How would you like to get all the cool new stuff that comes along with Windows Vista without having to upgrade to a completely new operating system? Wouldn’t it be nice to just be able to stay with XP but just have the Vista look which is what attracts most buyers to Vista anyways? Well now this is possible with just a few, fast, FREE (Note: 1 thing isn’t free.), easy downloads that can be found on the PC World website.
In this article you will find the list of software that PC World recommends to get the Vista Look along with a little review of it; click on the links and you will be taken directly to the page with the downloads.
1) Window Blinds
Lets start with Window Blinds which in two words is a shell enhancement. This is software that will allow you to change the way your screen looks as well as your title bars, buttons, toolbars, and other items. You will be able to make your computer look the way you want it too by creating themes that come from your personality. For example, you will be able to put pictures of your friends and family, a tv show, movie, anything really; it’s your option. With this piece of shareware you will also be able to add buttons to make your files and applications available to you faster and with style which is what we all know Windows Vista has.
2) Vista Start Menu SE
This is what it is. It’s a start menu utitlity that imitates exactly the Vista start menu. In addition though, this software comes with more things often used by users such as the reboot, switch users, and hibernate buttons. You will quickly be on your way to transforming your XP to Vista without ever having to do many adjustments.
3) Desktop Sidebar
You’ve heard of all the widgets and gadgets? Well now you can get them! With this Windows sidebar you will have tons of handy stuff available from your desktop. For example, calendars, calculators, your media player, RSS feeds, file browser, weather, news, e-mail, and much much more. There are also zillions of more add-ons that you can add; so hurry and get this now!
4) Folder Marker
Turn your folder look into cool icons now with this great FolderMarker that is ready to use instantly. This software will come with a variety of icons for you to have at your disposal.
5) Copernic Desktop Search
Need to find something on your PC? Well this great desktop software is for you. It is ready for all searches and is designed with an interface that was designed to be for your PC and not the Web. You will find this very helpful when trying to find files, pictures, software, etc. Get it!
6) JetStart Free
This is another start menu! Yes, you have choices now don’t you? Check out this one and the one I mentioned up top to see which one fits you better. This menu has all the funcutionality that Vista provides with quick access to everything from shortcuts, recently launched programs, and many system commands.
7) Visual Task Tips
Want to see what the window on your taskbar would look like if it were open? Well with this clever tool you are now able to get a pop-up preview of it. Simply scroll your mouse and it will appear. This is something that is available with Vista that many users love; so I recommend it highly for all XP users also.
8) LaunchBar Commander
Now you can launch all your applications and files extremely fast with this utility. You will be able to create multiple docks which will allow your programs to be accesed easily for faster opening. Great freebie!
Wouldn’t it be great to access your 12 favorite folders from the system tray at the bottom of your screen without having to search for them? Well FastFolder is made especially for that. You will have quick access to 12 pre-selected folders. You may switch these folders at any time. This will make your screen much more Vista like!
10) Google Desktop
Google has done more now by conquering your PC with this great tool. This program brings very fast and accurate searching to your desktop along with many other things. You will be able to search for anything you’d like, input more functionality, read your email, use the Google search engine, and everything can be done from your desktop. Best of all this is FREE and is a very recognized enhancement. It is highly recommended by PC World as all of Google’s software is. Try this; it’s guaranteed to make your Vista “Makeover” just perfect!
Well now that you know about all these great utilities brought to you by PC World and myself here at Associated Content, get started! I hope you will enjoy making your Windows XP look like Windows Vista for FREE!