Hey all, this is an updated version of my tutorial at the IFSZ, on how to skin your Windows XP and make it think it's a Mac! It's very simple, and I tried to make this as detailed as physically possible. I also bolded the main parts and colored all of the links blue for easier reference.
If anyone has any questions, problems, or comments please post here. If you notice a typo or a broken link pm me and I'll try to fix it asap.
-----------------------------------Tips and Tricks #1: "Making XP Think It's a Mac"
Okay, so we all know and love the buetiful slick style of Mac OS X, but most of us own an XP. Instead of getting an emulator and buying a Mac, why not replicate the look and feel of the Mac? It's really easy, and I'm about to tell you how.
The first thing, and probably easiest, is to take your Windows TaskBar
and move it to the top of the screen. To do this, right click
on the taskbar and make sure that 'Lock The Taskbar' is unchecked
. Now click and hold and drag
the taskbar to the top of your desktop. Ta-Da! Easy as that.
We did this because for a Mac OS X look, the Taskbar must be on the top of the screen.
Now we need to change our boring old Windows XP Skin into a buetiful and slick Mac-Like skin, this is very simple. You'll need WindowBlinds
, the popular skinning program for Windows XP. You can get WindowBlinds
for free here
. You then need to take the file you downloaded (Windowblinds4_public.exe
) and double click
on it. You will then install the program, Windowblinds. You may need to restart your computer after the installation is finished.
Now, just for the purpose of this tutorial, I have made a list of the best Mac-like skins. All skins are courtesy of Wincustomize.com.
To download and use any of the skins you must register at their site. iBar Mac BrushedMac PC XDark OS X PantherTiger Milk 2IceBrushed PantherMac OS X Panther
Once you have chosen a skin, click Download
and find the .wba
file in the zip or whatever you downloaded. Double click
on the .wba file and WindowBlinds
will automatically open the skin. Click Apply This Skin Now
and the skin will take a moment to...well...apply itself.
You can now close
WindowBlinds. And be happy that you now have a Mac-Like skin.
Sure, your XP now resembles a Mac more then it did about 10-5 minutes ago, but that doesn't mean we're done!
We now should change the wallpaper, and get a mac-like wallpaper
. Such as any of those included in the Mac OS X Panther
skin. Even if you don't like the skin, download it for the wallpapers included in the .zip
file. Extract it
, find the wallpaper, and right click>set as desktop backround
Great, now we can add the finishing touches!
You may remember that Mac OS X
has a 'dock
' on the bottom of the screen. The dock is one of the best features of this tutorial. To get a dock, you'll need the freeware program known as ObjectDock
. You can get ObjectDock for free here
. Download it and use the .exe
file to install the program.
Now that we have ObjectDock installed, we need to make it look like the Mac dock. To do this, we must change the background
The following is a list of great Mac-Like
backgrounds, to install a backround, download it and put ALL of the files into the program files folder for ObjectDock. TigerMac OS BackgroundMacBackStriped Mac
Now we need to change the icons on our dock. The best mac-like icons are MacSoft
and the Mac OS Theme
. But you can find a lot of great ones here
Yay! Our dock, skin, and wallpaper are all looking slick and sweet! Now what you ask??? Well now we need to change the icons
for XP. Download IconPackager from this site
. Note that it is only a trial version
, and will last only 30 days
. Find mac-like icons here
. TA DA! We're done! Your XP should now look like a Mac OS X! Congratulations!
Hope that helped some people and fellow mac-lovers.
Comments are welcome!-AlphaRob--VG Bliss Admin