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#21 cephead

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 11:05 PM


@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

i thought maybe since the .dll is in the registry that there might be a .reg call/shortcut to the slideshow tab that could be used?
where in the registry is it located?
as the tab shows up in the system properties.

thanks.

#22 AMIRZ

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Posted 07 May 2009 - 09:42 AM

Sorry i've just read your post

About MS desktop slideshow seems it's just registered COM object (dll) the right click tab with activeX server dll, installed files are bgswitch.dll and exe that runs in the background as separate process and so on etc. To know where's the registry located, you can just check the registry snapshot using some utilities like this (Note: after reinstalling probably not complete or some of them are not related/obsolete key anyhow you can record it more accurately after the clean install of the software):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
;	5/7/2009 1:27:43 AM  -  5/7/2009 1:30:46 AM

; ADD section

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\CLSID\{ACD361C7-AEC5-4A31-9478-A447402B6B62}\InprocServer32]
"(Default)"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\bgswitch.dll"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\RNG]
"Seed"=hex(03):af,5b,ab,93,c4,05,51,42,7d,7b,cd,87,a7,b3,34,4a,0f,62,3a,5e,\
  f9,89,32,57,42,ee,6d,39,3f,91,6e,a7,5d,d0,33,e7,fb,1c,57,87,09,5f,83,3b,e8,76,\
  97,e4,d9,aa,d4,66,e7,78,07,d4,0f,f5,60,14,f0,58,e2,91,be,51,73,05,4b,b1,84,\
  08,79,61,7d,ae,fc,88,4b,99

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Controls Folder\Desk\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\BgSwitch]
@="{ACD361C7-AEC5-4a31-9478-A447402B6B62}"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Controls Folder\Desk\shellex\PropertySheetHandlers\PlusPack CPL Extension]
@="{41E300E0-78B6-11ce-849B-444553540000}"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects\{db9d7a78-a76c-4bf2-97c6-258925ee1542}]
@="??"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Media Center\medctrro]
"ServicesToRestart"="??"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
"BackgroundSwitcher"="C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\bgswitch.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SharedDLLs]
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\bgswitch.dll"=dword:00000001
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\bgswitch.exe"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\Windows Desktop Slide Show]
"DisplayIcon"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\All Users\\Application Data\\Windows Slide Show\\Uninstall.exe"
"DisplayName"="Windows Desktop Slide Show"
"NoModify"=dword:00000001
"NoRepair"=dword:00000001
"UninstallString"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\All Users\\Application Data\\Windows Slide Show\\Uninstall.exe"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Search\Gather\Windows\SystemIndex]
"NotificationLogCheckPoint"=hex(03):1a,aa,01,00,00,00,00,00

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Control Panel\Desktop]
"ConvertedWallpaper"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Web\\Wallpaper\\Moon flower.jpg"
"ConvertedWallpaper Last WriteTime"=hex(03):00,60,db,8f,d1,7e,c4,01
"Wallpaper"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\AMIRZ\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Wallpaper1.bmp"

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\SessionInformation]
"ProgramCount"=dword:00000004

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\Components]
"GeneralFlags"=dword:00000000

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Desktop\General]
"WallpaperFileTime"=hex(03):5e,66,7d,35,ee,ce,c9,01
"WallpaperLocalFileTime"=hex(03):5e,8e,1e,89,b3,ce,c9,01

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Desktop\BackgroundManager]
"Directory"="C:\\WINDOWS\\web\\wallpaper"
"Disabled"=dword:00000000
"Force Stretch"=dword:00000000
"Last Set Time"=hex(03):10,dd,90,89,b3,ce,c9,01
"OldConvertedWallpaper"="C:\\WINDOWS\\Web\\Wallpaper\\Moon flower.jpg"
"OldWallpaper"="C:\\Documents and Settings\\AMIRZ\\Local Settings\\Application Data\\Microsoft\\Wallpaper1.bmp"
"Random"=dword:00000001
"Refresh Frequency"=dword:00000001
"Refresh Unit"=dword:00000005

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Discardable\PostSetup\ShellNew]
"~reserved~"=hex(03):18,00,00,00,01,00,01,00,d9,07,05,00,04,00,07,00,01,00,\
  1d,00,33,00,c8,03

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\UserAssist\{75048700-EF1F-11D0-9888-006097DEACF9}\Count]
"HRZR_EHACNGU"=hex(03):10,00,00,00,bc,01,00,00,a0,d2,06,cc,ed,ce,c9,01
"HRZR_EHACNGU:Q:\\Qrfxgbc Phfgbzvmngvba\\Jvaqbjf 7 Qrfxgbc Fyvqrfubj sbe Kc\\KcFyvqrFubjFrghc.rkr"=hex(03):10,\
  00,00,00,08,00,00,00,a0,d2,06,cc,ed,ce,c9,01
"HRZR_EHAPCY"=hex(03):10,00,00,00,10,00,00,00,d0,b6,bf,08,ee,ce,c9,01
"HRZR_EHAPCY:qrfx.pcy"=hex(03):10,00,00,00,07,00,00,00,d0,27,c2,08,ee,ce,c9,01

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\BagMRU]
"MRUListEx"=hex(03):00,00,00,00,07,00,00,00,01,00,00,00,0c,00,00,00,02,00,00,\
  00,04,00,00,00,0b,00,00,00,0a,00,00,00,09,00,00,00,03,00,00,00,08,00,00,00,\
  06,00,00,00,05,00,00,00,ff,ff,ff,ff

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1492870128-1046174861-2901844884-1005\Software\Microsoft\Windows\ShellNoRoam\MUICache]
"@%windir%\\ehome\\ehres.dll,-2003"="Energy Blue"
"@C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\cryptext.dll,-6112"="Microsoft Serialized Certificate Store"
"@C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\cryptext.dll,-6113"="PKCS #7 Signature"
"@c:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\icardres.dll.mui,-4146"="Windows CardSpace backup file"
"@c:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\icardres.dll.mui,-4162"="Managed Information Card file"
"@C:\\WINDOWS\\System32\\pdh.dll,-10023"="Performance Monitor File"
"@themeui.dll,-2015"="More themes online..."
"@themeui.dll,-2016"="Windows Classic"
"@themeui.dll,-2017"="Windows XP"
"@themeui.dll,-2037"="{Tahoma, 8 pt}"
"@themeui.dll,-2038"="{Tahoma, 8 pt}"
"@themeui.dll,-2039"="{Tahoma, 8 pt}"
"@themeui.dll,-2040"="{Tahoma, 8 pt}"
"@themeui.dll,-2041"="{Tahoma, 8 pt}"
"@themeui.dll,-2042"="{Tahoma, 8 pt}"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\bgswitch.exe"="bgswitch"
"C:\\WINDOWS\\system32\\taskmgr.exe"="Windows TaskManager"


@Pratosh lol why u spammed here Bro (or posted on wrong thread either maybe?) btw nice avatar i really wanna f**k her hehe :P lol cya

Edited by AMIRZ, 29 July 2009 - 07:48 PM.


#23 cephead

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Posted 24 May 2009 - 07:13 PM

i guess what i'm looking for is a way to turn on the slideshow using the .theme file like the theme file does in windows 7.

would be cool if you could turn it on or off and choose a folder for the wallpaper by adding something to the .theme file.

maybe someone on here a lot smarter than me can figure this one out. ;)

#24 AMIRZ

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Posted 25 May 2009 - 02:25 AM

i guess what i'm looking for is a way to turn on the slideshow using the .theme file like the theme file does in windows 7.

would be cool if you could turn it on or off and choose a folder for the wallpaper by adding something to the .theme file.

maybe someone on here a lot smarter than me can figure this one out. ;)


^^ :rolleyes: ...Mmm...(still have no idea)...

- Edit: (As you can also read the updated first post):

- (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


Hopefully this info helps although maybe alittle. If still not so, sorry lol. Anyway cheerz! :)


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ADDED 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.
You can also find/get some links for these items mainly from the main list above of course (“List of Most Vista/Windows 7 Applications and Features for Xp”) or just google them as usual etc.
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.

Again sorry for not being so complete, instead this is just one example (from my previous desktop), and you can always customize your Xp much more better completely just like/following the entire list or another alternative source of course, still your own choice and taste…anyhow it’s still recommended to only get the most wanted or needed/favorite features for you (remember that more apps=more resources), do it selectively. Anyway good luck and long live Xp indeed… :D cya

Edited by AMIRZ, 10 December 2009 - 05:47 PM.


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Posted 30 July 2009 - 01:23 PM

Great post thanks. Any chance to get windows 7 libraries in xp explorer? Thank you

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:32 AM

Great post thanks. Any chance to get windows 7 libraries in xp explorer? Thank you


Welcome to WinMatrix hotman, just found it HERE (Windows 7 Libraries in XP by ~mufflerexoz, credits to him) using only a fast google search lol. Never tried it before though (maybe later), so i still don't know if it's really working/functional or not and also don't include it yet in the main list for now. Btw sorry for not so being complete (the list), yeah i'd always try to do the best i can to update anytime it but as i said it can't and won't ever be 100% really complete/most updated, so anyway Google is still our best friend hehehe. But still thanks for asking it mate, i really forgot/missed to include it before :D Good luck anyway.

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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)...


- 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

Added: Here is Chess Titans for XP : http://www.4shared.c...for_XP_All.html

And Mahjong Titans for XP : http://www.4shared.c...ame_for_XP.html
Source : http://rudy-xp.devia...or-XP-164322836

Anyway good luck and cya... :) and always Long Live Windows XP! Cheerz!

Edited by AMIRZ, 18 May 2010 - 06:37 PM.


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Posted 31 July 2009 - 04:53 PM

Thank you for your kind reply and the link AMIRZ, yea i think i'll give it atry cheers


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Posted 07 August 2009 - 10:53 AM

You're the Best Mir.....Hero for XP lover (Kalo di bahasa Indonesia-nya : Pahlawan Tanpa Tanda Jasa) <--- Indonesian Languange...Sorry :D :D

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 12:54 PM

Thanks for the add ons, very helpful

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 09:08 AM

Woah the most awesome helpful list for XP users ive ever seen and read seriously, very impressive, but maybe it would also be better if someone could collect all or some of these free stuffs e.g. into a custom installer or setup (just like VTP or Nlite) just my two cents keep up the great job man regards :)

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Posted 02 March 2010 - 11:08 AM

Me Too.

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Really Awesome Post......



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Posted 20 June 2010 - 07:40 AM

AAcha why is no wallpaper coming in the desktop though iam doing it as set as my desktop background.

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Posted 16 July 2010 - 06:48 PM

I've just registered myself after reading this awesome list, so incredible and helpful for XP users like me, also my 2 years old laptop with XP mediacenter 2005 installed would love to say many many thanks to you! Great job man!

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Posted 16 August 2010 - 07:35 PM

Hi, this is my first post, anyway i've read this thread and thank you for TS, it helps me change my xp look to nearly seven (a few things cannot be done by me)

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Posted 13 November 2010 - 01:19 AM

please reup this file
http://www.4shared.c..._Xp__Vista.html

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:01 PM

The chess titans game has been removed from the mentioned link.Can u tell me any other link or mail the setup(if u have) to me? My email is utkarshphirke1@gmail.com

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Posted 04 September 2014 - 05:12 PM

i hate to bump this old thread but does anyone have the vista games for xp that "AMIRZ" had fixed to not show the Oct 4 2005 in the title bar that they could reupload and send me a link to? any help would be great.thanks in advance.

 

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