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Mass Effect Skin by darkstaruav Mass Effect Skin by darkstaruav

I've hopefully fixed the weather now, but not positive. Also, the download and install size has been reduced by about 30%.

I don't think I'll be supporting this anymore, seeing as I haven't worked on it in a long time and the amount of work required for a nice major update would be too time consuming.

Remember, you can edit the skin and redistribute it, so long as you give credit where credit is due. The skins from both UrulokiBurning and RickF7666 are both based on this, and they both look great. MOD YOUR SKINS AND SHARE :)

You will need a program called CoreTemp for the temperature display to work properly.

Other things you may need
You will need Rainmeter to run this skin. You can download Rainmeter from

To properly display the temperature gauge in the older skin, you will need Speedfan

Make sure to change the weather code to your location. If you need help…


Possible bugs and errors
A word of caution, this was developed in Vista 32 bit, but has been tested and shown working in 32 bit and 64 bit Vista/7 systems (I'm not sure about XP). However, I have had a lot of complaints about bugs. I've never taken any programming in my life, I only know what I have self taught. I know for a fact the RSS reader included is screwed up.

Making the Launcher work
You need to specify your own program paths for the app Launcher. The Launcher skin has been reworked and now includes an EDIT button. Clicking the button opens a text file that can now be used to change the name that appears for the App and the Application path.

Disclaimer Regarding the Mass Effect Trademark
Mass Effect, it's characters, creations, and any other ideas are all protected under copyright by BioWare and Electronic Arts. The use of the Mass Effect Trademark is legal here only under the following stipulations:

- I do not claim to be BioWare/EA Staff/Team.
- I do not claim rights to Mass Effect content.
- I do not profit from the project.
- All credit for the Mass Effect trademark, Mass Effect content, and any other content related to Mass Effect, is credited to BioWare/EA.

Here is a link to a Polish translation of the skin, courtesy of Melllin…

Featured in Nerd's Magazine as one of the best skins for Rainmeter
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Mass Effect Skin by ~darkstaruav The Mass Effect styled skin for the Rainmeter. ( Suggested by phettb3rg and Featured by Alexander-GG )
Vegeta99601 Mar 6, 2014  New member
Hey I just wanted to say thank you so much for this, I too am a big fan of mass effect as well and I always have a ME Background on my PC, but never like this before. Tell you the truth this is exactly what I wanted when making a ME background. The Illusive man rainmeter theme is superb and I cant thank you enough for this dude!

BTW, I know its been awhile since you probably worked on this, but any chance have a solution to the Cerberus Daily News Feed? Doesn't work at all. I tried fiddling around with the code but no luck. If you get a chance let me know.

Also do you have any other ME rainmeter themes made other than this one and ME3 versions?

Again thank you so much!
The cerberus daily news feed was only update for 1 year after the release of Mass Effect 2, so it expired back in January 2011.  I don't have any other rainmeter themes, I really don't have the free time to do that kind of stuff anymore :/
RavTheHedgehog Jun 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omgwtfbbq this rulez!!
BeRevenged Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Awesomeness :D
gameriuxlt May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My outcome [link]
NekoPandaLove May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I accidently changed something in the settings for the app launcher.... I don't know what was written there. it was the part where it says LeftMouseUpAction=!Execute, I changed it to see if something would work, but I have no idea what I'm doing.
After the 'execute' command rainmeter will do whatever you tell it to, which in this case is typically to launch a program or open a folder. You can check for more information.
So, how do I use this for my rainmeter? New and confused
Once you have Rainmeter installed, download the skin and unpack it to your Rainmeter skins folder. You can load and unload individual skins by right clicking on exisiting skins or using RainBrowser. Check for better documentation on how to get started using Rainmeter.
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