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(UPDATED) Windows 7 (+ Vista) Applications, Tools, and Features for XP (Simpler)
(MS and Third Parties, Make Windows XP Stay Up to Date)



Note: Please also visit "List of Most Vista / Windows 7 Applications and Features for XP / Server 2003": http://www.winmatrix...eatures-for-xp/ for other info, options, etc (Recommended)...

Transform Windows XP into Windows 7 in Both GUI and Usability / Functionality, Anyway Long Live XP! :D :
Just Make Windows XP Stay Up to date after Vista and Windows 7 Coming out and until the M$ support ends (2014), By Creating Your Custom Windows XP "Ultimate" or "Special Edition" Just By Using Some Skins, Applications, and Tweaks Etc For Free (While Even Some of Them May Still Be Working on Vista and Windows 7 Too As Well Then...)..


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IMPORTANT NOTE -> Please Read This First Below:

*) Well, since Windows 7 / Seven is just an enhanced version of Windows Vista and both of them still share some similar applications and features (e.g Aero Shell, Windows and Explorer Search, Live Preview, etc...), and almost all of the links here are listed only for some new features that are introduced in WINDOWS 7 compared to Vista then it's recommended to also visit my another thread below for more complete list:

TO GET MORE / ALL THE OTHER APPLICATIONS AND FEATURES OF WINDOWS 7 AND ALSO BELONG TO VISTA BEFORE WHICH ARE NOT LISTED HERE, PORTED TO WINDOWS XP, PLEASE JUST VISIT HERE (VERY RECOMMENDED): http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20480

(anyhow you may know that some native Vista applications might have been removed/disabled in Windows 7 by default i.e Meeting Space, Windows Mail, Calendar (some already replaced by Windows Live applications), and so on but actually it's still better to at least keep some (not all) of them anyway, imo...):[/b]


As said above, you can download/get more/other Vista and Windows 7 applications, tools, skins, tutorials, tweaks, etc by MS and third parties on Windows Xp (i.e even get some original Vista or Windows 7 applications / features ported to Xp!), all for free, in easy and better ways, without any special skill here...

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Reshacking Tutorials:

Again, some must be visited tutorials if you want to manually reshack some XP system files resources (credits to Vishal Gupta and Picassa243) since some tranformation packs may not patch all files totally (i.e some unchanged embedded icons on My Computer System Properties/sysdm.cpl etc):
- List of Files to be hacked using Resource Hacker: http://www.askvg.com...esource-hacker/
- List of a few Locations in Windows XP to be Hacked Using Resource Hacker: http://www.askvg.com...p-to-be-hacked/
- A Tutorial on Vista Conversion by Picassa243: http://picassa243.de...ersion-60141887


1). Transformation Guides & Info about Windows Xp to Windows 7:


- Vishal Gupta's Guide (Credits to him) for Xp to Windows 7: "Transform Windows Xp to Windows 7 Without Using Any Transformation Pack" (Most GUI Elements: Bootsecreen, Logon Screen, Wallpapers, Themes, etc):
http://www.askvg.com...omization-pack/

- Kyosan's Guide (WinMatrix, Credits to him): "Make Windows Xp Look Like Seven" (Most GUI Elements: Bootsecreen, Logon Screen, Wallpapers, Themes, etc):
http://www.winmatrix...?...=21106&st=0

All About Windows 7 (WinMatrix Forum):
http://www.winmatrix...hp?showforum=61


2). Some Windows Xp to Windows 7 Tools/Apps:


- Original Windows 7 New Font for Xp/Vista (Gabriola, Again Thx and Credits to Bro Jdd/JeremyDDual, Dev):

http://jeremyddual.d...riola-104351955

- Windows 7 Calculator for Xp (Credits to grdcityboy, Dev ):
http://grdcityboy.de...lator-102484514

Other Alternatives for Windows 7 Calculator in Xp (functional):
You can also use Microsoft Powertoys -> Power Calculator : http://www.microsoft...ppowertoys.mspx or Microsoft Calculator Plus for Xp : http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en (Although they look different with original Windows 7 calculator, but have nearly similar features, and they all are from Microsoft too/with same flavors)...

Or you can also use better Microsoft Math: Requires .Net Framework 2.0 or higher and (optional) Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 installed for inking feature): http://www.4shared.c...and_Vista_.html
(much better stuff, even with inking support as a good replacement for both Windows 7 Math Input Panel and Calculator in Xp and Vista, etc).

- Windows 7 Like Wordpad (with Ribbon UI) for Xp and Vista (Credits to Solo/Villain, Dev/WM):

http://www.askvg.com...s-xp-and-vista/

- Windows 7 Aero Shake Feature:
http://www.askvg.com...s-xp-and-vista/

- Windows 7 Aero Shake and Peak (WinShake), credits to Freddy2, WM:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=24650

- Windows 7 Aero Snap:

http://www.askvg.com...s-xp-and-vista/

- Windows 7 Safe Guard feature for Xp and Vista (MS Steady State):

http://news.softpedi...SP3-97229.shtml

- Windows 7 Superbar for Xp (Credits to flawless 02, Dev):
http://flawless02.de...ws-XP-104538761

- Windows 7 Taskbar Replacement (AKA Superbar) for Xp (Alpha), credits to DimitarCC:
http://sbar.codeplex.com/

- Windows 7 Taskbar Iconizer (Credits to Solo/Villain, Dev/WM):
http://solo-dev.devi...nizer-102860893

- (Microsoft) Windows 7 Desktop Slideshow for Xp (Recompiled By me / Credits to MS for the original code):
http://depositfiles....files/f507qk8aw

- Windows 7 Themes and Desktop Changer for XP (change themes and wallpapers periodically as your custom settings):
As far as i know the "old good days" Style XP can also change your themes (Visual Style/MSStyles) and wallpapers periodically (even more other elements such as boot screens, screensavers etc) if i'm not wrong. But yea you know it's a shareware though...
Visit the official TGTSoft website to download/get Style XP :
http://www.tgtsoft.com/ or just google it

- Windows 7 (or Vista) Game Explorer Clone for XP - New & Functional at final as he said/not just "a fake UI"(credits to Monty Pillepalle - WinMatrix):
http://www.winmatrix...xplorer-for-xp/
His official website: http://wwwpub.zih.tu...ming_vb2008.php

Download all latest updated Vista / Windows 7 games for XP here: http://www.4shared.c...mes_For_Xp.html

- Original Windows 7 Math Input Panel (MIP) ported to Xp and Vista (Credits to Jdd/JeremyDDual):
http://www.wincert.n...?showtopic=4865
http://jeremyddual.d...on-xp-104354090
Or: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21199 (By me + Alternatives for MIP on both Xp and Vista etc)

- Replacement for Windows 7 Paint in Xp and Vista:
You can use Paint.net (Officially Powered by Microsoft and Washington State University (WSU) as replacement for standard Windows Paint in every Windows OS) as much better replacement:
Download Paint. net (Requires .Net Framework 2.0 or higher):
http://www.getpaint.net/download.html
(New) PaintRibbon -> Windows 7 like Paint for Xp and Vista:
http://aviassin.wiki...com/paintribbon

- Windows Internet Explorer 8 (Default Windows 7 Browser):

http://www.microsoft...ta/default.aspx

- All Windows 7 Original Wallpapers (full credits to Bro Jdd):
http://jeremyddual.d...-pics-106034849

- All Windows 7 Original Icons (full credits to Bro Jdd again, lol U rockn roll Bro):
http://jeremyddual.d...0043?loggedin=1

- Windows 7 - Windows Media Player 12 Skin/resource for Xp (Full credits to fediaFedia and Bogo, thx to Jdd for the info):
http://fediafedia.de...or-XP-106429599
Credits to bogo-d http://bogo-d.deviantart.com/ and fediafedia http://fediafedia.deviantart.com

- The Best Windows 7 Theme/Skin/VS for Xp: Seven VG Refresh with superbar (credits to Vishal Gupta):

http://www.askvg.com...for-windows-xp/

- Windows 7 Aero Peek for Xp and Vista (thx to lifehacker):
http://lifehacker.co...ng-into-xpvista

3). Other Ones:

Since Windows 7 (Beta) is still updated version of Vista at least for now (it still has Vista features but much more enhanced), alternatively you can still use many more replacements for Vista features and applications in Xp or Vista :

- List of Most Vista Applications and Features for Xp (By me):

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20480

- Removable applications feature in Windows 7:
In Windows 7 (since build 7048), you will may be able to remove any Windows application such as WMP, Media Center, even IE (Internet Explorer) which has been integrated into all Windows OS for years. Get the same and better feature using Xp Lite here (worked on 98 and 2000 too!):
http://www.litepc.com/
You can also use NLite and VLite for prepare the lite installation CD.

Thats all so far. Cheers!

:lol: Lol sorry that's all as far i know, very/too short, just "copying n pasting" (the content and sources). Need your inputs. Thank U so much for your attention! Cheers and Long Live Xp! :D

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4). Updated/Added Some Special Windows 7 Stuffs/Features to Xp (Originally from Microsoft):
(Full Credits and Thanks to Blake Handler from Windows Live Space for the infos): (Btw, some of them and also other ones might already be included on the previous list or the other ones are more completely on "List of Most Vista Applications and Features for Xp", e.g Internet Explorer 8, Windows Search 4.0, XPS Viewer and Support, Windows 7 Gabriola TTF font, Windows 7 Desktop Slide Show for Xp and so on..., but might repeat them again here. You can please check it out too after reading this...as well as other related threads by people on WinMatrix). So here they are:

- Clear Type Tuner:
makes it easier to read text on your screen by installing ClearType technology in the Control Panel just like Windows 7.
http://download.micr...85aad/setup.exe

- Data Execution Prevention (DEP): monitors programs to verify whether they are using system memory securely. Unlike Windows 7 (and Vista), Windows XP's DEP is only enabled for necessary operating system programs and services because not all software programs run smoothly with DEP:
http://technet.micro...y/cc700810.aspx

- Windows Search 4.5: updated search component in Windows 7. Get Windows Search 4.0 on both Xp and Vista:
http://www.microsoft...ds/default.aspx

- exFAT: advanced file system format support for Windows XP as well as Windows 7:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Fingerprint Reader - Windows 7 has advanced built-in support for biometric devices. only useful if yo own a biometric device), install Microsoft's Digital Persona Password Manager 2.0:

See: http://support.micro...kb;en-us;899626

Download Fingerprint Reader tool (English): http://download.micr...PPM_201_ENG.exe

- Image Mastering API v2.0 (IMAPIv2.0): Burn images to CD and DVD optical storage media using the new APIs (Vista too). Download the tool for Xp:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6): - Built-into Windows 7; support for this new suite of standard protocols for the Network layer of the Internet. It has come as Advanced Networking Pack for Windows XP:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder:
The network map on a computer running Windows 7 shows a graphical view of the computers and devices on your network and how they are connected by using the LLTD protocol. The LLTD responder must be installed on a computer running Windows Xp before it can be detected and appear on the network map.
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- New Xp MSCONFIG - Window XP's System Configuration Utility has been updated to add a Tools tab "just like" Windows 7 (and Vista):
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- .Net Framework 3.5/next 4.0: - Just like Windows 7 (included by default), install .Net Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (Vista only included .Net Framework 3.0, so it's recommended to install it on Vista too):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Windows PowerShell (V2) command-line shell & scripting language allows managing computers via commands or scripts, improving productivity through system automation on Windows 7. You can get it (V1.0) on Xp too:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- VHD Support: you can have the same functionality with MS Virtual PC 2007 on Xp
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Developers and Advanced/Corporate/Enterprise Users only: WIM Image Deployment for Windows 7: While Windows 7 is distributed as a WIM image file, Windows XP is not distributed as a WIM image. Tools included in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 do support creating file-based Windows XP images, but these images are not componentized in a way that allows IT pros to inject drivers (at least still better than nothing lol):

See: http://technet.micro...y/cc749528.aspx

Download Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK): http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Windows Feature Pack for Storage 1.0: enables the Windows platform to do master style optical burning on Blu-Ray media, as well as support for new Smart Card Driver form factors, such as ICCD.
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Windows Live Applications : Windows 7 can run faster than Vista since it has removed some "bloatwares" there such as some programs (Calendar, PhotoGalllery so on) and services beside the new architecture (based on Server 2008 codebase). However some Windows Live programs can be installed as replacements/substitutes for "missing" progs (such as Windows Live PhotoGallery for Windows PhotoGallery). All supported except Windows Live Movie Maker Beta on Xp (Wave 3):
http://download.live.com/

- Windows 7 Codec Supports:
Windows 7 includes native support for a wide range of advanced video & audio codecs. Just download and install awesome K-Lite Codec Pack etc and you'll always be fine with WMP and some multiplayers programs on Xp (you can also install another free codec package you like/prefer):
http://www.free-code..._codec_pack.htm

- Windows Rights Management Services Client (DRM):
required for your computer to run applications that provide functionality based on Windows RMS technologies (it's crap though :blink: ) :
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- XML Support: Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 & XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack view, generate & index XPS Docs (as MS replacement for .PDF format) is now built-in in Windows 7 (as XPS Viewer and so on). Viewer plugin of the component is also built in both IE7 and IE8 on Xp and Vista:

See http://www.microsoft...ps/default.mspx

Download MSXML 6.0: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Download XPS Viewer for Windows Xp:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Windows 7 like - energy monitoring app:
to actively control PC’s energy consumption "sorta like" Windows 7. Install and use Mirosoft Edison on Xp (by MS and third party dev):
http://www.microsoft...ign_edison.aspx

- New Windows 7 Internet Games on Xp: 7 introduces 3 new Windows Internet Games: Backgammon, Checkers, and Spades. They (old versions) might already be included on Xp. However you can still play the newer version on Xp online with updated GUI and features as well as (or like) Windows 7 (MSN Games) -> Requires min Xp SP2/3 and IE 6 SP1/IE 7/IE 8:

Internet BackGammon: http://zone.msn.com/.../zpadefault.htm

Internet Checkers: http://zone.msn.com/.../zpadefault.htm

Internet Spades: http://zone.msn.com/.../zpadefault.htm

- Download the free offline versions (Bicycle Games demos - Microsoft Games Studios) of them:

Download Offline Backgammon & Checkers:
http://www.microsoft.../bicycle/board/

Download Offline Spades:
http://www.microsoft...s/bicycle/card/

- Windows 7 Systray Clock on Xp: Credits to nemesiscult, WM & Deviantart:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=23093
http://nemesiscult.d...on-XP-118343542

- New Windows 7 Sticky Notes on Both Xp and Vista: As we know, Beside new Windows 7 Math Input Panel (MIP) which has already been "ported" to Xp/Vista previously etc Here, Windows 7 has also included a new version of Sticky Notes application that's different with Vista or Tablet PC. It's just more like desktop gadget app rather than Tablet PC components (still with inking though), yeah simpler but still has some new features. It's a very useful app if you wanted to write simple daily note etc on desktop. You can still stick with older standard MS sticky notes with inking on Xp Tablet PC 2005 and Vista and the port version for Xp Pro, Home, MCE which you can download Here (original Vista and Xp Tablet PC Sticky Notes ported to Xp etc) and/or you can also use better free alternative 3rd party app on Xp with the same name just like the one in Windows 7, download Sticky Notes for free here, only about 449 Kb (credits to Igor Vigdorchik):
http://www.igorv.com...tickyNotes.aspx (or the "hacked/customized" one with only Vista/7 Sticky Notes icon here: http://www.4shared.c..._Xp__Vista.html ) again, it also works on Vista.

Another option: Sticker Lite: http://sticky-notes.net/

If you used Windows sidebar in Vista/Xp (port), you already have Sticky Notes gadget by default, or maybe by using Vista Inkpad Gadget Here (may need inking component i.e Microsoft.Ink.dll etc/Journal Viewer only on Xp Pro/Home/MCE).

- Windows 7 with PC Virtualization Feature:
Since MS would include PC virtualization in Windows 7 by default (i.e for running Xp/Vista/Other OSes in Windows 7, etc), you can also download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 for Xp/Server 2003/Vista/2008:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en
or better VMware Workstation:
http://www.vmware.com/products/ws/

- RAIL QFE Beta Windows XP SP3:
This package lets you to run many Windows XP productivity applications from a Windows 7-based PC using Windows Virtual PC (Thanks to Ricktendo for the info):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Vista SP1 version: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- DirectX 11:
Important Note: The original DX11 is not confirmed yet to really work on Xp and Vista, just get DirectX 10 Complete-Final for Xp instead: http://www.4shared.c...ete-Final_.html - already confirmed) / just Google (Don't forget to also always update the DirectX / DirectX 9 runtimes/redistributables and related VGA/Sound drivers your Windows Xp).

- Windows 7 Volume Mod for Xp (Credits to fediaFedia, WinMatrix/Deviantart):

http://fediafedia.de...or-XP-115868137

- Windows 7 ISO burning feature -> How to burn ISO image in Windows Xp and download ISO Recorder PowerToy:
http://www.petri.co....files_to_cd.htm

- Windows 7 Media Streaming:
You can also use Windows Media Center/MCE for multimedia streaming on Xp or 3rd party alternative Simplify Media:
http://www.simplifym....com/index.html

Note: For portable device transfer etc, then maybe you can just look for "Microsoft Media Transfer" etc, e.g: visit http://www.winmatrix...-windows-7-mat/

- Microsoft TouchPack for Windows 7 OEM (Tablet PC) and Multitouch Features:
While there's TouchPack for Windows 7 (Tablet PC), actually XP Tablet PC users can still get Touchpack for XP (with different apps and games though). Just download here for free (MUI and English):
http://www.4shared.c...ck_UMPC_Xp.html and http://www.4shared.c...__English_.html (only for Xp Tablet PC 2005). Note: Non tablet PC XP users may also get some features of it: http://www.winmatrix...-windows-7-mat/ and http://www.winmatrix...ant-black-skin/ also http://www.winmatrix...p-pro-home-mce/ (: Tablet PC features on XP Pro/Home). Moreover Xp and Vista Tablet PC users can still get Multitouch drivers for their device from some OEM manufacturer (like Dell, just google e.g Here) while the feature is already built in Windows 7.

- Windows 7 "New Folder" Button in Explorer Toolbar / Command Bar:
Actually Windows XP already has its own "Make a new folder" button too, to create a new folder in Windows Explorer (it's located in XP Webview Panel/Common Task Pane, see screenshot: http://img243.images...folderbutt.jpg/ ), but yeah some people would love it's on the explorer toolbar as well as Open/Save dialog box (and just like Windows 7 RTM Explorer now). Since Baxbex new folder offered only old Windows 98 style icon (not matching with new XP visual style), just download free add on new folder button in XP Explorer Toolbar (my created-skinned/reshacked bxnewfolder with Vista style icon etc) + using hotkey and floating dialog box, fully functional and working as well: See screenshots: See screenshots: http://img263.images...oninxpexpl.jpg/ and http://img263.images...dialogboxa.jpg/

Download: http://www.4shared.c...er_Toolbar.html

- Windows 7 Media Center for Xp: Windows Media Center Installer for Xp Pro/Home/Tablet and Server 2003 SP2/SP3 and Server 2003 and Vista / Windows 7 Media Center Skin (Resource) for XP MCE 2005 (Make XP Media Center like Vista / Windows 7) + guides for transforming XP Pro / Home to XP MCE 2005 for free, etc:
Visit my Thread: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552
http://amirsyahrani....p-MCE-111784108
http://www.wincert.n...2005-converter/

- Newest: The New Vista / Windows 7 style Media Center Skin for XP MCE 2005 (XP Media Center 2010, just like Windows 7) by Ricktendo64, full credits to him:
http://ricktendo64.d...-2010-147661074

- Windows 7 File Viewer on Windows Explorer (preview pane) - not new / still same like Vista's though but comes with i.e. new toolbar button for launching preview pane for previewing any file type (with registered preview handlers), without opening it on default applications. Anyway you can still get the preview pane feature (integrated file viewer shell add on) on Windows XP and 2003 Explorer as well:
http://www.winmatrix...ew-pane-for-xp/

- You can also visit my 4Shared Sharing Dowload Page to download more Vista and Windows 7 stuffs for Xp for free (recommended) :[/u]
http://www.4shared.c...62/sharing.html

- Power replacements for built-in Windows utilities (recommended, thanks to LifeHacker):
http://lifehacker.co...ties-287966.php + Download some free cool apps/tools from my 4Shared Page: http://www.4shared.c...62/sharing.html

- Download: List of most free and useful Microsoft applications for Windows and Office (Credits to Blake Handler, Windows Live):
http://bhandler.spac....0&sa=849910657 ,
Special for Windows XP Here: http://bhandler.spac...F7F3!1231.entry

- Wincert Link: http:http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=4594

- Again, since Windows 7 is just enhanced version of Vista as said above, then you can please also visit my another related thread for more info, tools & applications, tweaks etc Here (Recommended, first):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20480

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Btw, IMHO MS should add Internet/Online Chess Game to Windows 7 too hehe (it's my preferrence)... :D

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Btw, my other recommended links to visit:

* Again, since Windows 7 is just an enhanced version of Vista...:

- "List of Most Vista Applications and Features on Xp" (This is Very Recommended as said above):

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20480

- Get Useful and Enhanced Windows 95-98 context menu file viewer: Microsoft QuickView ported to Xp!:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19748 :D

- Get Thumbnails of more file types on Xp Explorer (included thumbnails of text and document on Windows Explorer!/Vista Live Icon in Xp):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19751

- Get original Vista Snipping Tool, Inkball, Sticky Notes, Texas Hold'Em etc ported to Xp:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19718

- Get Vista Explorer File Viewer ( Vista Explorer Preview Pane ) "ported" to Xp:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19634

* Since especially Media Center and Tablet PC are integrated nice features into Vista / Windows 7...:

- Get Windows Vista/7 Media Center Skin and application on Xp:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

- Get Tablet PC Input Panel on Xp like Vista and Windows 7:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21199

Edit:
Btw this is the additional second/next list (Change Xp like Windows 7), after you already have some/most Vista applications and features installed on Xp as listed in the first list above of course (Since Windows 7 is just an enhanced/updated version of Windows Vista, please believe me you will still have to get some similar Vista enhancements for Xp as listed above)... :D anyway Good luck!


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Special Added Here: VERY WORTH PLUG INS FOR WINDOWS XP FAX AND PICTURE VIEWER:

(Thanks to Raymond): Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is an image viewer that is a part of the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. It is based on GDI+ and is capable of viewing images format supported by GDI+: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF (including animated GIFs), ICO, WMF, EMF and TIFF format files. it can still be improved to have more for 200+ image support such as *.msp, *.gem, *.cals and *.dpx. many etc by Installing imageXtender (very recommended): Download it here: http://www.imagextender.com/


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Xp OS Transformation Packs:


"XP Ultimate Edition" (A classic famous project from MSFN, XP MCE 2005 + XP Tablet PC 2005 into one OS or XP Pro/Home):

Download "The Concept of XP Ultimate Edition.pdf" for more info:
http://www.4shared.c...te_Edition.html

- Also visit: http://www.4shared.c...let_PCMCE_.html

- Download: Convert Xp Pro, Home to Xp MCE 2005 Pack without clean install:
http://depositfiles....files/e36w3x9ja

- Vista Skin for Xp MCE 2005 (Windows Media Center):
http://www.4shared.c...127153011_.html
http://www.4shared.c...p_MCE_2005.html

- Download: Convert Xp Pro, Home, MCE to Xp Tablet PC 2005 Pack without clean install:
http://depositfiles....files/173n1c4m1


- Special/Recommended Stuffs For XP Tablet PC 2005 Users: Download tip.exe and floattip.exe + some TIP tweaks (Btw it was also included in TIP installer for XP Pro/Home/MCE/2003):

Since we can't create shortcut to launch Tablet PC Input Panel (TIP) directly other than the standard icon on taskbar (maybe there's some hidden parameter to launch it, but i don't know so far), In Vista we can launch TIP by just clicking the shortcut on start menu (this is available in my TIP installer for XP Pro and Home). For Xp Tablet PC 2005 users alternatively you can double click tip.exe or the shortcut of it to launch TIP. Also sometimes Xp Tablet PC users can't always find floating icon i.e when launching Notepad with TIP (maybe depending on brand/hardwares/some drivers etc), then you can use floattip.exe to fix/show the floating TIP icon always. Small size and very useful.

Download: http://www.4shared.c...et_PC_2005.html

- Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005 (Vistaized Tablet PC Applications UI: Journal, Inkball etc):
http://www.4shared.c...plications.html

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SPECIAL VISTA PACK FOR XP TABLET PC 2005 APPLICATIONS:

This special pack is to change some Xp Tablet PC 2005 Applications (Tablet PC Input Panel/TIP, Journal, Inkball, Sticky Notes) look like the ones in Vista Ultimate/Premium/Enterprise (or even maybe on Windows 7) "little" xD. Working on original Windows Xp Tablet PC 2005 and the "converted versions" of it (e.g Xp Pro/Home which have been "converted" yet to Tablet PC 2005 OS) all.
- Download Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005 Applications:

Name: Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC Applications.zip
Size: only 2,38 Mb
MD5 check: 1ee15a35a8397b36ded9ba6c0a420f0e

http://www.4shared.c...plications.html

- Please also visit my 4shared page to download more free Vista / 7 to Xp stuffs etc:
http://www.4shared.c...62/sharing.html

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New Info of the day:

- Vista UAC "ported" to Xp (Vista UAC-like tool for Xp), it works and has similar GUI:
http://www.4shared.c...UAC_for_Xp.html
(Full credits to Mihai Alexandru Vasiliu - jcxp)

- Vista and Windows 7 UAC for XP - by Rudy-XP (credits to him), Deviantart:
Get a working and functional version of UAC "ported" to XP and Server 2003:
http://rudy-xp.devia...or-XP-170656130

- The best gallery (softwares) for xp to Vista/Seven/Mac OSX Leopard/Linux etc transformations:
http://www.crystalxp.../galerie/en.htm

- New: Seven Transformation Pack by Windows X (after VTP), + many add ons etc to make Xp like Windows 7:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=23857

- Windows 7 with PC Virtualization Feature:
Since MS would include PC virtualization in Windows 7 by default (i.e for running Xp/Vista/Other OSes in Windows 7, etc), you can also download Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 for Xp/Server 2003/Vista/2008:
http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en
or better VMware Workstation:
http://www.vmware.co...tion/index.html

- RAIL QFE Beta Windows XP SP3:
This package lets you to run many Windows XP productivity applications from a Windows 7-based PC using Windows Virtual PC (Thanks to Ricktendo for the info):
http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

Vista SP1 version: http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

- Windows 7 ISO burning feature -> How to burn ISO image in Windows Xp and download ISO Recorder PowerToy:
http://www.petri.co....files_to_cd.htm

- Windows 7 Media Streaming:
You can also use Windows Media Center/MCE for multimedia streaming on Xp or 3rd party alternative Simplify Media:
http://www.simplifym....com/index.html

Note: For portable device transfer etc, then maybe you can just look for "Microsoft Media Transfer" etc, e.g: visit http://www.winmatrix...-windows-7-mat/

- Microsoft TouchPack for Windows 7 OEM (Tablet PC) and Multitouch Features:
While there's TouchPack for Windows 7 (Tablet PC), actually XP Tablet PC users can still get Touchpack for XP (with different apps and games though). Just download here for free (MUI and English):
http://www.4shared.c...ck_UMPC_Xp.html and http://www.4shared.c..._English_.html. Note: Non tablet PC XP users may also get some features of it: http://www.winmatrix...-windows-7-mat/ and http://www.winmatrix...ant-black-skin/ also http://www.winmatrix...p-pro-home-mce/ (: Tablet PC features on XP Pro/Home). Moreover Xp and Vista Tablet PC users can still get Multitouch drivers for their device from some OEM manufacturer (like Dell, just google e.g Here) while the feature is already built in Windows 7.

- Windows 7 "New Folder" Button in Explorer Toolbar / Command Bar:
Actually Windows XP already has its own "Make a new folder" button too, to create a new folder in Windows Explorer (it's located in XP Webview Panel/Common Task Pane, see screenshot: http://img243.images...folderbutt.jpg/ ), but yeah some people would love it's on the explorer toolbar as well as Open/Save dialog box (and just like Windows 7 RTM Explorer now). Since Baxbex new folder offered only old Windows 98 style icon (not matching with new XP visual style), just download free add on new folder button in XP Explorer Toolbar (my created-skinned/reshacked bxnewfolder with Vista style icon etc) + using hotkey and floating dialog box, fully functional and working as well: See screenshots: See screenshots: http://img263.images...oninxpexpl.jpg/ and http://img263.images...dialogboxa.jpg/

http://www.4shared.c...er_Toolbar.html


- Windows 7 Desktop Context Menu for XP and Vista: (Display settings, Gadgets, Personalize, View...):

> Tutorials & Hacks by Vishal Gupta (credits to him):
- http://www.askvg.com...-other-options/
- http://www.askvg.com...esource-hacker/
- http://www.askvg.com...adgets-options/

> (New: Get Windows 7 context menu in XP and Vista by using Fast Explorer 2008 without any hack) functional/working with icons etc + possibility to add more custom context menus and items with commands and icons, tutorial and download code etc by Rudy-XP, Deviantart (credits to him):
- http://rudy-xp.devia...or-XP-149444253

- Custom context menus in Vista and Windows 7: In Vista and especially Windows 7, it's kinda easier than XP to add your custom context menus for any function/application just by editing registry (even with icons in Windows 7 only) e.g. on desktop etc. To get same ability in Windows XP, just use/install a small & free 3rd party tool called "Fast Explorer 2008" by Alex Yakovlev (credits to him) - freeware, for even more options etc (thanks to Rudy-XP above for the info btw):

http://thesoftpro.tr...ds/fe/index.htm

- Windows 7 Start Menu for XP and Vista:
* VSE7 (still being improved): http://www.technixup...enu-on-vistaxp/ , http://fogelsoft.ext...s;sa=view;id=37
* Vista Start Menu Pro (not too similar look but the best so far for me, very functional etc): http://www.vistastartmenu.com/
* Vistart (just with Seven / 7 skin, just google or go to deviantart.com etc): http://lee-soft.com/vistart/
or http://www.winmatrix...alling-vistart/

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(Just Added Here For More Complete Links): "LIST OF MOST VISTA (AND ALSO WINDOWS 7) FOR WINDOWS XP AND SERVER 2003"

IMPORTANT: Again as said above, since Windows 7 is just an enhanced version of Windows Vista and both of them still share some similar applications and features (e.g Aero Shell, Windows and Explorer Search, Live Preview, etc...), and almost all of the links here are only for new features that are introduced in Windows 7 only then it's Very Very Recommended to also visit my another thread below to get all the remaining features and applications of Vista for XP that also belong to Windows 7 for the best XP transformation to Windows 7, in both GUI (eye-candy) and functionality as best as possible... :

1. Official Vista to Xp applications from Microsoft (Down level)->Credits to MS :

A. Vista WPF and WCF (Codename: Avalon and Indigo)-> It's .Net Framework 3.0/3.5 for Xp now (as most Vista apps/OS based on new .Net Framework) -> required to install most future Vista-only apps to Xp! (included 3rd parties i.e. Yahoo Messenger for Vista etc): -> Very recommended
Download .Net framework 3.5:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Some/Other Vista built In binaries/dependencies for Xp (please also see about Alky in this thread):
PS: They might also be needed by some Vista apps that ported to Xp:


* Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Packages:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

* Windows Imaging Components (already built in both Vista and Xp SP3) required for some apps/features i.e Windows Live PhotoGallery and Pro Photo Tools in Xp Sp2:

http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

* Updated IMAPI V2 for Xp (Vista DVD Burning API for Xp) (same link with below):
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932716

* MSXML 6.0 SP1:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

* Wireless LAN API (built in Vista and 2003):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

* Windows Installer 4.5:
New Windows Installer for down level OS (Xp/2003) as well as new .Net Framework 3.0-> Recommended:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

* Windows Powershell: -> as it's built in Windows Server 2008 Longhorn/Windows 7 (as optional component), Powershell is new generation command line shell and scripting language (for advanced users/Professional only):

http://www.microsoft...l/download.mspx

* Windows Script 5.7:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

* XML Lite (See also MSXML below):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

B. Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) for Windows Xp: -> Very Recommended/Critical Update since update IE for safety and reliablity:
http://www.microsoft...ails.aspx?id=43


C. Windows Media Player 11 (WMP 11) for Windows Xp:
http://www.microsoft...11/default.aspx

D. Windows Defender for Windows Xp :
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Another Anti-Malware Stuff from MS (updated once a month/monthly) for Xp and Vista, 2003, 2008 (Also supports Windows 2000):
Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

E. Windows Search 4.0 (Original Vista Desktop Search engine for Windows Xp) :
http://www.microsoft...ch/default.mspx

F. Windows Cardspace (part of Vista and .Net framework 3.0/3.5 or higher for Windows Xp). You can get it on Xp by installing .Net Framework 3.0 (. net Framework 3.5 has included better/updated version):
Download .net framework 3.5:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

G. Updated MSCONFIG.EXE for Windows Xp (with tools tab like built in Vista version):
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

H. Updated Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 for Windows Xp (as well as MMC 3.0 built in Vista):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

2. Some Vista features Above May Also have been parts of Windows Xp SP3 and updates :
- I.e. MMC 3.0 (Link above), -Network Access Protection, -Windows Imaging Components, New WPA (All Built in Vista) etc. If you prefer to stick with SP2, at least please always update your Windows->Recommended

A. Download Windows Xp SP3 - (better through Windows Update):
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

3. Vista new fonts for Xp (official/legal Microsoft Installers!): Segoe UI, Cambria, Colibri, Corbel etc

A. Segoe UI font installer for Windows Xp (also apart of Windows Live Wave 3 installers):
http://download.micr...N/SegoeFont.cab

B. Office 2007 Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and Powerpoint Formats (install this to get more Vista fonts: Calibri, Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel etc):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en


4. Some Microsoft Xp Powertoys/apps have already been included in Vista as new standard OS GUI/features, finally:

- Download all Xp Powertoys (final/RTM) here:
http://www.microsoft...ppowertoys.mspx

- Download all cancelled Xp PowerToys here + other old useful apps for Windows/Xp:
http://depositfiles....files/1o2gt6mpp & http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm

A. Open Command Window Here and Open in new Window, open file location etc on context menu extension for Windows Xp (Vista only context menu items for XP):
http://www.4shared.c...ems_for_XP.html and Command Window PowerToy: http://download.micr...wertoySetup.exe

B. Clear Type Tuner for Windows Xp (built in Vista):
http://download.micr...85aad/setup.exe

C. Alt+Tab Thumbnail Preview for Windows Xp (TaskSwitch)-(built in Vista):
http://download.micr...wertoySetup.exe

E. Microsoft Time Zone Premium-free (The function is built in Vista Clock):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

F. Microsoft PhotoStory 3 for Windows (Some functions are built in Vista PhotoGallery, Slideshow, and Windows DVD Maker): -> You can burn dvd using DVD plugin below like Xp MCE, Movie Maker, and Vista DVD Maker
http://www.microsoft...ry/default.mspx

You can also create slideshows by using: [/b]WindowsLive PhotoGallery (link below) as well as built in Xp feature.

Other apps for SlideShow (resemble one in Vista):

- MS PowerToy CD Slide Show Generator:
Burn Slideshow in CD (for Xp and Windows 9x):
http://download.micr...wertoySetup.exe

- HTML Slideshow:

create HTML slideshow from images and publish it:
http://download.micr...deShowSetup.exe

Moving Desktop ("poor" version of "DreamScene"?). Though not similar, you can get some "Motion Desktop (Allows you to switch the background image periodically.) by installing this cancelled PowerToy :

- Background Switcher as part of (cancelled) Xp PowerToy 1.0. only 41 Kb:
MD5:A20BD0CB04047F9E6C9A9246F3080A7C
http://www.4shared.c...oys_for_Xp.html

G. Microsoft Digital Right Management (DRM). I know it's crap, (included in WMP 10-11 in Vista and Xp) :
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

H. XPS Viewer (Built in Vista) you will also get this by installing IE7/IE8 for Windows Xp (Link above).
Also it's recommended to install/update if you have not:
MSXML 6.0 for Xp and updates
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack:
http://www.microsoft...&displaylang=en

I. Network Diagnostics Tool for Xp (the down level version of Vista one):
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

J. Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder (built in Vista):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

K. SyncToy and Microsoft ActiveSync (Built in Vista Windows Mobile Device Center and Synchronization):

- SyncToy 2.0:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Microsoft ActiveSync 4.5:
http://www.microsoft...vice-synch.mspx

L. Vista CD Autoplay Manager applet (previously part of TweakUI for Windows Xp):

- Download TweakUI powertoy for Xp Here:-> Has many other features, very recommended for all Xp!
http://www.microsoft...ppowertoys.mspx

Add Tweak UI applet to Control Panel:
http://www.dougknox....xp_addtweak.htm

K. Vista Speech Recognition for Xp (convert speech to text, very cool and useful Vista feature:
http://thirderror.co...gnition-for-xp/
- Download Vista Speech Recognition Control Panel Applet for Xp: http://www.4shared.c...let_for_Xp.html

Download Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1 (please also visit the link above for more information):

Note:
Name of the Speech SDK file/installer: SpeechSDK51.exe
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en and
http://www.microsoft...loads/user.aspx

- Vista Voice Recognition to Command in Your Xp PC: e-Speaking: (May need MS Speech 5.1 SDK)
http://www.e-speaking.com/

L. Other MS Applications that resemble Vista features (Vista Meeting Space for Xp):

- Microsoft Shared View:

http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Live Meeting 2007:
http://office.micros...1733831033.aspx

M. Windows Steady State for Xp:
Some features are included in Vista User Account and Vista Parental Control + Many features:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Windows Live Family Safety - some Vista (internet) parental control features for Xp:
http://www.microsoft...milysafety.mspx
- And/or use ClockLock: http://download.cnet...4-10540128.html (Note: .Net Framework is required)

N. Windows Easy Transfer:
Transfer data from your computer to another Vista based computer (Built in Vista):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

O. Microsoft Virtual PC 2007:
Create virtual PC in Xp OS for free. This feature already built in Vista Ultimate/Business (optional):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

P. QuickView and Folder Content Previewer ported to Windows Xp (Additional):
The best and simplest original Microsoft file viewer in Windows 9X fixed and ported back to Xp and even Vista by me: :D . You can use it as companion with Vista Explorer previewer (preview pane) as context menu viewer:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19748


5. Some MS Windows Live Applications as successors/replacements for standard Vista app (Credit to MS and Live Team) :

You can get them on Xp: Windows Live Mail (successor of Windows Mail), Windows Live PhotoGallery (successor of Windows PhotoGallery), and Windows Live Messenger (successor of Windows/MSN Messenger) + some other Windows Live applications: http://download.live.com/

Note:
- You can also get offline installers of latest live apps above (Windows Live 2008 + 2009 final version - offline installers) here (Credits to MS, Live Team, Amirz) :
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19984

6. Original Vista applications that ported to Xp as well (Credits to MS and these people, thx alot for their hard work! ) - Some of them also require Alky and/or some dependencies - prerequisites Links above :

- Vista new APIs (Application Programming Interface) in Xp:
Some Vista apps that ported to Xp may need this well-known binary installer as well: Alky (formerly VAIOXp)-> Implementing Vista only APIs in down level OS such as Xp and 2003:

Visit the Website FYI and Download Alky for Xp and 2003 fromVistatoXp :
http://www.fromvistatoxp.com/

A. Original Windows Sidebar ported to Xp/2003 (Credit to Rafael, Zoronax, Alky team, Ricktendo) :
http://www.wincert.n...?showtopic=1442

Note:
Sidebar Requires: IE7, WMP 11, .Net Framework 3.0, MSXML 6.0, WLAN API hotfix, C++ Redistributable package.

B. Windows Vista Games (Beta) + Vista Games Explorer for Xp (Credit to Raphael, Jonny) :
http://jonnyw1989.wo...-for-xp-update/

Download all latest updated Vista / Windows 7 games for XP here: http://www.4shared.c...mes_For_Xp.html

- Download latest fixed versions of all Vista Games beta and RTM for Xp: Wincert FTP: http://www.hr-host.com/wincert/Amirz/Vista...aller_(All).zip and/or also 4shared: http://www.4shared.c...mes_For_Xp.html
(Included Freecell, Mahjong/Shanghai, Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Hearts, Purble Place, Mineweesper, Inkball etc)... :D Note: If you can't download FTP link version, then you should be able to download from the same link on my similar thread on Wincert HERE (don't worry you're not required to register/log in there, but again just visit my similar thread there, just find the same sentence/download link). Or alternative download on 4shared link above as usual (similar games but as separated downloads -> recommended too). ;)

- Chess Titans for XP : http://www.4shared.c...for_XP_All.html or
http://depositfiles....files/fcv2ewok6
- Mahjong Titans for XP : http://www.4shared.c...ame_for_XP.html


- Vista Chess (Substitute) for Xp/Linux: Brutal Chess (Thx to fediaFedia):

Download Brutal Chess Installer (Windows, Linux): ->
http://sourceforge.n...cts/brutalchess
Portable version here: http://www.4shared.c...e_Portable.html

- Vista Games Explorer (credits to Rakshit) -> Links to all Vista Games for Xp above:
http://rakshits.word...xplorer-for-xp/

C. Some Windows Vista Applications (NotePad, Paint, Calculator) for Xp (Credit to Rafael, Zoronax, Alky team, Ricktendo) :
http://www.wincert.n...p?showtopic=682

- Alternative: Vista (Skinned) NotePad, Paint, Calculator for Xp:

MD 5: 9F0D9CF10A7721CBEF51B59B31B0FA17
http://www.4shared.c...cessories_.html

Note: They all have been included in most Vista Transformation packs (VTP, Bricopack, VistaMizer etc) with more apps.

D. Windows Vista Screensavers for Xp (Aurora, Mistify, Bubble, Ribbons) (Credit to Rafael, Timbertide WinMatrix) :
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=12202
- Download all Vista RTM version screensavers (Alky): http://www.4shared.c...gy__for_Xp.html
- Other Vista Screensavers for Xp : http://www.4shared.c...creensaver.html

- New: Windows Logo Screensaver Vista - Credits to jeremyddual-Deviantart:
http://jeremyddual.d...-Vista-97710548

E. Windows Vista Snipping Tool, Inkball, Sticky Notes, Texas Hold'Em for Xp (Vista TPC & Ultimate extra) (Credit to Rafael, Zoronax, Alky team, Amirz) :
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19718

F. Windows Journal for Xp (Credits to Raphael, Amirz) :
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19894

G. Windows Mail for Xp (Credits to Alky team, Cihan AeroXP) :
Edit: Don't know, but what's different with OE (look)? I think Windows Live Mail is much better:
http://www.aeroxp.or...?showtopic=9541
- Download Windows Mail for Xp (credits to Cihan): http://www.4shared.c...ail_for_Xp.html

H. Windows Vista Movie Maker for Xp:
:Vista MM Skin (Resource) for Xp - ready to use) - Credits to MS and fediaFedia for this! (you can also visit previous thread about it on WinMatrix by fediaFedia here):
Download original Vista Movie Maker 2.6 "ported" to Xp - MM files:
http://www.4shared.c..._26_for_Xp.html

Note:
- MS official download link for Vista MM 2.6 installer & information (Note: This official installer from MS can't be installed on Xp) :

http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- You can also enhance both Windows Movie Maker 2.6 and 2.5/2.1 for Xp with some powertoys i.e:
Windows Movie Maker 2 Winter Fun Pack 2003:

http://www.microsoft.../mmfunpack.mspx

or Just browse in MS Website...

I. Vista DirectX 10 "ported" to Xp:

Alky DirectX 10 Compatibility Libraries Preview (discontinued) :
http://www.softpedia...Libraries.shtml

-Vista or Windows 7 style Help and Support application for XP: Make XP Help and Support Center application like Vista or Windows 7 (Windows Help and Support):
http://amirsyahrani....t-Mod-144830894 or
http://www.4shared.c...ion_for_XP.html

- Vista or Windows 7 Common Open and Save Dialog Box for XP (skinned): Make common XP open and save dialog box like the one in Vista or Windows 7 (some icons or GUI elements, my places editor...) by patching comctl32.dll both version 5 and 6 in XP:
Screenshot: http://img341.images...windows7op.jpg/
Download: http://www.4shared.c...ows_7_Open.html
Other related info etc: http://amirsyahrani....Tools-142913425

J. Make Xp better to play some games and multimedia:
DirectX 10 final version by KM-Software + Alky - complete, 13,7 Mb:

http://www.4shared.c...ete-Final_.html

Also don't forget to still always update your DirectX and DirectX 9 redistributable version by visiting Microsoft/Windows Update etc!

To check/see DirectX version on Xp: (after installing DX 10 above) Start menu > Run > Type "dxdiag" (Without quotes).

DirectX Redistributable Package (August 2008):

http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

7. Vista Media Center for Xp: Windows Media Center Installer for Xp Pro/Home/Tablet and Server 2003 SP2/SP3 and Server 2003 and Vista / Windows 7 Media Center Skin (Resource) for XP MCE 2005 (Make XP Media Center like Vista / Windows 7) + guides for transforming XP Pro / Home to XP MCE 2005 for free etc:
Visit my Thread: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

- Newest: The New Vista / Windows 7 style Media Center Resource Skin for XP MCE 2005 (XP Media Center 2010) by Ricktendo64, full credits to him:
http://ricktendo64.d...-2010-147661074

If you already have Windows Xp MCE 2005 OS installed, then what you only need is to download this Vista Skin for Xp MCE 2005 (to make Xp Media Center look like Vista all the way!):
http://www.4shared.c...p_MCE_2005.html

- Guide (Converting Xp Pro/Home to Xp MCE 2005 OS): TheGreenButton: Installing Media Center 2005 on WinXP Home or Pro and avoiding a clean install:
credits to tmksnyder, TheGreenButton :
http://thegreenbutto...read/18937.aspx

- Microsoft PowerToys for Windows Media Center 2005 (only for original Xp MCE 2005):
http://www.microsoft...epowertoys.mspx

Xp To Xp MCE 2005 Convertor Credits to Orbit30, (254 Mb) included prerequisites frameworks and Update Rollup 2.
(You still need Bart PE disk/load hive function from another OS though to change MCE registry installed = 1 later)
http://skitechnology...E_Installer.rar.

8. Built in Xp Equivalent (down level) tools of Vista ones (different names with same function):


A. Windows Meeting Space -> Net Meeting in Xp (also all Windows since 95, except Vista) or NetMeeting +Windows Messenger:
OK, Meeting Space is a Vista huge update, but most people still use Xp NetMeeting:

- To create shortcut and use Xp NetMeeting at first time:
By default, no shortcut is automatically created for NetMeeting on XP -- to run NetMeeting ( and also configure the program shortcut), just go to Start Menu - > Run -> type "conf.exe" (without quotes) -> OK

Again, as alternatives you can also use Microsoft Shared View or Office Live Meeting (See link above)

B. Windows Mail -> Outlook Express in Xp (Windows Mail is only skinned OE)

C. Windows DVD Maker:
Xp (and also Vista) actually has built in CD burning capability in Explorer to burn any data without using any 3rd party (licensed from Sonic/Roxio technology). However most Xp MCE 2005 (OEM) has Sonic DVD and Record Now for Media Center and Movie Maker that actually better than Vista DVD Maker etc:

- How to burn CD in Windows XP without any software:
http://minerva.stkat...rerforWindowsXP

- How to burn ISO image in Windows Xp and download ISO Recorder PowerToy:
http://www.petri.co....files_to_cd.htm

- Download the Image Mastering API v2.0 (IMAPIv2.0) for Windows XP:
Extend Vista 0nly support DVD to XP:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932716

- One of best Vista IMAPI V2 Implementation for Xp:

XP Vista Folder Burn:
http://www.softpedia...lder-Burn.shtml

D. Windows Firewall in Vista for Xp:
Vista firewall is better than Xp SP2 one (Vista Firewall filters both incoming and outgoing network traffic.). But in most circumstances it's still good enough, especially if you have P2P. It's better if you have a good antivirus/security suite/3rd party firewall (see below). You can also try/use Windows Live One Care Here from Microsoft Windows Live although i personally think other 3rd party tools below (AVG, McAfee, Kaspersky, etc) are still much better...

E. Vista Tablet PC for Xp (Link above):
Vista Tablet PC apps also available in Xp Tablet PC:Windows Journal, Inkball, Sticky Notes, Snipping Tool. All of them (Vista Snipping Tool, Inkball etc) have been Updated and ported to all Xp versions (their links above). Tablet PC Input Panel installer has already been available for all Xp Editions (Pro, Home, MCE):

- Tablet PC Input Panel for Xp Pro, Home, MCE like Vista and Xp Tablet PC (Installer, uninstallable):

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21199

- Tablet PC only Apps (PowerToys, Experience pack etc) ported to Normal Xp.
Just visit may thread on WinMatrix here (Maybe they are not parts of Vista, but still fun n' cool for me):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19910

F. Some remaining apps/Tools (Notepad, Wordpad, Disk Clean Up etc) are actually same (not much different) with Xp in Vista. But some of them have also been ported to Xp (Notepad, Paint, Calculator - with their "alternatives"/skinned apps. see link above).

- Enable Status Bar in Xp Notepad (Like Vista):
Just simply download the vbs file to enable Status Bar in Xp Notepad:
http://www.kellys-ko...adstatusbar.vbs

G. Windows Update Vista (Offline) for Xp:
Windows Update in vista is a huge update since it's offline application instead of IE browser. To get it in Xp, just use New AutoPatcher Updater with same behavior/function (it works on both Xp and Vista):

- AutoPatcher Updater:

http://www.autopatcher.com/downloads/

H. Vista AutoDefrag Feature:
Not like Xp, Vista has autodefragmentor feature. You can still get the feature manually in Xp as "down level" one though not as well as Vista without installing any software (you can still use better some 3rd party tools though):

- Scheduled disk defragmentation in Windows Xp: Credits to Chris Rathjen,
http://blogs.msdn.co.../14/576448.aspx

I. Vista Windows Fax and Scan for Xp:


- Faxing in Windows Xp:
http://www.microsoft...2october21.mspx

- Microsoft: Use Xp to scan and fax:
http://www.microsoft...intfaxscan.mspx

9. Windows Calendar for Xp (Best Offline Calendar Replacement from Microsoft):

Download Microsoft Works Calendar 9 Stand Alone Installer (The Best Replacement for Windows Calendar in Xp so far from MS) -> Free full version (OEM):
Works on both Xp and Vista. Again, you need .Net Framework 2.0 or higher before installing (Xp only) only about 2,8 Mb !:
MD5 : 9865B60186D53F5F177CAD9DAEC025B2
http://www.4shared.c..._Installer.html

- Windows Live Mail 2009 has already included calendar feature like Windows Calendar, athough it still based on online calendar (Live) database but on desktop app. (Live Mail=still online based calendar but on a desktop app, while Works Calendar is the 100% offline based calendar). It would be better if you also have Outlook 2007 though or plus Mozilla Thunderbird: http://www.mozilla.c...US/thunderbird/ .
Download Windows Live Mail 2009 final version here: http://download.live.com/wlmail or visit my thread for offline installers: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19984

10. Skins - Vista GUI for Microsoft Applications:
(Some from the best resource ever as well: "Xp to Vista Tutorial" by fediaFedia-Credits to fediaFedia WinMatrix/Deviantart. Thx alot mate!
http://fediafedia.de...torial-59987691

A. Vista GUI for WMP 11 in Xp (Credits to Pierdelp) :
http://pierdelp.devi...-XP-fr-52531261

B. Vista / Windows 7 GUI for Windows Xp Media Center 2005:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

C. Vista GUI for Windows Xp Movie Maker (Credits to fediaFedia WinMatrix Deviantart) :
http://fediafedia.de...65507?offset=10

D. Original Vista Wallpapers, Music, Videos, MCE recorded TV files etc for Xp:
http://www.4shared.c...os__for_Xp.html

E. Original Vista apps Icons for Xp (Credits to fediaFedia WinMatrix Deviantart) :
http://fediafedia.de...co-png-59907934

F. Vista Sounds + Cursor for Xp (Credits to Joshoon) :
http://joshoon.devia...ursors-44430059

G. Original Vista User Account Pictures for Xp (Credits to joshu4) :
http://joshu4.devian...for-XP-71132548

H. Vista Cursor for Xp - Credits to fabiano80-WinMatrix
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=11302

I. Vista Sounds for Xp - Credits to ~joshoon-Deviantart:
http://joshoon.devia...ursors-44430059

- Vista Ultimate Extra : Vista Ultimate Glass, Pearl, And Tinker Sounds Installer For XP (all Windows versions):

MD5: D7FAB293D3060ED53EB76D0463B95B73 , 12,48 mB:
http://www.4shared.c...nds_For_XP.html

J. Windows Picture and Fax Viewer for Xp (Vista Style) -credits to fediaFedia-WinMatrix/Deviantart:

11. Some Vista Like Skin/VS for Xp (Official black ones, From MS):

A. MS Zune:
http://www.softpedia...une-Theme.shtml

B. Royal Noir:
http://www.softpedia...oir-Theme.shtml

C. Royal (MCE, Blue):
http://www.softpedia...for-WinXP.shtml

D. Xp Embedded (Blue) Thx to Vishal Gupta and WinMatrix:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20401

E. Extra: The best Vista Skin for XP Ever: Vista Xp by Kol (Credits to him):
http://www.4shared.c..._Xp_by_KOL.html

- WinMatrix Visual Styles and themes (Also please visit other great forums on WinMatrix.com):

http://www.winmatrix...hp?showforum=57

12. Very Recommended: The Best Tutorial About Transforming Xp to Vista, Ever!:

(Thx alot to my Best Friends and Gurus: fediaFedia and Vishal Gupta for their kind permissions, you guys rock!) :

A. Xp to Vista Tutorial by fediaFedia Deviantart/WinMatrix, credits to him:
http://fediafedia.de...torial-59987691
Added: Make Firefox like IE7 (as a loyal FF user, thx alot fediaFedia for this): http://fediafedia.de...torial-71478905

B. Transform Windows XP into Windows Vista (without any 3rd party software) by Vishal Gupta, WinMatrix/Deviantart, MS-MVP, etc, credits to him:
http://www.askvg.com...omization-pack/

C. Explore all about Windows Xp Customizations (Thanks to WinMatrix) -> Best and recommended:

http://www.winmatrix...php?showforum=3

13. Some Xp to Vista Transformation Packs :
"You can transform Xp to Vista without installing any pack like them" (Manually). However, in some cases they can still be useful (Especially to "common" people) as long as you select only components you need when installing them i.e. Icon only etc...

A. Vista Transformation Pack/VTP (only future 9.0 very compatible with Xp SP3) thx to WindowsX:
(To me personally, the best VTP is only 6.0 (only for Xp SP2)->Google):
http://www.jcxp.net/...showtopic=23824

C. BricoPack Vista Inspirate 2.0 Ultimate (Compatible with Xp SP3):
http://www.crystalxp...e/en.id.130.htm

D. VistaMizer (Not rather compatible with Xp SP3):
http://www.softpedia...istaMizer.shtml

14. Vista Features and functions :

A. Vista Applications (Ports), Tools, and Games for Xp (IE7, WMP11, Mail etc) -> See Above

B. Windows Shell

- BootScreen:

Stardock Bootskin (free):
http://www.stardock....ducts/bootskin/

TuneUp Styler (part of Tuneup Utilities - Shareware) so many functions-> My Choice:
http://www.tune-up.c...neup-utilities/

- Get XP Boot Screen and Hibernate Screen with new Vista/Windows 7 Flag (that replaces the old XP style flag) by AMIRZ/AMIRSYAHRANI, Deviantart + Tutorial, logon screen, etc:
http://amirsyahrani....-Flag-171766090

Change XP BootScreen, Logon Screen, and also Hibernate Screen!:
http://amirsyahrani....on-XP-171307647
http://www.4shared.c...creens_etc.html

- Change XP BootScreen, Logon Screen, and also Hibernate Screen completely!:
http://www.4shared.c...creens_etc.html

- New Hibernate Screen + Boot Screen on XP with new Vista/Seven style flag instead of old XP one - by Amirz A.K.A AMIRSYAHRANI, Deviantart (credits to him):
http://amirsyahrani....on-XP-171307647

- Logon Screen :

Stardock Logon Studio (free) change logon screen:
http://www.stardock....ts/logonstudio/

TuneUp Styler (part of Tuneup Utilities - Shareware) so many functions-> My Choice:
http://www.tune-up.c...neup-utilities/

- Theme:

Uxtheme Patch (Credits to Raphael, Liskiller WinMatrix -Free) :
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=18059

TuneUp Styler (part of Tuneup Utilities - Shareware) so many functions-> My Choice:
http://www.tune-up.c...neup-utilities/

- Icon (Packer):

Stardock Icon Packager (shareware):
http://www.stardock....s/iconpackager/

TuneUp Styler (part of Tuneup Utilities - Shareware) so many functions-> My Choice:
http://www.tune-up.c...neup-utilities/

Vista Drive Icon for XP:
Changes the drive icons shown in Windows "My Computer", to a nearly Vista drive icon, with "measure"-> My choice:
http://www.softpedia...rive-Icon.shtml
- Download the best version of Vista Drive Icon for XP here: http://www.4shared.c..._XP__Best_.html

C. Vista Desktop Window Manager in Xp (DWM):

- Transparency and Shadow etc (also animation):

Window Blinds 6 (shareware) for blurred Vista Skin and best skinning engine etc:
http://www.stardock....s/windowblinds/

Window FX (shareware) also for transparency, shadow, anymation etc:
http://www.stardock....ducts/windowfx/

TrueTransparency (free) -> My Choice, credits to Lefreut - WM:
http://www.crystalxp...lorer-tools.htm

Yz Shadow (free) for Transparency, shadow-> My Choice:
http://www.crystalxp...lorer-tools.htm

(Updated) Fast Aero (free) for blurred border -> My Choice, credits to timbertide and lol13lol, WinMatrix:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=14079

Border Skin (best) -> My Choice, credits to Mohamed Komalo, WM:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=23691

Transbar (Transparent Taskbar)->My Choice:
http://home.no/aksoftware/

PowerMenu (free) for transparency, Window always on top, Minimize to tray etc-> My Choice:
http://www.abstractpath.com/powermenu/

Transparent/Blurred Taskbar + 7 Superbar for Windows XP (just by using hacked msstyle binary, without installing any 3rd party): -> Thanks to PeterRollar:
http://peterrollar.d...n7-xp-136791727

UberIcon (Not related with Vista Animation, but still good!)
http://www.crystalxp...lorer-tools.htm

Nimi (animation and transparency) credits to SamiWiecieKto, WM: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=23239

Mouseover Icon Effect Xp (Vista Icon effect for Xp), credits to ~Desktop-Squared, Deviantart:
http://desktop-squar...for-XP-77728307

IColor Folder (Vista/Longhorn Folder for Xp though you can still get it from icon pack, fully customizable, good!)
http://icolorfolder....net/?page_id=33

- Vista Taskbar Thumbnails:

Visual Tooltip-> My Choice:
http://www.crystalxp...lorer-tools.htm

Visual Tasktip:
http://www.visualtasktips.com/

Window FX (shareware) also for transparency, shadow, anymation etc:
http://www.stardock....ducts/windowfx/

- Vista Alt+Tab Thumbnail Switcher:

As said before: MS Powertoys Alt+Tab Switcher for Xp:
http://download.micr...wertoySetup.exe

TaskSwitchXp 2.0 ->My Choice, better:
http://www.ntwind.co...p/download.html

- Window Flip 3d (Win+Tab):

TopDesk->The best Choice:
Download HERE

Original Vista Flip 3d icon for TopDesk:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19627

WinFlip:
http://www.crystalxp...lorer-tools.htm

Shock3D:
http://www.docs.kr/e...Shock-4Way3D-en

D. Vista Start Menu for Xp:

- Vistart:
http://www.lee-soft.com/vistart/

- Vista Start Menu Emulator:
http://www.crystalxp...lorer-tools.htm

- Viorb (Vista Orbit Ball for Xp):

Recommended for most Vista VS (MSStyles) for Xp. Included in some packs i.e VTP 8.0:
http://lee-soft.com/viorb/index.html

- Vista Start Menu Pro - The best replacement for Vista / windows 7 start menu on XP so far, with support for Windows Search (just like Vista / 7) etc, much better than Vistart IMHO:
Download and more info: http://www.vistastartmenu.com/

- Also please visit my thread about "How to make Xp start menu behave like Vista and Windows 7 without Vistart" i.e to get Searchbar on Xp Start Menu etc :
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20450

- Also please visit Vishal Gupta's tutorial about "Change look n' feel of Xp start menu (without 3rd party software)"
http://www.askvg.com...-xp-start-menu/

E. Vista Explorer Window

- Real Vista Glass Explorer / Browser for Xp-> Visplore:
http://lee-soft.com/visplore/

- The Best 3rd Party Explorer Replacement: Dopus (AKA Directory Opus): Better than Windows Explorer even Vista's Explorer:
Download and try Here

- Vista Favorite Link:

Findexer:
http://tomseffect.com/

- Vista BreadCrumb Address:

QTAddressBar (free), Great and recommended:
http://qttabbar.wikidot.com/

Minimalist Explorer Breadcrumb: Cool app, free
http://minimalist.co...rerBreadcrumbs/

- Vista Explorer Searchbar, Command Bar and / or Toolbar B/F button:

Styler (free)
the searchbar is fake. But still looks good (for GUI reason only):
http://www.crystalxp...yler-1-401.html

- Vista "Slide" button for Thumbnail:

QTTabbar (Free),
Explorer Tab (like Mozilla), tooltip preview etc Recommended:
http://qttabbar.wikidot.com/

- Vista Live Icon and thumbnail preview (part of Vista DWM):

You can get some features ("down level/less) in Xp by visiting my thread on WinMatrix here:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19751

- Vista Metadata pane (Viewer/Editor):
(It's actually updated Xp webview/Details pane + Status bar + Summary context menu.

You can get some features ("down level/less) in Xp by visiting my thread on WinMatrix here:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19751

- Vista Exporer Preview Pane on Xp (Vista File Viewer):

You can get some features ("down level/less) in Xp by visiting my thread on WinMatrix here:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19634

- Original Vista Explorer Search (Engine and Features) on Xp (Vista Desktop Search):

Microsoft has launched Windows Search 4.0 for Xp. Also see my threads thread:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19634

Direct Download Windows Search 4.0 for Xp:
http://www.microsoft...ch/default.mspx

- Vista / 7 style Thumbnail borders/appearance for multimedia files in Windows XP Explorer (or downlevel OSes):
Seems i have still no found any perfect tool yet for that, but maybe installing Microsoft Windows Live PhotoGallery and/or Captrue Thumbnailer Lite on XP can be other good options/approach AFAIK:
- Windows Live PhotoGallery (freeware): http://download.live.com/photogallery
- Captrue Thumbnailer Lite (shareware): http://www.captrue.c...nailerlite.html
Or just google for more options and free alternatives of them for you etc...

15. Additional: Miscellaneous and functions (Some Xp Equivalent 3rd parties of Vista Features):

A. Vista UAC for Xp:
http://www.jcxp.net/...showtopic=29598 -> Download: http://www.4shared.c...UAC_for_Xp.html
http://www.winmatrix...t=0#entry185066

- Vista and Windows 7 UAC for XP - by Rudy-XP (credits to him), Deviantart:
Get a working and functional version of UAC "ported" to XP and Server 2003:
http://rudy-xp.devia...or-XP-170656130

- Vista / Windows 7 UAC features + "Run as administrator" context menu on XP just like Vista/Seven(functional):
http://rudy-xp.devia...or-XP-170656130
http://www.4shared.c..._features_.html

- WinGuard Pro:
http://www.winguardpro.com/

B. Vista Bitlocker (Encryption):

- TrueCrypt (Free):
http://www.truecrypt.org/

- PGP Desktop (both shareware and free):
http://www.pgp.com/

C. Vista Firewall:

- Zone Alarm Firewall (Free):
http://www.zonealarm...ontent/home.jsp and All Internet Security Suites (AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Windows Live OneCare etc)

D. Vista Ready Boost:

- E-Booster for Xp (shareware):
http://www.eboostr.com/download/

E. Vista Superfetch:
(Actually Xp already has built in "Prefetch", not same with Vista Superfetch, but still powerful too), alternatively just use some 3rd party for enhancing the feature:
- SystemBoosterXp:
http://www.disktrix....ntroduction.htm you can download it directly for free Here

F. Vista Ultimate Extra: Dream Scene (Motion Desktop)

- DreamRender (Freeware):
http://www.dreamrender.com/

- Dreamscapes (Freeware) (Thx to Island Dog-WinMatrix):

http://dream.wincustomize.com/

- Desktop Effects (Thx to timbertide-WinMatrix):

http://www.desktopfx.net/

G. Better Vista Task Manager for Xp and Vista:

- Process Explorer:
http://technet.micro...s/bb896653.aspx

- Vista Style Task Manager for Xp and Vista (Blue)-credits to Lsdmeasap-Keznews :
http://stevejobs.blo...r-xp-and-vista/

- Vista style CAD (Ctrl + Alt + Del screen instead of opening Task Manager): for XP (Credits to flawless02, Deviantart). almost perfectly functional:
http://flawless02.de...or-XP-132794740
http://flawless02.de...or-XP-147097700

H. Windows Vista Sideshow for Xp:
http://www.4shared.c...how_for_Xp.html and
http://www.gadgetdisplay.com/buy/

I. Vista Windows Fax and Scan:

Snappy Fax:
http://www.snappysoftware.com/

J. Replacement for Vista Volume Mixer (Per application) on Xp (3rd party):
- Indie Volume (Functional): http://www.indievolume.com/index.php, - Just Style/Mod (Picassa243, Dev): http://picassa243.de...P-v2-2-80422211

A. Tweaking and fixing Xp (Kelly Corner):
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm

B. Tweak Xp:
http://www.tweakxp.com/

C. Tweaking with Vishal Gupta:
http://www.askvg.com/

17. Get Vista-only Control Panel Applets for XP (Functional):

I.e Color, Windows Defender, Sync Center, Parental Control, Iscsi, Backup etc (Transformation packs such as VTP and Bricopack patch only some available Xp Control Panel applets): http://www.4shared.c...r_XP__All_.html

- Download Folder2MyPC to create your own applet:
http://eng.softq.org/Folder2mypc

18. Create Custom Xp OS Set-Up DVD/CD (like OEM) with add ons by using NLite:

-> Very useful (Y) as you can customize Xp OS setup (and installation result) like Vista one, from beginning to ending, and so on...

- Tutorial (Thanks to MSFN) -> Multilanguage!:
http://unattended.ms.../unattended.xp/

- Wincert Add on Forum (Thanks to Wincert):
http://www.wincert.n...hp?showforum=88

19. Applying Webview in Windows Xp (Active Desktop/Windows 98/ME-like Webview for Xp, Recommended "Classical" GUI feature for Xp):

http://www.wincert.n...?showtopic=4192

20. You can also visit my 4Shared Sharing Dowload Page to download more Vista and Windows 7 stuffs for Xp for free (recommended) :[/u]
http://www.4shared.c...62/sharing.html

21. Windows 7 Applications and Features for Xp: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21246 (or read Post 3# below...)

22. Power replacements for built-in Windows utilities (recommended, thanks to LifeHacker):
http://lifehacker.co...ties-287966.php + Download some free cool apps/tools from my 4Shared Page: http://www.4shared.c...62/sharing.html

23. Download: List of most free and useful Microsoft applications for Windows and Office (Credits to Blake Handler, Windows Live):
http://bhandler.spac....0&sa=849910657 ,
Special for Windows XP Here: http://bhandler.spac...F7F3!1231.entry

- Great Windows Explorer Tools: credits to Amirz, Deviantart: http://amirsyahrani....Tools-142913425

- Also MDGx - Free PowerToys & Tweaking Tools for Windows XP, Vista, 7, All: http://www.mdgx.com/toy.htm

24. Wincert Link: http://www.wincert.n...?showtopic=4594

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:) (Updated) Just Added Some Tools for Windows Explorer to The Thread Here:

Some Free-Powerful Shell Extensions for Windows XP Explorer


(Recommended for XP - work on other OSes like 2003, Vista, or Windows 7 too)


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You can also visit my original thread on Deviantart for more info, updates, etc here (Windows All):
http://amirsyahrani....Tools-142913425

1. XP / 2003 Only: Enable XP / Common Visual Style on Some Controls of Loaded Shell Extensions For Free - An Important feature for Windows XP shell customization...

(Especially 3rd parties) - in shell extensions or activex objects (e.g toolbar button / BHO, explorer bar, context menu items etc) in Windows Explorer, note must support / have InitCommonControls function, with link to comctl32 version 6 in XP/Vista or higher, and so on).

For more info please see some documentations about it on MSDN: e.g http://msdn.microsof...695(VS.85).aspx and http://msdn.microsof...y/ms997646.aspx

(Look, if you have Vista / WIndows 7 then you will notice that Vista / 7 has already improved/enabled the feature natively, by default. You would also get the feature by installing Window Blinds on XP, but it's not free though...).

To get the visual feature on XP and 2003 as default (M$ didn't do it for "some political reason" lol), on any shell extensions (especially 3rd party, if supported) visually without installing or patching any file, especially when on non-classic theme, just simply put / copy the explorer.exe.manifest (external manifest file) to Windows Directory to enable the feature without tampering explorer.exe itself or any system file (just take advantage of its "hidden" native feature instead). Easy to do that, without any special skill or "hacking" and programming language at all, lol that's it. It's safe and not harmful at all, would make XP shell looks better. You can safely delete it easily anytime if you dont want it anymore. Useful for both dev and user. Very small size (download explorer.exe.manifest for only less than 1 KB lol!)

For Example:

A. Before applying manifest (oldy):
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B. After applying manifest (better look):
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Download it Here (With Guide & Batch Files etc):
(and just put it on Windows Directory (%Windir% or C:\Windows, then restart Explorer/Windows to see the changes)

http://www.4shared.c..._Extension.html

Or Just Download explorer.exe.manifest file only:
http://www.4shared.c...xplorerexe.html

Alternatively you can also copy this code and save it as .manifest file named "explorer.exe.manifest" using Notepad:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
<assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1" 
manifestVersion="1.0">
<assemblyIdentity
    version="1.0.0.0"
    processorArchitecture="X86"
    name="CompanyName.ProductName.YourApp"
    type="win32"
/>
<description>Your application description here.</description>
<dependency>
<dependentAssembly>
        <assemblyIdentity
            type="win32"
            name="Microsoft.Windows.Common-Controls"
            version="6.0.0.0"
            processorArchitecture="X86"
            publicKeyToken="6595b64144ccf1df"
            language="*"
        />
    </dependentAssembly>
</dependency>
</assembly>

You can also use it with any "MyApp" app with myapp.exe executable file for similar purpose as well (if supported, with above requirements e.g has link to comctl32 and so on), just rename it myapp.exe.manifest (following the executable name) and put it as external file in the same directory e.g in MyApp folder).

To get the same result on control panel extension/applets (.cpl), since .cpl is actually a dll that is running by using rundll32.exe, then just use same manifest file (renamed to "rundll32.exe.manifest") and copy it to C:\Windows\system32. You may need to restart Windows (or the service) before the change appears.

Download (complete): http://www.4shared.c..._Extension.html
Or download rundll32.exe.manifest file only: http://www.4shared.c...undll32exe.html


2. "New Folder" Button in XP Explorer Toolbar / Command Bar (just like Windows 7):

Actually Windows XP already has its own "Make a new folder" button too, to create a new folder in Windows Explorer (it's located in XP Webview Panel/Common Task Pane, see screenshot: http://img243.images...folderbutt.jpg/ ), but yeah some people would love it's on the explorer toolbar as well as Open/Save dialog box (and just like Windows 7 RTM Explorer now). Hopefully useful for you...

Since Baxbex new folder offered only old Windows 98 style icon (not matching with new XP visual style) see: http://www.baxbex.co...xnewfolder.html , then you can just download this free add on for new folder button in XP Explorer Toolbar (my created-skinned/reshacked bxnewfolder with Vista / 7 style icon etc) + using hotkey and floating dialog box, + external manifest file (explorer.exe.manifest) to enable XP / Visual style on some controls as above. Fully functional and working as well. See online screenshots: http://img263.images...oninxpexpl.jpg/ and http://img263.images...dialogboxa.jpg/

-> Screenshots of "New Folder" button on XP Explorer Toolbar:
(Sorry can't display more larger images here for some technical reason):

A. Vista / 7 style icon new folder on XP Toolbar:

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B. Creating new folder on XP Explorer:

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C. Creating new folder dialog box - useful and cleaner UI with XP / Vista visual style:
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Download it Here:

http://www.4shared.c...er_Toolbar.html

Hopefully still useful especially for XP users here (works on 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003..., while it has only dialog box and hotkey on Vista and 7 though). By the way, since this one is just using the same library from baxbex new folder (it's freeware, all credits and thanks to Baxbex), and most people had complaint about that they were not able to reshack the app using Resource Hacker / any res editor to change the original "old" Windows 98 style icon etc in the bx toolbar, actually it's because the file (activeX dll) was encrypted and compressed (packed) with 3rd party PE compressor (e.g UPX, Execryptor...), after checking it by PEid then i found it that was Aspack 2.12 and then decided to unpack it, (note: not all app binaries can work properly after they are unpacked, so it's also necessary to dissassembly, dump and rebuild the PE headers, some fixes and rechecks etc) until the dll was registered fine, finally the little work was kinda like reverse engineering rather than just reshacking lol. And since it was unpacked (uncompressed), the size become little bigger of course lol although there's no problem with it, anyway i wish they would also update the app in near future, soon...

Updated: If you already have standard/original Baxbex New Folder application installed: http://www.baxbex.com/ , then you can also just download this smaller patch only to get Vista style icon (would also give the similar result): http://www.4shared.c...atch_Only_.html


3. FolderBox for Windows Explorer (Unpacked too/Skinned/skinnable):

A free application that displays additional folders (window) in the lower part of Windows Explorer, displays the contents of two folders or more, useful and cool (with Windows 98 icons though). So i just changed some few UI features of it (unpacked and res-edited like BxNewFolder above, "fixed" text, enabled "dead" icons and so on...). a free application that displays additional folders (window) in the lower part of Windows Explorer, displays the contents of two folders or more, very useful. Since it's already unpacked, you may customize the icons yourself if you want later, by using any capable delphi res editor e.g PE Explorer. At least it's still better than original look imo, + also enabled (some) XP visual common controls as said above, works well on Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows XP:

Screenshot:
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Edit/Updated: Beside the standard one, i've just added FolderBox with Vista Icons (on its toolbar - see screenshots), sorry just got them for free (free Vista toolbar icons, 100% legal). Just like the standard one, FolderBox with Vista icons will work well on all Windows versions: 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, and Windows 7 without any problem so far:

Screenshot of FolderBox (with Vista icons) on XP and Windows 7:
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Download it here:

http://www.4shared.c...ed-Skinned.html

Again this FolderBox version works on Windows all: 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7...all credits to Baxbex for the free original apps (just skinned them).

Updated: If you already have standard/original Baxbex FolderBox application installed: http://www.baxbex.com/ , then you can also just download this smaller patch only to get Vista style icons (would also give the similar result): http://www.4shared.c...atch_Only_.html


4. Another Useful File Viewer for XP Explorer With Preview Pane (just like Vista / Windows 7 feature):

Preview any file on Windows Explorer (text, documents, images, multimedia audio-video, compressed binaries etc) without using the default application, easy and faster:

Screenshot:
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Updated: it's already included a patch to get Vista style icons too (optional) now, in the same download package below:

Download it here:

http://www.4shared.c...s_Explorer.html

OS: Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7...(Windows All).

You can also please visit my thread here for more options etc:
http://www.winmatrix...ew-pane-for-xp/


- Added Here: Some other free "special" shell extension-based tools/apps that might be useful for you (file viewers and metadata properties tools etc) here:

Download links:

- EXIF tooltip & tag editor on context menu :
http://www.4shared.c...Windows_Xp.html

- Multimedia tooltip & tag editor on context menu (album art + metadata editor etc) :
http://www.4shared.c...r_Explorer.html

- Thumbnail for text files on Windows Explorer :
http://www.4shared.c..._explorer_.html

- Vista Explorer preview pane for XP (File viewer-Complete) :
http://www.4shared.c...ane_for_Xp.html

- MacOSX/Leopard-style Coverflow (AKA Quicklook) for Windows Explorer (directory, file content, & thumbnail viewer etc):
Explorer Coverflow for Windows by Vemod - aqua-soft.org (full credits to him) :
http://www.aqua-soft...showtopic=52376 Edit: there are still "afew issues" with Vista/7 though, also seems it's not quite stable on XP. Anyhow it's still free and working, and seems the app itself is still under development/being developed...(thanks to my friend Kyosan for the info btw).


Note: XP/2003: You need administrator rights to install the shell extensions. Vista/Windows 7: Make sure you always install/register/run "as administrator" (self explanatory)...


- Just FYI: Don't you know that the Vista and Windows 7's Explorer is just updated versions of XP Explorer? (even with some remaining similar features):

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Of course you can also use some custom XP visual styles (skin themes) and shellstyle.dll to get almost same layouts. Visit some great websites to browse e.g. WinMatrix, Deviantart, or just Google for more lol...

You can also do some tweaks or use some Explorer add ons from Microsoft and 3rd parties to get similar features (or at least emulate them). Just google for more info and tools i.e. visit: http://amirsyahrani....Tools-142913425 , http://www.winmatrix...3rd-party-file/ , and http://www.winmatrix...ew-pane-for-xp/ etc...

(New?) CHANGE HIBERNATE SCREEN IN WINDOWS XP:

It's also more recommended to visit my own work on Deviantart "Hibernate Screen on XP" : http://amirsyahrani....on-XP-171307647 for more info etc

Get XP Boot Screen and Hibernate Screen with new Vista/Windows 7 Flag (that replaces the old XP style flag) by AMIRZ/AMIRSYAHRANI, Deviantart + Tutorial, logon screen, etc:
http://amirsyahrani....-Flag-171766090

Btw, added this one: If you want to change default XP Hibernate screen, just edit and compress 5th bitmap in ntoskrnl.exe file (in C:\Windows\System32) using 16 Colors by Photoshop (follow many tutorials for only Bootscreen like here), must be less than 8 Kb in size. Actually it's just smaller part (215x147 pixels) of the 640x480 whole hibernate screen background (Window Flag + "Windows" text) beside there's also a hibernate progress bar 2nd bitmap).

Well it changes that default Xp flag with new Vista flag on hibernate screen, yeah it's not perfect/sophisticated but still better than nothing before, at least it will look more "matching" with other Vista elements on your "modded" Xp:

Hibernate:
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Boot:
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(It's 16 colors, so it may look rather blurry...)

You can download that boot and hibernate screen resources + little "guide/note" for XP (SP3) here:
http://www.4shared.c...te_Screens.html

- Change XP BootScreen, Logon Screen, and also Hibernate Screen completely!:
http://www.4shared.c...creens_etc.html

Do it carefully (always create backup of the original etc), Anyway good luck. :)

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Btw, my other recommended links to visit:

*) Since especially Windows 7 is just an enhanced version of Vista (although yea some Vista apps have been removed/disabled in Windows 7 by default i.e Meeting Space, Windows Calendar, and so on but anyway it's actually better to at least keep some of them imo...), you can use this List of Vista Applications and Features for Xp above to have most of new Vista (and also Windows 7) applications and features on Xp. After that, you can also visit and read my second thread/topic as well:


"Windows 7 Applications, Tools, and Features on Xp (Simpler)" :
(Very Recommended):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21246

Updated: i have copied the content of above thread/topic ("Windows 7 Applications, Tools, and Features on Xp (Simpler)") completely to this post below. Please read below and enjoy... Btw you can still visit the same link to read the possible future update on there though... :D

- About Vista Games on Xp: http://jonnyw1989.wo...-for-xp-update/

I have fixed some executables of the Vista games package to download below i.e without annoying ugly “Oct 4 2005″ on the title bar of some of these Vista games anymore:

- Added: (New -> More Recommended versions of Vista Games for Xp to download) Download latest fixed version of Vista Games beta and RTM ported to Windows Xp: (Original Freecell, Mahjong/Shanghai, Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Hearts, Purble Place, Mineweesper, Inkball etc + Texas Hold'em and Brutal Chess (Chess Titan alternative on Xp by far) + Window Journal Viewer as prerequisite for Inkball without WGA validation -> Usually not required if you already have Office Suite/Onenote 2003/2007 though + Latest Alky for Vista Applications and Games on Xp/2003 :(Btw i have removed ugly “Oct 4 2005″ on the title bar of some of these Vista games too!, "fixed" binary info from Oberon to MS etc) GUI etc:
http://www.4shared.c...mes_For_Xp.html

To know that how to install/run original Vista Games RTM (Inkball and Hold'em), as well as Vista Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes which required Alky/VAIO with Vista Serial on Windows Xp etc:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19718

Windows 7 games for Xp? Lol so far the games in latest Windows 7 Beta is similar with Vista's (except the internet versions/MSN e.g Internet Backgammon, Checkers, Spades), not sure about the final version/RTM or higher. Don't worry you can also play them on Xp desktop online/offline (please read the next list of Windows 7 applications, tools, and features for Xp below...)

- Get Useful and Enhanced Windows 95-98 context menu file viewer: Microsoft QuickView ported to Xp!:
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19748 :D

- Get Thumbnails of more file types on Xp Explorer (included thumbnails of text and document on Windows Explorer!/Vista Live Icon in Xp):
http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19751

- Get original Vista Snipping Tool, Inkball, Sticky Notes, Texas Hold'Em etc ported to Xp:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19718

- Get Vista Explorer File Viewer ( Vista Explorer Preview Pane ) "ported" to Xp:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=19634

* Since especially Media Center and Tablet PC are integrated nice features into Vista / Windows 7...:

- Get Windows Vista/7 Media Center Skin and application on Xp:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=22552

- Get Tablet PC Input Panel on Xp like Vista and Windows 7:

http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=21199

Edit:
Btw this is the additional second/next list (Change Xp like Windows 7), after you already have some/most Vista applications and features installed on Xp as listed in the first list above of course (Since Windows 7 is just an enhanced/updated version of Windows Vista, please believe me you will still have to get some similar Vista enhancements for Xp as listed above)... :D anyway Good luck!


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- You can also visit "Vista and Windows 7 Application and Features for Xp" (Wincert) : http://www.wincert.n...?showtopic=4594


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- Added Here: Vista or Windows 7 style application "Windows Help and Support" Mod for XP:

Just released it on my Deviantart page too:
http://amirsyahrani....t-Mod-144830894

Well, i have noticed that the XP Help and Support application did not even get attention (not patched/skinned, except only for e.g. the help logo on start menu) from most well-known XP transformation packs so far (including even Vista Transformation Pack, Vistamizer, Bricopack Inspirate etc). So it might be necessary to create it by myself and share to people and XP users here, especially for "total XP transformation" as best as possible i hope...it's not perfect yet but still make XP Help and Support look fresh and updated, just like Windows Help and Support in Vista or Windows 7 (AKA Windows Help and Support).

As already tested, it works on Windows XP all versions as well: XP Pro, Home, Tablet PC 2005, and MCE 2005, also retail, corporate, and OEM version. No original functionality is removed/disabled. It's for XP SP3 (should be no problem since most of XP users already have SP3 installed nowadays, whatever the version: Pro, Home, MCE, Tablet PC and so on...)

- Screenshot of Vista / Windows 7 like Help and Support on XP:
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It will change some GUI elements of XP Help and Support applications such as icons and toolbar icons, images, text, searchbar etc just like Vista or Windows 7 version (e.g. "Windows Help and Support" on the title bar and taskbar instead of "Help and Support Center" and so on, as you can see the preview/screenshot above...). Note the color itself is also depending on XP theme engine and visual style (for example i used black VistaXP theme in the screenshot btw). Furthermore it still can be customized on some features though, e.g. just like html pages by yourself...

- Download links for the application and more info:
http://amirsyahrani....t-Mod-144830894 and/or
http://www.4shared.c...Support_ap.html

GET VISTA AND WINDOWS 7 UAC (USER ACCOUNT CONTROL) FEATURES ON WINDOWS XP AND SERVER 2003 COMPLETELY WITH VISTA/7 LOOK AND FEEL
(Get UAC Dialog Boxes + "Run as administrator" Context Menu on XP Shell Etc Just like Vista and Windows 7 - Functional)- By Rudy-XP - Deviantart : http://rudy-xp.devia...or-XP-170656130

1. Smart UAC - Alternative for Vista/7 UAC in XP, Vista, and Windows 7:

Smart UAC Replacement application looks almost similar with original Vista and Windows 7 UAC, especially with my own Vista and 7 skins as you can see the preview screenshot above, but it's not the best for me, still included for more options though. The dev said it's a better alternative for standard Vista and Windows 7 UAC, while can be used as better replacement, and you can also install and use it on downlevel OS such as Windows 2000 and XP as well. Although some people may still not fully trust the application because the original author Security Stronghold ever released some "bad coded" (or whatever they were called lol) applications previously in history before Smart UAC released, anyway after i'm installing and using it on my computer (XP and 7) i'm sure the application is safe and works well i.e. for UAC like dialog prompt for i.e. when you installing an application that requires administrator rights or changes your system settings and registry, but the online malware scanning feature is not effective and obviously unnecessary to have (i've also never used it) and even may look suspicious. Since actually UAC is not antivirus but instead just to prevent unknown programs which some of them might be malicious from being executed without user permission and when user needs administrator rights to e.g. install programs.

2. SuRun (SuPer User Run) - A Better version of Sudo for Windows (Personally the best UAC app for me, more recommended):

No doubt SuRun (SuPer User Run) is the best of the best UAC like program for XP so far i've found, even it's still better than Vista and Windows 7 UAC themselves for me seriously, although the Smart UAC replacement looks closer to Vista/7 UAC UI, but don't worry i have already created Vista / 7 skin for SuRun and tweaked some of its GUI and features so you can still use the application in full Vista / Windows 7 look and feel with better or even best features and functionalities ever as you can see in the preview screenshot above, yeah surely SuRun works much better than Smart UAC and original UAC both. Actually SuRun is based on "Sudown" source code or often called "Sudo" (Super User Do) for Windows just like "porting" similar feature "SuDo" in UNIX/Linux OS to Windows finally (actually Vista/7 UAC was inspired by Sudo in UNIX since it has existed in the OS for years when Windows 9X-XP are still vulnerable, UAC comes to fix security problem in Windows OS after XP, as important security improvement M$ should port it back to XP when it was in mainstream support imho) when a user doesn't have to use administrator account to do some administrator job because if she/he do it's maybe risky for the system security because any programs even including malicious ones can also run with administrator previleges in such environment (if you ever heard or read about that, Sudown was often called another incarnation for "UAC for Windows XP"). In Vista/7 user is still an administrator account by default like XP, but with more limited rights that sometimes may make some jobs "more complicated than before" for some users lol. You'll often see "shield icon" everywhere only for some features and applications which need admin rights to run on Vista and Windows 7, even if you're an admin. SuRun will limit your rights for better security and instead will offer some UAC dialog boxes only for only for some features and applications which need admin rights to run on XP, just like Vista and Windows 7 with UAC activated above. As SuRun is much better than Sudown, for example you don't need to have password and enter it multiple times over and over again in the dialog box like Sudown (Sudown only caches the password for less 5 minutes) plus fixed some Sudown security holes, additionally it has a better more complete UAC like dialog box for executed applications, and "Run as administrator" context menu (right click) etc, just like Vista and Windows 7! SuRun also works on Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, and also Windows 7 and can be used as alternative for standard UAC. SuRun will also "convert" your account status from powerful administrator (which is risky with such malicious activities) to standard user with limited rights that is included in "SuRunners group". Since default users in both of them are still administrators like XP, but with more limited rights, so it's also good to install SuRun in Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows XP and Server 2003, also Windows 2000.

Again both programs above has Vista/7 skins that i've created and included all of them in one download package. Just get them on your XP (or even maybe Vista/Windows 7) for more Vista/Windows 7 look and feel plus the functionality as well. Please enjoy! :)

Screenshot of Vista/Windows 7 UAC in XP desktop:
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- Download Vista/7 UAC style applications for XP: http://www.4shared.c..._features_.html

- Vista or Windows 7 Common Open and Save Dialog Box for Windows XP (skinned):
Make common XP open and save dialog box like the one in Vista or Windows 7 (some icons or GUI elements, my places editor...) by patching comdlg32.dll and comctl32.dll both version 5 and 6 (side by side) in XP using Resource Hacker or any capable binary resource editor (e.g. PE Explorer etc). (Actually the main dialog box UI resource is in comdlg32.dll file e.g. layouts, control buttons etc, however i didn't include the edited comdlg32.dll here since there's almost no significant difference between XP and Vista except for some minor button changes, but except for new Vista/7 only common item dialogs, which too bad, not portable mainly for the new APIs in the OS, unless (maybe) you're using some 3rd party emulators such as WPF task dialog libraries). to change all the common dialog boxes UI in Windows (e.g. open & save, print, run dialog boxes, etc) like some layouts and control buttons etc you'd need to edit dialog resources in comdlg32.dll library using Reshack or any capable resource editor :


Screenshot:
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If you want also to customize the common XP open and save dialog just like Vista / Windows 7 more (styles) then just download these patched comctl32.dll version 5 and 6 both in one package + guide info etc to replace etc
Download:
http://www.4shared.c...ows_7_Open.html

To customize places bar links (the left sidebar e.g. My Documents, Desktop...) in standard Windows' common open save dialog box, just use this free tool (portable, no need to install), download "Common Open Save Dialog Box Places Bar Editor" (Windows All) :
http://www.4shared.c...ows_7_Open.html

Btw if you'd like to use free replacement for standard Windows common open save dialog box for XP and Windows 9x with preview pane, search, customizable places bar and favorite links etc (like Vista / 7), then maybe you can also try this one (Windows All) :
- Screenshot (Click to enlarge):
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Download (also included in the download package above):
http://www.4shared.c...Box_Replac.html

Other related info etc:

http://amirsyahrani....Tools-142913425

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ANOTHER GUIDE: ONE GOOD EXAMPLE OF CUSTOMIZING/ENHANCING XP TO MAKE IT LOOK AND BEHAVE LIKE VISTA
(ALSO WINDOWS 7)


(In A Simplest/Minimalistic Way Without Being 100% Vista “Copycat” Lol)...

Important Note: You can always customize your Windows Xp less or more or as much as you want, that’s why it’s called “personal desktop” anyways. You’re not required to make it 100% look or behave like Vista, but still “enhance” it instead (Usability is still more important than eye candy anyways IMHO)…Some further tweaks maybe required as well.
PS: On Windows 7 Beta, even some Vista native applications (e.g Windows Meeting Space and PhotoGallery) have been removed (get the replacements from both Windows Live and Office Live).
Any effort to get them all is still relevant since Windows 7 is an enhanced version of Vista...

- DESKTOP/SHELL GUI:
Bootscreen: Just Standard Xp or another one with Tuneup Utilities (better than “empty”black Vista BS imo)
Logon Screen: One from Xpize with Tuneup Utilities
Themes/VS: VistaXp by KOL
Wallpapers: Original Vista Wals
Screensavers: Original Vista SS ported to Xp
Most Shell Icons: Get them from VTP 9 (selective install)
Vista Start Menu: Customize Xp Start Menu Without Vistart and Any Third Party: http://www.winmatrix...showtopic=20450

ANIMATED GUI (DWM Emulation):

Shadow: Y’z Shadow
Transparency: Border Skin (optional, too bad transparency sucks on Xp, mainly with topdesk)
Animated Icon: Uber Icon (optional)
Animated window: Window FX
Flip3d: Topdesk and Vista Flip3d icon
Taskbar Thumbnail: Visual Tooltip
Transparent window and always on top: PowerMenu (optional)

WINDOWS EXPLORER FEATURES:
Explorer Breadcrumb Addressbar: Folder Pilot or QTTabbar or Minimalist Explorer Breadcrumb
Vista Favorite Links: FindeXer
Vista Live Icon/Thumbnail and Metadata: Get More Thumbnail and Metadata on Xp
Vista Viewer Pane and Search: Get Vista Explorer Preview Pane and Search on Xp
Vista Command Prompt on Context Menu: Command Prompt PowerToy
Vista New Window on Context Menu: Add New Window on Context Menu

ORIGINAL VISTA APPLICATIONS:
IE7: IE7 or IE8
WMP 11: WMP 11 with Vista WMP 11 Skin or Windows 7 WMP 12 Skin either
Windows PhotoGallery: Windows Live Photo Gallery
Windows Mail: Windows Live Mail
Windows Calendar: Windows Live Mail or/and MS Works Calendar
Windows Movie Maker: Windows Movie Maker with Vista Skin by fediaFedia
Windows DVD Maker: Microsoft PhotoStory 3 with Sonic DVD Burning Plug In or Better to get Sonic RecordNow with/without DVD Studio or Nero
Explorer DVD Burning: ISO powertoy and IMAPI V2
Windows Notepad, Paint, Calculator: Vista ones ported to Xp
Windows Defender: Windows Defender for Windows Xp
Windows Search: Windows Search 4.0 for Xp
Windows Sidebar: Windows Sidebar ported to Xp by Ricktendo
Windows Media Center: MCE 2005 or Windows Media Center for Xp with Vista Skin
Windows Meeting Space: Just Net Meeting or Microsoft SharedView
Tablet PC Applications:
Snipping Tool: Vista Snipping Tool ported to Xp
Sticky Notes: Sticky Notes ported to Xp
Windows Journal: Windows Journal ported to Xp
Windows Tablet PC Input Panel: Tablet PC Input Panel for Windows Xp
Windows Vista Games: Vista Games ported to Xp
DirectX10, .Net Framework 3.0, IMAPI V2 etc: They all have been ported to Windows Xp as well (read the list/google...)
Etc.

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- HOW TO DUAL OR TRIPLE BOOT XP, VISTA, WINDOWS 7 :
http://lifehacker.co...ith-xp-or-vista and http://lifehacker.co...ista-and-ubuntu

- INSTALL XP ON SATA HARD DRIVE / HARD DISK :
http://news.softpedi...-F6-47807.shtml

- Download (Collection) Free File Viewer Tools, Explorer Thumbnail Handlers, and Search Tools (Windows Search) for Windows All (98, ME, 2000, Xp, 2003, Vista, 2008, and maybe Windows 7):
http://www.4shared.c..._and_Vista.html

- Xp "Ultimate" Project (Xp MCE / Media Center Edition 2005 and/or Xp Tablet PC 2005 into one OS):

Download "The Concept of XP Ultimate Edition.pdf":
http://www.4shared.c...te_Edition.html

1) Xp to Xp MCE 2005 Transformation Pack:
http://depositfiles....files/e36w3x9ja

2) Xp to Xp Tablet PC 2005 Transformation Pack:
http://depositfiles....files/173n1c4m1

Download Vista / Windows 7 Icons for TIP, Journal, Sticky Notes, Inkball (XP Tablet PC Applications):
http://www.4shared.c...icky_Notes.html

- Microsoft UMPC TouchPack (for XP Tablet PC 2005):

Just download here for free (MUI and English):
http://www.4shared.c...ck_UMPC_Xp.html (MUI) and http://www.4shared.c...__English_.html (English)

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[b]
- If you know more apps/features for Xp to Vista/Windows 7 transformation, please don't hesitate to post here. Thanks! Do you still want More? Then Google is your best friend too hehe...
:D

[b]PS: Please feel free to redistribute them/re-upload/share all the download links and pages etc here without any permission from me...

Still will keep updating this thread for XP users as long as i can i.e. to make Windows XP always stay up to date especially for people and "loyal" XP users, for use at home, school, work, in desktop, laptop, tablet PC, netbook, and so on (since XP is and will still be being supported by Microsoft and third party partners/developers/manufacturers until 2014, even after Vista and Windows 7 come out as you know...) as i still love XP so much hehe...good luck anyway and long live XP!
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#2 PeterRollar

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 08:32 PM

Great work as ever. Thank you so much. :)

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 09:30 PM

Very nice as usual. Keep up the good work. :)

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 09:50 PM

:P Many thanks, AMIRZ :wub:

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 12:07 AM

Great guide thank you so much

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:00 AM

Awesome job man! Keep it up! (Y)

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Posted 07 December 2008 - 01:08 AM

Thank U so much Guys :D May God Bless All of Us

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 02:49 AM

I've started using some of the stuff from this guide. Good post (Y)

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 08:39 AM

nice one! i will try aero snap and superbar.

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 12:31 PM

Another great contribution!

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Posted 10 December 2008 - 06:33 AM

:P Thx guys for all nice comments here, it's very nice to know that they can be useful for us (also full credits to the original authors of the apps/tools), i promise i will also update the thread soon if a new good stuff or more already available, anytime...hopefully not long .
PS: to everybody, If you already know about any other app/tools for Xp to Windows 7 transformation, if you don't mind then please also share/post about it/them here (or as a separated thread if you wish) so we/people can also know about it/them earlier too. Again, thx alot :D

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 07:27 AM

thanks for the fonts!

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:58 PM

thanks for the fonts!


You're welcome Bro thx :P

also (updated) added all original Windows 7 wallpapers and icons for Xp/Vista (credits to JeremyDDual, Deviantart) above, that's all... :)

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:02 AM

:) Sorry everybody first i have to say, i beg your pardon, not mean to bump this thread but since i have recently updated it by adding some more informations and links that based on some new Windows 7 apps and features that can be applied on Xp (even some on Vista) as well (original Microsoft tools), thx to our friend Blake Handler. Yeah i hope they can be useful for us at least just for your information, anyways....:D. For "integrity and continuity" reasons, please read the entire topic/my first post again (already included). That's all, thank you for your understanding and attention. Cheers! :)

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Updated/Added Some Special Windows 7 Stuffs/Features to Xp (Originally from Microsoft):
(Full Credits and Thanks alot to Blake Handler from Windows Live Space for them): (Btw, some of them and also other ones might already be included on the previous list or the other ones are more completely on "List of Most Vista Applications and Features for Xp", e.g Internet Explorer 8, Windows Search 4.0, XPS Viewer and Support, Windows 7 Gabriola TTF font, Windows 7 Desktop Slide Show for Xp and so on..., but might repeat them again here. You can please check it out too after reading this...as well as other related threads by people on WinMatrix). So here they are:

- Clear Type Tuner:
makes it easier to read text on your screen by installing ClearType technology in the Control Panel just like Windows 7.
http://download.micr...85aad/setup.exe

- Data Execution Prevention (DEP): monitors programs to verify whether they are using system memory securely. Unlike Windows 7 (and Vista), Windows XP's DEP is only enabled for necessary operating system programs and services because not all software programs run smoothly with DEP:
http://technet.micro...y/cc700810.aspx

- Windows Search 4.5: updated search component in Windows 7. Get Windows Search 4.0 on both Xp and Vista:
http://www.microsoft...ds/default.aspx

- exFAT: advanced file system format support for Windows XP as well as Windows 7:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Fingerprint Reader - Windows 7 has advanced built-in support for biometric devices. only useful if yo own a biometric device), install Microsoft's Digital Persona Password Manager 2.0:

See: http://support.micro...kb;en-us;899626

Download Fingerprint Reader tool (English): http://download.micr...PPM_201_ENG.exe

- Image Mastering API v2.0 (IMAPIv2.0): Burn images to CD and DVD optical storage media using the new APIs (Vista too). Download the tool for Xp:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6): - Built-into Windows 7; support for this new suite of standard protocols for the Network layer of the Internet. It has come as Advanced Networking Pack for Windows XP:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Link Layer Topology Discovery (LLTD) Responder:
The network map on a computer running Windows 7 shows a graphical view of the computers and devices on your network and how they are connected by using the LLTD protocol. The LLTD responder must be installed on a computer running Windows Xp before it can be detected and appear on the network map.
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- New Xp MSCONFIG - Window XP's System Configuration Utility has been updated to add a Tools tab "just like" Windows 7 (and Vista):
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- .Net Framework 3.5/next 4.0: - Just like Windows 7 (included by default), install .Net Framework 3.5 with Service Pack 1 (Vista only included .Net Framework 3.0, so it's recommended to install it on Vista too):
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Windows PowerShell (V2) command-line shell & scripting language allows managing computers via commands or scripts, improving productivity through system automation on Windows 7. You can get it (V1.0) on Xp too:
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- VHD Support: you can have the same functionality with MS Virtual PC 2007 on Xp
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Developers and Advanced/Corporate/Enterprise Users only: WIM Image Deployment for Windows 7: While Windows 7 is distributed as a WIM image file, Windows XP is not distributed as a WIM image. Tools included in the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) and Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008 do support creating file-based Windows XP images, but these images are not componentized in a way that allows IT pros to inject drivers (at least still better than nothing lol):

See: http://technet.micro...y/cc749528.aspx

Download Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK): http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Download Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2008: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Windows Feature Pack for Storage 1.0: enables the Windows platform to do master style optical burning on Blu-Ray media, as well as support for new Smart Card Driver form factors, such as ICCD.
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- Windows Live Applications : Windows 7 can run faster than Vista since it has removed some "bloatwares" there such as some programs (Calendar, PhotoGalllery so on) and services beside the new architecture (based on Server 2008 codebase). However some Windows Live programs can be installed as replacements/substitutes for "missing" progs (such as Windows Live PhotoGallery for Windows PhotoGallery). All supported except Windows Live Movie Maker Beta on Xp (Wave 3):
http://download.live.com/

- Windows 7 Codec Supports:
Windows 7 includes native support for a wide range of advanced video & audio codecs. Just download and install awesome K-Lite Codec Pack etc and you'll always be fine with WMP and some multiplayers programs on Xp (you can also install another free codec package you like/prefer):
http://www.free-code..._codec_pack.htm

- Windows Rights Management Services Client (DRM):
required for your computer to run applications that provide functionality based on Windows RMS technologies (it's crap though :blink: ) :
http://www.microsoft...;DisplayLang=en

- XML Support: Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 & XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack view, generate & index XPS Docs (as MS replacement for .PDF format) is now built-in in Windows 7 (as XPS Viewer and so on). Viewer plugin of the component is also built in both IE7 and IE8 on Xp and Vista:

See http://www.microsoft...ps/default.mspx

Download MSXML 6.0: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

Download XPS Viewer for Windows Xp:
http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en

- Windows 7 like - energy monitoring app:
to actively control PC’s energy consumption "sorta like" Windows 7. Install and use Mirosoft Edison on Xp (by MS and third party dev):
http://www.microsoft...ign_edison.aspx

- New Windows 7 Internet Games on Xp: 7 introduces 3 new Windows Internet Games: Backgammon, Checkers, and Spades. They (old versions) might already be included on Xp. However you can still play the newer version on Xp online with updated GUI and features as well as (or like) Windows 7 (MSN Games) -> Requires min Xp SP2/3 and IE 6 SP1/IE7/IE8: (Just create the same internet shortcut to links in Games folder)

Internet BackGammon: http://zone.msn.com/.../zpadefault.htm

Internet Checkers: http://zone.msn.com/.../zpadefault.htm

Internet Spades: http://zone.msn.com/.../zpadefault.htm

- Download the free offline versions (Bicycle Games demos - Microsoft Games Studios) of them:

Download Offline Backgammon & Checkers:
http://www.microsoft.../bicycle/board/

Download Offline Spades:
http://www.microsoft...s/bicycle/card/

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Btw, IMHO MS should add Internet/Online Chess Game to Windows 7 too hehe (it's my preferrence)... :D

That's all. Again, i hope they can be useful for us or at least just for your information here...Cya! :)

Again if you do know more apps/features or any other inputs/efforts/guides for Xp to 7 transformations which are not listed yet here, please don't hesitate to post here, so i can update and make it more complete for us. Thanks alot for your contribution! (Y)... :D Cya! Do you still want More? Then Google is your friend too lol :D

Edited by AMIRZ, 19 March 2009 - 08:33 AM.


#15 Gragier_521

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 01:27 AM

Great post! Thread bookmarked!

#16 Lord Devrexster

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 04:09 AM

OOPS !! I missed this post till today ....

Great post. Thanks !!

#17 AMIRZ

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 05:12 PM

:D you're welcome Bro, thanks

#18 cephead

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Posted 03 May 2009 - 05:17 AM

@amirz,

is there anyway to get the slideshow to be saved with the .theme file like it does in windows 7?

would be cool if it were possible.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 02:38 AM

@amirz,

is there anyway to get the slideshow to be saved with the .theme file like it does in windows 7?

would be cool if it were possible.


Sorry Bro but so far i don't have any idea :( , it uses image files for desktop slide show only, but without saving the theme setting

#20 PRATOSH

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:36 PM

hi

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