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 Post subject: Make XP Look Like Windows 7
 Post Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:55 am 
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Has anyone tried one of the customization packs for making XP look Like windows 7?

http://www.askvg.com/transform-windows- ... tion-pack/


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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:33 am 
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I do the opposite, which is to make Windows 7 look like XP. Scott.


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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:14 pm 
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I always run the classic mode even with XP.


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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:29 pm 
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All of my own as well as my customer XP and Vista installs default to classic mode. Many people I've known find they can actually live with Vista once it was configured to look and act like XP (enable classic mode, turn off User Account Control being the main things). IMHO the fact that classic mode was left out of Windows 7 (aka Vista SP3) is another major MS blunder, one that can fortunately be fixed with 3rd party utilities. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Make XP Look Like Windows 7
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:11 pm 
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John wrote:
Has anyone tried one of the customization packs for making XP look Like windows 7?

I would not recommend them without a discrete graphics card. Like Vista/Win7, these themes add a performance hit that needs to be made up by discrete graphics to keep the user happy. Maybe no performance hit if you use already active themes on XP.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/166938/windows_7_look_and_feel_on_a_vista_or_xp_machine.html

http://www.pcworld.com/article/166935/windows_7_features_on_a_vista_or_xp_system.html

I could have sworn MaximumPC had something similar, but I can't find it.

I actually wouldn't recommend them anyway. If you want the eye-candy of Win7, I would build/buy a modern PC (multicore, 4Gb, discrete video) and install Win7. But I am certain an XP with Win7 theme will be far more responsive than Win7 with an XP theme will be.

Of course the nice thing about hunting for that MaximumPC article is running across interesting links:

http://linuxologist.com/linuxhowto/howto-make-ubuntu-look-like-windows-xp/


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 Post subject: Re: Make XP Look Like Windows 7
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 07, 2010 7:42 pm 
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Scott, once you have had some significant time to explore 7, could you include a segment on one of your DVD's on how to increase performance via settings, registry edits, etc.? You did that on XP and it was very helpful.


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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:25 am 
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I will probably do something like that in the future. Thanks for the suggestion, Scott.


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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:30 pm 
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I never put any of my OSes in classic view. I tend to be able to find what I want faster with the new GUI as opposed to the so called classic view. In fact whenever I have to use a computer that is in classic view I put it back to normal mode otherwise I can't find anything,


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ElBurro wrote:
I never put any of my OSes in classic view. I tend to be able to find what I want faster with the new GUI as opposed to the so called classic view. In fact whenever I have to use a computer that is in classic view I put it back to normal mode otherwise I can't find anything,


Agreed! I know Scott also hates "Cleartype" I can't use a TFT without it!

Also I do like the Start menu quick search thing, about the only thing I do like about Vista!

I do turn Aero off for people now (Look at the DWM process with it enabled!)

XP Till I die!

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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 1:52 pm 
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i tried rocket dock it was okay, but my xp pc started playing up, its a shame,


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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 3:54 pm 
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David McMahon wrote:
XP Till I die!

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ugh! I have a hard time using XP anymore. I much prefer Vista over XP and 7 over Vista. My work computer is XP and it takes me 3 times as long to do anything with that computer as opposed to my Windows 7 computer.


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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:21 pm 
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Hey Karl,

Spend some pounds on a keyboard with shift keys.

Paragraphs are nice too. ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Make XP Look Like Windows 7
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:30 am 
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sorry facist, yeah i ought to type more clearly,


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 Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 6:51 am 
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you know karl my pesky shift key keeps doing the same thing to me i think im going to actually remove it since all it does is ask me if i want my computer sticky like you say i had thought maybe if you press it that your computer shifted into a higher gear like a stick shift in a car but thats not the case oh well well maybe facist can enlighten us in its real use and let us know what this paragraph thing is all about


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 Post subject: Re: Make XP Look Like Windows 7
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that will never happen microsoft will stop that


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is there a way to make windows 7 look like windows 3.11


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 Post Posted: Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:23 pm 
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Yes, you just run Virtual PC, install Windows 3.1 in a virtual machine, then run it in full screen mode. <g> Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Make XP Look Like Windows 7
 Post Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 11:32 am 
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i have tried ( rocket dock ) and ( thoosje )

both caused me problems in windows xp 32bit pro,

fresh install of xp, fully updated, and legal,

despite what pc magazines, and download.com,
say about these programs, i would not recomend them
personally, karl


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