Despite signs that businesses and consumers still want Windows XP, Microsoft officials said sales of Vista’s predecessor operating system will shrink to just 15% of the company’s total OS shipments as soon as the next fiscal year. On a conference call with financial analysts Thursday following the release of Microsoft’s third-quarter results, officials at the software maker said they expect that Windows Vista will account for 85% of operating system sales in fiscal 2008 compared with 15% for Windows XP. Continue Reading »

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I found this today and will try soon, when I have the Vodafone vodem updated to work with Windows Vista:

bcdedit /set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS

This command disables the requirement for signed drivers under Windows Vista 64 bit. Nirvana!

Thanks to Chris123NT for the tip.

By the way, the Vodafone vodem can be updated to work with Windows Vista, but the firmware updater only runs on Windows XP. I don’t have any Windwos XP PC here anymore. Might have to borrow one just to update the device.

People have been pretty hard on Vista since its launch. Honestly, I don’t think that it’s done without just cause. But according to the numbers, Vista sales aren’t as bad as everyone seems to think.

Vista logo

According to the numbers released by Microsoft, Vista sales are doing well, with Microsoft Client Division, which handles Windows sales, showing a 67 percent increase over last year. With over 85% of those sales being Windows Vista, it sure sounds like sales are up.

What is very interesting is that 71 percent of the people that purchased Windows Vista Opted for the Premium versions over the Basic. I guess it goes to show that people really do want the extra features.

Today’s Editor Pick : idNueus

Reduce System Restore disk usage

By default Windows Vista allocates 15% of your hard drive to storing System Restore points – which turns out to be a couple dozen gigabytes on a large drive. The user-friendly Windows XP slider bar which sets System Restore space has disappeared on Vista; instead a little command line action’s required to reset this percentage.

To recover some of that System Restore disk space, start up Vista’s command line as an administrator, and run vssadmin list shadowstorage to see the current allocation. To change it, use:

read more at LifeHacker 

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This is a tutorial compilation that compile by a Malaysian in Lowyat.net’s forum. This tutorial is quite easy because the writer give out most of links to download additional software to turn your XP to a wow Vista look!

Check this out , How to change Windows XP to Windows Vista, [Now with even MORE visual mods] (Guide)

Change your boring old Windows XP theme to look like Vista using MSStyles (no shell-packs!) for free! Plus you don’t need to download any software to do it either (so your computer won’t get messed up!). You can do it all by yourself and when you are done it is surely going to look like Windows Vista.

Steps: 1. Theme 2. Wallpaper 3. Cursor 4. Vista-ish applications 5. Fine Tuning 6. Shell Packs 7. Sidebar 8. Final Result

Changing the XP theme
First make sure that you have patched up your uxtheme.dll file. So go read my other recipe if you haven’t so already. This recipe also tells you how to change your themes.

Now you are ready to do some downloading.

There are many msstyles themes out there that look super cool and look like vista/longhorn. You can also get shell packs and windows blinds themes but some people claim that this can mess up your computer badly.
The theme that I found works best is VistaXP by -kol! (but it was so popular that MS got it removed). Just go to the comments section to find themes you can download. These themes will make your computer look like Windows Vista for sure. So… go ahead and download it.
Then unzip or copy it to C:\WINDOWS\Resources\Themes

All right now you can change your computers theme to the Vista theme you chose.

Changing the Wallpaper
There are lots of Vista wall papers available… chances are that you have one included with your theme as well. If you don’t then you can try your luck at WinMatrix’s great post for Vista wallpapers. If not then you can always search on Google for Vista Wallpapers.

If you want you can also get this wallpaper which also a CoolGrass wallpaper by ApacheUser plus it has the Windows Vista logo on it!

Changing the cursor
You can download the aero cursor pack over here. Just read the read me file supplied and enjoy. Additionally, you can go to How to change your mouse pointers article and change your mouse pointer to the 3D-White (system scheme), it looks very similar to the original cursor in Vista.

Getting Vista-ish applications
Now once you are done that. And you like some transparency on your computer get these two very cool tools.

Vista Explorer: Something like the original Vista explorer but for XP and plus it has….. transparency. YES! IT IS TRANSPARENT! Just like the original one.
Internet Explorer (transparent version!): This is also very similar to the real internet explorer. Plus the internet explorer button on the task bar says internet explorer 7 (good for fooling people)! You can also get the real IE 7 (no transparency though)

Now your system should look like Vista for sure, but why stop when you have come so far?

Get the Alt-Tab Replacement PowerToy! This shows you the windows you are switching to (sort of something like in the real windows vista)…

Fine tuning
After that, fine tune your font settings and turn on ClearType fonts with the ClearType Tuner PowerToy (you can also do this online). Since the real Vista uses the font ‘Segoe UI’ which is a cleartype font, you can mimic the real fonts by using ClearType.

However, some themes already come with the Segoe UI font so don’t forget to enable it while you are using it.

Shell Packs
If you really want to get shell packs to do what you can already do on your own then here are some of them:
Vista Customization pack by JoeJoe
The brico pack by CrystalXP
The Windows X longhorn Transformation pack by Windows X

Please keep in mind that the shell packs don’t customize your computer to look like the latest Vista/Longhorn builds, so your computer might not look like the recent Vista screenshots.

The Vista Sidebar
Go to AlexTheBeast’s tutorial on how to Install the Vista/Longhorn Sidebar into XP and put that on your computer too.

And when you are done that you can start celebrating! In fact you can claim that you have Windows Vista already, and nobody will doubt you. One last step enjoy and don’t forget to show-off your new look!

Take a look at these screenshots of how your PC will look once you are done. If I didn’t put that System Properties window up there then I’m sure I could have fooled you too!

note: I haven’t included a screenshot with the longhorn sidebar. If you want to view a screenshot of it then please go to Go to AlexTheBeast’s recipe.

Screenshots:

Things I used in these screenshots: The YAFVC3 VS (and all the things included in the download, wallpaper from Winmatrix and icons for recycle bin and my computer from modified version of explorer found in YAFVC theme (install modified explorer.exe > right click on desktop > properties > desktop tab > customize desktop > change icon > type in ‘C:\WINDOWS\explorer.exe’ > select icon > OK).

Enjoy!

Microsoft says that a report that it sold only 244 copies of Vista in China in the first two weeks is just plain wrong, the Softies say. “Recent speculation regarding sales data in China is inaccurate,” Microsoft said in response to an inquiry from CNET News.com. “We’re pleased with the positive consumer response we’ve seen around the globe to the security and usability enhancements in Windows Vista–and China is no exception.” Microsoft wouldn’t totally clear things up by saying just how many copies it has sold in China, but it did say the first month’s sales of boxed Vista copies in China were double those XP had in its first month.

With a few modifications the vista sidebar has been hacked enough to get it to work with windows XP. Here are the directions.

First few steps ripped directly from davak’s directions from Installing The Sidebar into Vista.

    1. Download the Vista Sidebar files
    2. Unrar the files
    3. Copy the Windows Sidebar folder into your Program Files folder. If C is your default Vista drive, the folder should end up here: C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar
    4. Download the hacked patch files from RAFAEL.
    5. Uncompress them into the Windows Sidebar folder
    6. Click on the patch.exe in the Windows Sidebar folder
    7. Click OK to the sidebar.exe – File successfully patched! window
    8. You now need to put the xmlrw.dll into the Windows Sidebar folder. If you have IE7 installed, you can get it from there. If not, you can download it from this forum post. Place xmlrw.dll into your sidebar folder.
    9. Run \Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
    10. When the sidebar opens, click the plus (+) to load the gadgets.

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