My personal preference stands for VTP 3+4 combines because it feels like vista, looks best and has the most themes to satisfy your thirst for customizing.
To install Vista Inspirat Pack all you have to do is download it (duh) and run the setup. It's pretty self-explanatory from there on so I won't cover it in the tutorial. You can always PM me.
It doesn't worth installing if you just going to use either VTP 3 or VTP 4. I will talk about on how to install them both. VTP 3 has all themes but it doesn't have nice icons/vista pictures and etc. VTP 4 has all that but no themes so we are mixing things up a bit.
Download pack 3 and run the setup. After clicking "OK" on the warning and clocking "accept and next" a few times, the pack will prompt you to select the transformation method. Don't ever do manual because its the best way to screw up your system to the point of not booting up. Automatic transformation requires safe mode. Most people run windows using the normal mode (whatever thats called), so I doubt people will use automatic unless they're safe mode freaks. So basically the one everyone uses is the "First run" transformation. Then you will be prompted to select bunch of customization options such as wallpaper, login, icons, toolbar style, windows start flag and etc. At that point it doesn't matter because you will end up uninstalling the pack anyways. Make sure on the next screen you tell it to install custom skins, icons, sounds and etc. You can skip the WMP Vista skin since this pack was released before WMP11. Don't install the sidebar unless you really want it. I think its useless. Don't select xyz's stuff either because you wont need that extra junk. ( I might have spelled it wrong but you'll know what it is when you see it.) Then it will show you your OS version just to make sure so just click okay on that. When you customizing what to install, make sure you select to change system font. Then you'll be shown a list of fonts with which to replace your current one. Segoe UI is the vista one so you will probably want that one.
After everything is setup the pack will start installing. Make sure you wait to cancel the windows file protection crap after the pack is done installing, otherwise windows will replace all files back to defaults. You'll be asked to restart. After the restart the pack will finish up installing (don't forget to cancel windows file protection as well) and restart again. Afterwards everything should be applied. You'll be prompted to select your desktop theme, so you go to appearance tab and under color themes select the one you like best. Last thing is a little dos prompt window which will rebuild icons cache, so old icons will be replaced with the new ones.
You're done with installing version 3, so you can just go to control panel>add/remove programs and uninstall pack 3. It will ask you if you wanna keep the themes so make sure you don't tell it to remove those.
After a restart you should be running back to normal so you can start installing pack 4. Run the setup.
Its pretty much the same as the pack 3 but you'll have less options. Make sure you select to install icons/sound and all those nice things. After the installation cancel the Windows File Protection and restart.
You might have to cancel WFP again after the restart but sometimes you don't have to. So basically everything is gonna be the same as with pack 3. Make sure you change your font to segoe UI in apperance tab of display properties. Now you should have all the niceness of pack 4 plus extra themes from pack 3.
!!! WARNING !!!
If you're planning on applying the pack after a clean install of XP, make sure you get ALL the latest updates from MS. Otherwise your comp will be a mess if you update after installing the packs. If you don't update windows at all, you can install the packs anytime you want.
I used the brico pack for a while and didn't like it. It looked great - I love the way the taskbar buttons glow when a window wants attention - but it wouldn't remember any ove my view settings. Everytime I started thunderbird, I'd have to drag the bar up again. Everytime I opened W. Explorer, I'd have to resize or maximize the window. Not worth it, IMO.
Thanks lol...I was typin it up in a hurry so didn't even notice the "real" part..ahh good laugh. Anyways, some people (like myself) prefer to have vista's look but without vista's slowdowns. Thats why instead of installing Vista B2 people just use XP with a different skin.
Windows Blinds is a very good program and it has thousands of skins for XP including vista and etc but it makes the system pretty slow overall. Transformation packs replace your system files with recompiled ones, which have different pictures/icons and etc in them while windows blinds stores the whole skin as multiple .bmp files. Every time you boot up, windows blinds creates a layer between the OS system files and the .bmps, which it later uses to apply the skin. Not only it takes about 50-100 extra megs of your free RAM, but it also significantly slows down the system responce time. I tried it, I didn't like it.
I never had any problems with any of these packs. IE and Firefox always keep the settings in place, nothing is messed up. If you configure the pack right, when you install it, you won't have any problems.
Maybe...which one are you using? Version 4 or something? I tried the one before the latest one and it took up 40 megs of my RAM for the pretty pictures. Maybe in the new version they revised it. I am not opening a campaign against Windows Blinds here, they are pretty good. All I'm saying is that I tried it and I didn't like it. It's a personal taste thing.
I'm using StyleXP on my newer computer, with my own modified theme called "BazApple".
Based on the Mac OS theme. God knows why I have it on there, but it looks better than XP so who cares lol
StyleXP is pretty good. Doesn't come with any bloated rubbish, except you have to pay a small fee to use it after 30 days.
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