Introduction: Custom Windows UI
Hey, for all you people who have a bit too much too much spare time on you're hands, or who work in an office all day, this will help lighten up you're day.
Heres how to spruce up your windows XP Operating System to impress your friends or just make it look cool for you're own pleasure.
WARNING: I haven't tested this mod on vista, so don't blame me for wasting you're time or stuffing up you're crappy OS.
hey i just got a new kick-ass computer, with, **sigh** unfortunatly windows vista home prem, and there ARE some REALLY ANNOYING problems with it, and most of these mods don't work cause it's a totally new OS
Step 1: Getting the Mods
OK, So as usual, w I'm too lazy to make my own mod, so lets get the equipment to do it- thanks to Chronosoft and Desktp X
Anyway, the three main programs you'll need are XP visuel tools (simple but effective visual tools, you wont really need to use these),
You may need to register visual or desktop X tools online
Desktop X (I know there are a lot of similar programs but this one has lots of themes and stuff supported),
Support site for extra themes and widgets
and Login Studio (for custom logon UI's)
Another good website fot themes (trust me although it sounds and looks suspiciously like a porn site ITS NOT)
Step 2: Using the New Programs
OK, so once you've done that you need to install the programs. If you're not a n00b you should have no problem doing this.
If you are, most of the download websites or the zip folders, that the installers are in have readme's, so read them.
However, you might have some problems installing the programs without admin privileges. So, go to my profile and open up my computer hacking for n00bs Instructable.
First, open up XP Visual tools and select what I select (in pics)
You can set the transparency to your own personal liking
Then, open up Logon Studio
Depending on you're screen resolution, the UI's can give you grief. In this case, you have three options.
ONE, you can change you;re screen resolution. If you have a big monitor (like me) I don't recommend this.
TWO, you can just download another UI
THREE, if you are really desperate, you can attempt to edit the UI.
Finally, open up desktop X and click load desktop. Find one you like and open it. After a little while the program should change you're desktop around completely. BE prepared to be tripped out...
To add effect to you're desktop, you can add widgets and objects, too.
Step 3: Extra Notes
Now, remember that You are customising You're computer, so keep you're ideas origonal. You by no means have to do what I did. For example, you may not even want transparency, so you could save yourself downloading XP Visual Tools.
A couple of extra notes here people, REMEMBER:
- If you add too many widgets, you're computer may lag, so dont overdo it
- If you overdo it anyway, you're friends will think you're a n00b
- Self-restraint is a virtue
-If you happend to be playing the last level of Halo, in the first shortcut tunnel off tho the side there is a grunt that talkes about how good the food nipple back at the starship is because he has worked up a grunty thirst.
- in the online computer world, randomness is also a virtue
- I wouldnt suggest doing this mod at school or work 'cause you may get in trouble
- If you have any queries or suggestions, just laeve a comment or message. I'l get back to you as soon as i can.
Untill next time, from you're freiendly neighbourhood neard dood, Bye!