Even with the launch of Windows 8 looming on the horizon, there are still a lot of apps coming out that enable users to make Windows 7 look like Windows 8. Among other features and designs, the user, as well as the developer community, has been giving special attention to the lock and login screen of Windows 8. Since both, the lock and login screens, are rumored to be a lot different in the final version of Windows 8, than those included in the previous versions of Windows, people have been creating and downloading apps to get a taste of what to expect from the upcoming Windows release. Win Lock is another new open source addition to the list of utilities to make Windows 7 look like Windows 8. It replaces the default Windows 7 lock screen with the one from Windows 8, providing you with an alternative, and beautifying the appearance of your lock screen in Windows. Moreover, the application also allows you to set a custom Name, Password and Background for the lock screen. It even features the Windows 8 native clock which will be available on the lock screen.
The option to set the name and password to the application makes it to be more than just a cosmetic app. Since it can be set to start with Windows, it can also be used as a Windows lock screen replacement tool. After installation, the application runs in the system tray. Right-click its icon and select Settings to setup the Windows 8 style lock screen for use. The Setup Win Lock window allows you to enter Your Name, Set Password and Select Background from an available list. You can also set the application to launch on Windows startup. If you want to revert back to the original settings, click the Reset All Values button to restore everything back to normal.
Once the lock screen is setup, the Windows 8 lock screen will be displayed with the selected background every time you login to Windows. The native Windows 8 clock is also available on the left bottom side. The clock displays the time, day, month and date.
Double-click the lock screen to access the login screen. Enter you Password to get entry into Windows. Clicking on the Power button lets you choose between Sleep, Hibernate, Restart and Shutdown. You can perform the power actions on your PC directly from the lock screen.
Win Lock works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.