New Windows 8 Transformation Pack released

Would you like to have your PC look like Windows 8 without all that hassle of actually downloading and installing the Consumer Preview version? The Windows X team has the solution for you with the new 4.0 version of the Windows 8 Transformation Pack.

The pack turns the desktop of any PC with Windows XP, Vista and 7 into one that mimics the look of Windows 8. While there have been previous versions of the Transformation Pack, the 4.0 version adds the Segoe font that is used in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to give it more of an authentic look and feel. It also adds the Charms Bar as an alternative for users who are not able to get the full UI to work properly.

In addition to the Transformation Pack, there is also a separate release of the Windows 8 UX Pack 4.0, which is designed specifically for Windows 7 users only. While it also changes the Windows 7 desktop to look like Windows 8, the UX Pack doesn't modify any of the system files like the Transformation Pack does. However, the developer does say that the Windows 8 Transformation Pack is more reliable and safer than previous versions due to user feedback.

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You'd have to be insane to want to transform your windows 7 box into that windows 8 mismatch of interface paradigms. It's nearly as laughable as the vista transformation pack hahahaha.

You'd have to be insane to want to transform your windows 7 box into that windows 8 mismatch of interface paradigms. It's nearly as laughable as the vista transformation pack hahahaha.

I can't stand these transformation packs because in most cases they reduce the stability of the system by patching and modifying system files. The UX pack which it says doesn't modify any system files is OK. But if you are so desperate for the new look, just get the real deal or be happy with the older OS that is just as well for its time and is stable. Sacrificing OS stability by these mods for looks? No way. I would rather have a Windows Classic transformation pack for Windows 8 that suppresses all and every form of Metro for desktops and laptops that uses a smarter approach like in-memory hooking.

I downloaded this and when I reboot I am unable to click on the start screen . I can't pull up control panel , my icons are invisible. Tried to system restore but screen is invisible so GEEK SQUAD here I come.

I love all the Windows H8. Seriously, most people only hate Metro is because "Hating Metro" is the new black. I doubt that the majority of the h8ers have even installed 8 or are just bandwagon jumping on the H8 Train.

Mike Olson_438077 said,
I love all the Windows H8. Seriously, most people only hate Metro is because "Hating Metro" is the new black. I doubt that the majority of the h8ers have even installed 8 or are just bandwagon jumping on the H8 Train.

Then there are those who tested the pre-installed apps for a grand total of a second, letting emotion take them over.

I've taken a deep dive into Metro, and I can say with utmost certainty that once Windows 8 ships, and Apps begin to show up, will it all come together.

It's hard to sell the concept of Metro when the basics aren't even implemented in the stock, out-of-box Consumer preview apps.

Mike Olson_438077 said,
I love all the Windows H8. Seriously, most people only hate Metro is because "Hating Metro" is the new black. I doubt that the majority of the h8ers have even installed 8 or are just bandwagon jumping on the H8 Train.

I have used Windows 8. Metro is good in concept for tablets, hence the large buttons, swipe gestures, etc. I would buy a slate with windows 8 on it in 2 seconds flat but not on a desktop. Why? Well for starters it is made for DUCKIN TABLETS not desktops! Thats's Why! I've done IT professionally 365 days a year for 5 years. I am a Microsoft Fanboy and I am here to tell you Windows ME, Vista, and 8 (in its current state, after all it is Beta), suck. Have you installed it? Have you tried it yet? Let me guess you jumped on the bandwagon of defending this monstrosity of a UI. Why don't people get it?

Here educate yourself....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4boTbv9_nU

Very true. However, I am one of the minority who installed W8 dp and cp, used it for a month on my desktop (just reverted to w7 a few days ago) and the pdc2009 tablet (still installed),and still can't bring myself to like Metro. To be fair, Metro is just the design language, and I have nothing against that. What I can't stand is the new start screen, and the need to keep switching between that and the classic desktop.

It took me only a week to warm up to W7's Super Taskbar. Unfortunately, after using the DP since launch, and CP for a month, I can't say the same about W8.

butilikethecookie said,

I have used Windows 8. Metro is good in concept for tablets, hence the large buttons, swipe gestures, etc. I would buy a slate with windows 8 on it in 2 seconds flat but not on a desktop. Why? Well for starters it is made for DUCKIN TABLETS not desktops! Thats's Why! I've done IT professionally 365 days a year for 5 years. I am a Microsoft Fanboy and I am here to tell you Windows ME, Vista, and 8 (in its current state, after all it is Beta), suck. Have you installed it? Have you tried it yet? Let me guess you jumped on the bandwagon of defending this monstrosity of a UI. Why don't people get it?

Here educate yourself....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4boTbv9_nU

Actually I ran the Developer Preview on a laptop for a couple days and because of the limited driver support, I reverted back to 7. I'm currently running the CP on my laptop and using 7 on my desktop. I'm not going to get into a ****ing contest about who's been in the industry longer or whatever, as that really achieves nothing, however I will say that I was around when 95, 98, 98se, 2000, ME, XP, Vista and 7 all shipped. I plan on being around and being just as excited about 8 as I was with all of those versions. Also, your statement about certain iterations of Windows "sucking" is only 1/3 correct. ME was atrocious, Vista wasn't that bad and 8 is going to be awesome. Anyway... Carry on.

That is the last time I trust anything posted on Neowin. Seriously. Did you even test it yourself, John Callaham, or did you just regurgitate unsubstantiated claims? I installed this on an XP machine out of curiosity and it destroyed it. It was horrendous, intrusive, and even after an uninstall and system restore, my OS is still proper ****ed. I am going to need to format and do a clean install now. Awesome.

This is the worst piece of garbage I have ever installed... Ever. Worse than iTunes. Worse than AOL. You should not only be fired from the writing staff, you should be banned from this site for posting such absolute and utter ****.

Slaquor said,
That is the last time I trust anything posted on Neowin. Seriously. Did you even test it yourself, John Callaham, or did you just regurgitate unsubstantiated claims? I installed this on an XP machine out of curiosity and it destroyed it. It was horrendous, intrusive, and even after an uninstall and system restore, my OS is still proper ****ed. I am going to need to format and do a clean install now. Awesome.

This is the worst piece of garbage I have ever installed... Ever. Worse than iTunes. Worse than AOL. You should not only be fired from the writing staff, you should be banned from this site for posting such absolute and utter ****.

I usually run that sort of stuff in a VM first.

Slaquor said,
That is the last time I trust anything posted on Neowin. Seriously. Did you even test it yourself, John Callaham, or did you just regurgitate unsubstantiated claims? I installed this on an XP machine out of curiosity and it destroyed it. It was horrendous, intrusive, and even after an uninstall and system restore, my OS is still proper ****ed. I am going to need to format and do a clean install now. Awesome.

This is the worst piece of garbage I have ever installed... Ever. Worse than iTunes. Worse than AOL. You should not only be fired from the writing staff, you should be banned from this site for posting such absolute and utter ****.


Consider it a perfect time to finally upgrade to Windows 7?

Slaquor said,
That is the last time I trust anything posted on Neowin. Seriously. Did you even test it yourself, John Callaham, or did you just regurgitate unsubstantiated claims? I installed this on an XP machine out of curiosity and it destroyed it. It was horrendous, intrusive, and even after an uninstall and system restore, my OS is still proper ****ed. I am going to need to format and do a clean install now. Awesome.

This is the worst piece of garbage I have ever installed... Ever. Worse than iTunes. Worse than AOL. You should not only be fired from the writing staff, you should be banned from this site for posting such absolute and utter ****.

Lol....XP..

McKay said,

Lol....XP..


I have a Win7 Pro machine as my primary PC, a Win7 Home Premium machine for my HTPC, an OpenSUSE machine for my home server, and an old XP machine that I mess around on. I'm not stupid enough to install anything questionable on a computer I wouldn't want to screw up. So yeah... lol... XP...

ahhell said,
Sounds like something as useless as the stuff that Stardock releases.

watch it this site is partially owned by Stardock....

remixedcat said,

watch it this site is partially owned by Stardock....

True. But if Stardock can't take it and starts coming down hard on anything negative about Stardock you'd see a mass exodus of users (me thinks). They seem to take it OK. Just look at how badly they are trolled every time they release new software and its posted here.

Shadrack said,

True. But if Stardock can't take it and starts coming down hard on anything negative about Stardock you'd see a mass exodus of users (me thinks). They seem to take it OK. Just look at how badly they are trolled every time they release new software and its posted here.

I think people are too hard on them.

acrufox said,
You could make Windows 7 look like windows 8....or you could just download the consumer preview...?

But it's so difficult to download, burn the iso and install!!! /s

TRC said,
Why would I want to do such a terrible thing to a great OS like Windows 7?

Because luckily the entire world is not like you, and some people actually like the look of Windows 8, and want the freedom to enjoy that without the fear of screwing up during installation.

McKay said,

Because luckily the entire world is not like you, and some people actually like the look of Windows 8

Yes, sadly the world is full of crazy people.

Joking aside though, I said why would I do it, not anyone else.

benalvino said,
Its news to me... you guys don't have to read it you know...

you have as much say and right to have opinion as much as i do , so its okay
*unless u live in america...

bogas04 said,

you have as much say and right to have opinion as much as i do , so its okay
*unless u live in america...


America derpa derpa! America derp derp!

gb8080 said,
I'd prefer a transformation pack that worked the other way and made Win8 look like Win7.

Ironically, I wouldn't doubt once Win 8 RTMs that you will have that software coming.

gb8080 said,
I'd prefer a transformation pack that worked the other way and made Win8 look like Win7.
Damn it, I was just going to say that.

gb8080 said,
I'd prefer a transformation pack that worked the other way and made Win8 look like Win7.

that already exists, it's called Windows 7

timster said,

that already exists, it's called Windows 7

I'm not averse in principle to enjoying other benefits of Win8 (whatever they are).

gb8080 said,

I'm not averse in principle to enjoying other benefits of Win8 (whatever they are).

Unfortunately you don't get to pick and choose which parts of a new car model you want and which of the previous model you want in some kind of big blended mutant of an OS. You either buy the new model and accept what it brings (good or bad), or you don't.

TCLN Ryster said,

Unfortunately you don't get to pick and choose which parts of a new car model you want and which of the previous model you want in some kind of big blended mutant of an OS. You either buy the new model and accept what it brings (good or bad), or you don't.

or you go to another manufacturer...........

What is really needed is for MS to make Windows-8 mimic Windows-7. Pity, MS didn't include an installation option whereby the Metro interface could be disabled. Making people buy computers with touch sensitive screens and auxiliary keyboards for data entry to fully use Windows-8 is foolhardy. As for ARM processing, is that really going to make a big difference with laptops and desktops?

TsarNikky said,
As for ARM processing, is that really going to make a big difference with laptops and desktops?

Who said it's for desktops and laptops? Windows on ARM is for tablets, in order to compete with ipad and android tablets.

TsarNikky said,
What is really needed is for MS to make Windows-8 mimic Windows-7. Pity, MS didn't include an installation option whereby the Metro interface could be disabled. Making people buy computers with touch sensitive screens and auxiliary keyboards for data entry to fully use Windows-8 is foolhardy. As for ARM processing, is that really going to make a big difference with laptops and desktops?

Where was it ever mentioned you are REQUIRED to have a touch screen for Windows 8? And whats an auxillary keyboard, dont computers come with keyboards as standard? Or is Windows 8 so complex for you that you need another keyboard?

TsarNikky said,
What is really needed is for MS to make Windows-8 mimic Windows-7. Pity, MS didn't include an installation option whereby the Metro interface could be disabled. Making people buy computers with touch sensitive screens and auxiliary keyboards for data entry to fully use Windows-8 is foolhardy. As for ARM processing, is that really going to make a big difference with laptops and desktops?

Wow, troll much?

Touch is not required to "fully use Windows-8". I'm fully using Windows 8 and I don't have a touch screen.

TsarNikky said,
What is really needed is for MS to make Windows-8 mimic Windows-7. Pity, MS didn't include an installation option whereby the Metro interface could be disabled. Making people buy computers with touch sensitive screens and auxiliary keyboards for data entry to fully use Windows-8 is foolhardy. As for ARM processing, is that really going to make a big difference with laptops and desktops?

1) I haven't had any problems with Windows 8 on my non-touchscreen machine. It's a joy to use. Maybe you're not a very adaptable person able to learn new easy to use interfaces?
2) Windows 8 is currently in Consumer Preview. Don't poop your pants too much if there is a Windows 8 Professional version that allows you to disable Metro for enterprise.

Why would anyone want to dumb down their Aero desktop?

MS Finally had a good UI paradigm with Aero. The right balance of functionality with a hint of eye candy (re: glass).

Now they want to go backwards from their ONLY GUI success in 30 years? WTF

excalpius said,
Why would anyone want to dumb down their Aero desktop?

MS Finally had a good UI paradigm with Aero. The right balance of functionality with a hint of eye candy (re: glass).

Now they want to go backwards from their ONLY GUI success in 30 years? WTF

Because Metro sucks ass for desktops and its only good for tablets, the current system isn't broke so NO need to fix it. At least give people an option to turn it off FFS instead of forcing people to make/use transformation packs etc. Metro = Tablets = backwards for desktop

Tender Foot said,
instead of forcing people to make/use transformation packs etc. Metro = Tablets = backwards for desktop

These packs aren't even from microsoft.

eddman said,

These packs aren't even from microsoft.

You should be able to tell that I already know this from part of the quote that you quoted. Reading comprehension fail on your part.

Tender Foot said,

You should be able to tell that I already know this from part of the quote that you quoted. Reading comprehension fail on your part.

No, it wasn't clear. You simply wrote "microsoft forcing people to use transformation packs". It gives the impression that MS made them. Still, sorry for the confusion.

As for metro, they'll probably give us the option to disable metro in the end, although I think it can be used on desktops. Just needs some changes.

Tender Foot said,

Take your blinders off and read what I said "forcing people to MAKE/USE transformation packs"


They're not forcing you to. That's the problem with your view. It would be your choice to use a transformation pack instead of enjoying the operating system as is.

Tender Foot said,

Take your blinders off and read what I said "forcing people to MAKE/USE transformation packs"

Why so serious? I see now; made a mistake. I read it as "make use of", but your writing didn't help either, since people cannot MAKE their own transformation packs.