ive been a member of vc since it started, mark (mr grim) is a member here.
if you havent used fences then you dont get why i do.
i use windows 8 so i am waiting for more releases from mark as in win8 theme packs etc.
so for stardock products i use
start 8 puts a start menu on my win8 set up.
modernmix allows full screen metro apps to be pinned to the taskbar and windows resized.
and fences hides all my desktop shortcuts and more
as far as im aware VC cover none of these things.
these are not visual customizations but software for using win8 in a practical way.
thanks for the heads up though
edit, oh! stardock gave us objectdock and fences1 free. i used them for years hence using them on win8 and upgrading