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Emulation Manuals - Chapter 1 : The Appearances

author alang

There are two main ways to begin skinning XP–a native way nicknamed Msstyles, or through the use of other programs. Each person has their own favorite, but it’s widely regarded that the most complete way to emulate OS X is by using other programs. Listed below are a number of applications that you can use to move your Min-Max-Exit buttons to the left, to change your Explorer toolbar, and to change Explorer’s main GUI.

WindowBlinds by Stardock - Shareware [Buy Enhanced Version $19.95 | Download Free Version]
This application comes in two versions: Free, and Enhanced ($19.95). In the free distribution, some advanced features (such as changing toolbar icons and animations, and scrollbar skinning, among others) are disabled, whereas the advanced will have all these features unlocked and ready to use. If you have problems with WindowBlinds not working, be sure to check out the minimum requirements needed to run the application effectively, over at the Stardock website.

ShellWM - Freeware [Download]
ShellWM is a lightweight and free application used to skin the titlebar only. Although the skin-base is not as large as WindowBlinds, several good skins are available. This small application more than carries its weight!

Listed below are a few recommended themes that you can use with the above-mentioned software

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger for Window Blinds 4 by Steve Grenier - Freeware [Download]
This theme is based on the latest incarnation of Mac OS X: Tiger. With 20 different styles, this WindowBlinds theme should have something for every user!

Aqua Borderless (Updated) For ShellWM Skins by Cassiel - Freeware [Download]
One of many ShellWM Aqua skins out there, this one is our personal favorite. With no borders, it’s best to use this skin with WindowFX or Y’z Shadow.

More Mac OS X themes are available here

These files are also recommended downloads, in order to provide a more realistic OS X appearance:

Tiger Wallpapers - Freeware [Download]
All of the Tiger Wallpapers, taken directly from a Macintosh!

Tiger User Pictures - Freeware [Download]
This is an archive of the standard Tiger user pictures shown at login (and found at /Library/User Pictures). There are 30 in total, separated into five different folders: Animals, Flowers, Fun, Nature, and Sports. The images are in .tiff format.

OSX Cursor for windows - Freeware [Download]
This cursor set for Windows is almost an exact replica of the Mac pointers–in fact, they were ported directly!

Emulation Manual Index Next, Chapter 2: The Menu Bar


Comment by paul on 2006-08-04 11:14:54

im a noob in computer related stuff so i just wanna ask if i changed my XP desktop to the Mac desktop(appearance only not the OS) will it be more slower than usual to start up my computer than usual and will it eat up my RAM. thanks for your time. I appreciate it.


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Comment by Antimatter on 2006-09-25 20:25:51

I don’t know where to extract these files. when i open them with winrar it just gives me the windows does not recegnise this prog do u want to go online to find out how to open it or whatever.

Anyway i’d apreciate if anyone can tell me.
I’ve already downloaded the shellWM

Comment by christoffer on 2006-10-09 13:09:41

yes a little bit but you wont really feel any differnce in performence unless you run a cpu test

Comment by c on 2007-02-26 14:58:51

great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!best os ever…windows too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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