Windows XP to Mac OS X GUI Conversion

After months of hearing about how nice the OS X is I decided to try to do a “full” conversion to my desktop and see how I’d enjoy it.

The first step was obvious, to change the GUI. There are hundreds of GUIs for Windows, whether they are  Visual Styles or WindowsBlinds skins.

I chose the Visual Style because the program Style XP uses almost no memory at all to run, it just seems to unblock a feature that Microsoft locked and let’s you change the GUI freely.

I found one which seems to be very good for Windows Blinds, it can be found here.

The one I chose to use is also very nice, it has a small issue with the scroll bars, but it’s not big enough to bother me, it’s 99% perfect. You can preview and download it here.

My system was already looking a lot like OSX at this point, but I decided to do three more little steps before stopping, changing the wallpapers, the cursors and finally the icons (with Icon Packager).

Of course I could have gone much further and install one of those nice docked bars and make my icons bigger and yadda yadda, but that would be just a waste of computer resources and I would only be trying to fool myself, no matter what makeup you put over Windows, you can’t change the fact that it is in fact Windows. For anyone slightly interested, here’s my desktop now: View image

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