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Vistapack 2.6 released

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Vistapack 2.6

The new version has arrived!!

Description:
The Vistapack is made to transform your old and boring Windows 2000 rig in a modern looking and feeling OS.

Safety:
It takes the files from the host, backs it up, modifies a sample and puts the modified file back in the system.
This ensures that you are using the latest files so no need for alerts like "Now I am using an old file, what if its updated by m$? Then i will be open for attack..."

Nope, no need to worry. You keep the updated file.

The pack uses ResHacker to change icons, bitmaps and some dialogs, to make it look like the new Windows Vista!

Its rather safe in my opinion, but of course there are some risks when you modify system files.

This is at your own risk!!!

But no need to worry, there are few bugs that cause your pc not to boot or something.
Personally i did not had that happening here.
Of course, when you don't like it, you can uninstall the pack like any other software.

Send me the bugs you find or some remarks, just let me know.

greets damian666

Changelog:

What's New in Vistapack 2.6 - 2000 version
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Changed the icon overlay icon, made smaller by
smiley89, thanx dude :D

Changed the explorer flag bmp, thanx to kontini

a lot of small fixes by Xibad, including a new clock
in date and time..

First release with Daedalus 32bit icons engine :D

ok, i forgot...

Please note, this is going to be the last big version
from now on, only small patches will be released...
untill the new project pack

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What's New in Vistapack 2.6 - XP version
=====================================================
Changed the icon overlay icon, made smaller by
smiley89, thanx dude :D

changed some icons in the wmploc.dll,
again thanx to smiley

Changed the explorer flag bmp, thanx to kontini

fixed a huge bug which caused a IE7 update to install
time and time again...

fixed the error with uxtheme on sp2, wont be patched.

think i fixed the bmp in the hdd wizard...

tried to fix most little bugs left...


ok, i forgot...

Please note, this is going to be the last big version
from now on, only small patches will be released...
untill the new project pack

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Please note that there are now two seperate installers, 1 for 2000 and one for XP.

Vistapack 2000 & XP links on site, look in news section...
just to warn you guys, the links on site are linkbuck links, i try to get a little money from it, want to help me? use these links...
else choose one below.

Vistapack 2000 - Skydrive mirror

Vistapack XP- Skydrive mirror

Screenshots:

Windows XP

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Windows 2000

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Edited by damian666, 16 November 2008 - 03:18 AM.

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Have fun guys, and to the testers...

THANK YOU!!!

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Thanks :D
I am looking forward to test it :D
Download, download, this is the best software that gives you the Vista-look on Windows XP :D

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especcialy because the users have a say in it huh?

i am very open to suggestions, so long its not about extra software to add :D

i hate resource hogs :D

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Thanks damian for keeping the friday promise! I was waiting for it and now I am off to new installation cd!
;-)

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your welcome man :D
it was something i could hardly get together, but hee...

here it is :P

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strange when i try to download this it stops at 5 mg the link doesn't work well ??

Edited by populous, 20 June 2008 - 09:42 AM.


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Try to download again. It worked for me.

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i try a lot of times the same result the download goes at 20 % and stops :no:

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What about right-click the download link and save as?

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ok, just wait man...
i will update the one on skydrive and then give link :D

be right back.

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ok, for those that have trouble downloading from my host, try the Skydrive mirror in the
first post.

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I have been testing Vistapackxp there is one thing I have noticed after opening start a few rimes i need to do a refresh to desktop is like start sometimes refuses to refresh on close. is that normal or only my computer?
second thing I was thinking when open ecplorer i see a large arrow at both ends od slider bars is that notmal? is so what do i change to make the arrows smaller. other than that this is very impresive :thumbup

I would like to slipstream Vistapack-xp to install disk so it loads on install ?

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tell me 1 thing...
do you use true transparency? if so... then you found the source of taht refresh problem :D

and large arrows? maybe a screenshot?

damian666

I would like to slipstream Vistapack-xp to install disk so it loads on install ?

yes, use the cd patch option :D

Edited by damian666, 21 June 2008 - 12:28 AM.

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So, what can we do to make this product even better? :)
There are still time for improvements :D

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well, first of all, i am thinking about removing true transparency...
XP has his own theme engine so, its really overkill IMHO.

and there are a lot of dialogs that can be much better designed.
Some more languages would be great :D

you have any idaes?

Damian666


btw, did you see the aboutbox of windows? better now?

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Excellent work damian666, appreciate all your efforts :thumbup : :D

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well, first of all, i am thinking about removing true transparency...
XP has his own theme engine so, its really overkill IMHO.

and there are a lot of dialogs that can be much better designed.
Some more languages would be great :D

you have any idaes?

Damian666


btw, did you see the aboutbox of windows? better now?

I got some suggestions for improvements:

  • I think that we could try to find a better "vista theme" that could replace the existing one, and remove the true transparency as well (taking advantage to better performance). With a "new" vista theme that shows the icons next to "my computer, my documents" and so on (I think XP users are going to like it), and a better location to the "User account picture". Because, when i click that picture (start menu), the user account page on control panel doesn't show up.
(Something like the start menu of Royale Noir Remixed below - It shows Vista-icons in the start menu.)

  • And the next part could be making the dialogs better.
  • When i have learned how to use the Restorator or the Reshacker, to translate the text to my own language, norwegian support would be added :D
  • And yes, i loved the new "about windows" - box you have made :D You fixed the "light-blue-line" (between the logo and the text below), to a much better and darker line in blue color.
  • I have an idea. I found a program called Vista Icon Pack v3, which is an installer. You can download it from here. That's the program that gave me the REAL Vista logon screen showing Windows XP below, pretty customized for Windows XP. And the screensaver too. Maybe you can get those two things from that package (and maybe improve it) and get it into this package? And maybe you find something more interesting resources as well :D
(Screenshot below)

  • When you are installing Windows XP, the "time and date"-icon, the "time zone"-icon and the "network configuration" icon still has the original XP-look.
  • (Eventually the System properties too)

Only suggestions :)

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Edited by prebenandre, 21 June 2008 - 10:12 AM.


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Hi, first of all great work so far, keep it up please!

Second two things I noticed:
1.) at the login and logoff screens where it says "saving you personal settings.." bla bla bla around the big "windows orb" in the upper left corner there is a difference in the shades of black near the bottom right of the orb. It just doesnt look right.
2.) I remember reading this before as a suggestion from some one else, but the little icon in the upper right corner of a explorer window should either be left alone (just keep the windows flag) or chaged to something isn't black. The black totally clashes with everything else. Other than those two things everything looks good so far.

EDIT: 3.) When the Standby, Logoff, Restart thingy comes up when you go to turn off your computer the orange/brown standby button doesn't change with a mouseover like the other two buttons do.

Edited by godan, 21 June 2008 - 04:45 PM.


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@ prebenandre, did you look at the new screensaver? still not good?

and that theme thingy... i will see what i can do maybe...

those icons are something we have to find then, will fix that for sure.

logon is a kind of a personal thing, i dont like it, because ALL transformation packs use it...
i like it to be different, but i can always open up a poll to see what everybody thinks about it :D

downloaded that pack, but all the icons i allready have :D but i will take the logon to check it out :D

@godan, i wont leave the flag man, its very XP-like and would clash even more then the orb thingy.
but your welcome to make me one vistalike :D

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Polls added, please vote guys.

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did you look at the new screensaver? still not good?

I think it is good, and much better than the previous screensaver! The question is if the Vista Icon Pack 3 screensaver is better.

and that theme thingy... i will see what i can do maybe...

Maybe we find something we could use here :)


those icons are something we have to find then, will fix that for sure.

Some of these icons could be found in the control panel. And some other icons can be discovered that we can use :)

logon is a kind of a personal thing, i dont like it, because ALL transformation packs use it...
i like it to be different, but i can always open up a poll to see what everybody thinks about it
:D

Great :D

downloaded that pack, but all the icons i allready have :D but i will take the logon to check it out :D

Check the screensaver too, if you want :- D

@godan, i wont leave the flag man, its very XP-like and would clash even more then the orb thingy.
but your welcome to make me one vistalike :D

Well.. This is what I think about this:

1. The cursor in "windows explorer" has a dark background, and the others use some kind of grey or white. Is it able to change to that and still use the "cursor"?

2. There is a "weird black connection" from the vista orb and to the rest of the black background that you can see in the logon screen.

Take a look at the screenshots.

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ok, i checked the logon, but i really hate it man :(
there are much better look-a-likes out there...

screensaver is cool :D

i have to investigate about the "cursor" in explorer...

talk to you later.

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those icons are something we have to find then, will fix that for sure.

I believe those are in syssetup.dll

@godan, i wont leave the flag man, its very XP-like and would clash even more then the orb thingy.
but your welcome to make me one vistalike.

The orb itself isn't the problem it's the black background of it that sticks out like a sore thumb.

Edited by godan, 21 June 2008 - 09:13 PM.


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Hi damian, I must say this is a great pack, been using it since 2.0 :)
And it keeps improving! I like the new bootscreen and logoff... But I think a more Vista-Like logon would be better (I voted to the poll ;))
There is only one thing I don't like very much, and it's the shortcut arrow. IMO, it's too big, in particular when using 48px icons.
So I edited the original one (shell32\30.ico), moving the 32px arrow to the 48px icon setting, and making the 32px arrow a little smaller.
This is how it looks with 48px icons.
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I think it's better like this.
For TrueTransparency, I see no point in removing it, as it is included as an extra in the pack and users can choose whether to use it or not.
Obviously, they're only suggestions. :blushing:

And another thing, if you like, I can translate the main Vistapack window in italian, al well as other resources in the pack. ;)
Edited icon attached.

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