Instructables

Make your PC look like a Mac

I've seen many people trying to emulate the look and feel of a mac. I had to use dozens of different tutorials for more accuracy, and that took a few months (it would have taken less than a week). So here's my first Instructable; be easy on me!! if you always wanted a mac for its looks, than this is the tutorial for you.
 
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Step 1: What you need

Picture of what you need
there are some programs that you need to download to start.

For the looks:
- windowblinds or stylexp
windows gui.
- finderbar
for the file edit view etc. on your taskbar.
- rk launcher or rocketdock
for the lovely dock at the bottom of the screen.
- iconpackager + icons
- wallpaper (optional)
- logonstudio
gives the mac feel on the logon screen. for skin on this one, google it
depending on the OS you are trying to emulate.
For the programs:
- trillian
chat program like ichat.
- itunes
self-explanatory.
- yahoo! widgets
like konfabulator or dashboard.
- transbar
makes your taskbar transparent.
- styler
has a handy toolbar plus customizable features. skin

Step 2: Moving the taskbar

Picture of moving the taskbar
this you probably would know, but i'll put this in anyways.
right-click on the taskbar, select properties, deselect unlock
the taskbar, apply, and drag the taskbar onto the top. go
back to taskbar properties, and check "lock the taskbar".

Step 3: The dock

messing with the dock
the settings may vary depending on the dock program you use. for rk launcher or rocketdock, right-click the seperator and go to settings. look for the position or adjustments tab, and select the bottom position. i attached a few plugins and docklets for your dock. extract the rar's and zips, then save them to your computer.
examples -
C:/Program Files/RK Launcher/docklets
C:/Program Files/RK Launcher/plugins
C:/Program Files/Rocketdock/default/defaultindicator
you probably get the point.

note: you can drag the "poof" image into rocketdock from rk launcher's files. however, the genie effect plugin could only be in rk launcher.
cmaria32 years ago
you dont need to do all that
http://lion-skin-pack-for-windows-7.en.softonic.com/download
this downolad covers everything its quick and easy
obiwanakin3 years ago
The rar is a tmp file.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjnK2RXY80k This is a good video to help you.
app03 years ago
wtf is with tags? ;)
further customization for die-hard mac fans who use windows..png
J Man!!!4 years ago
 4 star. I like this a lot. I made something like this
scott!5 years ago
Can't you just use safari instead of getting a skin for fire fox?
J Man!!! scott!4 years ago
 The new Safari looks nothing like the older version. It looks more windows-based
Why on Earth would you want to do that?
Haha, yeah I don't know, I like fire fox too, but I prefer google chrome most of the time though
elluart0609 (author)  electrick4 years ago
scott, yes. electrick, i don't know, i switch around between the two when one of them crashes or gets slow or hard on my cpu.
ibrahimk4 years ago
hey itz nice idea an idea that change the world
cokecola5 years ago
If you are so in love with a mac why don't you buy a mac?
an average pc cost around 300-1000 dollars, a mac cost from around 1000-2000 dollars.
Hackintosh a cheap PC instead.
has anyone posted a hackintosh instructable on here yet?
yeah, check it out here
elluart0609 (author)  scott!4 years ago
there isn't one for leopard is there? and isn't it still kinda slow anyways since it's not the operating system running on its native hardware?
lol
elluart0609 (author)  DIY Dave5 years ago
i keep a pc because of compatibility.
My PC cost $1850. It has 9GB of RAM, a 1GB video card, 1TB of...

...nevermind...
a mac with those specs would probably be about 10 grand
Well if they are that fantastic you better buy one.
C85 Vaio5 years ago
I did it! Heres the final result
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scott! C85 Vaio5 years ago
you might want to use styler to change the top bar to make it look like the mac one, I did and it looks much nicer, here's a pic of everything it did for me.
PC disguised as MAC.bmp
tanmanknex5 years ago
here's a link to the taskbar thing at the top.
oops, forgot the link. ;D
http://landvermesser.tripod.com/
tanmanknex5 years ago
so, what are each of the four files? i figured out the docklets (duh) but what are the other three?
REA5 years ago
ive had this for a while:
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tanmanknex REA5 years ago
that looks almost exactly like what my mac's desktop used to look like, with random files all over...
REA tanmanknex5 years ago
random files all over the place?! ill have you know i have an organized mess! lol
tanmanknex REA5 years ago
i didn't say your desktop had random files all over the place, i simply said that that's what mine looks like, and mine is random files all over the place. ;D
daiatlus795 years ago
here is my setup.. i was able to cut through all the step by step (and as a bonus improving my computer by eliminating vista) was to download XP Ultimate by Johnny. do not take this as a direct endorsement , or a swing at this Instructable, but this custom xp version eliminates the need for windowblinds.. by having stuff all included. as a bonus it not only mimics a mac in all the visual and functional respects of being xp in macs clothing (look, feel, Dock, animated wallpapers, etc). plus it can look and act like xp, Ubuntu, Windows 7, and Vista (without being a pig on memory). it runs smooth as silkl on my pc and i am running: Penium D 2.80 Gigahertz, onboard Intel Graphics (shared 128 megs), gig of ram (shared with the video), 80 gig drive. and it is perfect.. cant ask for better. maybe johnny ripped this guy off lol :P
mac xp 1.JPG
now dont take me as knockin your work... this is a GREAT job and inspired me to find a 'no work' version of it for myself... mostly due to time constraints...
photoscott5 years ago
I tried this awhile back and the one thing not mentioned in this Instructable is that doing all these things to get the Mac look really hogs your resources and RAM. I suggest doing this on a PC that has plenty of memory and a fast processor. Otherwise your PC WILL run like molasses.
elluart0609 (author)  photoscott5 years ago
i agree. haha.
OwinchO5 years ago
ok so if i make my coompute look like mac so waht if i dont want it anymore??????? email me at owincho@aol.com
elluart0609 (author)  OwinchO5 years ago
Sorry, but i have email issues right now so i'm just gonna reply to this comment. There are actually a few ways to deal with this. One way is to just create a new user account (if you haven't tried this yet) and do everything you want on the new account and backing up the files, so you could always just delete the account. another way (If you already went through this all) is to just either delete all the customization tools from start/control panel/programs/add\remove a program. Otherwise, you could always simply turn off the programs playing around with their settings/options.
you cant forget safari
and quicktime
elluart0609 (author)  scarletswimsuit5 years ago
most people probably have quicktime. u could find safari @ the apple website for free.