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Don't Like Win Vista Beta? Try This...  
User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

There was a thread a couple of weeks ago about Windows Vista BETA. A few people installed it and reaction was mixed. Some of those that didn't like it, including me, liked the interface but didn't like how it hogged system resources.

Well, try this:

http://www.9down.com/story.php?sid=6608

It's a skin for XP that emulates Vista very well. I installed it yesterday and compard it to the Vista installation on my test machine, and it's very close indeed. I think the skin was probably built while Vista was in BETA 1, as there are some small nuances here and there, but this skin gives you 90% of the BETA 2 interface - transparency options, Aero 'glass' emulation, Vista icons, Vista task bar and start menu etc. And it doesn't hog your system resources like BETA 2 does.

You'll need WinRAR or similar to unpack the RAR archive.

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User currently offlineRichardPrice From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
And it doesn't hog your system resources like BETA 2 does.

It also doesnt do what Beta 2 does, so no surprises there really.

This is like those people that run an OSX theme on Windows - sad wannabes.


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 1):
It also doesnt do what Beta 2 does, so no surprises there really.

But for those who like the Vista interface, it's a decent alternative.

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 1):
sad wannabes.

Wannabe what? Spoken like a true MS hater.

(I prefer OSX, by the way).


User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

Quoting RichardPrice (Reply 1):
This is like those people that run an OSX theme on
Windows - sad wannabes.

We're talking about computers here - how "cool" does it get?  Yeah sure


User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12254 posts, RR: 35
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1578 times:
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I can't try it here, but I will certainly look into it when I get home. Sounds interesting. I love the look and feel of Vista, but it does suck up resources.


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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1550 times:

Can I see some screenshots? I want to update my old XP Silver theme I currently have!


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User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1536 times:

Big version: Width: 1280 Height: 800 File size: 183kb


It looks fairly nice. I don't like the transparent feature though, so turned that off.

Tom


User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1532 times:

Here are a few I took showing the start menu and Aero transparency...







User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1528 times:

Nice - might give that a go! Is there any noticeable drop in performance when running the different theme? I can't see why there would be, but you never know!


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User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1511 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 8):
Is there any noticeable drop in performance when running the different theme?

Not really. That screenshot came from my laptop; Centrino 1.7Ghz, 1GB RAM. Startup take a few seconds longer than it used to, as the Aero effects are achieved with a 3rd party plug-in called 'Glass2k', and it runs in the background. Task Manager shows it at 0% CPU and 4,136k Mem.

On my desktop (P4 3.2Ghz, 2GB RAM), 0% CPU and 4,872k mem. Startup time is hard to guage as I have a bunch of stuff that starts with this machine.

Once the system is up and running, I haven't noticed any drop in performance at all.


User currently offlineJaspike From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 1 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 9):
That screenshot came from my laptop; Centrino 1.7Ghz, 1GB RAM .......... Once the system is up and running, I haven't noticed any drop in performance at all.

Ditto, seems to work well  Smile

Tom


User currently offlineAeroflot777 From Russia, joined Mar 2004, 3011 posts, RR: 26
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1463 times:

I just downloaded it, and I think its AWESOME! I'm really enjoying it. I will definitely be buying Vista when it comes out! BTW does anyone know the approximate date is will be released?

Aeroflot777


User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1452 times:

Installed it (after a panic with that 'wait 1 minute before cancelling SP2 CD' notification!!!), and my first impression is good, although it has cocked up my tabs in Firefox - they have gone really chunky.

I like the font though!



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