Mac OS X, made by Apple, is one of the most technologically advanced operating systems out there, and easily the most visually pleasing. The use of soft edges, translucent colors, and mild pinstripes helps bring color and texture to the desktop, and enjoyment to the user experience–something Windows is sorely lacking in. This is the reason why so many Windows users desire to emulate OS X–in fact, there’s an entire community dedicated to this purpose, called the Aqua community. It is my hope that this guide will help you in your journey to make your Windows XP PC look like Mac OS X.
Default Windows XP desktop
Default Mac OS X desktop
So you want to make your ugly Windows look sleek and sexy like Mac OS X? Just follow this tutorial, which has conveniently been split up into several chapters.
Chapter 1: The Appearances - In this chapter, I will show you how to change the default Windows XP appearance to one similar to OS X, using a few software programs.
Chapter 2: The Menu Bar - In this chapter, I will show you how can you put a menu bar on your computer, like the one in Mac OS X.
Chapter 3: The Finder - In this chapter, you can learn about a core element of Mac OS X—the Finder—and how you can have one in XP.
Chapter 4: The Icons - In this chapter, I will show you how to change the default Windows XP icons to Mac OS X icons.
Chapter 5: The Dock - The job of emulating OS X would never be complete without a dock; in this chapter, you’ll find a few of the more popular docks for Windows.
Chapter 6: The Dashboard - Dashboard is a new feature in OS X Tiger, but there were already many Dashboard-like programs for Windows. You can find these programs, and a few accompanying “widgets,” in this section.
Chapter 7: The Skins - Several popular Windows XP applications have built-in skinning support. OS X skins for these programs can be found here!
Chapter 8: The Applications - Several developers have actually written entire programs that help your computer look like a Mac! Some of these would be considered “beta software,” but others are fully working, usable even in a corporate environment. You’ll find them all here.
Chapter 9: The Installer - Alright, everyone’s lazy. This installer, called Flyakite OS Xv.2.0, will pretty much do it all. That’s no excuse for not reading the entire tutorial though
Chapter 10: The Utilities - By now, you’re pretty much done. There are just a few final touches you need to make your computer look almost exactly like OS X—use these utilities to do so.
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