Pulmon, Add Windows 8 Like Tiles To Windows 7

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 29, 2011
Updated • Jun 14, 2014
Software, Windows software

At least part of the user interface of the upcoming next version of Windows, running under the internal name Windows 8, will ship with a Metro UI. Part of that is a tile based system to display information right on the screen. It is likely that Microsoft will let this run on top of the standard desktop, if users want it.

If you are running Windows 7 you can now bring those tiles to your operating system. Software Developer Paras Sidhu has created an application that adds seven different tiles to the Windows 7 desktop.

It needs to be noted at this point that the software is offered as a beta version. If you want to run it in a productive environment make backups before you do so.

Pulmon is a portable application that ships as a RAR file. Just extract the archive on your system and start the Pulmon executable afterwards which is located in the root folder.

The program displays all available tiles directly in the main application window. A click on a tile adds or removes it from the desktop. All tiles listed in the upper half of the screen are not shown on the desktop, the tiles in the lower half are shown on the Windows desktop.

Each tile can be moved around freely on the desktop to place it in a suitable location. Lets take a look at the tiles that are currently available:

  • Internet Explorer - Start Microsoft's web browser
  • Control Panel - Open the Windows Control Panel
  • Date and time - Displays the current date and time.
  • System State - Change the state to Shutdown, Restart, Lock or Hibernate
  • User - Opens the user Control Panel applet.
  • Webby - Links to some tech websites (Ghacks on it, yeah!)
  • Information - Basic system information

The program ships without customization options. It is for instance not possible to change the web links.

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The developer plans to add more tiles in future versions. A tile to search for files locally or on the Internet would for instance be really nice. Another nice to have feature would be color customizations of the tiles.

Interested users can download Pulmon from the developer website. The program is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the Windows 7 operating system.

Update: The most recent version of the application is out of beta. It ships with additional widgets now that you can displays as tiles on the screen. This includes new tiles for Firefox, shutdown, restart and log off, and several other options.

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  1. kalmly said on July 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Ugly. Uglier. Ugliest! Tacky. Tackier. Tackiest!

    No thank you. I went to a great deal of trouble to make my desktop(s) beautiful.

  2. jan said on July 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    You should really try Omnimo and forget about this Pulmon thing!
    Have a look at these websites:

  3. mikepaul said on July 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm


  4. Swapnil said on July 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

    It’s compatible with Windows XP and Vista too. Tested on x86 systems.
    All gadgets working awesome.

  5. JFP said on July 30, 2011 at 3:16 am

    I love my iconless desktop, i surely won’t put that big thing on it.

    I won’t use that on w8 for sure.

  6. Anonymous said on July 30, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Does anybody what his desktop to look like infantile cell phone or stupid tablet where you have big squers to choose from?

    Square facebook, wallmart, twitter… it seems it all goes towards idiocracy.

    Btw Facebook insists on real identity, what a great opportunity to develop new social network sites.

    1. ACow said on July 30, 2011 at 2:01 am

      I hear ya. Big icons with opaque background is what I see. Takes up huge amount of space for what it does, which is very little.

      LESS CONTRAST, less “eyecandy” (I guess some might perceive it as such), more usability. Please.

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