One of the most heralded changes in Windows Vista is the
inclusion of the Aero Glass interface. The interface change in Vista is almost
as big of a change as XPs Luna interface was over the old Windows 2000
Professional interface. Of course, to
get Aero Glass working properly, youre supposed to have a Gaming Graphics
card with at least 128MB of RAM. And naturally you have to be running, orwaiting, for Vista to get it.
Or do you?
Recently I stumbled across the Vista Transformation
Pack. This is an integrated set of utilities that will modify Windows XP to
look and feel very much like Windows Vista. It will also do so without a huge
investment in computer horsepower. You can transform Windows XP into a Vistalookalike with a graphics card with as little as 8MB of RAM. Best of all, the program is free.
How does it work? The author of the Vista Transformation Pack
integrates the Glass2K utility to allow translucency on Windows 2000/XP alongwith some other programming magic to completely change the interface.
Ive created a Photo Gallery that shows you what the Vista Transformation Pack does to your
Windows XP system. Its not a complete transformation. You can still see the difference
in a few places, but overall it does a very nice job of emulating Vista. If you
want to get a taste of Vista without completely installing Beta 2, this mightbe the way to go.