The package includes Vista themes, screensavers, games, cursors, applications, Wallpaper, user account images, screenshots, tweaking tools, and more. It is a single archive, split into two pieces due to 100MB file hosting size restrictions; Part1 and Part2 are two halves of the same file. You need both to extract, and it will use both parts automatically. My apologies to those not familiar with RAR files or multi-part archives.
Part1 (100431 KB) Mirrors: Rapidshare, Mediafire, MyFreeFileHosting, Filecrunch, Uploaded.to, Filehosting
Part2 (65828 KB) Mirrors: Rapidshare, Mediafire, MyFreeFileHosting, Filecrunch, Uploaded.to, Filehosting
Use Winrar or 7zip to extract.
- Preface (pg.1)
- Part One (pg.2) Installing the Conversion Package. Very useful for those 'downgrading' Vista machines to XP but still wanting to keep the new look and features.
- Part Two (pg.3) More Vista-izing with applications. Free software, both to further enhance the GUI, and just to spread the word on productive or enjoyable programs.
- Part Three (pg.4) Tweaking and speed tricks. Walk-through on the steps I personally take for each old computer I refurbish. Gives new life to old hardware. Makes an eight-year-old Pentium III 700MHz with 256MB RAM very usable with XP, even 'fast!'
- Part Four (pg.6) Keeping your newly prettified machine in top shape. A message from a techie to consumers, tips on the future, and a few warnings on what NOT to do.
- Part Five (pg.8) Final words. About the author.
Step 1: Preface:
Finally, I don't claim that this is the definitive tweaking guide, nor the perfect way to clone the Vista interface. I leave it up to you to balance the speed tips and the visual upgrades- everyone's tastes will differ. The only thing most consumers know when looking at a new Best Buy computer is that it's fast, sleek and sophisticated, unlike their Fisher-Price-like blue/green ugly, aging, lagging XP machine at home... or, heaven forbid, Windows 98/ME. In reality, Vista is a resource hog that generally runs slower on a Core Duo than XP does on a Pentium 4, even with half the RAM. With the tweaks and methods described, your "obsolete" machine can run circles around the bloated new ones with essentially the same functionality and improved interface look.