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VistaFreebiesForXp

Vista Freebies for XP - for the Vista look and feel

review from blupwrdup, Jan 2007, permalink _ Desktop Tools

 

From blupwrdup, geek and musician:

Hi Clif ....

 

I received a freeware Google alert directing me to PC World where I found several XP based freebie downloads that simulate some of Vista "Windoze" fanciful graphical features. Without having to break open your piggy bank and purchase the new and improved bug infested Vista ( making Billy Gates richer) these applications will make the XP perform like the new Windows operating system. It appears these free downloads have been around since 2005. Surprised I haven't picked up on them sooner. Oh well, better late then never. Reminds me of The Who's classic lyric, " My name is Tommy, and I became aware this year."

 

Perhaps you are already conscious of these goodies, if not here is a brief description of each app. and the download sites.

 

I just don't have the time right now to install all of them and review, maybe someone in your readership will take up the task. In what limited spare time I do have, I did install ( DesktopSidebar ) and monkeyed around with it.

 

As always... have fun. Cheers and Beers !

 

Blupwrdup

 

Folder Marker

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows XP

File Size: 985KB

 

Give XP the look and feel of Vista with these icons. Customize your folder icons and icon backgrounds with Vista icons. FolderMarker is a snap to use, and you can pick up a bunch of Vista icons.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64387-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

JetStart Free

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows 9.x, Windows Me, Windows XP

File Size: 891KB

 

Get a Vista Start menu without upgrading your operating system. Tired of digging into crowded Start Menu? Want to get some Vista functionality without upgragrading? JetStart offers quick access to categorized Start Menu shortcuts, recently launched programs, and system commands.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,61605-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

Visual Task Tips

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows XP

File Size: 90KB

 

See a miniature image of a task in the Taskbar. Here's a clever tool that pops up a preview -- a miniature image -- of the task in the Taskbar. Scroll your mouse wheel up or down on the image to size it.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64386-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

FastFolder

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP

File Size: 93KB

Author: Bernie Madigan

 

Quick access for commonly used folders. FastFolder allows quick access to 12 pre-selected folders from the system tray.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,29680-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html

 

LaunchBar Commander

License Type: Free

Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP

File Size: 1610KB

 

Launch apps and files fast. You can create multiple docks to launch applications and documents with this freebie.

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,64388-order,1-page,1-c,desktop/description.html