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Windows XP to Vista tutorial by fediaFedia Windows XP to Vista tutorial by fediaFedia
Revised at 06/09/2008

:spotlight-left: Windows XP > Vista tutorial :spotlight-right:
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This is my 1st XP>Vista tutorial, I've searched and found all possible things that make XP look like vista. Happy reading!

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TRANSFORMATION PACKS
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These packs will automatically transform your XP to Vista, but you'll need MUCH more then that to make your XP look as close as possible to vista...


Vistamizer: [link]

BricoPack Vista Inspirat 2 (SP3 compatible) recommended: [link]
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Like I said, transformation packs are not enough, here is a list of other required things for a vista feeling:


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VISUAL STYLES
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Get the basic vista look with msstyles, you'll need to patch uxtheme first.

:pointr: Best Visual style (msstyles) Vista VG ultimate: [link]
:bulletgreen: Aero Ultimate ViOrb - to make the whole orb appear on the msstyles: [link]
:pointr: Aero Ultimate Vistart [link]

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WINDOWBLINDS SKINS
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Get the premium Vista Aero experience on XP with WindowBlinds 6! You will get real glass and blur, and many other features with WB!

:pointr: Best WindowBlinds style: Aero Ultimate RC1 [link] - Highest Quality vista style for XP

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GLASS WITHOUT WINDOWBLINDS
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Don't have WindowBlinds? Don't worry, you can get Aero Glass frames with these:

:new:Border Skin - one of the best glass emulators for XP: [link]
:pointr::new: Best vista TT skin - Aero Ultimate for TrueTransparecy: [link]
:pointr: Vystal: [link]
:pointr: FastAero: [link]
:pointr: TrueTransparency (highly recommended) [link]

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MISCELLANEOUS VISTA ITEMS
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:pointr: Vista user pictures: [link]

:pointr: ALL vista wallpapers [link]

:pointr: Vista Sounds [link]


:pointr: Vista screensavers: [link]

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WINDOWS FLIP3D AND ALTERNATIVES
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Get the awesome Flip3D effect just like in vista.

New! Best Flip3D - Shock3D (free)
:pointr: TopDesk: 1.5 (shareware) [link]
:pointr: WinFlip: (free) [link]
:pointr: Madotate [link]

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LIVE TASKBAR PREVIEWS
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Did you notice a cool vista feature which displays small thumbnails over a taskbar? You can have the same in XP!

:pointr: Visual Tooltips: [link]

:pointr: Visual Task Tips: [link]

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VISTA LIKE APPLICATIONS AND SKINS FOR THEM
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:pointr: Windows Mail:
windows Live Mail [link]

:pointr: Windows Defender: WGA required

:pointr: Windows Live Photo Gallery: [link]

:pointr: Windows Media Center:

Skins for XP MCE 2005 Media Center program: [link]

:pointr: MediaPortal (open source media center): [link]
Vista like skin for media portal: [link]
:pointr: Nero Home: [link]
Vista skin for Nero home: [link]

Other Media Center software: [link]

:pointr: Windows Media Player 11 (Genuine Windows required): [link]
Best windows media player resource pack: [link]

:pointr: Internet explorer 7 (Genuine Windows required): [link]

:pointr: Mozilla firefox: (alternative to ie7)
Tutorial on how to make Firefox look like IE7 Vista: [link]


:pointr: Windows Calendar: [link]

:pointr: Vista Help for XP: [link]

:pointr: Vista Games explorer:
V1: [link]
V2 (possibility to add games): [link]

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EXPLORER PLUGINS IN VISTA STYLE
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Want your explorer to look and work like vista's? Try these:

:pointr: Favorite Links for XP: [link]
:pointr: Styler (vista toolbar) [link]
Styler skins - Vista perfection X4: [link]
Other types and languages: [link]
:pointr: Vista adressbar: [link]

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PORTED VISTA APPLICATIONS (originals)
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Real programs from vista hacked to work on Windows XP

:pointr: Windows Vista Sidebar RTM (original sidebar from vista): [link]
(Windows Sidebar Styler [link] )

:pointr: Vista paint, notepad, calculator: [link]

:pointr: Vista games for XP: [link]

:pointr: Vista Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes, and Inkball Game, Texas Hold'em ported to Xp: [link]

:pointr: Windows Journal for XP: [link]

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WINDOWS SIDEBAR ALTERNATIVES
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:pointr:Rainmeter Windows Sidebar (recommended): [link]
Takes very little resources!

:pointr: Google Desktop demo: [link]

:pointr: Thoosje's Vista Sidebar: [link]

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MODIFICATIONS AND DESKTOPX
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These applications imitate the functions of vista ones. Some of them are limited in functionality.

:pointr: Welcome Center:
Glass: [link]
Basic: [link]

:pointr::new:Windows Picture Viewer for XP (mod): [link]

:pointr: Windows Photo Gallery (DesktopX): [link]

:pointr: Vista system properties: [link]

:pointr: Vista personalization for xp: [link]

:pointr: Vista clock for xp: [link]
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RESOURCES
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:bulletgreen: Windows Vista original icons and pngs:

You can use these icons in a dock or any system elements:

:pointr: 347 vista icons: [link]
:pointr: 347 Vista pngs: [link]
:pointr: Vista application icons: [link]
Vista RTM WOW icon pack: [link]

Vista Icon packages:

For tuneUP: [link]
For IconPacakger: [link]
For IconTweaker: [link]

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BOOT\LOGON\SYSTEM SOUNDS
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:pointr: Original vista boot screen for xp: [link]
:pointr: Best Logon available for XP: [link]

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WINDOWS PRODUCT (RED)
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Dell released a special set of computers with Vista Product (RED) for charity purposes. If you have ever supported (RED) you can get the special wallpapers, screensavers, sidebar gadgets and dreamscene for XP: [link]

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DREAMSCENE ALTERNATIVES
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And last but not least:
:bulletred: Dreamscene (Video, Animated wallpaper):
In Vista Ultimate there is a extra called dreamscene, it lets to use a video background as a wallpaper :

:pointr: DreamRender - one of the best dreamscene programs for xp: [link]

:pointr: KMplayer (tutorial) [link]
:pointr: Bsplayer (free): [link]
:pointr: VLC player (free): [link]
:pointr: Dreamscene animations: [link]
:pointr: DreamsceneXP (flash on Desktop) [link]
:pointr: AuroraXP: [link]
:pointr: JelyXP: [link]
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WEBSITE LINKS
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:bulletred: Other customization websites:

:hypermind: Windows [design] [rus] [link]
:hypermind: Crystalxp.net: [link]
:hypermind: WinModify: [link]
:hypermind: Joejoe.org: [link]
:hypermind: Winmatrix: [link]
:hypermind: Wincert: [link]
:hypermind: Aeroxp.org: [link]
:hypermind: The Vista (RUS) [link]
:hypermind: JCXP: [link]
:hypermind: Aqua-soft: [link]
:hypermind: Wintuning (RUS) [link]
:hypermind: Vistart (vista start menu) official website: [link]

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OTHER TUTORIALS
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If you want your XP look like any other OS, check out these:
XP > Longhorn tutorial for longhorn fans [link]
XP > Leopard tutorial by anoos: [link]
TUTORIAL: Transform Windows XP into Windows Vista, Without Using any Customization Pack: [link]
This tutorial is mostly hacking system files to look like vista.

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Comments are welcome!

Feel free to suggest other software, will be included to the tutorial! :+fav: if you found this informative, and don't forget to visit my gallery for lots more HQ vista stuff ;)
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