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Make XP Look Like Vista

  1. #1


    Louis C-W Guest

    Make XP Look Like Vista

    I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack two
    machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but nearly
    there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with the
    Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but I
    desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex os.
    Has anyone else tryed this???

    Louis C-W

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  3. #2


    kirk jim Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and doesnt
    fiddle with important system files like other boot image changers do...

    the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no problems at
    all


    "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    >I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack two
    > machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    > These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but nearly
    > there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with the
    > Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    > downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but I
    > desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex os.
    > Has anyone else tryed this???
    >
    > Louis C-W




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  4. #3


    Peter Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    Tried WindowBlinds by Stardock. Wasn't that impressed. Pity I failed to
    read their NO-money back guarantee.

    --
    Peter
    Toronto, Canada
    XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
    P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD

    "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    news:en8IcGnZHHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and doesnt
    > fiddle with important system files like other boot image changers do...
    >
    > the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no problems at
    > all
    >
    >
    > "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    >>I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack two
    >> machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    >> These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but nearly
    >> there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with the
    >> Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    >> downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but I
    >> desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex
    >> os.
    >> Has anyone else tryed this???
    >>
    >> Louis C-W

    >
    >



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  5. #4


    kirk jim Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    that is for skins or themes... the OP was asking for boot screen and logon
    screen.

    As for windowblinds, you are not impressed because people have not designed
    yet skins that
    are made for vista.... the ones you see are the older ones made for XP...

    wait a little and you will see the new themes... I am sure its a good
    solution
    since Vista has only 2 themes...



    "Peter" <Peter@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:Oe3vpInZHHA.1400@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Tried WindowBlinds by Stardock. Wasn't that impressed. Pity I failed to
    > read their NO-money back guarantee.
    >
    > --
    > Peter
    > Toronto, Canada
    > XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
    > P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD
    >
    > "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    > news:en8IcGnZHHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and doesnt
    >> fiddle with important system files like other boot image changers do...
    >>
    >> the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no problems
    >> at all
    >>
    >>
    >> "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    >>>I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack two
    >>> machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    >>> These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but
    >>> nearly
    >>> there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with the
    >>> Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    >>> downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but I
    >>> desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex
    >>> os.
    >>> Has anyone else tryed this???
    >>>
    >>> Louis C-W

    >>
    >>

    >




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  6. #5


    Captain Cuspid Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    The fastest way to make XP look like Vista to to take a handful of horse
    **** and smear it on the screen.
    "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    news:eaEi%23LnZHHA.2316@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > that is for skins or themes... the OP was asking for boot screen and logon
    > screen.
    >
    > As for windowblinds, you are not impressed because people have not
    > designed yet skins that
    > are made for vista.... the ones you see are the older ones made for XP...
    >
    > wait a little and you will see the new themes... I am sure its a good
    > solution
    > since Vista has only 2 themes...
    >
    >
    >
    > "Peter" <Peter@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:Oe3vpInZHHA.1400@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Tried WindowBlinds by Stardock. Wasn't that impressed. Pity I failed
    >> to read their NO-money back guarantee.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Peter
    >> Toronto, Canada
    >> XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
    >> P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD
    >>
    >> "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    >> news:en8IcGnZHHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and doesnt
    >>> fiddle with important system files like other boot image changers do...
    >>>
    >>> the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no problems
    >>> at all
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    >>>>I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack
    >>>>two
    >>>> machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    >>>> These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but
    >>>> nearly
    >>>> there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with the
    >>>> Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    >>>> downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but I
    >>>> desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex
    >>>> os.
    >>>> Has anyone else tryed this???
    >>>>
    >>>> Louis C-W
    >>>
    >>>

    >>

    >
    >




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  7. #6


    Wrecklass Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    Actually I didn't like any of the WindowBlinds skins for XP back when I used
    XP.
    Most of the skins are badly designed, but the biggest problem I had was that
    WindowBlinds had numerous bugs that were never fixed. Fonts that didn't
    display
    correctly in buttons, window elements that were drawn incorrectly,
    performance
    issues. I really wanted to like ObjectDesktop and WindowBlinds (I paid for
    the
    deluxe package) but it is just too buggy.

    Recommend you NOT use WindowBlinds for a good looking/stable system.

    "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    news:eaEi%23LnZHHA.2316@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > that is for skins or themes... the OP was asking for boot screen and logon
    > screen.
    >
    > As for windowblinds, you are not impressed because people have not
    > designed yet skins that
    > are made for vista.... the ones you see are the older ones made for XP...
    >
    > wait a little and you will see the new themes... I am sure its a good
    > solution
    > since Vista has only 2 themes...
    >
    >
    >
    > "Peter" <Peter@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:Oe3vpInZHHA.1400@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >> Tried WindowBlinds by Stardock. Wasn't that impressed. Pity I failed
    >> to read their NO-money back guarantee.
    >>
    >> --
    >> Peter
    >> Toronto, Canada
    >> XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
    >> P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD
    >>
    >> "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    >> news:en8IcGnZHHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and doesnt
    >>> fiddle with important system files like other boot image changers do...
    >>>
    >>> the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no problems
    >>> at all
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    >>>>I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack
    >>>>two
    >>>> machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    >>>> These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but
    >>>> nearly
    >>>> there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with the
    >>>> Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    >>>> downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but I
    >>>> desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex
    >>>> os.
    >>>> Has anyone else tryed this???
    >>>>
    >>>> Louis C-W
    >>>
    >>>

    >>

    >
    >



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  8. #7


    kirk jim Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    Oh I never used windowblinds on XP... never... ever!
    Because as you say the themes were badly designed...

    I used the UXtheme patcher for XP and used visual styles that were native to
    XP
    some are very well designed...



    "Wrecklass" <wrecklass1@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:Oqf552oZHHA.4220@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    > Actually I didn't like any of the WindowBlinds skins for XP back when I
    > used XP.
    > Most of the skins are badly designed, but the biggest problem I had was
    > that
    > WindowBlinds had numerous bugs that were never fixed. Fonts that didn't
    > display
    > correctly in buttons, window elements that were drawn incorrectly,
    > performance
    > issues. I really wanted to like ObjectDesktop and WindowBlinds (I paid for
    > the
    > deluxe package) but it is just too buggy.
    >
    > Recommend you NOT use WindowBlinds for a good looking/stable system.
    >
    > "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    > news:eaEi%23LnZHHA.2316@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> that is for skins or themes... the OP was asking for boot screen and
    >> logon screen.
    >>
    >> As for windowblinds, you are not impressed because people have not
    >> designed yet skins that
    >> are made for vista.... the ones you see are the older ones made for XP...
    >>
    >> wait a little and you will see the new themes... I am sure its a good
    >> solution
    >> since Vista has only 2 themes...
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> "Peter" <Peter@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:Oe3vpInZHHA.1400@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>> Tried WindowBlinds by Stardock. Wasn't that impressed. Pity I failed
    >>> to read their NO-money back guarantee.
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Peter
    >>> Toronto, Canada
    >>> XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
    >>> P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD
    >>>
    >>> "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    >>> news:en8IcGnZHHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>> stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and doesnt
    >>>> fiddle with important system files like other boot image changers do...
    >>>>
    >>>> the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no problems
    >>>> at all
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>> news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    >>>>>I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack
    >>>>>two
    >>>>> machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    >>>>> These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but
    >>>>> nearly
    >>>>> there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with
    >>>>> the
    >>>>> Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    >>>>> downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but
    >>>>> I
    >>>>> desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex
    >>>>> os.
    >>>>> Has anyone else tryed this???
    >>>>>
    >>>>> Louis C-W
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>

    >>
    >>

    >




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  9. #8


    Albert Sims Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    Louis C-W wrote:
    > I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack two
    > machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    > These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but nearly
    > there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with the
    > Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    > downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but I
    > desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex os.
    > Has anyone else tryed this???
    >
    > Louis C-W


    I've been tending to go the "other way" with the last two OS's... I used
    the "Classic" look in XP to avoid its "Fisher Price" interface, and am
    now using the "Classic" look in Vista Home Premium. My computer
    displays have pretty much looked the same since 98...

    /hates "flashy" interfaces...

    --
    Albert Sims
    West Monroe,Louisiana

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  10. #9


    Saucy Lemon Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    I figured that with WIndows 2000. WindowBlinds worked with it .. but there
    were always glitches etc. I figured not to bother and just stick with what I
    could get "natively", so to speak. Altering the OS is a big propostion and
    seems doomed to complications.

    Saucy Lemon


    "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    news:et$KUKpZHHA.808@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > Oh I never used windowblinds on XP... never... ever!
    > Because as you say the themes were badly designed...
    >
    > I used the UXtheme patcher for XP and used visual styles that were native
    > to XP
    > some are very well designed...
    >
    >
    >
    > "Wrecklass" <wrecklass1@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:Oqf552oZHHA.4220@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    >> Actually I didn't like any of the WindowBlinds skins for XP back when I
    >> used XP.
    >> Most of the skins are badly designed, but the biggest problem I had was
    >> that
    >> WindowBlinds had numerous bugs that were never fixed. Fonts that didn't
    >> display
    >> correctly in buttons, window elements that were drawn incorrectly,
    >> performance
    >> issues. I really wanted to like ObjectDesktop and WindowBlinds (I paid
    >> for the
    >> deluxe package) but it is just too buggy.
    >>
    >> Recommend you NOT use WindowBlinds for a good looking/stable system.
    >>
    >> "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    >> news:eaEi%23LnZHHA.2316@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> that is for skins or themes... the OP was asking for boot screen and
    >>> logon screen.
    >>>
    >>> As for windowblinds, you are not impressed because people have not
    >>> designed yet skins that
    >>> are made for vista.... the ones you see are the older ones made for
    >>> XP...
    >>>
    >>> wait a little and you will see the new themes... I am sure its a good
    >>> solution
    >>> since Vista has only 2 themes...
    >>>
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> "Peter" <Peter@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>> news:Oe3vpInZHHA.1400@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    >>>> Tried WindowBlinds by Stardock. Wasn't that impressed. Pity I failed
    >>>> to read their NO-money back guarantee.
    >>>>
    >>>> --
    >>>> Peter
    >>>> Toronto, Canada
    >>>> XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
    >>>> P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD
    >>>>
    >>>> "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    >>>> news:en8IcGnZHHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>>>> stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and
    >>>>> doesnt fiddle with important system files like other boot image
    >>>>> changers do...
    >>>>>
    >>>>> the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no
    >>>>> problems at all
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>> "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >>>>> news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    >>>>>>I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack
    >>>>>>two
    >>>>>> machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    >>>>>> These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but
    >>>>>> nearly
    >>>>>> there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with
    >>>>>> the
    >>>>>> Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    >>>>>> downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but
    >>>>>> I
    >>>>>> desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very
    >>>>>> complex os.
    >>>>>> Has anyone else tryed this???
    >>>>>>
    >>>>>> Louis C-W
    >>>>>
    >>>>>
    >>>>
    >>>
    >>>

    >>

    >
    >



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  11. #10


    Island Dog Guest

    Re: Make XP Look Like Vista

    Skins like this are well designed.

    http://www.wincustomize.com/skins.as...d=5758&libid=1

    With hacking your dll you are not getting native themes, you are getting the
    ability to run unsigned themes.


    "kirk jim" wrote:

    > Oh I never used windowblinds on XP... never... ever!
    > Because as you say the themes were badly designed...
    >
    > I used the UXtheme patcher for XP and used visual styles that were native to
    > XP
    > some are very well designed...
    >
    >
    >
    > "Wrecklass" <wrecklass1@gmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:Oqf552oZHHA.4220@TK2MSFTNGP03.phx.gbl...
    > > Actually I didn't like any of the WindowBlinds skins for XP back when I
    > > used XP.
    > > Most of the skins are badly designed, but the biggest problem I had was
    > > that
    > > WindowBlinds had numerous bugs that were never fixed. Fonts that didn't
    > > display
    > > correctly in buttons, window elements that were drawn incorrectly,
    > > performance
    > > issues. I really wanted to like ObjectDesktop and WindowBlinds (I paid for
    > > the
    > > deluxe package) but it is just too buggy.
    > >
    > > Recommend you NOT use WindowBlinds for a good looking/stable system.
    > >
    > > "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    > > news:eaEi%23LnZHHA.2316@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > >> that is for skins or themes... the OP was asking for boot screen and
    > >> logon screen.
    > >>
    > >> As for windowblinds, you are not impressed because people have not
    > >> designed yet skins that
    > >> are made for vista.... the ones you see are the older ones made for XP...
    > >>
    > >> wait a little and you will see the new themes... I am sure its a good
    > >> solution
    > >> since Vista has only 2 themes...
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> "Peter" <Peter@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >> news:Oe3vpInZHHA.1400@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > >>> Tried WindowBlinds by Stardock. Wasn't that impressed. Pity I failed
    > >>> to read their NO-money back guarantee.
    > >>>
    > >>> --
    > >>> Peter
    > >>> Toronto, Canada
    > >>> XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
    > >>> P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD
    > >>>
    > >>> "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    > >>> news:en8IcGnZHHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > >>>> stardocks bootskin for changing the boot skin works great... and doesnt
    > >>>> fiddle with important system files like other boot image changers do...
    > >>>>
    > >>>> the logon screen changer from stardock is also very good... no problems
    > >>>> at all
    > >>>>
    > >>>>
    > >>>> "Louis C-W" <LouisCW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > >>>> news:7305D24D-CA91-46FA-9207-CC7165993A47@microsoft.com...
    > >>>>>I recently downloaded three differen programs onto my XP service pack
    > >>>>>two
    > >>>>> machine, these were DesktopX, Maodate and DesktopX SideBar.
    > >>>>> These things gave me the widnows 3D filp, not as good as Vista but
    > >>>>> nearly
    > >>>>> there, the side var and the Vista start menu and taskbar along with
    > >>>>> the
    > >>>>> Windows Vista theme. These made XP look quite good and I could have
    > >>>>> downloaded a thing to change the boot screen and the logon screen but
    > >>>>> I
    > >>>>> desided not to fiddle around with the inner workings of a very complex
    > >>>>> os.
    > >>>>> Has anyone else tryed this???
    > >>>>>
    > >>>>> Louis C-W
    > >>>>
    > >>>>
    > >>>
    > >>
    > >>

    > >

    >
    >
    >


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