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Vista Transformation Pack 6.0 Final

By mopar man
Jun 12, 2007
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  1. Vista Transformation Pack is a program that changes system and registry files to transform the looks of XP into Vista/Vista Basic.

    I will give a ratings out of 5, 5 being best, 1 being worst.

    Ease of Installation: 4

    It is pretty easy to install, aside from the fact that if you are running a large DPI text, you won't be able to read a certain few windows that appear. This can cause some confusion, so lower your DPI before you start this!


    Ease of Use: 5

    This program is surprisingly easy to use once installed. A few programs appear in the task bar that you can use to change many visual preferences.


    Features: 5
    This thing has so many things it's hard to list them all. It has the sidebar, Icon changes, Task bar changes, and window changes that make it look very much like a real Vista OS.


    Bugs: 1

    This is the downfall of this program. I am not sure if this will occur on all systems, but it did on mine, which is why I no longer use this program. First of all, attempting to use Dual monitors and changing primary desktops might as well have crashed the computer. If you have Dial Up, or anything you need to hover over in the task bar to view the text, good luck. None of mine worked aside from the clock.
    It also caused problems with a few minor things that drove me nuts. If you hate little stuff going wrong, I wouldn't think about downloading/installing this program.


    Performance:3

    This takes up a decent, yet still too large amount of system resources. It can, and will, cause lag in games such as CNC Generals and Company of Heroes. If you are a gamer, and don't have a high end system, I don't recommend this. If you just use it for net/email, then I do recommend it.


    Over all, I'd say it would get a 3.5/5 because of all of the bugs, and the fact that it caused the games to lag pretty bad.

    Thanks for reading my review, as this is my first review.

    Mopar Man 44
  2. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Nice review :D ! The only thing that I don't like about the transformation packs is that they change registry files :eek: .
  3. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,532   +315

    Per your post I know you have already uninstalled the Transformation Pack but I thought I would still ask if at all possible if you could post a few screenshots showing off the effects using the pack.
  4. cfitzarl

    cfitzarl TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,520   +9

    Just so mopar doesn't have to reinstall it, I'll take some pics of my friends computer, which has it :) .
  5. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Thanks cfitzarl, but I can get him some. If you still want to, you can (of course)!


    Note that these are not from my comp, and are v.5.5, but looks just like 6 to me. I really don't see a difference. To get the start button to go above the task bar, there is another program you must download, but luckily right after the install it tells you about it.

    Attached Files:

  6. momok

    momok TS Rookie Posts: 2,272

    Nice review mopar man. I'm tempted to try it, though I think my specs would probably be unable to handle it lol.
  7. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Actually momok. looking over your specs, I think you should try it. 512 should be enough.

    Thanks btw.
  8. kitty500cat

    kitty500cat TS Rookie Posts: 2,407   +6

    If I didn't run Linux regularly I might be tempted to try it :p

    Nice review though. If I get tired of Ubuntu and go back to XP I might use it.
  9. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    I'm probably going to go buy a crappy $50 computer and install linux so I can learn a new OS :p
  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,658   +82

    Version 8 is more stable than 6.0 was...I use it so far so good for a few months now.
  11. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 1,492

    Errr, Tipstir, just so you know, you quadruple posted......


    (And I thought Geometry would never leave school)
    :p :X :/

    Wait a second..........

    Anyway, I thought they meant they wouldn't have anymore releases after 6.0final....
     
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,658   +82

    Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Something is wrong when I post here it gets stuck and double posting shells out..
    Not too often.. Anyway...

    That's the pitch!~ Get the Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1 today!
    It's on Windows X's Shrine 8.0.1
    http://www.windowsxlive.net/?page_id=15

    Well it seems to work very well.. Looks very well down also. You can choose to integrate the pack into XP, but that's a no going back deal though. Or just layer XP kernnel with that pack. Then you can always remove it. I did that on 3 systems then removed it. One the icons for all Vista stick around, because I wasn't there to watch the uninstall and my firewall found some activity it was trying to call home (this pack) and blocked it, but I kind of like the icons better in Vista for drives look 3d than prior XP or XP MCE.

    I only run this one the best laptop in the house. I did try some old DELL D600 series PIII 1GHz and 850MHz both have faster HDDs and memory that's why they can run this stuff. Anyway they work great you don't get some features like the Window Objects for the clock, an etc.. So one system has it no problems with it.. Nice backgrounds. There is no Screensavers for it. I found another guy who made screensavers for Vista worked okay then I had not screensavers again. So that was pulled. Vista Ultra Screensaver it was called suppose to work on XP hey right...
  13. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I use 6.0 on my laptop, but I cannot get any later versions to work. I suspect it is due to my integrated graphics on my laptop. 8.0 simply will not install.
  14. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Cool

    Ive looked into changing XP to look like Vista and all ive been able to do is change my themes into vista themes. Looks nice and doesnt lag, even on a really crappy computer. Its just like an xp theme that looks like vista.
    Email at hfhfdjsk at gmail if you want it

    oh right how can you get the Vista window flip on xp withought the transformation pack?
    My comp can't handle it first and most importantly. I also hesitate because it seems so extreme.... i dont wanna have my regestry changed! Does system restore get rid of it? How easy it it removed?
    i know there are programs that sorta do that but their not very good. Gliches and crap
    like topdesk by otaku software and Shock Aero by some wereird guy lol
  15. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    6.0 doesn't have a windows aero flip. It is basically just a theme change. Also I was able to change my start up splash screen.
  16. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    hmm that doesnt sound as large as i thought it was i can do that on my computer with my vista themes. Just not the startup screen. Well i found the startup screen picture in my windows directoy and i changed the black to white but i didnt watch the startup don't know if it did anything.
    How large is the download?
    @#*($ i like the aero flip thingy
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    both 6.0 and 8.0 are rather large.

    6.0 is 30.2MB
  18. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    Hmm...oh thats not as bad as i thought. i thought it would be almost in the hundreds. like a third pary service pack lol. My computer already looks like vista, except no vista aero flip and no altered startmenu for my current theme but i think it does for some other themes. i gues i dont really need this...... i thought it would be more than that.
  19. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I like the new look, except I don't like the thumbnail pop-ups on the bottom toolbar. I still don't know how to permanently turn them off.
  20. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,658   +82

    You need to remove that version 6.0.. Then reboot the system. Use some sort of registry cleaner I use WinASO to really scrub deep into the registry. But you might have lock the OS and bind the version 6.0 files too your OS. The only way would be to rebuild the OS with a clean install. Just have to be careful not to bind as it no way back from that.

    In 8.01 you get WinFlip which replaces task manager, but you really don't have to use 8.01 to get WinFlip to work. I can only get these vista packs to work on laptops when it comes to desktop they go screwy. I just removed 8.01 from my video production box. I was able to get WinFlip installed and just press alt-tab and have the same effect you get in vista like this below in xp without the vista pack:

    [​IMG]
  21. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    that aero flip looks nice but i think the real vista one actually zooms out a little farther.
    well could you tell me how to get the vista flip?
  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,658   +82

    I think this works better than the vista version well it's clone of the original or reverse engineering well that's how this vista pack stuff is all about. If you install Network Magic with this package boy you got some cool XP Vista features..

    Anyway it's called WinFlip I got it off here: http://winflip.en.softonic.com/
    Just download and unzip it into your program folder. You really don't install it so you need to create a short cut of the program and stick that into your start-up folder. I change the default flag - tab to alt-tab. I use the flag key for other items.

    Enjoy!

    If you're not using Vista Pack on a laptop but would like a better battery monitor which is free 100%. I use Notebook Battery Monitor Taskbar ---- http://www.batteryinfo.de.vu/
  23. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    thanks! very nice. im only running it on my laptop at this moment. The laptop is REALLY old actually im not really running it, i only have like 32mb of video memory and thats i gues not enough. but the screenshots look nice (at least this can still view pictures lol). No need for a battery monitor, it only lasts about 10 mins anyway lol.
  24. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,658   +82

    Listen I had installed on laptop using AGP 2x ATI graphics with 8MB of ram and it can be installed. Just won't have the side bar with the fancy clock an etc.. But you get the background, taskbar WinFlip works. Really 8MB to 16MB of RAM is good enough. With 16MB of RAM the side bar appears with the clock. I also set my video on my newer laptop from 128MB to 32mb. Unless you going to play games you would use more RAM for video otherwise 8MB or 32MB is just enough.

    Then there is Energy Blue (this would give you Windows XP Media Center Theme) But now there is Windows XP Black Theme. If you take the Energy Blue and Mix it with the Windows XP Black Theme than boy it looks like Vista Trans Pack without all the heavy weight. I like the Vista Icons replacements for folders, drives an etc.. If I can find that then I'll be okay.
  25. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,367   +125

    ok i have 512mb of ram. My Graphics card is really old and sucky thats what i mean. WinFlip gives me errors because of my graphics card.

    I have everything that you said below in your second paragraph. The energy blue theme and the black verison of it, also i have all vista themes and Vista icon replacments all on my XP computer with out the Transformation pack.

    also my laptop is REALLY old i mean REALLY old. did i mention the battery lasts about 10 mins?
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