"Vistasize" your XP install.

http://www.windowsxlive.net/?p=137

So... anyone want to be a test subject?

Downloading now.

Edwin wrote:

Downloading now.

Sweet. Let us know if it bones your windows install or something

I really need to find out how to turn off transparency.

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Yeah I'd say you do need to figure that out.

I'm unimpressed. It's still just windows, only it's glossy looking! Wee!

Looks like I'm stickin with blackbox.

Am I the only one that makes their WinXP look like Win2K as soon as possible? I'll probably do the same for Vista.

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Eezy_Bordone wrote:

Am I the only one that makes their WinXP look like Win2K as soon as possible? I'll probably do the same for Vista.

You're a sick, sick person. Actually a friend of mine does the same thing, and i'm not much better.

Eezy_Bordone wrote:

Am I the only one that makes their WinXP look like Win2K as soon as possible? I'll probably do the same for Vista.

no you definitely arent....cant figure you people out

Yeah, I've got you beat for lameness on the desktop no problem.

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I don't know how you look at that all the time. I like to have a visually pleasing desktop. Makes spending ridiculous hours in front of the thing a little better

This gives me an urge for a new "What's your windows desktop look like?" thread. I just don't remember one of those ever being very successful around here.

I also disable all the chrome on XP. I don't like useless flashy stuff that makes menus slower to open. Simple, clean, and standard. I stick with the blue background because that's what terminal server expects - it has to work harder on anything else.

Mark me down in the minority, I actually like XP's candy colored, tonka toy interface.

I don't like useless flashy stuff that makes menus slower to open.

I could understand that argument originally, a little...and if you are working on older slower stuff it still makes sense. But are you really saying that your gaming rig has issues with the shinies on the XP interface?

Im really looking forward to Vista since for the first time I will (allegedly) get a benefit from my fancy hardware that you can see outside of games.

pol wrote:
I don't like useless flashy stuff that makes menus slower to open.

I could understand that argument originally, a little...and if you are working on older slower stuff it still makes sense. But are you really saying that your gaming rig has issues with the shinies on the XP interface?

Im really looking forward to Vista since for the first time I will (allegedly) get a benefit from my fancy hardware that you can see outside of games.

One of the features in XP was the "menu fade-in" - you can adjust the time it takes to fade in. The lowest setting, as I recall, was 1 second. Click, wait, click, wait. Really, really, really, annoying. I have a similar problem with adaptive menus (the ones that make you hit the down arrow to see most of the menu options). Ever try explaining to someone over the phone how to choose a menu option that is hidden? Hidden systray icons, little animated helpers, icons that require text in order identify them, the list goes on and on. They do get points for trying new things, but their attempts have been almost uniformly bad.

The purpose of an operating system is to run applications. The OS interface exists only to route you, quickly and easily, to the programs you want to run. If you want to make it pretty, that's fine, but don't delay or mess with what the user is doing in the process. One of the first laws of user interfaces is that you don't mess with what the user is doing - it's confusing and annoying, and your users will interpret it as "slow" or "unresponsive". Microsoft breaks this rule *all* the time, and it is one of the reasons their software is often referred to as sluggish or slow. Worse, their software doesn't fail well, so in bad situations (swapping from disk, etc) the interface tends to respond in abnormal ways.

well I cant disagree with any of your points....I just dont recall it ever being an issue. It could be that I just blame the hardware when things start to lag though. XP with less than half a gig of RAM is just asking to suck....but I dont run into that too often anymore.