Microsoft pimped up Windows Vista quite a bit when you compare it visually to Windows XP. It seems to me that they have put lots of resources into the design which probably should have gone elsewhere but that's my personal opinion. If you run Windows Vista and like the way OS X is designed you could install Vista OS X which transforms the Windows Vista theme to that of Mac OS X.
The Mac OS X theme can be installed on all 32-bit editions of Windows Vista and is fully Service Pack 1 compatible. UAC has to be disabled before installation, it will fail otherwise. The user is asked during installation to check the elements that he wants to install. He can choose eight elements in total that include Screensavers, Wallpapers, the Visual Style or the Dock.
I suggest you check all of them to make sure you get the full OS X design. Minimalists will have to check at least the System Files and the Visual Style to be installed. The System Files contain the uxtheme patch which is necessary to apply the visual theme and additional new designs for the boot screen, welcome center, buttons and so on.
The Windows Vista OS X visual style comes with an uninstaller that completely removes the theme from the system again.
Update: Downloads are no longer available for this total conversion package. I have found an alternative though that you can download instead. Vista OS X 09 VS is available on the designers Deviant Art page where you can download it from. It has a size of less than 1 Megabyte and I highly recommend you create a system backup or at least a system restore point before you install the theme on your system.
The theme itself comes as a Windows visual style file which means that you need to patch Windows system files before you can install it.Advertisement
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