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Hey guys,

I basically want to make my computer super functional. Since I don't plan on upgrading to Windows Vista anytime soon, I really want it to at least LOOK like Vista. I also want to make my desktop have all sorts of stuff on it.. different widgets.. like weather, and RSS feeds and maybe even a background that changes periodically.

Where can I get the best widgets, Windows skins and themes and other little stuff to make my computer desktop look slick?
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http://www.crystalxp.net is my favorite place for desktop mods.

Also, google the Radium Vista Pack. It's always been the one I liked best.
    
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i use WindowBlinds and get my themes from wincustomize.com. my taskbar and windows all look just like on Vista.

Yahoo! Widgets are free widgets that are very functional. there are hundreds of free widgets you can download. the only downside is that they don't look as cool as the Vista ones. i never tried to see if you could skin them.
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you dont need those lame widgets they use up system resources on useless crap that doesnt need to be running 100% of the time your computer is up.

The most disgusting widget ive seen so far is the gay analog clock i mean ***! DO YOU NEED IT FOR PEOPLE!!
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It's more performance minded to get a modded uxtheme.dll file (search for wolfsheep uxtheme.dll) Windowblinds and the like are programs that run on top of the normal Windows, and are thus not as resource efficient. While modding system files may scare some people, it's a better overall way to get maximum performance out of a sweet desktop environment.
    
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Originally Posted by ItsBobtista View Post
Hey guys,

I basically want to make my computer super functional. Since I don't plan on upgrading to Windows Vista anytime soon, I really want it to at least LOOK like Vista. I also want to make my desktop have all sorts of stuff on it.. different widgets.. like weather, and RSS feeds and maybe even a background that changes periodically.

Where can I get the best widgets, Windows skins and themes and other little stuff to make my computer desktop look slick?
(playing devil's advocate, sorry )

You could always take the opposing route and dedicate your XP install to the most resource free configuration as possible: no drop shadows, no bling, no transparencies, no glass effects, only the necessary visuals to present an interface, no system restore, no Windows file protection, minimal services at startup, but mostly ... jettisoning the worthless visual bling.

You'd be surprised at how much memory overhead this sort of set up will free up ...

    
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sounds like s1rrah has used NLite (very useful little program)

My custom windows xp install has been cut down pretty far. Not the the extent by TinyXP but pretty slim to what meets me needs in windows.

fresh install comes out to a little above 1.5gigs
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post #10 of 32
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Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
http://www.crystalxp.net is my favorite place for desktop mods.

Also, google the Radium Vista Pack. It's always been the one I liked best.
CrystalXP rocks. Add Yahoo Widgets to it and it'll get you closer to Vista!

Yahoo Widgets: http://widgets.yahoo.com/
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