Sunday, March 9, 2008
How to make Vista look like XP
I just made the jump to Vista, purely for a 64bit Windows Operating system that has hardware support (There is of course 64bit XP, but it seems most hardware vendors put their hands over their ears and say "la la la I'm not listening" whenever you mention it). The most annoying thing for me, was the theme. I hate it, I hate the visual styles, I hate aero, I hate all of the shadows and transparency effects, in fact, it gives me a headache, literally. I tried to get used to it, tried tweaking it, turning off stuff etc but it didn't help. The main qualm for me was the black two-toned taskbar. The windows classic theme for Vista is a joke, it looks worse than it did in windows 98. I just wanted Vista to look like XP. So, I set about googling, though most of my results returned people wanting XP to look like Vista, it seemed I was one of the few who want it the other way around. I soon found out, that basically, Microsoft has done its best to stop custom themes, to perserve the branding of vista I believe (ie you look at a vista pc and you know its a vista pc), only themes created by Microsoft can be used. One option, is to use Windows blinds or something similar, but I want to increase performance, not reduce it! So that was out. I then stumbled upon Deviant Arts collection of custom themes, and noticed they used a hack to get the standard .theme files to work. I was told that Vista Glazz did the hacking for me and then all I had to do was double click the theme file. This didn't work either - I'm not sure why though. In the end, I used Tune Up Utilities. This allowed me to simply select what theme I want, and apply it, nice and easy. Then, after searching around and downloading a few themes, I discovered that a DeviantART user by the name of 'psychoB' has converted the old XP themes to vista, brilliant! Here they are: Luna Metallic (the theme I am using) Royale (Standard XP theme) and even the Zune theme See his other work at psychoB's deviantART gallery.