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#1 vertigosity

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 03:18

This is a shell modification pack that replaces XPish resources with their counterparts from Windows 2000 (with bits taken from Windows ME, screenshots of Whistler betas, and some artistic license tossed in where appropriate). Obviously, the appeal of something like this is somewhat limited, but I expect there's a few people other than me who might want to use the older style, either out of nostalgia, because they find it to be cleaner and more usuable, or simply out of a preference for the pixel-art style. There are a lot of advantages to using the newer operating system, especially after the release of Service Pack 2; if you don't feel the iconset is one of them, now it doesn't have to be a disadvantage :)

I made this pretty much for my own personal use, but I know there's a (very) few others who are interested in it, so I decided to polish it up (ever so slightly - those security shields look pretty awful) a release of it. If you don't like the concept, good for you - but you are irrelevant to any discussion regarding it. If you want something specific de-XPified, or if you find any bugs, tell me about them, and I'll try to get them sorted in the next release.

Download, More Information, and Screenshot: DeviantArt

Edited by vertigosity, 12 July 2008 - 18:24.



#2 AudioDope

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 03:25

um im prejudiging this as a flawed up buggy, messes up ur system release, ill wait and see what ppl think and ill use it

#3 OP vertigosity

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 03:34

Download link fixed... my host can't use RAR files. :rolleyes:

um im prejudiging this as a flawed up buggy, messes up ur system release, ill wait and see what ppl think and ill use it

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Why do you say that? It's primitive... but it gets the job done. I just didn't want to put a high version number on it because I don't have every single icon on the system 2kified :ninja:

It installs and works fine on a clean VMWare install, and on my own box. Of course, if it DOES screw up for anybody, I'll be glad to hear it and try and fix it.

Edited by vertigosity, 30 August 2005 - 03:57.


#4 acedriver

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 04:21

:laugh: nice idea.. :ninja:

#5 eNeon

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 13:07

:laugh:  nice idea..  :ninja:

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Yep true.

#6 moglenstar

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 13:36

works nicely, although would be better if all icons got replaced ;)

#7 eNeon

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 13:46

Should it change the whole style too?

#8 OP vertigosity

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Posted 30 August 2005 - 17:44

Should it change the whole style too?

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Nope, I only touch the icons, bitmaps, and AVIs. I might throw the rest of the Classicifying stuff in as options in the installer that doesn't exist yet, but they're just a couple of tweaks that are pretty well documented, pretty easy to do, and not always appropriate for everybody.

* Turn off the Welcome screen + Terminal Services
* Disable Themes
* Classic Start Menu and Folder View
* Set Explorer not show icons in groups, use Icon view, enable the status bar, and set that as the default for all folders
* Enable Control Panel in My Computer and hide the documents folders
* Set small toolbars in Explorer/IE
* and if you're a real lunatic, disable the Shell Hardware Detection service.
* and if you're a double nutty lunatic, disable the User Accounts control panel and add an entry that starts Control Userpasswords2
* Slap me with a trout for actually KNOWING all that off the top of my head. :whistle:

works nicely, although would be better if all icons got replaced ;)

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Workin' on it :happy:

#9 Roomiestdruid

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 01:02

Well, I'll give major props if it could truly fool a 2000 user into thinking that an XP box was actually a 2000 box. There are some people whos personality is to get used to a single way of computing and making major changes to that way of working just freaks them out. That has some real potential to encourage more XP upgrades. Or I could just be rambling...

#10 OP vertigosity

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Posted 31 August 2005 - 19:21

Well, I'll give major props if it could truly fool a 2000 user into thinking that an XP box was actually a 2000 box. There are some people whos personality is to get used to a single way of computing and making major changes to that way of working just freaks them out. That has some real potential to encourage more XP upgrades. Or I could just be rambling...

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Those are exactly the people who aren't going to be installing a user-created shell pack on their systems... and XP upgrades are kinda irrelevant now that Vista is coming out RealSoonNow™. I have to give you credit though, for trying to get me to abort work on this, by suggesting that I'm helping sell XP licenses :rofl: Besides, to do that I'd have to strip non-evil functionality from the OS. Ripping out the WiMP, Outlook Express, and MSN stuff is one thing, but removing all the benefits of the newer stuff is kinda pointless ;)

I've got netshell.dll together with some decent hacked together resources, and a 48x48 shortcut icon (how the heck did that not make it into XP itself, anyways?), so if that's stuff anybody wants, it'll be in the next release... I've got it running on my system, and I think it looks disturbingly faithful to 2000. Later tonight when I get home from running errands, I'll grab a copy of the NSIS dev stuff and see if I can't muddle through it.

Edited by vertigosity, 31 August 2005 - 19:35.


#11 OP vertigosity

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Posted 08 September 2005 - 22:13

0.3 released. Includes greatly improved batch files, resources for the Tasks panels, Netshell, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Link in first post (View Post) still applies.

#12 OP vertigosity

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Posted 24 October 2005 - 21:51

Right in line with the Halloween season (it's kinda scary, and most of you kids have grown out of it), inXPerience 0.4 shows its ugly face. It's a pretty big update - everything included in the Start Menu on a default XP Pro install that has a direct 2k/ME analogue is skinned, and I took the time to make some original 2k-style resources. Lots of oddball other stuff around the system is now de-XPed as well.

As with last time, the link in the first post (View Post) is still accurate.

#13 Tungsten T

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Posted 15 December 2005 - 23:20

This sh*ts hot!

#14 OP vertigosity

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 07:00

Due to some server messiness, I've re-uploaded a slightly newer version of the patcher and fixed my PHP. If anyone's been having trouble with my page, it should be working again.

#15 Alex Suraci

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 07:02

Hahaha, genius. :laugh: Nice job.



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