Multiplicity is similar to Logitech Flow, letting you control multiple PCs with a single mouse and keyboard, as well as move files and copy and paste between them.
No matter which tier you choose, that’s a whole lot of Windows tweaking for very little money. Don’t miss out.