Vista Transformation Pack

Vista Transformation Pack

Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
3.2
out of 322 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
8.0.1
File Size:
Not available
Date Added:
December 12, 2007
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows/XP
Total Downloads:
1,847,206
Downloads Last Week:
67
Product ranking:
#4 in Skins
Additional Requirements:
Windows XP/2003 Server, 64MB VRAM graphics card with DirectX 8, 512MB RAM for third-party applications

Editors' review

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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