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How To Make Your Windows Look Like A Mac
Posted 14 July 2005 - 11:19 PM
Step 1: The Downloads
Ok for this to work your going to need some items to make it work.
The first one is the skin to make your windows look like a mac.
Its called Panther you can download it here.
Second your gonna need a doc for your programs. The best free one out there is Yz's dock and you can download it here The dock
Thirdly every good mac desktop needs a program to run what are called widgets. There are two good programs out there called Konfabulator, which is a shareware program that reminds you to register it every seven days and the registration is only $20 USD. Also there is one out there called Samurize
which is freeware. I prefere Konfabulator but its up to you. Download Konfabulator here and Download Samurize here.
Finally no mac desktop is complete without the icons which can be found hre.
Step 2: Applying the skin
Put the skin in a folder somewhere on your pc. Right click on your desktop and click properties and from your select style screen go to browze and go to the folder you put the skin in and apply it.
Your desktop should now look like this,
Step 3: The rest of the applications
Ok where in the final stretch All you need to do now is move your taskbar to the top. Run the Yzdock installer and add your favorite programs to it. If you want to add a trash bin follow the instructions here
Finally install Konfabulator or Samurize and run a widget. If you have konfabulator you know how now.
Your final desktop should look kind of like this:
Now for you people who want one quick program to install the skin and doc you can use Flyakite it makes your whole computer look like the Mac os
You can download it here from here
Hope you like it and give me some feed back.
Posted 15 July 2005 - 12:17 AM
I'm not using a mac, so I don't know what widgets are. What are they? Are they what you would see when you minimize a window, with just the top bar?
Is it possible to hide that Start menu? It looks really hideous when it's in a mac-like environment.
Posted 15 July 2005 - 10:26 AM
the advantage of using these programs over other, lesser known ones is that many skins and widgets (thousands) are available. cheack out www.wincustomize.com
Posted 15 July 2005 - 11:32 AM
It eats away resources up to a sluggish comp (mine has 1024MB RAM, AMD Athlon64 3400 CPU, ATi Radeon 9250 128MB graphics card). My taskbar which you can 'hide' with YZDock disappeared but never came back, YZDock froze and didn't let me work with anything on it. My MSN Messenger 7 couldn't open anymore. Etc, I was forced to use taskmanager to shut down most processes and then go to the CP to uninstall it.
My suggestion : Get StyleXP, the MALE version (the chick version is ugly LOL and I am a chick, we are not all Paris HIlton fans -- makes obscene signs with the thought of Paris Hilton) and run it to set Panther Skin. It's the same LOL. Only it keeps your taskbar on the bottom.
Posted 15 July 2005 - 11:37 AM
Objectdock and Yzdock do the exact same thing You can download object dock if you want to but i gave the opition for freeware. As for widgets you can find many of them at Osx-e or at the konfabulator main site which is konfabulator
Well, sorry to play spoilsport, but isn't Yzdock used to replace the explorer icons??? To make a dock on the bottom like in a mac, you have to download Objectdock from www.stardock.com (freeware or paid - it's your choice) and then customize it to look like a mac. [/url]
Finally Im glad you like the tutorial
Posted 26 October 2005 - 06:36 AM
Great tut though.
Posted 26 October 2005 - 09:11 AM
It looked really great, but I couldn't use it for more than a couple of days. I'm the kind of person who prefers a fast system to an attractive one. I just had to scrap all the crazy apps and my system was back to normal.
But, after I installed gentoo, I installed xfce4 which already has a ready made theme to make the windows and taskbar look like Mac. It's pretty good and it doesn't slow down the system. This will remain my theme for some days to come... atleast until I get bored of it .
Posted 04 November 2005 - 08:45 PM
Posted 07 November 2005 - 04:31 PM
What program are you using? Only windows desktop uses .msstyles
Um, I tried installing just the skin (nothing else, I don't wanna gobble up my RAM), but XP wants .Theme files, not .msstyles. What's going on? Do I need some sort of skinning program? >_<
Posted 07 November 2005 - 08:44 PM
I wonder it there are Mac users wanting to make their desktop look like a Windows desktop.
Posted 09 November 2005 - 05:55 PM
Posted 10 November 2005 - 02:57 AM
Overall though, it looks like a great tutorial although I've heard of many people doing this before (Ack...including me =P) I've used a different tutorial to help me out with the transformation though and it requires more downloads:
It's a pretty cool tutorial and you can download the widgets you want. Although the tutorial is quite old and i think like Nate has obviously told us that there are much more better programs and modify everything into a Mac already so well yeah you get the idea.
Personally though I'd prefer to use a real Mac if i want a Mac interface. I've used a Powerbook before and i find it pretty interesting to use and much different from the Windows Interface. Took some time before i finally got used to it but i still don't like Macs so much because of the lack of computer games designed for Macs or converted from Windows to Macs capabilites =P.
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