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Get Vista drive icons in Windows XP


If you've dabbled with Windows Vista, you have probably noticed that the drive icons in Computer accompany a visual representation of the drive's capacity. This bar chart-type gauge shows the amount free and used space on the disk, allowing you to see at a glance the amount of space that you have available on your drive. In Windows XP, you have to select the drive and hover your mouse pointer over the icon to get that information in a text-based format. While this procedure really isn't that much of a hassle, you can now have Vista-like drive icons in Windows XP with Vista Drive Icon from SourceForge.net.

Vista Drive Icon is a free utility that will transform the drive icons in Windows XP's My Computer into drive icons that resemble those in Vista's Computer. Once installed, Vista Drive Icon will display a blue, glass-like bar underneath the drive icon. If the drive is close to getting full, the color changes to red.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

45 comments
eric
eric

pretty cool i think, thanks!

martiandon
martiandon

How about a "HERE" button to click so you can find out WHERE to get them without reading a ton?

amj2010
amj2010

GET THE FLAG,BUT NOT THE STUFF? I don't get it people, you hate Vista but you want STILL all the goodies? Get a life..

work
work

Man, you guys really don't know how to appreciate sharing information and stuff. If you don't like Vista icons (like this one), just shuddup, ignore it and stop complaining, even better, come up with something useful and instead of bitch1ng on the work that people spend time on. It's a freeware no one force you to use it. Don't like it, piss off!

Lovs2look
Lovs2look

Like most users said, just view explorer in details view and all that info is there, no extra resources required. When I want a detailed view into what's eating my free space I use Overdisk. Nice freeware app that graphically shows which folders and files are taking up the most space on your HDD. Simple cheap fast. Note: Uses Java to display graphs, so you need a version of it to run.

thomasnruth
thomasnruth

This app sucks and is a waste of space, and my time.

rcfoulk
rcfoulk

Yet one more gimmicky gadget that's of no real value and as functionally irrelevant as the OS itself.

mickey
mickey

most people are staying with XP, mostly because they don't like the look and feel of Vista and some just don't like change forced on them. if you don't like the look, why on earth would you start importing some of the looks? This is one of the main reasons the Linux community has been saying the best thing to happen to Linux is Vista.

chucksjc
chucksjc

Doesn't seem to work on mapped drives like Vista

ypteg
ypteg

Check out a cool old app called Spacemonger to give you a better graphical idea of what's on your hard disk...

service
service

It almost works in my WIN XP Home system. Almost. I get a status bar for my external drive on an IDE to USB cable and the thumb drive but not for driver "C". All I get there is the default "missing icon" icon. Any thoughts? Incidentally, simply uninstalling the app set everything back to the defaults.

scotth
scotth

Apparenty does not work on 32-bit OS as it does not work on my 64-bit box.

eddiew
eddiew

Will not install. I get the following error: 16 bit MS-DOS Subsystem The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction. CS:0e45 IP:0659 OP:63 75 6d 65 6e Choose 'Close' to terminate the application

purchase1
purchase1

I downloaded and installed the software, now my drive icon has dissapeared. How do I reset it to default.

farson
farson

It works just great on Win2K Pro!

teqjack
teqjack

If you prefer bar graph to text, fine, but you should NOT have to put your mouse-pointer on the dirve. "... shows the amount free and used space on the disk, allowing you to see at a glance the amount of space that you have available on your drive. In Windows XP, you have to select the drive and hover your mouse pointer over the icon to get that information in a text-based format." Huh? Since day 1 (pre-SP1!) "My Computer" has had columns for "Total Space" and "Free Space" displayed. If yours does not, right-click on the headings line (eg "Name") and check those column headers.

janet.ruddell
janet.ruddell

Why yell? Why not pick out the fun pieces to use on XP? Maybe going to Vista isn't an option but you want some little goodies.

Dean.Coggle
Dean.Coggle

Chill out people! It's a piece of software after all. Use it if you want to, don't if not. Do some of the people on here stop people in the street and say that coat really doesn't go with those shoes? Do people dress up their cars to make them look like something they can't afford or don't wish to spend that much money on? Personal choice! We each have one life and I'm afraid there are no refunds. :)

tiredoftechrepublic
tiredoftechrepublic

Reading this post has made me realize that most people just love to force their idea of how the computer experience should be, down everyone else's throats. Users of all OS's prefer the interface to be like they like it, hence customizing. The negative commentary that pervades blogs such as these and society at large is truly disgusting. Don't you realize you are just ordering up more negativity into you life? We become what we hate, so start enjoying the things that you do like, and quit concentrating on the things you don't like. Depending on resources, if the user likes the app/toy/BHO, and it is acceptable through policy, then great. In other words, if you haven't got anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut!

rcfoulk
rcfoulk

In real IT support most folks are concerned with solutions to real problems. When someone takes time write an article covering that solves no real problem presenting it as a hot and cool item then it deserves the negative commentary for those among us who care to make it. Many serious people think the Vista is irrelevant so how does it make sense to take time fiddling with Vista eye candy on XP? If someone was interested in such things they would likely upgrade to Vista. For the rest of us the "ridiculous" label of my first post applies. So, oh self-ordained wise one, those with a contrary view have a right to express it much as you have the right to express your obviously deep thoughts on the matter. Piss off??? Really. Your rhetoric is withering.

janet.ruddell
janet.ruddell

I think it is the technical support and OS issues of compatibility that people are concerned about with Vista....not the look.

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

Come on... we are supposed to educated IT professionals. R-I-D-I-C-U-L-O-U-S

compufixit.net
compufixit.net

"most people are staying with XP, mostly because they don't like the look and feel of Vista and some just don't like change forced on them. if you don't like the look, why on earth would you start importing some of the looks?" First, this is not imposed, you download it if you want to. Second, because the balance of *ALL minus MOST* of the people like the look and feel of Vista. Simple. What you may percieve as RIDICULOUS (notice the correct spelling) is in fact, a cool little gadget for the rest of us who don't use Vista because, from the TECHNICAL standpoint, sucks. I think it's a cool little gadget and I downloaded it for my 3 machines.

drdosus
drdosus

Well, a good many of my users have attempted to load this and consequently fouled their desktop icons. We finally had to block until we can get it straightened out. What is it, just MAC envy or what?

noemib
noemib

How about something actually useful??? I like bells and whistles just as much as the next guy, but this?? Totally agree with teqjack - change your folder view and you can see the same info. JMHO

snodger
snodger

You are quite correct, and if you installed this app you would not notice any difference. This is because you are a sensible person and ditched the default icon view for the far more useful details view. The bar graphs will appear only for those using the icon view option.

nitram9857
nitram9857

Surely we all want a bit of personalization, and XP doesn't really have a complete list of current icons. The Vista icons are just a variation, a good sys32 external drive/storage icon would be handy

work
work

Totally support you on this one. Looks like someone still don't get the message. I think I will join you and stop using this forum in the future, don't want to get myself 'piss off' for id0its like this. Not worth my time.

rcfoulk
rcfoulk

as well as having a seeming disdain for free expression. With respect to my perspective your next to the last sentence captured my point of view. TechRepublic is ostensibly a resource for IT professional seeking business solutions. My client base, small business, really doesn't want their users fooling around with the "app/toy/BHO" universe. They want folks using their authorized applications to do work. A little personal email or on-line shopping is typically acceptable but fooling around with the PC, poorly named since it's a piece of business equipment as a nail gun is to a carpenter, is clearly not. So if some of us who are likely a bit more serious in what we do at times can't pass up commentary on things that appear to us irrelevant and silly. Others such as you appear to feel justified in ripping comments they don't like with, again, withering rhetoric. Come on now, "keep you mouth shut." That's hardly better than the other fellow's "piss off." Massive loss of style points for the both of you. If you had paid attention in school you would have taken to heart the notion that ideas are like the output orifice of the alimentary canal, everybody has one. It's fine to disagree, even strenuously, but the condescending "piss off" or "keep you mouth shut" indicates more about the author than anything else.

ken.mcleod
ken.mcleod

Lighten up real IT support guy, it's only eye candy, not the solution to world peace.

lhjr1947
lhjr1947

Just go to Yahoo and download their Widgets. My favorite is Informer which enables you to monitor all kinds of system areas. Or your can use Sysmetric which is also a great App. Use your search engine to locate the URLs.

sykandtyed
sykandtyed

hardup for items to post to your inbox. How else can they justify their rates. Drible, drible, drible. Get some thing usefull and it will stop the disgusted mail.

best_tech
best_tech

Why on earth should a screen cluttered with smaller more difficult to read icons heading small difficult to read lines of print be considered sensible? Or did I read something wrong? A menu (which My Computer is) should be functional and easy to use; for me that means the 'small icons' rather than either lines of print or great big flashy icons that take up screen space. When I set up XP for newbies on their computers, I also go with the iconic view. If they learn enough about the OS to want answers to questions, details on their system, whatever, they will learn to set up the view to what they want -- without any help from me. (And yes, there are people out there who are just now moving 'up' to XP from earlier OSes.)

Abbicat
Abbicat

Guess they should have mentioned this. I figured it didn't work and I had just downloaded a virus.

work
work

OK Mr "rediculous", I am SORRY! When I said "piss off", I could be over exergerating, I do apologize for that. I do feel a bit disppointed with all the negative comments about a little gadget utility which the blogger took the initiatives to write. I am sure he felt a bit disappointed too. Look, not everything here fits in your pocket, if something is not, then say something more encouraging such as : "Nice gadget but not for me.. keep up the good work " or something like that to encourage the blogger to write something more useful in the future. It might not add value to you but it may to others. I actually find this gadget interesting and 'yes' I've installed it on my XP machine at work so that it looks one step closer to my Vista machine at home. This is something which is good to know and maybe be useful in the future if you clients/customer happen to ask you how to make his XP PC icons looks like Vista. Anyway, not the end of the world, get on with our lifes and make this a better place to live.

rcfoulk
rcfoulk

My first reply to this post which did not merit comment from anybody states my view on the matter. Frankly I've been responding to this post in the same spirit as my first comment from Mr. ?piss off.?. The point of a discussion of opposing views is the discussion. When someone responds to something they don't like with "piss off" or "keep you (sorry for the typo) mouth shut" it begs having a stick poked back at them As you likely didn't notice I've tried to make my point about this type of reply with a little humor in the phrasing my responses. The main point is that it makes you and the other fellow appear like a petty bully to attempt to shut down comment with such condescending phrases. Your response really doesn't surprise me although it is disappointing. I rather expected an "oh yeah!" or something like that before you took your ball home. Honestly, everyone has a right to their take on matters and in such a forum the right to express those thoughts. If you didn't like my thoughts then offer yours in support of how installing Vista icons on XP was a functionally good idea. If you intend to shoot the messenger you had better make sure that you have ammunition of sufficiently large caliber to get the job done, which was not the case here.

tiredoftechrepublic
tiredoftechrepublic

In other words, if you haven't got anything nice to say, keep your mouth shut! is what I wrote (not keep you mouth shut!) I work with business and school environments where policy would prohibit apps such as these, but I also work with individual users in their homes or remotely to help them customize the interface for their needs and skill level. Let us not forget about the general public. From truck drivers getting their computer fixed in the middle of nowhere to the mid-level user that wants to step up a notch, I'll teach or help anybody. I won't be using this forum anymore because it has become like many other blogs... ripe with individuals who are so dissatisfied with their life they have to make everyone else miserable also. Good luck!

rcfoulk
rcfoulk

I was responding to the vitriol of the post that offered a summary judgment of any contrary opinion. It's fine to differ with another's take but to get condescending begs for a poke back. I must say honestly that spending time even researching something like bringing Vista icons to XP and then writing about it ranks with the relentless "news" coverage of Anna Nichole Smith's child's paternity. If one likes the look that much buy the product and be prepared to have lots of annoying little problems with no functional improvement in what your computer does for you. I suppose the big question is why I read the article once I understood what it addressed.

guy.omalley
guy.omalley

Only thing is they eat system resources and cause a nuisance on machines behind a Symantec corporate firewall by bombarding it with requests!

lhjr1947
lhjr1947

The Program is actually spelled SYSMETRIX.