Monday, April 23, 2007

Give your XP a Vista make-over

Bored with the old XP look? Friends talking about the cool Vista interface and you have no money to shell out for it? Get the Vista Transformation Pack. Though it can't bring all the eyecandy to your XP screen, it can still do a pretty good job.
I installed Vista Transformation Pack 6.
- Disabled VisualTooltip and Styler.
- Was forced to disable Sidebar because it started hanging. I hope it will be fine tomorrow :P
- Created a new theme called "Windows Aero Black" because transparent window borders is not available in XP, and you will have to buy WindowBlinds if you want to recreate that effect.
The default blue theme is so dirty without the transparency effect.
Here's the Black msstyles file: http://www.fileden.com/files/2006/12/20/534119/My%20Documents/Windows%20Aero%20Black.msstyles
Go to C:\Windows\Resources\Themes
Copy the folder Windows Aero, rename the copy as Windows Aero Black.
Open the new folder Windows Aero Black, and delete the "Windows Aero.msstyles" file.
Download the Windows Aero Black.msstyles file (link above) and save it here in this folder.
Go check out the Appearance tab of Desktop Properties. There will be a new theme called "Windows Aero Black". Enjoy :)

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