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Transform Your Windows XP to Windows Vista without any Customization pack

Transform Your Windows XP to Windows Vista without any Customization pack



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Tips and instructions on transforming XP To Vista without the use of any software
Tips and instructions on transforming XP To Vista without the use of any software

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Published by: thejaswi on Jun 03, 2008
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If you are facing problems while saving a file after editing in resource hacker,then make sure you have disabled WFP (Windows File Protection) service using WFPPatcher, it can be found in our “
” section.Also if you are getting error “
Can’t create file…
“, that means you have edited and savedthe same file in past and there is a backup file which need to be deleted before saving thisfile again. Go to the folder containing this file and you’ll see a similar file having
” in its name. Delete it and try to save the file in resource hacker.===========================Since we all know that Windows Vista has been released but its too costly to purchase.The most interesting thing in Vista is its look, new icons, cursors, theme, sounds, loginscreen, boot screen, etc. So I’m posting this tutorial to make our existing Windows XP tolook-a-like Windows Vista.
 Yes! There are lots of Vista Transformation packs available on net but I never use thembecause they slow down the windows and also install a few 3rd party utilities. So itsbetter to do all the things manually.
In this tutorial, I’ll tell you about how to make following things to look-a-like Vista:
Visual style (or theme) Boot screen Login screenSoundsMouse CursorsWindows IconsWindows Explorer  Progress dialog boxShutdown/log off dialog box About Windows boxSystem Properties dialog box
Windows Classic Startmenu Left-side Image and Start button Logoand a few other things
So here we go:
1. Vista Theme:
 First thing which you should change in your windows is theme. There are lots of Vistathemes available on net. I have also created a Vista theme for XP called “
If you use WindowBlinds, then you can also get the glass affect. You can search onDeviantART and you’ll get lots of WB skins.
2. Vista Boot Screen:
In Vista, Microsoft has removed the graphical boot screen and there is a minimal bootscreen with just a progress bar. But it looks nice and you can download a similar bootscreen for XP from here:
Use Tuneup Utilities to apply it. Its completely safe. To know more about TuneupUtilities, visit following link:
Vista new login screen is just awesome and “ears1991″ at DeviantART created a look-a-like login screen for XP, which you can download from here:
This pack contains both LogonXP and LogonUI files. So you can either replace existing
file with the LogonUI file in the pack or use
and apply the LogonXP file.
4. Vista Sounds:
Vista contains new sounds, which are quite nice. You can download the whole pack fromhere:
Just open “
Sounds & Audio Devices
” (mmsys.cpl) in Control Panel and goto “
tab and here you can replace windows default sounds with the new ones.
5. Vista Cursors:
Vista cursors are really sexy. You can download the pack from here:
Download Vista Cursors6. Vista Icons:
Here is an Icon Pack for Windows XP, which will change XP default icons with WindowsVista icons. So you’ll experience the high-resolution Vista icons in XP:
Vista Explorer is very much different from XP Explorer. It contains Back & Forward buttons along with the Address bar & Searchbar and under it there is another toolbar containing useful links, like Tile icons, details, etc. But there is a 3rd party utilityavailable called “
“, which can add the same toolbars in XP explorer too. Justdownload Styler from 
and then download following Styler Skin:

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