Found 2 gems to make XP look better than Vista

By tipstir ยท 51 replies
Aug 12, 2008
  1. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    You can drag and drop the icons from the desktop to RD then also copy them all to the quick launch to backup. Then delete the icons. Those that might not go away is trash can or recycle bin. You have to use third party tweak tools to remove that off.

    Using Embeded Blue Theme for XP/2003
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  2. Carlosfig

    Carlosfig TS Rookie

    Awesome... I LOVE THIS!
  3. mewi

    mewi TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Nice but don't you think the basics work just as well too? And they waste less resources ^.~

    Below are my person designs ( pink I know but I'm female so... )

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  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,983   +2,527

    Awwwwww, that's soooo cute....!

    Wow, it's a really good thing you're female. If a man had of posted that sort of thing, it would give rise to all sorts of speculation.

    Although, I'm not really sure that an embedded Windows theme and a screen res photo, is the worst usurper of system resources one might implement.

    I sort of stick with the standard icons on the desktop. I always forget about the little jobbies on the taskbar. Besides, the bigger icons are easier to hit with the cursor. >>>>>>..Click, gotcha! That sort of thing.
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    funny i saw this thread, i have the xp window with lightning and rocketdock, right now on vista:p
  6. mewi

    mewi TS Rookie Posts: 70

    You'd really be surprised how little resources it takes up lol. What you see on my login/desktop is actually manually modified windows XP lol. I wouldn't be surprised if my quick launch bar was the most draining lol.

    Oh yeah and the little icons, it takes a little time to get used too, but once you have gotten used to it, it's just like every other day XD

    I'd think the more resource hoggy theme additions are those Macintosh/Linux quick launch equivalent emulators
  7. misha

    misha TS Rookie

    sweet dude

    my new look desktop. sweet

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  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Wow! Since I had started this thread a lot of you really enjoy changing the appearance of XP into Vista but now how about making it look like Windows 7. This is what my main PC and the rest on the network look like now except Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Editon SP2

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    I also have login/shutdown changed into Windows 7
    Boot Screen is also Windows 7 also icons still based on Vista but that's how they're in Windows 7 release..

    You need the following:

    Vista Drive Icons (freeware)

    Windows Sidebar (freeware)

    SevenVG_Refresh_with_Superbar_by_Vishal_Gupta (theme/font/styler included) (freeware)
    Windows_7_Taskbar_Iconizer_by_Solo_Dev.exe (freeware)
    Windows_7_Boot_Screen_for_XP_by_Vishal_Gupta (freeware)
    Windows_7_Default_Login_4_1_by_RaulWindows (freeware)
    These above you need to go to the link below this message to get them off the site:

    Vista Icon 135 Pack (freeware)

    Windows 7 Official Backgrounds (freeware)


    Current Desktop Look with Mod 7, Icon Task, OD

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    The above is Windows XP Pro SP3 shown above, I've added ObjectDoc is like RocketDoc except you can display yor local weather for the entire week, it shows todays date link more to Outlook and some other perks and it's free! There is also one you pay for also. I run both ObjectDoc you see on the bottom and RocketDoc you see on the top.

    Download the free version here..
  9. cubyong

    cubyong TS Rookie Posts: 45

    how do you change a normal xp into a vista look? does it need to be xp pro? i'm scared it'll mess up my computer :s here's my current desktop with rocketdock :D

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  10. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Not hard to do, you just want Vista theme only...

    This is what you want here..

    Well how about Seven Black look almost like Vista..

    Use this link to get started.. Or you can read back through this posting to get the right method of how to change into Vista.

    My Desktop Part 1 and Part 2

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    Shown above is: Rockdock, and ObjectDock with weather and calender

    Click to Maximize

    Shown above is WinFlip (WinTab Fliping) these are all 100% freeware..

    Again above is Windows XP Pro SP3, I keep my system resources light so all what you
    see doesn't hose the system. There is a new way to tab but that works like Firefox Fox Tab.
    I haven't tested it out yet so I don't know how well that would work on XP desktop.
  11. DeathsDesign

    DeathsDesign TS Rookie Posts: 31

    Hey tipster, can you make the fist background you posted on page one of this thread into 1680x1050, the stretch just does not do it justice.

  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Max for me is 1280x1024 or 1440x900, laptop to HDTV 1600x1200 even though the set can do 1920x1200.

    There is free or open source Paint Editors that can do what you seek, but it has to be done your your system that can do 1680x1050.
  13. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    looks like windows 7
  14. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Current Look XP to Seven7


    Still XP Pro SP2
  15. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    Not a huge fan of all the eye candy, which doesn't make much since because I love digital artwork and rendering but it is what it is. Subtle > *

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  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Digital artwork is great as you have a neat background there. Just have a nice theme like what I have and you'll be set. I'll create a package and you can do the same as me.

    Check back later...
  17. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Vista Logon and Vista Shutdown along with a Vista Black Theme

    I've scripted both files for you to use. Makes it easier to install and setup..

    1. Logo.exe - just run it. This will change the logon and logon off screens. Note: Welcome and Password are in Spanish that's the only 2 words that is and everything is in English. but you get the same large image you see in Vista Logon Graphic. There is a neat light bulb that will give you shutdown options.

    Click on image preview

    Download Logon here.


    Download the Logon
    Double click on LOGON.EXE
    Click on Install
    You'll be prompted
    Click okay or allow
    Reboot PC
    If all goes well you should see the new Saving your settings and Shutdown Message with new background. When you logon back you should see the new Welcome Screen This is what I use currently for a couple of months. No issues.

    Click on image preview

    Download Vista Black Theme Here


    Download STOLENFS.exe
    Double click STOLENFS.exe
    Once installed you need to select the theme using Windows display
    Theme is called STOLENFS
    Makes sure you go under Appearance and change to Color Scheme: sfs4 - Vista Orb default is XP Flag
  18. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    Looks NICE!

    However I wonder how much RAM it uses :(
  19. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Let's put it this way I run what you see above on old PII 266MHz L2 512KB, RAM 256MB 2.5MB for Video, mod 40GB 7200RPM and 802.11g wirelss

    I also have this on PIII 850MHz and PIII 1GHz RAM 512MB the rest are faster systems more RAM. But just to let you know it not going to use up any more resources than you are now with present XP graphics.
  20. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101

  21. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

  22. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

    Windows 7 look for Xp


    This is a black theme look.. with matching logon and shutdown backgrounds
  23. spikester48661

    spikester48661 TS Enthusiast Posts: 101

    sevenmizer will make xp look like windows7 and its free too. go to and get it.
  24. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Topic Starter Posts: 2,473   +126

  25. vectorsigma32

    vectorsigma32 TS Rookie Posts: 154

    lol but who use xp any more
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