IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2288 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.
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.
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2193 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.
Mhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (9 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2134 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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