Rainmeter will run on Windows 7 (Service Pack 1 and Platform Update required) and above. The same installer may be used on either 32-bit or 64-bit systems, and all skins and features are compatible with both architectures.
Rainmeter is not available for non-Windows systems, including Mac OS and Linux, and there are no plans to support these operating systems.
Start by downloading the Rainmeter installer from Rainmeter.net.
There are two versions of Rainmeter available: the final release of the current version, and the beta release of the next version. Betas are often released weekly, and final versions are released every few months. Despite the "beta" label, every release of Rainmeter is stable and backwards-compatible with previous versions. The only difference is that beta features may (rarely) be changed or removed before the next version becomes final.
We recommend the beta version for most users who want to get the latest features and bug fixes. However, if you do not want to risk using a beta feature that may not work the same in a future release, use the final version instead.
To install Rainmeter, run the installer program that you downloaded, and follow the instructions. (See Installing Rainmeter if you need more detailed instructions, including steps for installing Rainmeter as a portable application.)
Rainmeter will run automatically after it has been installed.