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Vista Transformation Pack

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If you can't wait to swap your boring old hourglass for a new shiny, spinning blue circle (among countless other icon and front-end changes to your system), but don't want to bother with actually upgrading from Windows XP to the Vista operating system, here's your download. The Vista Transformation Pack won't get you the Aero-style interface unless you have the complementary skinning software WindowBlinds, but it will give you just about every other part of the Vista look that's applicable to the XP system.

The installation went fairly smoothly, although it seems that you will need to have at least a 64MB video card that supports DirectX 8 to run the Vista Transformation Pack, even if you don't want the Aero-style interface. Although the program creates a backup before installing. However, we found that we need to restore all of our Windows display settings (fonts, color schemes) after uninstallation.

Making changes to your original setup choices is a bit difficult. It seems that every little tweak requires restarting Windows. We also ran into a problem with Windows repeatedly restarting. We had to apply a manual force quit, which prompted a Windows diagnostic boot-up screen the next time we restarted.

Vista Transformation Pack has loads of little details that can make your XP computer look as if it's running Vista, without the hassle (or cost) of upgrading. The spinning blue circle totally kicks the XP hourglass' butt. However, a lack of official documentation and some instability issues both help push the program down to the high end of the three-star titles. A few improvements could easily bump it up to four stars.

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  • All versions:

    3.2 stars

    out of 322 votes

    • 5 star: 91
    • 4 star: 83
    • 3 star: 28
    • 2 star: 30
    • 1 star: 90
  • Current version:

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    out of 111 votes

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  • 1.0 stars

    "WILL CRASH YOUR PC!!!"

    January 24, 2009  |   By Commander_Blade

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

    Cons

    Crashes your pc
    Nearly impossible to remove

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  • 5.0 stars

    "really cool"

    January 12, 2009  |   By toro_2020

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    Does an awesome job of transforming XP to immulate Vista

    Cons

    Needs further development and a trustworthy sidebar. I do not recommend the Thoosje side

    Summary

    nothing to say

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great idea, but still buggy"

    January 12, 2009  |   By myrddraal

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    Does a great job of turning XP into Vista

    Cons

    -Buggy, damages system, spyware

    Summary

    Might be good in a few versoins time. until then dont bother with it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Software Ever!!!"

    December 17, 2008  |   By akshaylal01

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    this item is brilliant! it has NO virus's, and it loks exactly like vista. i asked my dad what version of windows i had, and he said vista, and didn't beleive me until i showed him the system page. even when i lock the computer, it says windows vista

    Cons

    this item is brilliant. there is nothing wrong!

    Summary

    view the pros.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "installation of VTP corrupted registry"

    November 15, 2008  |   By arnoud1

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    Installed in on two systems never got it working properly
    seems to slow down apps and system aswel after reboot
    reboot takes two minutes more. So no real pros

    Cons

    When computer is finished starting all apps seem to be slower to. I tried to install VTP 9.01 on an other system that has intell duo core but 2 gb mem but this system even got more problems with VTP 9 after installing I got the blue screen of death.

    Summary

    I have a computer with Intel duo core 2 and 4gb of memory and a 512MB graphics card, When I installed VTP 9.01 it corrupted the registry. Windows start to boot very slow and it would take over 3 minutes to startup windows.

    Of course I deinstalled 8.02 before and SP3 was installed.

    Before I had VTP 8.02 and that was working fine. No problems with installing what's however and system boots under 1 minute.

    When computer is finished starting all apps seem to be slower to. I tried to install VTP 9.01 on an other computer system that has intell duo core but 2 gb memory but this system even got more problems with VTP 9 after installing I got the blue screen of death.

    I better get back to VTP 8.02 and wait till some serious debugging took place for VTP 9.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Pretty sweet, but sp3 killed it"

    November 9, 2008  |   By jrod92

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    really vistafied everything really well. simple to use.

    Cons

    everytime i restarted, it started a little differently, didn't always work, uses seperate little programs to do alot of the transforming so they are always running. Downloading SP3 kinda killed it.

    Summary

    i liked it, but now i'm kind of disenchanted with it because of its tendency to make my computer freak out, so i'll probably uninstall it. But thankyou very much for spending all the time making it, definitely worth it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "This Is A No Good Scam"

    November 4, 2008  |   By xXReadyForActionXx

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    None whatsoever.

    Cons

    -Slows computer
    -deletes files
    -leaves messy traces

    Summary

    After reading all of the reviews i've come to learn that this is not good for your computer. Why make your comoputer "look like" Vista and still be using XP. I would listen to all the reviews about the bad things it does to your computer if I were you.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not so great."

    October 18, 2008  |   By sauronjim

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    It supposedly makes your computer look like vista, and from what I've seen that is very good.

    Cons

    There's viruses in it, and it will not install, even when I disabled ALL of my protection (firewall, antivirus, anti-spyware etc.)

    Summary

    Very promissing, but for me at least, it didn't work.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Its looking great in my pc."

    October 13, 2008  |   By renesl1960

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    a smooth edge of exploring environment, well its appreciated to fell like working with the real one.

    Cons

    as of now nothing.

    Summary

    of course the nice stylish presentation, I think no one could deny of the transformation not unless expecting the real one.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A good substitute"

    October 13, 2008  |   By bejowa

    Version: Vista Transformation Pack 8.0.1

    Pros

    It Looks Similar to Vista and allows you to ge the feel of vista without the problems

    Cons

    Needs to be totaly free

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