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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
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Step 1: Getting the Mods

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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),

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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),

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Support site for extra themes and widgets

and Login Studio (for custom logon UI's)

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Another good website fot themes (trust me although it sounds and looks suspiciously like a porn site ITS NOT)

darthbindy2 years ago
Im not hating on the instructible, it was great! however, all of the programs listed, iv had bad experience with, no virus's, but lots of spam, unknow programs being installed, when trying to uninstall finding new programs on the registry after... please beware when using these!
lopez86755 years ago
i like vista its a good OS
neardood (author)  lopez86755 years ago
its ok but windows 7 is better
Vista is horrible. windows 7 is awesome. One problem. Windows is becoming more of a copy of Macintosh
 vista is only horrible if you don't have the power to run it
It can only run microsoft type programs, so like it stuffs up online gaming and such
"It can only run microsoft type programs". You do realize that about 80% (guess) of the software market is geared towards windows, right?
 windows xp/7 vista was like a crappy protopype.its kinda sad.
 my point, maby you dont have the right hardware. mine always worked perfectly
it should be it is a newer OS
Crail lopez86755 years ago
i still like windows XP, because I don't have to buy completely new games for my computer. or download some virus infested program to play those games.
lopez8675 Crail5 years ago
vista can play windows xp games fine, it has a specific setting fro XP games.
neardood (author)  lopez86755 years ago
Yea: The only main problem with XP is that its too perfect. Businesses do not want to upgrade and purchase Microsoft's new Os's because they still have bugs. Windows 7 is awesome, and that's what I have running on my PC now, and it has very few bugs, and is at least 2 times faster than vista running on the same system.
ghostrider24 years ago
vista is the worst OS imaginable.  i would downgrade to windows 3.1 before i used vista.
haxial5 years ago
desktop X is a cool proggie; However, it is PAYware.
neardood (author)  haxial5 years ago
yea I no but u can always use a ***COUGH*** negyek ***COUGH***
timheppner6 years ago
Nice instructable, could use a spell check though
neardood (author)  timheppner6 years ago
See above
wat above
neardood (author)  collard416 years ago
i mean below
collard416 years ago
yeah, good instructable, spell check would have helped
neardood (author)  collard416 years ago
ok, i no about spell check and I'l go through it again right away