For they who still keep their WinXP OS because of 'any reasons', choose not to upgrade to vista ~ prefer tweaking windows, some of them may want to change the look and feel of many parts of Windows XP to Windows Vista. Go on reading, if you're one of them.
One of my favorite GUI is Vista's Windows Glass, the semitransparent, colored window edges that Windows Aero has. Its 'glossy' and 'wet' Vista Orb effects are able to keep my eyes staying 'fresh' :). Yeah, This GUI is now already widely used and 'becomes standard' for web design a.k.a "Web 2.0" in blogosphere.
Actually there're many programs that can help you to modify your WinXP appearance till it looks like Vista. One of them that runs great is WindowBlinds. This program lets you modify toolbar icons, the Start Menu and Start button, menu and dialog borders, the taskbar and title bar with many cool skins--visual styles and themes.
WindowBlinds changes the look and feel of your Windows Desktop by applying visual styles to your entire Windows environment. When a visual style is applied, they change nearly every elements of the Windows GUI such as title bars, push buttons, the Start bar, menu and more.
A WindowBlinds skin can make Windows look like an alternative operating system, like their favorite sports or car brand, or something completely new. Because WindowBlinds uses the latest hardware acceleration features of modern video cards, WindowBlinds won't slow down your computer and uses very little memory.
WindowBlinds is safe and easy to use. It doesn't alter any system files and users can switch between the default Windows look and feel and a custom WindowBlinds skin with the click of a button. In addition, WindowBlinds has been tested to ensure it works with Windows Vista, so you know it is compatible, reliable, and more secure.
WindowBlinds System Requirements
+ Windows Vista (32-bit or 64-bit) or Windows XP/2003
+ Windows 2000/ME/98 users can use WindowBlinds Classic (v4.6).
+ 60MB free drive space, 256MB RAM
+ License: Shareware (Free), Enhanced, Bundle, and Extreme (costs you $$).
In case you're interested in this app, More information about WindowBlinds is available from the official website here.