Playing with the system files using various third party software and other hacks could be dangerous for your system and could render it useless. So it is seriously recommended that you create a restore point of your system and take a backup of the registry and other important documents and system files which would help you in case anything goes wrong (Hopefully!).

Note: If u don't even know how to take a registry backup or create a restore point than you should
better back-of this tutorial coz its not meant for such a novice user.

Disclaimer: This tutorial has been specially made for eduacative purposes and no part of it should be distributed for any profits without the knowledge of the author.


Shasanka S. Gogoi

I will tell you about the following aspects of customization:➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ Visual Style (Theme) Boot Screen Login Screen Sounds Mouse Cursors Windows Icons Windows Explorer Progress Dialog Box Shutdown/log off dialog box About Windows Box System Properties Dialog Box Vista START menu Aero flip 3D effect SO LETS GET STARTED TO . boot screen and mostly the flip 3D effect that is available for the Vista Ultimate Edition and Home Premium Edition. Yes there are. In this tutorial. cursors. icons. but I have used them and found that they make your system a tad slow than what it is.Since we all know that Windows Vista has been released finally but the cost makes it unaffordable for most of us. logon screen. In this tutorial. The most striking new features of this new version of Windows is its visual appearance i. Some might want to state that there are many Vista transformation packs available out there. Its theme. Moreover they do not allow the level of customization that I would be teaching you in this tutorial.e. I will teach you a little on how to go about and make your Windows XP make a look alike of Vista. sounds.

.Visual Style: The first thing that needs to be changed about in Windows XP is the Visual style. After downloading the above file. This could be downloading the VistaVG RTM style from http://www. you could also use Window Blinds from Stardock. After that apply the wallpaper that cam with it and you would be able to see something like the following: Note: Don't be confused at the start menu. but I will not mention it as it will make your system a tad slower. This has been created by me.com/deviation/48901895/ The above style was created by Vishal Gupta. you need to unzip the and you will find a Windows theme file which you need to click and you will be taken to the display properties page where the new appearance would be shown and all you need to do is just apply the changes. which I will teach you after a few steps. It will work fine and will render your XP to look like Vista. If you also want the vista glass effect.deviantart.

If all goes well than you could see your bootskin something like the following . Microspft has removed the graphical boot screen and there is a minimal boot screen with just the progress bar. you need to apply it using a third party application knows as Stardock Bootskin which is available for download at http://www.Vista Boot Screen: In Vista.com/Download/Free/BootSkin/4-18196-1.deviantart. But I looks nice and you can download the boot screen from the following link http://www.com/view/41731179/ After downloading the boot screen. In that case it is recommended to do the following after a fresh installation of Windows XP. I can only give you a few precautions that you can follow: ➢ ➢ ➢ The problem usually occurs if you have two operating systems on your PC The problem can occur if some of your system files are mssing or anything of the lot or so to say that your Windows XP installation is very old. it may be that the colours are not exactly the same as they should be and in that case you might see green and pink in place of black.html Note: A few people have faced a booting problem after applying this boot screen using Stardock Bootskin.soft32. Even if the boot screen is working. So apply it at your own risk. This is a common problem and I have no solution for it.

So their exists two method of changing the logon screen which are as follows: (Personally I recommend the first step since its more easier and requires no third party utility) ➢ ➢ Copy the LogonUI.Vista Login Screen: Windows Vista's new login screen is just awesome and you can download the new Vista login screen for Windows XP from the following link http://www.exe file that you have downloaded and paste it into your \Windows\System32\ folder and on asking to replace the file respond as Yes to all and thats it. you are required to download Stardock LogonStudio from http://www.deviantart.shtml and after installation of the software apply the LogonXP file that came with your previous download.com/deviation/38038968/ The above screen has been created by “ears1991” form DeviantArt. The downloaded package contains both LogonXP and LogonUI files. you will see your Logon screen chanege to something like the following .com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/LogonStudio.softpedia. After all the above has been done. For this method.

open the Sound & Audio Devices in Control Panel and goto “Sounds” tab and replace the existing sounds with the new downloaded ones. You need the download the entire sound package from the following link http://rapidshare. . It will be a painfull job as it take a lot of time to do so.html After the downloading has been done.zip. but is worth it.Vista Sounds: Windows Vista contains completely new sound files that are quite nice.com/files/14250508/VistaSounds.

no/downloads/aero_cursors.Vista Cursors: Windows Vista's cursors are really sexy. Here you need to manually change the default Windows cursors to the new downloaded ones. .gurudesign. U can download the entire cursors pack from the link below http://www.zip After a complete download. unzip the pack and the go to the “mouse” link under Control Panel and click on the”pointers” tab.

You can download the software form below http://www.html and after that downlaod the icon packager file from http://www. which can be used to change the default Windows XP icons with that of Windows Vista ones.soft32.ip After all the downloading.com But the above site offers individuals icons which means u have to apply them individually using another softwares like Desktop Architect or Cursorarts ActivIcons. First you have to download a third party utility known as Stardock IconPackager which would be needed to apply the icon pack.biz/joejoe/Download/VIP3_IP. apply the new icon files using the software.com/Download/free-trial/IconPackager/4-13518-1.vistaICO.Vista Icons: There are a lot of icon packs available on the net.joejoe. . If u do not want to download the above package than you can download the Vista icons from the link below www. install the software .

links and standard buttons.551. It contains Back and Forward buttons along with the Address bar & Search Bar and under it there is another toolbar containing useful links.com/108659 Now extract the skin to the “Program files\styler\TB\skins\Styler\ “ directory and then apply it using Styler.crystalxp. .Vista Explorer: Vista Explorer is very much different from XP Explorer.net/galerie/en. Note: The toolbar may not look like the above until you right click on the toolbar and dis-select address bar. etc. In order to add such a toolbar to Windows XP.id.htm After downloading the above you will need to download the skin for it which u can get at http://www. details. one would need a third party utility known as Styler which you can download from the link below http://www.megashare. You may also need to unlock the toolbar and adjust it manually to make it appear like Windows Vista. like tile icons.

155. 14 CONTROL "". "SysAnimate32". Now in resource Name enter 404 and in Resource Language enter 1033 and click on Add Resource button. 155. The Progress Dialog Box should look like the following .dll” and open it in Resource Hacker. STATIC. 50. 45. STATIC. 10.Progress Dialog Box: Windows Vista's progress dialog box is very different from that of XP. 60. than goto: Dialog>1020>1033 Now replace the existing code in the right-side pane with the existing code: Code: 1020 DIALOGEX 20. DTS_SHORTDATEFORMAT | DTS_UPDOWN | DTS_TIMEFORMAT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 0. 10. SS_BITMAP | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_CLIPSIBLINGS | WS_GROUP. 10 CONTROL "". SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US FONT 8. Just navigate to “Windows\System32\” and find the file “Shell32. PBS_SMOOTH | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 124 STYLE DS_FIXEDSYS | DS_MODALFRAME | DS_NOIDLEMSG | WS_POPUP | WS_CAPTION | WS_SYSMENU CAPTION "" LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH. 70. I am not able to give you the exact link of download for it. 10. 103. 14 } Click on Compile Script button. 10 CONTROL "File Name:". 10 CONTROL "". DTS_LONGDATEFORMAT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_BORDER. 130. 0. "msctls_progress32". 60. ACS_TRANSPARENT | ACS_AUTOPLAY | ACS_TIMER | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. Just click cancel to this warning and the click OK when Windows verifies the changes. 0. 45. "SysDateTimePick32".dll file with this one: AVI->160->1033 AVI->161->1033 AVI->162->1033 AVI->163->1033 AVI->164->1033 In order to replace the AVI. STATIC. 105. 60. 70. 30. 60. 217. STATIC. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. Just click on Action->Add a new resource and then click on Open file with new resource button. 237. 50. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 102. 106. just click on “Action\Replace other resource\Open file with new resource” and just select the new AVI file. 155. 10.com/108641 and after extracting the BMP file from it. 10 CONTROL "". there are a few things that you need to know. Windows will pop a warning that some system files have been modified and Windows need the original XP CD to restore th original files in order to maintain stability. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 30. STATIC. 0. 50. 0. STATIC. ➢ When you change a file and save the changes. 60 CONTROL "". click on File->Save before exiting or else all your changes will be undone. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 70. you need a hacking tool known as Resource Hacker. 20. 10 CONTROL "Location:". 236. 0. 13 CONTROL "". add it at 404 location in file. 75. And also download a BMP file from the following link http://www. "MS SHELL DLG" { CONTROL "". 95. But we can make XP's dialog box appear like that of Vista. ➢ After all changes to the file have been made. but you can easilly find it by doing a simple Google search! NOTE: While you change a file everytime in Resource Hacker.megashare. 25 CONTROL 404. 0. "SysDateTimePick32". 104. For the purpose. 0. 0. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. Just download the vIsta AVI's form the link below http://www. 103. Select the downloaded BMP file and click on Open. 10 CONTROL "Time Left:". Thats it. STATIC.megashare. 167.com/108652 After downloading extract the AVI file from it and replace the following AVI's in the Shell32. 103. You'll also have to replace the existing AVI's in the file with the new Vista ones. 10.

bmp Bitmap->14355->1033 with 2.com/108654 and extract the files and you'll get 4 BMP's with name: 1.dll” file in Resource Hacker and then replace the following BITMAP's with the mentioned BMP files: Bitmap->20140->1033 with 1.bmp .bmp 4.bmp Bitmap->14354->1033 with 1. So here I'll tell you how to change to in XP. For that you need to download a few BMP files from the following link http://www.megashare.bmp Now save the file and open “Windows\System32\msgina.bmp Bitmap->14353->1033 with 2.dll” file in Resource Hacker and then replace the following BITMAP's with the mentioned BMP files: Bitmap->14351->1033 with 1.bmp Bitmap->14356->1033 with 3.The Progress Dialog Box Shutdown/log Off dialog box: Windows Vista doesn't have shutdown/logoff dialog dialog box just like Windows XP default dialog box doesn't look good.bmp 3.bmp 2.bmp Now open “Windows\System32\Shell32.

as you would want to shut down your PC. After all the above.Bitmap->20141->1033 with 2.bmp Bitmap->20142->1033 with 1.bmp Bitmap->20143->1033 with 2.bmp Now save the file.bmp Bitmap->20150->1033 with 4. you will see something like this .

SS_ETCHEDHORZ | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 35. SS_ICON | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 21. Now open “Windows\System32\msgina. STATIC. 133. . 178. 35. "SysLink". STATIC.dll” file in Resource Hacker and then replace the following BITMAP's with the downloaded BMP files Bitmap->131->1033 (For XP Professional) Bitmap->147->1033 (For XP Home) Save the file. 20 CONTROL "Microsoft® %s®". 45. 35. All rights reserved. 85. STATIC. 147. 13568. 13570.megashare. 13571. 1. 20 CONTROL "user name". SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US FONT 8. 200. 20. 10 CONTROL "". 170. Download the required BITMAP file from http://www. 20 CONTROL "This product is licensed under the terms of the End-User License Agreement to:". 152. 45. STATIC. To change the About Windows box. 10 CONTROL "OK". you'll have to change two things: ➢ The BITMAP file. STATIC. STATIC. 105. "MS Shell Dlg" { CONTROL 0. 220. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_TABSTOP. ➢ The text box saying Windows XP. SS_LEFTNOWORDWRAP | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 10 CONTROL "Copyright © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. 180. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 12297.". 13095. 235. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 13578. 13581. The About Windows Dialog provides the essential tools to fool someone out. 10 CONTROL "". 65.0". STATIC. 35. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 14 CONTROL "Version 6. 88. 0. 210. 180. 10 CONTROL "". SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 35. 13576.dll” file Resource Hacker and then replace the following BITMAP's with the downloaded BMP files Bitmap->101->1033 (For XP Professional) Bitmap->107->1033 (For XP Professional) Bitmap->128->1033 (For XP Home) Bitmap->129->1033 (For XP Home) And then save the file. 55. 198 STYLE DS_FIXEDSYS | DS_MODALFRAME | WS_POPUP | WS_CAPTION | WS_SYSMENU CAPTION "About %s" LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH. 50.com/108642 and open “Windows\System32\Shell32. 152. STATIC. STATIC. 35. 13575. 75. 0x50000000. SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. SS_LEFTNOWORDWRAP | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 1 CONTROL "Physical memory available to Windows®:". STATIC. 275. Now open “Windows\System32\xpsp1res. 7. 10 } Click on Compile Script and save the changes. BUTTON.About Windows Dialog: Someone might want to check whether you really have Vista installed on your system. 125. 135. 235.dll” file in Resource Hacker an goto: Dialog->14352->1033 Now replace the existing code on the right side with the following code Code 14352 DIALOGEX 20. 180. 55. 13586. 35. 180. 10 CONTROL "org name".

cpl” file in Resource Hacker.com/albums/v374/vishaal_here/Digit%20Images/6. now open “Windows\System32\sysdm.jpg http://img. which we have previously discussed before and in addition to that. http://img. you will need to download four BMP files from the link below. Now replace the existing 1. For that you would need Resource Hacker.photobucket.BMP Save it as 6. your About Windows Dialog box should look like the following System Properties Dialog Box: Here I'll describe how to change the first tab”General” in System Properties Dialog Box. ➢ Goto Bitmap->1->1033 ➢ Click on Action->Replace Bitmap ➢ Click on “Open file with new Bitmap” button ➢ Select the new downloaded 1.com/albums/v374/vishaal_here/Digit%20Images/5.jpg Save it as 1.com/albums/v374/vishaal_here/Digit%20Images/4.After the above mentioned steps.BMP After all that downloading.BMP with the downloaded one.photobucket. The images that you would download would be in JPG format. For that follow the steps mentioned .jpg http://img.com/albums/v374/vishaal_here/Digit%20Images/1.jpg http://img. For that.BMP Save it as 5.photobucket. do you will need to convert them to BMP using Paint/Photoshop or anything off the lot.BMP file and click on “Open” button ➢ Finally click on “Replace button” Now we have to add the remaining downloaded BMP's to the following.BMP Save it as 4.photobucket.

272. 235. 8 } Now click on Compile Script and save the changes. 8 CONTROL "". 131. 80. 130. 98. STATIC. 60 CONTROL "PID :". 80. STATIC. 14 CONTROL "Windows Activation". EDIT. 130. 8 CONTROL "". 9 CONTROL "". 326. 152. 56. 304. 100. STATIC. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 1. 10. 10 CONTROL "Copyright © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. 90. "Link Window". 0. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 192. BUTTON. 54. 0. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 304. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 265. 100. 130. 265. 309. 8 CONTROL "". 130.BMP & 6. BUTTON. STATIC. 131. SS_BITMAP | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 100. 69. All rights reserved. 207 CONTROL "Windows Edition".➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ ➢ Click on Action->Add a new Resource Click on “Open file with a new resource” button Select 4. "Link Window". 0. STATIC. 9 CONTROL 1. SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US FONT 8.BMP and click on “Open” button Give 4 in Resource Name and 1033 in Resource Language Finally click on “Add Resource” button Repeat the above steps for the other BMP's (5. Next goto String Table->12->1033 Change the String in 180 to "Windows VISTA? Ultimate Edition" & Click on Compile Script. 121. 100. 235. BS_PUSHBUTTON | WS_CHILD | WS_DISABLED | WS_TABSTOP. 115.". 130. SS_BITMAP | SS_CENTERIMAGE | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. SS_BITMAP | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 36. BUTTON. EDIT. 195. 0. 147. 110. STATIC. EDIT. "MS SHELL DLG" { CONTROL 6. 130. 17. SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. 115. 52. 89. 110. 13. 8 CONTROL "". 8 CONTROL "&More Information". BS_GROUPBOX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 67. 192. 65 CONTROL "". 8 CONTROL "System". BUTTON. 91. STATIC. 162. (Resource Name for 5. 80. ES_LEFT | ES_AUTOHSCROLL | ES_READONLY | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. "Link Window". "Link Window". 57. 0x50000000. 15 CONTROL "". 63. Similarly goto String Table->13->1033 And here change the String in 195 to “Hacked by: SHASANKA” (If u want. 101. 130. 8 CONTROL "". 106. 215 STYLE DS_FIXEDSYS | DS_MODALFRAME | WS_POPUP | WS_VISIBLE | WS_CAPTION CAPTION "General" LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH.BMP and 6. 0x50000000. "Link Window".BMP) also. 147. 100. 5. 0. SS_BITMAP | SS_CENTERIMAGE | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 8 CONTROL "". 58. SS_BITMAP | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP. STATIC. 54. BS_GROUPBOX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 20. 64. ES_LEFT | ES_AUTOHSCROLL | ES_READONLY | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. STATIC. 123. 0x50000000. 8 CONTROL "". 100.BMP will be 5 & 6 respectively and Resource Language will be 1033 for both) Now goto Dialog->101->1033 and replace the existing codes with the following code Code: 101 DIALOGEX 32. 66. 65. 41. 73 CONTROL "". 0x50000000. 47 CONTROL 5. 0x50000000. ES_LEFT | ES_AUTOHSCROLL | ES_READONLY | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 160. 130. 110. u can enter ur name) and click on Compile Script and Save the final changes. 131. 62. 304. 180. 100. . 265. STATIC. 54 CONTROL 4. 64.". 100. 170. 4. 376. 0. 130. 0. 59 CONTROL "This version of Windows is Genuine. BS_GROUPBOX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE. 107. 111.

Most of them will be present in: String Table -> 577 -> 1033 String Table -> 794 -> 1033 String Table -> 1900 -> 1033 . Just search for them in the file. can be changed in String Table section of “Windows\System32\Shell. Search. Vista START Menu: Windows Vista has a very different START Menu.dll” file. etc. Run. My Music. Connect To.Your changes should look something like this NOTE: The Genuine Microsoft logo that you see in the bottom is not functioning (The hack). I will tell you how to create a similar one. u'll need to edit “Windows\Explorer. In this section. like My Documents. etc. Help & Support. My Computer. My Pictures. where u can find interesting strings: String Table -> 439 -> 1033 String Table -> 440 -> 1033 String Table -> 515 -> 1033 ➢ Other strings. So I have not included it.exe” file in Resource Hacker and then edit String Table section. like Control Panel. I'm giving a few locations. Firstly. a few fun stuffs that you can try ➢ To change the Default entry names in Start menu's right side pane.

Now U can also drag-n-drop important program shortcuts into left-side pane of Start menu for easier access. change the string in 8235 line with ur desired one. create a DWORD value NoStartMenuMorePrograms and set its value to 1 Now change “Favorites” path to “Program” folder in regedit. Now use another Hack to remove the All Programs option from the START Menu.exe” file in Resource Hacker.String Table -> 1906 -> 1033 Sometimes u'll not notice the changes in Start menu bcoz windows registry maintains a cache for these entries. Just goto String Table->515->1033 and on the right side pane. For tha goto regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and in right-side pane. Just open regedit and goto: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache and in right-side pane. delete all existing values except Default & LangID. So u'll hv to clear the cache to make the changes visible. i.e. On which Windows is installed) Now change the text of "Favorites" to "Programs" or "All Programs" by editing “Windows\Explorer. For that just navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders and change value of “Favorites” to C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs (C being your System Drive. Don't forget to disable "Internet" & "E-mail" shortcuts and "Recent Items" list from "Start menu & Taskbar Properties" Get all your steps correct and you could see your START menu like the following .

If u need a full version of the software. It is even one of the main eye candies in Windows Vista. To enable this feature in Windows XP you will need a third party utility known as Top Desk.otakusoftware. just open a few windows and press Alt+Tab and see something like this which looks exactly like Vista's Aero Effect That it for Windows Vista.com/ from where you can downlaod a 30 day trial version. After installation of the software. You can download the Player from Microsoft's Ofiicial site or you can simply search Google for it. If u want to add some more zing to Windows XP you can even add the Windows Media Player 11 which comes default with Windows Vista.ddl2. I have provided a view of Windows Media Player 11 so that you might have a look . just make a search for TopDesk at www. which u can download from http://www.Aero flip 3D effect: Windows Vista has an incredible Alt+Tab replacement that is quite different then that of Windows XP.com After downloading you can easily configure the software by reading the Help file along with it.

All efforts have been made in order to make this tutorial as error free as possible. it will be corrected and updated and corrected as soon as possible. Gogoi .Final Words: Appreciate me for my efforts if they were of any help for you. Feel free to contact me if you face any problems. So keep in contact with me. This tutorial has gone through the final checks and even after that if any errors occur. !!!THANKS!!! evolution_0134@zapak.com Shasanka S.

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