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Emulation Manuals - Chapter 9: The Installer

author alang

Ask any GUI-modding enthusiast what some of the most frustrating aspects of modifying Windows’ user interface are, and you’re bound to hear complaints about stubborn toolbar icons, tacky system tray glyphs, and those darned file transfer animations. A variety of tools and applications are available online from one source or another that promise to rid you of your GUI woes with just one click. But while you may be able to change the icons on Explorer’s toolbar, or get rid of that annoying Windows throbber, no single utility can do it all. None, that is, until now with the release of Flyakite OSX 2.0

Ever since Flyakite released FlyakiteSP1, it has become a household name in the world of Aqua modding. The stability, quality, and support that flyakite (the author) offered were quite simply overwhelming, and soon FlyakiteSP1 (and later FlyakiteSP2) became the default system modification packs for the majority of Aqua-wannabes.
However, due to the complexity of the packs and the way they were applied, maintaining the mods and releasing different versions for different localizations (languages) was a programmer’s nightmare. And so FlyakiteOS Xv1.0 was born, in early December 2004. The second version was released soon after, proving even better than the first. It completely overhauls Windows XP as much as possible, regardless of service pack or language. Though it doesn’t work in Windows 2000 or earlier, it supports Windows Server 2003, Windows Media Center, and all the variations of XP.

FlyakiteOS X is basically a transformation pack. It will transform the look of an ordinary Windows XP system to resemble the look of Mac OS X. The installer simply automates the process of replacing critical system files, setting registry tweaks, and installing extras such as cursors, sounds, visual styles, etc.

In case you are not happy with the results of FlyakiteOSX, everything is completely removable. Just run the uninstaller from the Start Menu or from Add/Remove Programs.

FlyakiteOSX does not contain any spyware or ad-ware of any kind. All files needed for FlyakiteOSX are stored in the Windows directory in a folder named ‘FlyakiteOSX’ that is hidden by default. All registry values for FlyakiteOSX are written to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\FlyakiteOSX.

Aside from containing all the previous mods from older versions as well as bug fixes, FlyakiteOSX v2.0 also comes with a Settings Utility, which allows the user to change several per-user settings, including theme, icon size, and startup programs. Additionally, it offers a new registry tweak (hiding the recycle bin from the desktop), additional programs inside (e.g. WinRoll, RK Launcher, et. al.), new dialogs, and many other amazing features. For a further list of changes, please see below.

FlyakiteOSX v2.0 is a welcome addition to the plethora of customizing programs, its simplicity and ease-of-use setting it apart. Generally acknowledged as the least painful mod (or collection of mods) to use, we highly recommend downloading the program and trying it out.

- Universal. Works on all languages and OS versions XP+ (64 bit NOT supported!)
- Option to create System Restore Point
- Windows File Protection is completely bypassed
- Installation directories for programs like WinRAR are detected
- Custom MSN skin selection page including live skin previews
- Everything is completely uninstallable through the uninstaller

- Universal UXTheme Patcher
- DLL Files - 68
- EXE Files - 36
- CPL Files - 20
- 3rd Party CPL Files - 15
- Office 2003 Files - 7
- Outlook Express Files - 8

- Boot Screen
- Logon Screen
- Flurry ScreenSaver © Matt Ginzton
- Wallpaper
- Cursors
- Iceman’s Sound Scheme

- Panther Visual Style © KoL
- Tiger Visual Style © KoL
- Tiger WindowBlinds skin © KoL
- Mac OS X Tiger WindowBlinds skin © Steve Grenier
- AquaX MSN 6 Skin © JabInc
- MacMSN MSN 7 Skin © theunknown
- Brushed MSN 6 Skin © theunknown
- Panther MSN 6 Skin © theunknown
- Kamaized MSN 7 Skin © mariuz
- QCD Player 4.x
- WinRar 3.x
- PowerDVD 4/5/6 iVid Skin © aquagrl
- WinDVD 6 iDVD Skin © Danimator
- PicasaOSX Skin © LiquidBrain & iStatic

- Simultaneous Downloads
- Show ‘My Computer’ first on desktop
- Remove Shortcut Arrows
- Hide Drive Letters
- Remove ‘Recent Documents’ from Places
- Sort Start Menu Alphabetically
- Hide Recycle Bin

To change your entire windows system with a single mouse click, download Flyakite OSX 2.0 now.

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