How Do People Change Their Windows Themes To Look Like Mac OSX?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by SamIchi, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. SamIchi macrumors 68030

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    I've recently got windows on my Mac, and was wonderin' what people do to change their whole setup to look like a mac. Windows is so Fugly. Are there some sites? Thanks guys.
     
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    I would have thought this was relatively easy to find the answer to via Google, no?
     
  4. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yes, but I also wanted to hear from people that have actually done this. Maybe people were against it for some reason, then I would reconsider, etc
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    It's just a theme/skin for Windows. A pretty heavily tested, long used thing by Windows users. The only cons are that it's "not right". :)
     
  6. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Flyakite OS X
     
  7. Mac Rules macrumors 6502

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    I personally use CrystalXP for that Vista look, but I'm sure they do Mac OSX look aswell!

    Cheers
     
  8. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    There are so many. What are some of the more popular ones? I don't want it to look exactly like OSX but I don't want it to look like the crappy default XP.

    That crystal clear theme from crystalxp.net looks pretty cool.

    Here's another cool site for others that are interested.

    http://www.wincustomize.com/

    For the people who use these themes, does it affect how the OS runs? Like processing speed and stuff?
     
  9. shujin macrumors member

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    I used the brico pack long horn. It's nice but for some reason it;s in french.
     
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    good program right there, awesome replication
     
  11. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    Microsoft should just ship "XP Plus!" that includes a full Mac OSX skin.
     
  12. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Uhhh...they are. Its called "Vista".




    ;)
     
  13. dcv macrumors G3

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    I use WindowBlinds and ObjectDock on my "development" PC at work, unfortunately I can't do anything with the "production" one as it's all locked down and can't install apps. It's just nice to have the close buttons etc on the left rather than the right of the windows!

    The screenshots on the ObjectDock site look ridiculous as they've got tabs showing. My dock is just plain & simple, small and almost clear. I would post a screenshot but don't seem to be able to :confused: How the hell do you do an entire screen grab in Windows?
     
  14. glassbathroom macrumors 6502

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    I tried this for a while, but it made me feel sad. Its never as good as the real version.
     
  15. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    I had a program that made my Windows look like OS X. Really slowed things down though.
     
  16. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    You might also want to check out StyleXP which uses themes from http://www.themexp.org/ . I think its a little more lightweight when it comes to resources, or it used to be when I tried it a long time ago.
     
  17. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    How much resources do WindowBlinds and Object Dock take up?
     
  18. uchuff macrumors member

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    I've always used "msstyles" rather than third party apps for customising Windows XP, these are the same format as the standard XP themes - you just need to patch a dll file (uxtheme.dll) or Windows won't allow you to install third party msstyles.

    Google "patch uxtheme.dll" if you are interested, it's fairly straight forward. I personally use a Milk theme mod called Cream however a google search like this should give you something a bit more Tiger like.
     
  19. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    If you have a normal USB keyboard then you can simply press Print Screen Button on the KeyBoard. Or may be open the application named ClipBoard(I guess thats what it`s called). I m not sure but may be there you`ll find an option to grab screen using your mouse there.

    Once the screen is copied you can simply open MSPaint and paste it there for use.
     
  20. SamIchi thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Hey thanks for the suggestions. This works great. I got a couple that I like, but I haven't seem the cream one that you mentioned the link doesn't work.

    Here's a good FAQ if others want to do this.

    http://www.neowin.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=339820

    Here's a couple of good sites for the visual styles.

    www.Deviantart.com
    Goto Browse<Customization<Skins & Themes<Windows Utilities<Visual Styles

    http://www.skinbase.org/section.php?sections=msstyles

    I've been using ScreenShot Pilot. It's free, has different options and works great.
     

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