Vista Customization Pack

Vista Customization Pack 3.6

Give your Windows XP (SP2) the Vista look

If you’ve had enough bad experiences upgrading your Microsoft products, you’re too poor to upgrade to Vista or you just refuse on principle, you can always customise Windows XP to make it look like Vista. The Windows Vista customisation pack gives you all the flashy features of Vista without having to shell-out a few hundred dollars for the original. It’s certainly proved a hit with Softonic users so far who have made this pack one of the site’s most popular downloads. View full description

PROS

  • Impressive icons and desktop changes
  • Free – cheaper than upgrading to Vista

CONS

  • Lacks the performance enhancements of Vista
  • Can complicate installation of future programs

Good
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If you’ve had enough bad experiences upgrading your Microsoft products, you’re too poor to upgrade to Vista or you just refuse on principle, you can always customise Windows XP to make it look like Vista. The Windows Vista customisation pack gives you all the flashy features of Vista without having to shell-out a few hundred dollars for the original. It’s certainly proved a hit with Softonic users so far who have made this pack one of the site’s most popular downloads.

The pack includes a booty of Vista features including transparency of the windows, 3D Vista style icons, mouse cursors, boot screen, login screen, and a whole host of Vista themes to name a few. After installing the pack, you’ll be asked to restart, when you’ll find that your system has been through an impressive transformation although the fact that Windows Vista isn’t actually that radically different from XP, shouldn’t be held against this pack.

Amongst the major differences you will notice are some jazzy changes to your systems icons, skins and toolbars as well as new enhancements to your desktop such as a dock bar or if you prefer, a totally different system tray clock. Transfer file progress dialogs are transformed with swanky new 3D graphics and the sounds scheme has been beefed up to blow you out of your chair. Microsoft certainly spent lots of time designing these features. It was recently reported that they spent a year and a half just coming up with the start-up music alone.

Other changes include Windows Media Player which also receives a facelift although nothing worth getting excited about. The colours have been changed to a metallic-blue and the drop down menus have been replaced by an invisible menu which pops up when the mouse is waved over it. However, this feature actually becomes increasingly annoying with regular use and is best deactivated.

Whilst initially impressive, after a while these changes can cause problems. Users have reported that the new schemes not only slows down their PC’s but also cause it to crash randomly. It can also be a pain whenever there’s a problem with your PC. Since you are running a somewhat modified version of XP, normal troubleshooting guides may not work. You’ll subsequently have to uninstall the pack to make sure that it isn’t causing the problem. Fortunately however, the pack comes with an uninstaller that makes reverting back to XP simple although in time honoured Windows style, you’ll have to restart the computer.

For anyone who doesn’t add or remove programs regularly, we’d recommend this pack as it does an impressive job at emulating the $200+ Vista look. However, for those that make regular changes to their PC, the pack can end up being more hassle than its worth as the changes made can conflict with interfaces of other programs.

Vista Customization Pack is a tool to turn your Windows XP (with SP2) into Windows Vista. It basically changes the appearance and organisation of icons. However this tool doesn't exactly to the real Vista theme.

Features:

  • New Installer offering 2 different setup options
  • Full Installation
  • Goodies (Aero Visual Style, Styler Toolbar themes, The WB Skin, Wallpaper)
  • Language Independant
  • Dialogues are customized
  • IconCache rebuild
  • New System & Desktop Properties
  • New Wallpapers
  • Uninstaller [Revert your system easily]
  • DLL Patching [similar to Brico's Pack]
  • Msstyle and WB 5 Theme
  • New Icons Installation
  • Modded UXTheme
  • WMP 11 Skin
  • New Screensavers (Aurora)

User reviews about Vista Customization Pack

  • Nzon

    by Nzon

    "Vista tema på xp"

    Akta er för den här skiten en gång installerad och ni får inte bort den plus att den är full av buggar!!!!!!!!!..   More.

  • Charvin

    by Charvin

    "It Will Not Work!!"

    It will not work guys. You will have to repair or reinstall XP To get rid of this there are no effects as they say..   More.

  • flex89

    by flex89

    "Terrible!"

    I installed VCP 3.6, and the darn thing screwed up all the text on the start menu, there were no transparency effects...   More.

  • tanginn

    by tanginn

    "Help"

    i am trying to unintall this it looks like everythenk is gone but there is still the log on screen that is not back t...   More.

  • sparkystein1

    by sparkystein1

    "ok i really need help..."

    ok what the hell first of all... i got this and my biggest concern is that stupid icon cache rebuilder tool thing kee...   More.

  • Commander jao

    by Commander jao

    "really big problem"

    how wouldi be able to revertback to normal if the install was not finished because of service pack 3 lack, i am tryin...   More.