If you want the look and feel of Windows 7 without the hassle of playing with the beta that is currently out, although, from the feedback I have read, it’s not really a hassle, but an improvement so far, there are a bunch of Windows 7 themes for Windows XP you can try out now. You can also add some of the features to your XP machine, such as Aero shake, Aero snap, you can change your dialog boxes and much more. Links await you below.
Now this site, Tweaking with Vishal, has some really good tutorials on how to make themes and the other customizations work in Windows, I have linked to some of the more interesting tutorials below.
Transform Windows XP into Windows 7 without using Customization Pack This one shows you how to do the Windows Theme or Visual Style, the Icons, the Boot Screen, the Login or Welcome Screen, Taskbar, Wallpapers, Progress Dialog Box, Shutdown / Log off Dialog Box, the About Windows Box, System Properties Dialog Box and add extras like “Aero Shake”, “Aero Snap”, “Aero Peek”, “Calculator” and “WordPad”.
[AIO] Ultimate Tutorial to Customize Desktop Context Menu in Windows Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7 This one shows you how to add your desired application shortcuts in Desktop context menu e.g. Windows Media Player, Firefox, Winamp, Opera, Chrome, etc, you can add new useful options like Change Wallpaper, Change Theme, Change Cursor, Task Manager, Folder Options, Device Manager, Run, Search, Aero On/Off, etc in Desktop context menu, you can add any website link in Desktop context menu, you can remove unwanted options like your Graphics card settings from Desktop context menu.
Many, many great tutorials and how to’s are listed, definitely a site worth checking out.
We have uploaded a bunch of Windows 7 videos, reviews, features, programs, themes and more, click here to browse the whole list, or check some of the latest below.
Here are some of the latest news stories about Windows 7.
Here are some of the latest blog posts about Windows 7.
Windows 7 hits Milestone 3 from Mary Jo Foley – I have seen the future — specifically Windows 7 Milestone 3 (Build 6780).
Peru to try out Windows on XO laptops from Ina Fried – Microsoft and the One Laptop Per Child project announced Monday that Peru will be the first country to try out XO laptops running Microsoft Windows as part of a nine-month pilot program.
Report: HP trying for ‘end-run’ around Windows from Erica Ogg – Is the biggest PC vendor in the world looking to give customers an option besides Windows?
iTunes 8: If Windows Vista displays a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod from Apple.com – After installing iTunes 8 for Windows, some users may see a blue screen error message when connecting iPhone or iPod to a Windows Vista computer. In some cases, the computer may immediately restart when connecting iPhone or iPod to the computer.
Rumor: Windows 7 to Arrive Early, First Beta Due October 27 from Scott Gilbertson – Windows 7, the much-anticipated successor to Microsoft’s Windows Vista OS, may arrive ahead of schedule.
Microsoft and Cray Team up to Bring High Performance Computing Mainstream from Tina Couch – For the first time in the two companies history, Microsoft and Cray have teamed up to offer a powerful mix of what each company does best – - the Cray CX1! What is the CX1, you ask?
Windows Gets Even Better on the Mac with VMware Fusion 2: 100+ New Features, Free Upgrade for Existing Users from Team Fusion – We’re proud to announce that VMware Fusion 2 is now available.
Is Microsoft aiming for an early Windows 7 launch? from Ed Bott – Andy Patrizio at InternetNews.com has raised some eyebrows with his report that an “internal calendar” at Microsoft has June 3, 2009 as the planned release date for Windows 7.
Hypothetical thoughts on what Windows 7 Milestone 3 might have from aeroexperience – Alright, so I talked about Windows 7’s pillars not so long ago.
VMware wants to trump Windows and Linux servers with its Virtual Datacenter OS from Jason Hiner – VMware’s new CEO Paul Maritz used his first VMworld keynote on Tuesday to introduce the company’s Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) to an audience of IT professionals and technology industry insiders at the VMworld 2008 conference at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.
Microsoft and Cray to unveil $25,000 Windows-based supercomputer from Mary Jo Foley – Microsoft and Cray are set to unveil on September 16 the Cray CX1, a compact supercomputer running Windows HPC Server 2008.
Ahead of PDC, Microsoft Begins Internal Test of Windows 7 from Paul Thurrott – While Microsoft is busy trying to overcome consumer opinions of its current operating system, Windows Vista, the software giant is also undergoing an internal effort to beta test the next version, called Windows 7.
I am sure of it, why? Because they are already talking about releasing the next version of Windows, Windows 7, or whatever they end up calling it. That is a sure sign they see that people aren’t going to just jump on the Vista bandwagon. The biggest reason, in my opinion, will be public interest, with all the complaining that bloggers and tech writers have done about it, people are more resistant to it, thinking it’s not going to be as good as XP is right now. If Microsoft extends it and gives the people what they think they want, then, guess what, the big bad Microsoft image goes away even more than it has recently.
What people today don’t realize, or remember, is the same cry was heard when Microsoft released Windows XP, people loved Windows 98, some even loved ME, and didn’t want the new operating system that Microsoft was forcing on them, Windows XP. The same reactions, the same types of problems with drivers and old hardware, it’s deja vu all over again. The difference today? The big echosphere we have in the form of tech blogs and mainstream media that jump on the bandwagon, it has intensified everything, more people are reading about it and deciding, before they see it, that they don’t want Vista and that nothing works with it, etc, etc.
For an example, check out these great write-ups by Ed Bott detailing the similarities to the release of Windows 95, Vista isn’t Me2, it’s Win95 + 12 years, adoption rates Windows adoption rates: a history lesson, and, my personal favorite, Remembering Windows XP’s early days where he compares what one writer from InfoWorld said when they released Windows XP and how it compares to what he is saying about Windows Vista right now. Hilarious.
Well, guess what? We are rolling it out here and there and aren’t hearing near as many complaints as we did when we upgraded to Office 2007 from 2003, but, that is mainly a user training issue as people actually use Office, they just login and mess up Windows. My laptop has Vista and I haven’t had one problem with it, the first time my kids used it, they only noticed that it was prettier, and went ahead using it and abusing it. My five year old uses it as easily as he does XP, and this is an upgraded laptop, not a brand new one out of the box, I haven’t noticed it being slower, but I’m not trying to run aero on it either.
The death of Windows XP may have been greatly exaggerated.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company could re-evaluate its plans to phase out Windows XP by June 30, if customers demand that it stick around. So far, they have not.
“XP will hit an end-of-life. We have announced one. If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter, but right now, we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments,” Ballmer said during a Thursday news conference in Belgium, according to Reuters. Source: Ballmer: You want XP, we’ll keep XP
So, as long as people really are requesting XP over Vista, as long as businesses need XP to run on their older hardware, and as long as manufacturers are complaining about XP going away, I think Microsoft will step up to the plate and knock one out by extending it at least another year, a year closer to the next version of Windows. Besides, they were planning on selling it on lower cost pc’s anyway, machines with slower processors, smaller screens, etc, so why not?