Get the Vista Look on Windows XP.

With all the talks of Vista going around, its human that we all want the looks and feel of it running on our xp machines.There are some solutions like Style XP and Windows Blind but they all don’t change everything completely.

One of the magazines i was going through caught my eyes.They have tested it and this is what they say “Windows Vista Transformation pack does all that and without any system crash”

I wanted to try on my system but then It will slow my system.So i just wen to the orginal site and saw those pic.Amazing.So take a look at them below and think

Vista Transformation Pack Affect

Vista Desktop

Above Figure: Desktop

Login Screen

Above Figure:Logon Screen

So what do you think? Awsome right!! Ok here are some quicktips and then you can follow the link ot the original site itself.

Tips for Installing Vista Transformation Pack

  • You need a better hardware configuration, specifically better ram of around 512 will be good.You can still try but it might slow down your system.

  • It will take 200MB of space for complete installation and 2-5 minutes.

  • It has a preview thumbnail feature and sidebar is heavy…so if it takes a little time to install be patient.

  • Download link
    Posted by Hunt3rke, Saturday, February 24, 2007 12:17 AM | 0 comments |

    Top Ten Windows Vista Facts

    Top 10 Interesting and Informative Facts about Windows Vista :D

    Windows Vista

    1. Complete Name:
    It is the only Windows ever with a complete name. (All others were either named after the years they were released in e.g Windows 95/98/2000 or named in short formed abbreviations e.g. Windows NT, Windows XP)

    2. Largest Operating System Ever:
    It is the largest Windows OS coming out. It is 1.4 times bigger than Windows XP (Meaning if you rate Windows Vista as 5 stars, then Windows Vista gets 7 stars definitely). Windows Vista will have the maximun number of editions too.

    3. Graphics Hardware:
    It will be the only Windows OS that will make use of the available hardware for its graphics needs.

    4. Windows Sidebar:
    It is the first Windows OS to have a integrated sidebar and widgets in it.

    5. Aero Styles:
    Though Aero Themes and Glassy Windows Styles are not uncommon. Windows Vista would still be the first Windows OS ever to use the Aero Style as default Windows Style.

    6. Logon Music:
    As Informed by Vista developers, It is the the only Windows OS to have the longest Startup/Logon Music ever.

    7. Logoff Music:
    Just as Vista is unique regarding the new logon music feature, it is also unique in the sense that it is the first Windows OS ever to have a human voice in Logoff/Shutdown music (Yes, Vista will have Female voice in Logoff Music).

    8. Vista Beta Versions:
    Vista boasts to own the most BETA versions as an OS (Windows XP got less).

    9. Error Detection:
    Windows Vista, if hangs, will tell us the reason why Windows has hung. It will be the only OS to tell us why it has hung up.

    10. Microsoft Claim:
    According to a claim by Microsoft, Vista cannot be hacked and it is difficult for Viruses to infect it. But with all those security holes it doesnt seem like a true fact now does it?
    Posted by Hunt3rke, Sunday, February 18, 2007 7:17 AM | 0 comments |

    Windows Mobile 6

    Microsoft has reportedly unveiled a bounteous fable of it's
    Windows Mobile operating habit (OS), Windows Mobile 6, which has the
    hinge of Windows Vista, goodness disposition that were earlier
    available reserved on PCs.Windows Mobile 6 promises to boost yield
    of essentiality connections Exchange Server 2007, because and arrange a
    richer e-mail maturity on devices.Reportedly, the also recital
    includes Windows Live, bestowal topical messaging with supplementary
    than sole implement at a time, owing to positively whereas sending
    files/images again record/send rumor notes.Another in addition sort
    that comes from Exchange Server 2007 is the know-how to shine to thump
    requests imaginary monopoly Microsoft Outlook weight altered ways
    equaling since email rebound also forwarding the scoop to someone
    exceeding from the pliable device. Presently, a user importance either
    germane credit or reject the invite. It due to again supports govern
    e-mail invasion technology to obtain and pipe e-mails faster.Windows
    Mobile 6 and introduces the talent to concept e-mails connections their
    innovative HTML Internet institution with serviceable Web links from
    apt phones.Moreover, physical allows viewing, navigating, besides
    editing documents prominence ingenious Word, Outlook, Excel, besides
    Powerpoint format, without entertaining tables, images, or text. Other
    attributes annex support owing to synchronisation with Vista via the
    increased Windows Mobile Device Center, exceptional search, encryption
    of data stored on removable camera-eye cards, .NET Compact Framework,
    SQL Server, besides cause of the equipment being a modem seeing daybook
    PCs.According to Microsoft, Windows Mobile 6 consign produce
    available access the succour station of 2007. And, manufacturers that
    are expected to issue superficial with numerous devices supporting
    Windows Mobile 6 possess Toshiba, Lenovo, LG Electronics, and Samsung
    Posted by Hunt3rke, Saturday, February 17, 2007 12:08 AM | 0 comments |

    Our Swicki ;)

    Eurekster is a company based in Christchurch, New Zealand, with an office located in San Francisco, California, that builds social search engines for use on websites, the search engines are called swickis.

    Launching to the public on January 21, 2004[1], Eurekster hosts around 50,000 swickis[2] (or search plus wiki[3])for various different websites, which have around a total of 20 million searches per month,[4] or around 500,000 searches per day.[5]

    Mark Cuban on Blog Maverick explained the swicki: "Add their search engine to your site. They will rank results based on what actions people who search from your site take... and show results that maximize relavance to the sites' community."[6]

    According to their chief executive officer, Steven Marder: "Eurekster pioneered vertical, social search..."[2]

    The co-founder and chief scientist of Eurkester is Dr Grant Ryan[7], who is also the co-founder and chairman of Christchurch-based company, SLI Systems, who specialize in search engines that learns from the users.

    In May, 2006, Red Heering selected Eurkester as one of their favorite companies that push the technological limits in North America. Marder told WebProNews, "We are honored to have been selected by Red Herring for this prestigious award that serves as a testament to Eurekster's vision, technology and business model."[8]

    Eurekster was, on January 17, 2007, announced one of the 100 best companies by AlwaysOn Media 100. The selection was made by focusing on "innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value creation, and media attention or 'buzz'"[9]

    About Eurekster From Wikipedia

    Now You can help me building the best Vista Search Engine by writing answers, adding the most revelant keywords and submitting sites.

    Thx a lot.

    Cheers hunter
    Posted by Hunt3rke, Monday, February 05, 2007 7:56 AM | 0 comments |

    Ten Reasons to Buy Windows Vista

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you probably know that the latest version of Windows--called Vista--is due to hit store shelves later this year (in time for the holidays, Microsoft tells us).

    Windows XP offers a little something for everyone, from eye-catching graphics and new bundled applications to more-rigorous security. In fact, there is so much in the new operating system that it can be tough to get a handle on it all.

    I've been noodling around with a recent beta version of Windows Vista (Build 5270) and had a chance to make some observations. While the sleek new look and polished interface caught my eye, it's what's under the covers that impressed me most. Microsoft's done a great job of improving security across the board. Things like Windows and spyware library updates are streamlined, and I definitely appreciate the more robust Backup software.

    Still, there's plenty of unfinished work left to do. Internet Explorer 7 struggled to properly render some Web pages, and I found local network connectivity to be a hit-or-miss affair. And then there's the stuff that isn't even in there yet--like the intriguing Windows Sidebar, which will put real-time weather info, stock quotes, system status, RSS feeds, and other information on the display.

    So during my time with Windows Vista, I kept an eye out for the reasons I--and you--might ultimately want to lay my hands on the new OS when it's available. And frankly, if you buy a new Windows-based PC at the end of this year or any time in, say, the next five years, you'll probably end up with Vista by default.

    Keep in mind, this is based solely on my experience with prerelease software (and a whole new beta could be out by the time you read this). Features get tweaked, they come and go, but from what we can tell, Vista is now starting to harden into the product that will be running many, many desktops for the foreseeable future. And by and large, that's a good thing.

    Here's what to be excited about:

    1. Security, security, security: Windows XP Service Pack 2 patched a lot of holes, but Vista takes security to the next level. There are literally too many changes to list here, from the bidirectional software firewall that monitors inbound and outbound traffic to Windows Services Hardening, which prevents obscure background processes from being hijacked and changing your system. There's also full-disk encryption, which prevents thieves from accessing your data, even if they steal the PC out from under your nose.

    Perhaps most crucial (and least sexy) is the long-overdue User Account Protection, which invokes administrator privileges as needed, such as during driver updates or software installations. UAP makes it much more convenient for users to operate Vista with limited rights (meaning the system won't let them do certain things, like load software, without clearance from an administrator). This in turn limits the ability of malware to hose your system.

    2. Internet Explorer 7: IE gets a much-needed, Firefox-inspired makeover, complete with tabbed pages and better privacy management. There's also the color-coded Address Bar that lets you know if a page is secured by a digital key, or, thanks to new antiphishing features, if it's a phony Web site just looking to steal information about you.

    These features will all be available for Windows XP users who download IE7. But Vista users get an important extra level of protection: IE7 on Vista will run in what Microsoft calls "protected mode"--a limited-rights mode that prevents third-party code from reaching your system. It's about darn time.

    3. Righteous eye candy: For the first time, Microsoft is building high-end graphics effects into Windows. The touted Aero Glass interface features visually engaging 3D rendering, animation, and transparencies. Translucent icons, program windows, and other elements not only look cool, they add depth and context to the interface. For example, hover your cursor over minimized programs that rest on the taskbar and you'll be able to see real-time previews of what's running in each window without opening them full-screen. Now you can see what's going on behind the scenes, albeit at a cost: You need powerful graphics hardware and a robust system to manage all the effects.

    4. Desktop search: Microsoft has been getting its lunch handed to it by Google and Yahoo on the desktop, but Vista could change all that. The new OS tightly integrates instant desktop search, doing away with the glacially slow and inadequate search function in XP. Powerful indexing and user-assignable metadata make searching for all kinds of data--including files, e-mails, and Web content--a lot easier. And if you're running Vista on a Windows Longhorn network, you can perform searches across the network to other PCs.

    5. Better updates: Vista does away with using Internet Explorer to access Windows Update, instead utilizing a new application to handle the chore of keeping your system patched and up-to-date. The result is quicker response and a more tightly streamlined process. The update-tracking mechanism, for instance, is much quicker to display information about your installation. And now key components, such as the Windows Defender antispyware module, get their updates through this central point. Like other housekeeping features, a better Windows Update isn't a gee-whiz upgrade, but it should make it easier--and more pleasant--to keep your PC secure.

    6. More media: Over the years, one of the key reasons to upgrade versions of Windows has been the free stuff Gates and Company toss into the new OS, and Vista is no exception. Windows Media Player (perhaps my least favorite application of all time) gets a welcome update that turns the once-bloated player into an effective MP3 library. The Windows Photo Gallery finally adds competent photo-library-management functionality to Windows, so you can organize photos; apply metatags, titles, and ratings; and do things like light editing and printing. The DVD Maker application, which was still very rough when I looked at it, promises to add moviemaking capabilities--along the lines of Movie Maker--to the operating system. There are even some nice new games tucked into the bundle.

    7. Parental controls: Families, schools, and libraries will appreciate the tuned-up parental controls, which let you limit access in a variety of ways. Web filtering can block specific sites, screen out objectionable content by selected type, and lock out file downloads. You can also restrict each account's access by time of day or day of the week. As a dad, I can tell you this will be great for keeping kids off the PC while you're at work, for instance. You can even block access to games based on their Entertainment Software Rating Board ratings.

    8. Better backups: When Windows 95 first came out, the typical hard disk was, maybe, 300MB in size. Today, desktops routinely ship with 300GB or 400GB hard drives. And yet, the built-in data-backup software in Windows has changed little in the past decade. Windows Vista boasts a much-improved backup program that should help users avoid wholesale digital meltdowns. Microsoft also tweaked the useful System Restore feature--which takes snapshots of your system state so you can recover from a nasty infection or botched software installation.

    9. Peer-to-peer collaboration: The Windows Collaboration module uses peer-to-peer technology to let Vista users work together in a shared workspace. You can form ad hoc workgroups and then jointly work on documents, present applications, and pass messages. You can even post "handouts" for others to review.

    10. Quick setup: Beta code alert: There are some Vista features I hope dearly for even though they haven't been built yet. This is one of them. Jim Allchin, Microsoft's co-president, says that Windows Vista boasts a re-engineered install routine, which will slash setup times from about an hour to as little as 15 minutes. Hurray! The new code wasn't in the beta version of Vista that Microsoft sent to me--my aging rig took well over an hour to set up--so I'll believe it when I see it. Still, any improvement in this area is welcome.

    Five Things That Will Give You Pause

    All this is not to say that Vista is a slam-dunk and everyone should be running out to buy it as soon as Microsoft takes the wraps off. Heck, Windows XP has developed into a fairly stable, increasingly secure OS. Why mess with that?

    Yes, during my time with Vista, I've found more than enough features to get excited about--features that will make a sizable chunk of Windows users want to upgrade. So why would anyone in their right mind stick with what they've got? Here are a few reasons:

    Pay that piper: Vista is an operating system. It's the stuff your applications run on. But it'll cost $100 or more to make the switch. Unless you're buying a new PC and starting from scratch, you may be better off saving the money for something else.

    Where's my antivirus?: For all the hype about security in Windows Vista, users may be disappointed to learn that antivirus software will not be part of the package. There's every indication that an online subscription service--possibly under the OneCare rubric--will offer antivirus protection to Vista users down the road. But for the time being, you'll need to turn to third-party companies like Symantec, McAfee, Grisoft, and others for virus protection.

    Watch that hourglass: Vista is a power hog. Unless you have a top-end PC with high-end graphics hardware, for instance, you won't see one of the coolest parts of the new OS--the Aero Glass interface. Microsoft did the smart thing by offering Aero Basic and Windows Classic looks as well, which will let older and slower PCs run Vista. It just won't look as pretty.

    Curse the learning curve: Microsoft has already ditched some aggressive ideas--such as the whole "virtual folders" thing--because the concepts proved too confusing for users. Even so, you'll find that the new Windows changes a lot of old tricks, and not always for the better. Heck, it took me almost five minutes to find the Run command, which used to show up right in the Start menu. And many users may struggle with the new power scheme, which defaults to putting the PC into hibernation rather than shutting down. I know it frustrated me the first time I wanted to power down the system to swap out a disk drive.

    Meet the old boss, same as the new boss: Microsoft has added lots of new stuff to Vista, but some features are just warmed-over fare. Windows Mail is nothing more than a rebranded Outlook Express, and Windows Defender is simply an updated version of Microsoft AntiSpyware.

    So keep your eyes peeled for future previews of Vista. It may not be perfect (what software is?), but in a lot of ways, it's a giant leap forward.

    Michael Desmond writes about technology from his home in Colchester, Vermont.

    Source Yahoo news
    Posted by Hunt3rke, Saturday, February 03, 2007 5:32 AM | 0 comments |