Download 7 for xp

Some people have sầu a hard time letting go of Windows XPhường. If you know someone lượt thích that, follow this tutorial and they won"t even know you upgraded them lớn Windows 7.

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I recently suggested that users looking to jump ship from Windows XPhường should consider a Mac instead. While I still think it"s a good idea, plenty of readers called me crazy; not everyone wants to lớn learn to fly by jumping off a cliff. Those who want something more familiar can always turn to lớn Windows 7 instead, and you can make it look almost identical lớn Windows XPhường with a few quiông chồng modifications.

Step 1: Download The Luna Theme

The mặc định look that most Windows XP users are familiar with is the Lumãng cầu theme. This includes the blue taskbar and the desktop background of grassy, rolling hills.

Windows 7 does not include this theme, but you can grab it from DeviantART, where a user named Satukoro has put together a popular re-creation. You can"t use the .zip tệp tin yet, though, so phối it aside for now.

Step 2: Download Universal Theme Patcher

Now you have the Lumãng cầu theme, but Windows 7 does not fully support third-buổi tiệc ngọt themes by mặc định. To use it you need another program called Universal Theme Patcher. You can grab this from Theme Bin, TCP-Z and a few other websites. Many other websites hosting this utility try khổng lồ install adware alongside it, so be careful what you cliông chồng.

Step 3: Install Universal Theme Patcher

Opening the UTPhường. zip file will present you with two executables. One will have sầu x86 in its file name, the other x64. Remember that x86 is for 32-bit Windows installations, while x64 is for 64-bit installations. Install whichever is appropriate for your PC.

The installer will present a window telling you what version of Windows you"re using and how many files need to lớn be patched. Clichồng Yes khổng lồ continue.

Now you"ll see an interface with three sections. Each lists a file that must be patched. Clichồng each patch button, và then restart your computer.

Step 4: Install The Theme Files

Now find the Luna theme .zip you downloaded & open it. Also open Windows Explorer & navigate khổng lồ C:WindowsResourcesThemes. Copy the files from the zip folder"s themes thư mục into lớn the Themes directory.


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Right-cliông chồng any empty space on your desktop và open Personalize. In the window that opens you should see a new Installed Themes category, which includes Lumãng cầu và Lumãng cầu Aero. Piông chồng Luna for that pure XP look.

Step 5: Adjust The Taskbar

That"s more like XP! But wait - you"re not done. There are some things that the theme won"t change, and we need to fix them, beginning with the taskbar.

Right-click the taskbar, cliông chồng Properties, then change the following options in the window that opens.

Use small icons: Turn on

Taskbar buttons: Set lớn Never combine.

Notification area: Customize so that most icons are turned off, or adjust to your preference.

Apply those changes & cđại bại the window. You"ll now see a taskbar that"s very similar khổng lồ Windows XP. Some icons may linger because they"re pinned, but you can remove them by right-clicking the inhỏ và then hitting Unpin this program from taskbar.

Step 6: Download And Install Classic Shell

To finish up the changes, you"ll once again have khổng lồ move beyond the default options. Fortunately there"s a program called Classic Shell that can change core interface features. Go to the Classic Shell trang web, tải về, and then install it. This should be simple; there"s no x64 version or adware to lớn worry about.

Step 7: Change Start Menu Style To Luna

mở cửa the Classic Shell Menu Settings application. When you bởi vì so, you"ll see the Start Menu Style tab selected. Begin by selecting the Classic with two columns option.

Now go to lớn the Skin tab. Clichồng the drop-down option & selection Windows XPhường Luna. The skin applies automatically when you select it. You can play with a few other options, like turning user name on or off. I"ll leave sầu those up lớn your preference.

Step 8: Change The Start Button

Now you"re cthảm bại. You may notice that the Windows 7 start button remains & Classic Shell doesn"t provide an XPhường. look-alike. Don"t worry. Check out the Classic Shell Forums và download the XP-style start buttons provided by the community. Save sầu the image to lớn your download thư mục or some other familiar location.

Now open the Start Button tab in the Classic Shell Menu Settings application, clichồng the Custom radio button option, & then cliông xã <…> next to Button image. Navigate khổng lồ where you saved the XP-style Start image and select it.

Step 9: Change The Look Of Windows Explorer

You"re almost done. xuất hiện the Classic Explorer Settings utility (it"s in the same folder as Classic Shell Menu Settings). In the resulting window you"ll see the Windows XP. Classic option at the top. Select that.

Personally, I find this setting"s mặc định buttons to be unrealistically large, so I suggest hitting the Show all settings checkbox. This will reveal a number of tabs, one of which is Toolbar Settings. Open that, then un-kiểm tra the Big buttons box.

Now clichồng OK lớn exit the utility. Close Windows Explorer (if it"s already open) & then re-open it khổng lồ see your changes.

Step 10: Enjoy Sweet Victory!

If you"ve followed these steps precisely, you"ll kết thúc up with an incarnation of Windows 7 that"s strikingly similar lớn Windows XPhường. You"ll find there"s surprisingly little compromise khổng lồ this approach. The revised start thực đơn, taskbar and Explorer should be smooth và stable.

You can further customize your experience by dinking around in Classic Shell. Your imagination is the limit, as the tool lets you change phông sizes, spacing, button size, button type, & much more. These settings can be used to lớn further emulate XPhường or khổng lồ customize Windows khổng lồ your liking.