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Windows XP to Se7en tutorial by LordReserei Windows XP to Se7en tutorial by LordReserei
After searching around dA and other sites, here are a few things to help you make your XP or Vista Desktop look like Windows 7 (Build 7057)




Windows 7 Theme for WindowBlinds by ~ernasco
[link]

SevenVG RC Theme for Win XP
[link]

SevenVG Black Theme for Win XP
[link]

IE 7 Theme for Firefox
[link]

Windows 7 Styler Toolbar by ~tsr-pr
[link]

Taskbar Iconizer by ~solo-dev
[link]

Windows 7 Icon Packager theme by ~Jesusmaker
[link]


Windows 7 PDC 2008 logonscreen
[link]

ViStart by ~sagorpirbd
[link]

Windows 7 Superbar for XP by ~flawless02 [link]

Windows 7 StylerToolbar by ~chrizlu
[link]

Circle Dock by ~slipkiss
[link]

Shock Aero3D
[link]

AeroSnap
[link]

AeroShake [link]

AeroPeek [link]
Windows 7 logon screen by ~Jesusmaker
[link]

Windows 7 Bootscreen by ~tsr-pr [link]

Windows 7 Icon Pack for IconPackager by ~cheemster [link]

Vista/7 Sidebar by ~gavatx [link]

Windows 7 CAD Screen by ~flawless02 [link]

Windows 7 Customization Pack by ~picassa243 [link]

New Win 7 System Properties by =Vishal-Gupta
[link]

ViGlance (Superbar emulator for XP)
[link]



Alternatively, download Windows 7 Transformation Pack
[link]



Editors Note:

I'm going to update this whenever I find something new or something better rather than make a new tutoral so keep posted. =)



Edit: October 26th 2009

I will no longer be updating or support this tutorial as I've fully migrated to Windows 7.
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binarystep Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meh. I don't care for 7. It's a rehashed Vista.
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
On the surface, to those who are less informed - it looks likes that. But at the core, it is far from a rehashed Vista.
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binarystep Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How is it NOT a rehashed Vista? It runs on the same core engine. It uses the same basic coding. It may have some differences, but it's based off of Vista. Microsoft even said so.


Anyway, what do you think about XP?
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Some of the base code from XP was used in Longhorn, Vista and 7, regardless of what Kernel the operating systems use. Windows 7's kernel is technically 7.0, but to keep compatibility and make sure that programs or drivers didn't freak out - they kept the 6.x version number.

This is the same with Windows 8, which has a version number of 6.2 (Vista is 6.0 and 7 is 6.1). It's why Vista basically had a ton of a problems to begin with pre-SP1/SP2, because XP was 5.1 - Longhorn used 5.5 if I remember correctly, they kept some of the base code for Vista.

The only reason why Longhorn was scrapped is because WinFS was resource hogging. Compatibility between drivers and programs weren't much of an issue.


Moving onto XP. I think it's good for people with older systems - but for those looking to the future and those who are PC gamers, they should move onto something like Windows 7 or wait for Windows 8.

Windows XP lacks a lot of technologies such as TRIM for example which is required for SSDs (introduced in Windows 7, later added to Vista SP2 after a platform update) as well as DX11, security and performance benefits. You could argue that most games are still using DX9, but I'm going to guess that's because of current consoles holding us back.

The next-gen Xbox is rumoured to use a GPU based off of the AMD HD6670 - so we will probably see more DX11 based games in the future, and DX9 is slowly dying as we speak. You can even get free to play DX11 games like Blacklight Retribution.

People need to let go of XP.
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SuperWindowsFan Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Don't forget about Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Update 1. Windows 8 is already released.
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binarystep Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vista, Server 2008, 7, and 8 use a lot of different coding, too. I know it uses SOME XP coding, that's how I can run Vista and 7 applications on my XP.

Longhorn used 6.0.

"Looking to the future"? How?

Also, I am a PC gamer, and I can easily find XP-compatible versions of games online.

TRIM? I got that on XP. Same with DX11. I am a programmer. I can make things work no matter what.

The Xbox sucks compared to the 3DS or the Wii.

Why do people need to let go of XP? With hacking and programming, I can make any modern app run on XP.
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I stand corrected on Longhorn, it's been a while since I've used that OS. But you will have to prove in some way you have TRIM and DX11 working on XP considering you're the first person to make that claim, and I find that hard to believe. I don't take things at face value.

The closest thing to TRIM that has been done by companies like OCZ and Intel is "Idle Garbage Collection" which is similar, but not the same. DirectX 10 for XP was abandoned a while ago - so if you have DirectX 11 fully working under XP as well as being able to use the TRIM command, you're a genius, and I don't know why forums or blogs aren't buzzing with this news.

I don't want to even get into the conversation of xbox vs 3DS or Wii. That just made me burst out laughing for many reasons.

If you can make any modern app or technology run on XP through those means, good for you - but the average user isn't a programmer, hacker, modder or whatever...and not everyone wants to go through all of that. It's why I gave up on Windows XP. All of the time I spent modifying system files, hacks and tweaks cost time that could be achieved without any of that in a single installation of Windows 7.
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binarystep Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I got all of that stuff to work because I am a programmer. I check out college books on programming every day. I'm even creating my own OS.

The reason forums and blogs aren't buzzing with the news is because there are still a lot of bugs in the conversion of 7 to XP, and I don't want a buggy version getting released.

Why did you laugh about the Xbox vs. Nintendo argument? Xbox means having 10-year-olds shouting racial slurs at you. The 3DS is also more popular than the Xbox. Plus, the 3DS is 3D. The Xbox isn't.

Plus, Microsoft is ripping off the Wii with Kinect.

I know not everyone wants to hack all sorts of data. That's why I release downloads occasionally. That way, people can get 7 stuff on XP without having to go through the complex process of coding and programming.

A single installation of 7 means getting a buggy, terrible OS. A software pack download for all Vista and 7 apps on XP means getting the good without the bad.
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LordReserei Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, the problem here is no evidence. You can see my rig isn't too shabby, I have a copy of XP Pro gathering dust - whether you'd call it an alpha or beta, bugs or no bugs - I'd test it out. I'm a YouTube partner too - so I'd spread the word...it's a common question I get asked (can DX11 run on XP).

I was referring to hardware specs across all consoles, not how popular one is to another, and the next-gen specs. The PS3 uses a modified version of OpenGL, Xbox 360 uses a modified version of DX9 with some DX10 features - and I don't even know what the Wii uses. The 360 GPU's core clock as well as texture filtering, memory bandwidth and shaders is twice that of the Wii even though they're both developed by ATi.

Hardware for hardware, the current Wii is inferior. Again, I'm talking about Next-gen consoles with regards to hardware and how it will affect the PC market...it's only logical since a lot of games in the past year have DX10 capable graphics as the minimum (like a HD3870 or 8800GT) like Battlefield 3, and last-gen graphics cards are becoming more affordable - DX9 will die out like DX8 died out.

There is nothing buggy or terrible about Windows 7, it's like a vanilla XP had sex with vanilla Vista and then we got Windows 7 which then took steriods. You get the best parts of each amped up.

I had a terrible experience trying to get features of Windows 7 into XP, often those third-party applications etc took up and can take valuable resources (CPU cycles, RAM usage etc) as well as make everything very unstable.
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