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TUTORIAL: Make Your Windows XP look-a-like Windows Vista RRS feed

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    !!! WARNING !!!


    Playing with system files using resource hacker can be Dangerous for your system and it can make your system not working.

    So use it at your own risk!


    Guys!

    Since we all know that Windows Vista has been released but its too costly to purchase. The most interesting thing in Vista is its look, new icons, cursors, theme, sounds, login screen, boot screen, etc. So I'm posting this tutorial to make our existing Windows XP to look-a-like Windows Vista.

    Yes! There r lots of Vista Transformation packs available on net but I never use them bcoz they slow down the windows and also install a few 3rd party utilities. So its better to do all the things manually.

    In this tutorial, I'll tell u about how to make following things to look-a-like Vista:

    Visual style (or theme)
    Boot screen
    Login screen
    Sounds
    Mouse Cursors
    Windows Icons
    Windows Explorer
    Progress dialog box
    Shutdown/log off dialog box
    About Windows box
    System Properties dialog box
    Windows Classic Startmenu Left-side Image and Start button Logo
    and a few other things


    So here we go:

    1. Vista Theme:

    First thing which u should change in ur windows is theme. There r lots of Vista themes available on net. Once I also created a Vista theme for XP called "VistaVG RTM".



    Download Link

    VistaVG RTM: New Theme for XP Released by ~Vishal Gupta

    If u use WindowBlinds, then u can also get the glass affect. U can search on DeviantArt and u'll get lots of WB skins.


    2. Vista Boot Screen:

    In Vista, Microsoft has removed the graphical boot screen and there is a minimal boot screen with just a progress bar. But it looks nice and u can download a similar bootskin for XP from here:

    http://www.deviantart.com/view/41731179/

    Just use Stardock Bootskin and apply it.

    NOTE: A few members have faced booting problem after applying this Boot skin, so use this at your own risk. You can also make your own boot screen using Tuneup Utilities. For more information read following tutorial:

    TUTORIAL: How 2 change XP Boot Screen using Tuneup Utilities!


    3. Vista Login Screen:

    Vista new login screen is just awesome and "ears1991" at DeviantArt created a look-a-like login screen for XP, which u can download from here:

    http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/38038968/

    This pack contains both LogonXP and LogonUI files. So u can either replace existing %windir%\System32\LogonUI.exe file with the LogonUI file in the pack or use Stardock LogonStudio and apply the LogonXP file.


    4. Vista Sounds:

    Vista contains new sounds, which are quite nice. You can download the whole pack from here:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/14250508...ounds.zip.html

    Just open "Sounds & Audio Devices" (mmsys.cpl) in Control Panel and goto "Sounds" tab and here u can replace windows default sounds with the new ones.


    5. Vista Cursors:

    Vista cursors are really sexy. U can download the pack from here:

    http://www.gurudesign.no/downloads/aero_cursors.zip


    6. Vista Icons:

    There r lots of icon packs available on net, which can be used to change default XP icons with the Vista ones automatically. I'm posting a link to a good iconpack:

    http://www.joejoe.biz/joejoe/Download/VIP3_IP.ip

    Just download it and then u can use Startdock IconPackager to apply the iconpack.


    7. Vista Explorer:

    Vista Explorer is very much different from XP Explorer. It contains Back & Forward buttons along with the Address bar & Searchbar and under it there is another toolbar containing useful links, like Tile icons, details, etc. But there is a 3rd party utility available called "Styler", which can add the same toolbars in XP explorer too. Just download Styler from here and then download following Styler Skin:

    http://www.MegaShare.com/108659

    Now extract it and copy this skin to "%ProgramFiles%\Styler\TB\skins\Styler's" directory and then apply it from the styler.
    Another thing in Vista is the Common Tasks are displayed at bottom of the explorer instead of the default left-side in XP. But if u'll use my "VistaVG" theme, then u'll get the Common Tasks at bottom automatically.


    8. Progress Dialog Box:

    Vista progress dialog box is different from XP. But we can make our XP dialog box to look-a-like Vista one by using my favorite Resource Hacker.



    Just open "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then goto:

    Dialog -> 1020 -> 1033

    Now replace the existing code in right-side pane with the following code:



    Download Link

    VistaVG RTM: New Theme for XP Released by ~Vishal Gupta

    If u use WindowBlinds, then u can also get the glass affect. U can search on DeviantArt and u'll get lots of WB skins.


    2. Vista Boot Screen:

    In Vista, Microsoft has removed the graphical boot screen and there is a minimal boot screen with just a progress bar. But it looks nice and u can download a similar bootskin for XP from here:

    http://www.deviantart.com/view/41731179/

    Just use Stardock Bootskin and apply it.

    NOTE: A few members have faced booting problem after applying this Boot skin, so use this at your own risk. You can also make your own boot screen using Tuneup Utilities. For more information read following tutorial:

    TUTORIAL: How 2 change XP Boot Screen using Tuneup Utilities!


    3. Vista Login Screen:

    Vista new login screen is just awesome and "ears1991" at DeviantArt created a look-a-like login screen for XP, which u can download from here:

    http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/38038968/

    This pack contains both LogonXP and LogonUI files. So u can either replace existing %windir%\System32\LogonUI.exe file with the LogonUI file in the pack or use Stardock LogonStudio and apply the LogonXP file.


    4. Vista Sounds:

    Vista contains new sounds, which are quite nice. You can download the whole pack from here:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/14250508...ounds.zip.html

    Just open "Sounds & Audio Devices" (mmsys.cpl) in Control Panel and goto "Sounds" tab and here u can replace windows default sounds with the new ones.


    5. Vista Cursors:

    Vista cursors are really sexy. U can download the pack from here:

    http://www.gurudesign.no/downloads/aero_cursors.zip


    6. Vista Icons:

    There r lots of icon packs available on net, which can be used to change default XP icons with the Vista ones automatically. I'm posting a link to a good iconpack:

    http://www.joejoe.biz/joejoe/Download/VIP3_IP.ip

    Just download it and then u can use Startdock IconPackager to apply the iconpack.


    7. Vista Explorer:

    Vista Explorer is very much different from XP Explorer. It contains Back & Forward buttons along with the Address bar & Searchbar and under it there is another toolbar containing useful links, like Tile icons, details, etc. But there is a 3rd party utility available called "Styler", which can add the same toolbars in XP explorer too. Just download Styler from here and then download following Styler Skin:

    http://www.MegaShare.com/108659

    Now extract it and copy this skin to "%ProgramFiles%\Styler\TB\skins\Styler's" directory and then apply it from the styler.
    Another thing in Vista is the Common Tasks are displayed at bottom of the explorer instead of the default left-side in XP. But if u'll use my "VistaVG" theme, then u'll get the Common Tasks at bottom automatically.


    8. Progress Dialog Box:

    Vista progress dialog box is different from XP. But we can make our XP dialog box to look-a-like Vista one by using my favorite Resource Hacker.



    Just open "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then goto:

    Dialog -> 1020 -> 1033

    Now replace the existing code in right-side pane with the following code:

    Code:
    1020 DIALOGEX 20, 20, 237, 124 STYLE DS_FIXEDSYS | DS_MODALFRAME | DS_NOIDLEMSG | WS_POPUP | WS_CAPTION | WS_SYSMENU CAPTION "" LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US FONT 8, "MS SHELL DLG" { CONTROL "", 103, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 70, 30, 155, 10 CONTROL "", 102, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 70, 45, 155, 10 CONTROL "", 104, "msctls_progress32", PBS_SMOOTH | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 10, 75, 217, 13 CONTROL "", 105, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 70, 60, 155, 10 CONTROL "Time Left:", 0, STATIC, SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 10, 60, 50, 10 CONTROL "File Name:", 0, STATIC, SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 10, 45, 50, 10 CONTROL "Location:", 0, STATIC, SS_LEFT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 10, 30, 50, 10 CONTROL "", 106, "SysAnimate32", ACS_TRANSPARENT | ACS_AUTOPLAY | ACS_TIMER | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 0, 0, 236, 25 CONTROL 404, 0, STATIC, SS_BITMAP | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_CLIPSIBLINGS | WS_GROUP, 0, 95, 60, 60 CONTROL "", 0, "SysDateTimePick32", DTS_LONGDATEFORMAT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_BORDER, 10, 103, 130, 14 CONTROL "", 0, "SysDateTimePick32", DTS_SHORTDATEFORMAT | DTS_UPDOWN | DTS_TIMEFORMAT | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_GROUP, 167, 103, 60, 14 }
    Click on Compile Script button.
    U'll also hv to replace existing AVIs in the file with new Vista ones. Just download the Vista AVI from here and after extracting the AVI from it, replace following AVIs in the Shell32.dll file with this one:

    AVI -> 160 ->1033
    AVI -> 161 ->1033
    AVI -> 162 ->1033
    AVI -> 163 ->1033
    AVI -> 164 ->1033


    And also download a BMP file from here and after extracting the BMP file from it, add it at 404 location in file. Just click on Action -> Add a new resource and then click on Open file with new resource button. Select the downloaded BMP file and click on Open. Now in Resource Name enter 404 and in Resource Language enter 1033 and click on Add Resource button. Thats it.


    9. Shutdown/log off dialog box:

    Windows Vista doesnt hv any shutdown/logoff dialog box just like XP hv but XP default dialog box doesnt look good. So here I'll tell u how to change it in XP?



    Download required BMP files from here. Extract the file and u'll get 4 BMPs with the name:

    1.bmp
    2.bmp
    3.bmp
    4.bmp


    Now open "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the mentioned BMP files:

    Bitmap -> 14351 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14353 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14354 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14355 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14356 -> 1033 with 3.bmp

    now save the file and open %windir%\System32\msgina.dll file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the mentioned BMP files:

    Bitmap -> 20140 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20141 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20142 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20143 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20150 -> 1033 with 4.bmp

    Now save the file.


    10. About Windows box:

    To change the About Windows box u'll hv to change 2 things:

    The BITMAP file and the text of box saying Windows XP.



    Download the required BITMAP file from here and then open "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the downloaded BMP file:

    Bitmap -> 131 -> 1033 (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 147 -> 1033 (For XP Home)

    Now open %windir%\System32\msgina.dll file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the downloaded BMP file:

    Bitmap -> 101 -> 1033 (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 107 -> 1033 (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 128 -> 1033 (For XP Home)
    Bitmap -> 129 -> 1033 (For XP Home)

    Now to change the text of dialog box, open "%windir%\System32\xpsp1res.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then goto:

    Dialog -> 14352 -> 1033

    Now replace the existing code in right-side pane with the following code:

    here and after extracting the BMP file from it, add it at 404 location in file. Just click on Action -> Add a new resource and then click on Open file with new resource button. Select the downloaded BMP file and click on Open. Now in Resource Name enter 404 and in Resource Language enter 1033 and click on Add Resource button. Thats it.


    9. Shutdown/log off dialog box:

    Windows Vista doesnt hv any shutdown/logoff dialog box just like XP hv but XP default dialog box doesnt look good. So here I'll tell u how to change it in XP?



    Download required BMP files from here. Extract the file and u'll get 4 BMPs with the name:

    1.bmp
    2.bmp
    3.bmp
    4.bmp


    Now open "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the mentioned BMP files:

    Bitmap -> 14351 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14353 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14354 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14355 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 14356 -> 1033 with 3.bmp

    now save the file and open %windir%\System32\msgina.dll file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the mentioned BMP files:

    Bitmap -> 20140 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20141 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20142 -> 1033 with 1.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20143 -> 1033 with 2.bmp
    Bitmap -> 20150 -> 1033 with 4.bmp

    Now save the file.


    10. About Windows box:

    To change the About Windows box u'll hv to change 2 things:

    The BITMAP file and the text of box saying Windows XP.



    Download the required BITMAP file from here and then open "%windir%\System32\Shell32.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the downloaded BMP file:

    Bitmap -> 131 -> 1033 (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 147 -> 1033 (For XP Home)

    Now open %windir%\System32\msgina.dll file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the downloaded BMP file:

    Bitmap -> 101 -> 1033 (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 107 -> 1033 (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 128 -> 1033 (For XP Home)
    Bitmap -> 129 -> 1033 (For XP Home)

    Now to change the text of dialog box, open "%windir%\System32\xpsp1res.dll" file in Resource Hacker and then goto:

    Dialog -> 14352 -> 1033

    Now replace the existing code in right-side pane with the following code:

    Code:
    14352 DIALOGEX 20, 20, 275, 198 STYLE DS_FIXEDSYS | DS_MODALFRAME | WS_POPUP | WS_CAPTION | WS_SYSMENU CAPTION "About %s" LANGUAGE LANG_ENGLISH, SUBLANG_ENGLISH_US FONT 8, "MS Shell Dlg" { CONTROL 0, 12297, STATIC, SS_ICON | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 7, 55, 21, 20 CONTROL "Microsoft® %s®", 13568, STATIC, SS_LEFTNOWORDWRAP | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 35, 55, 200, 10 CONTROL "Copyright © 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.", 13578, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 35, 75, 210, 10 CONTROL "", 13581, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 35, 85, 180, 20 CONTROL "This product is licensed under the terms of the End-User License Agreement to:", 13586, "SysLink", 0x50000000, 35, 105, 180, 20 CONTROL "user name", 13575, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 45, 125, 180, 10 CONTROL "org name", 13576, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 45, 135, 180, 10 CONTROL "", 13095, STATIC, SS_ETCHEDHORZ | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 35, 147, 235, 1 CONTROL "Physical memory available to Windows®:", 13570, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 35, 152, 133, 10 CONTROL "", 13571, STATIC, SS_LEFT | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 170, 152, 88, 10 CONTROL "OK", 1, BUTTON, BS_DEFPUSHBUTTON | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE | WS_TABSTOP, 220, 178, 50, 14 CONTROL "Version 6.0", 0, STATIC, SS_LEFTNOWORDWRAP | SS_NOPREFIX | WS_CHILD | WS_VISIBLE, 35, 65, 235, 10 }
    Click on Compile Script button and save the file.


    11. System Properties dialog box:

    To change the System Properties dialog box, u can follow this tut:

    TUTORIAL: Hacking System Properties Dialog Box (Sysdm.cpl file)


    12. Windows Classic Startmenu Leftside Image and Start button Logo:

    To change them first download required BMP files from here and after extracting the BMP files, open %windir%\Explorer.exe file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the mentioned BMP files:

    Bitmap -> 166 -> 1033 with 1.bmp (For XP Home)
    Bitmap -> 167 -> 1033 with 1.bmp (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 176 -> 1033 with 2.bmp


    Now a few more tricks:


    1. Windows Vista shows the "View" menu on desktop too, u can also enable it in XP using following tut:

    TUTORIAL: How to enable "VIEW" Menu on Desktop !



    2. Windows Vista's All Programs menu is different from XP, u can follow following tut to make ur XP Programs menu similar to Vista:

    TUTORIAL: Change Look-n-Feel of Windows XP Start Menu

    3. In Windows Vista an animated Vista Logo is also displayed before the Login screen. You can also do a similar thing in XP. Just download required BMP file from here and then open regedit and goto:

    here and after extracting the BMP files, open %windir%\Explorer.exe file in Resource Hacker and then replace following BITMAPs with the mentioned BMP files:

    Bitmap -> 166 -> 1033 with 1.bmp (For XP Home)
    Bitmap -> 167 -> 1033 with 1.bmp (For XP Professional)
    Bitmap -> 176 -> 1033 with 2.bmp


    Now a few more tricks:


    1. Windows Vista shows the "View" menu on desktop too, u can also enable it in XP using following tut:

    TUTORIAL: How to enable "VIEW" Menu on Desktop !



    2. Windows Vista's All Programs menu is different from XP, u can follow following tut to make ur XP Programs menu similar to Vista:

    TUTORIAL: Change Look-n-Feel of Windows XP Start Menu

    3. In Windows Vista an animated Vista Logo is also displayed before the Login screen. You can also do a similar thing in XP. Just download required BMP file from here and then open regedit and goto:

    Code:
    HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

    In right-side pane change the value of Wallpaper String value to the Path of downloaded BMP file. e.g., if u saved the BMP file at "D:\Startup.bmp", then set the value of Wallpaper to D:\Startup.bmp. Now u'll get a similar Vista Logo just before the Login screen in XP too.

    4. In Windows Vista explorer, A small horizontal progress bar is displayed under each drive icon showing the filled/remaining space in the drive. U can also do the same in XP by using a 3rd party utility, which I hv uploaded here. Just run the file and it'll add the progress bar in each drive.

    5. Windows Vista also contains a Sidebar, which is displayed on right-side on desktop (by default and can be changed to be displayed at left-side). U can also use a sidebar in XP. Just download it from here.

    6. If u hv any problem with Resource Hacker and want to know about it, then pls go thru following tuts:

    TUTORIAL: All About Resource Hacker! A Brief Tutorial
    TUTORIAL: List of Files to be hacked using Resource Hacker!
    TUTORIAL: List of some Interesting Hacks, which can be made using Resource Hacker!

    7. If u get error while saving the system files, then its happening bcoz of the WFP (Windows File Protection) service, which can be disabled using WFP Patcher or u can use Replacer to replace system files with ur hacked ones. U can get all these utilities from following topic:

    List of Some Useful System Utilities!

     

    source: here.

    6. If u hv any problem with Resource Hacker and want to know about it, then pls go thru following tuts:

    TUTORIAL: All About Resource Hacker! A Brief Tutorial
    TUTORIAL: List of Files to be hacked using Resource Hacker!
    TUTORIAL: List of some Interesting Hacks, which can be made using Resource Hacker!

    7. If u get error while saving the system files, then its happening bcoz of the WFP (Windows File Protection) service, which can be disabled using WFP Patcher or u can use Replacer to replace system files with ur hacked ones. U can get all these utilities from following topic:

    List of Some Useful System Utilities!

     

    source: http://www.thinkdigit.com/forum/showthread.php?t=49141

    Thursday, March 1, 2007 2:03 PM

All replies

  • What ve u tried to tell everyone?

    U think that anyone in this world wil read such a big story?

    Come up wit some brief useful info friend..

    Wednesday, March 7, 2007 6:44 AM
  • Why so much trouble???? Huh Why????

    When every one has got so much of work to do....

    Just download the vista transformation pack na.... SIMPLE

    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Vista-Transformation-Pack.shtml

    And apply it...

    Why so much trouble???????

    if u find my reply appropriate then please mark it as an answer.

    Thursday, March 8, 2007 5:39 AM
  • @ SANKAR
    u really had done a lot of hard work in this...
    i really appreciate u...
    i don't think there will b any issue reg. big post or small post..

    keep doing these types of things...
    ur post was fantastic and it gives a lot & lot & lot of info.....


    Thursday, April 12, 2007 7:43 AM
  • You use lot of sofwares that slow down the performance as well as the speed of XP like stardock boot screen, icon packages etc.
    therefore this is not so useful for GAMERS.
    But your work is good and i really appreciate you.

    well done !!

    Wednesday, July 15, 2009 3:11 PM
  • A nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing it.
    Kathy AnyBizSoft Studio http://www.anypdftools.com
    Monday, August 31, 2009 7:08 AM