VistaMizer 4.3.1.0

Editor's review
Reviewed by Chad Faith

"Give your Windows XP the Vista look!"

Overview

If you are tired and bored with the appearance of your Windows XP, Server 2003 or MCE, then the good news is that you can completely change the look and feel of these operating systems with VistaMizer.

Even though Windows Vista was one of the best looking operating system ever released from Microsoft, the truth is that its main drawback is that it consumes lots of the system’s resources. Therefore, if you loved the look, but would like to keep the optimal performance of your computer, this application gives you the tools you need to enhance the visual appearance of your current operating system.

Installation

In order to enjoy the amazing Vista look, you will need to have the operating system this application is compatible with. Namely, it requires a 32-bit version of Windows XP, MCE or Server 2003. During the installation of the VistaMizer you have the option to integrate it normally in Windows and hence, you will be able to choose the modifications that you want to apply. This is why you will be asked to reboot the system before the installation is complete. The other installation method involves creating a CD image and patching the Windows operating system. As a side note, whilst the first installation method will contain an uninstall executable option, the image will not provide such an option.

Even though the kit of the VistaMizer only has 19MB, you should know that duration of the installation can be quite lengthy. Basically, if you choose to modify all your current files, cursors and icons, then the entire process will last approximately more than five minutes. The praiseworthy thing about this program is that it does not contain browser toolbars or other software incorporated. At the same time, you will be glad to know the developer includes various updates from time to time to address the errors that have been reported by some users.

Interface

The VistaMizer does not really have an interface, but it surely makes your display completely new and appealing. Depending on the features that you want to modify to the Vista style, your interface can be unrecognizable. Basically, you will not have to bother with settings and selecting the customization options for each and every icon. Simply restart your computer and enjoy the new façade.

Pros

This is the best application to have for people that need a complete change from the Windows XP appearance. Unlike other programs, the VistaMizer manages to change the look of your operating system without consuming your machine’s resources and slowing the performance of your computer. Since it allows you to make over four hundred modifications, from the boot screen to the wallpaper and everything in between, this small application is the tool that will lead others to believe you actually installed Vista. If you ever want to make further modifications or go back to the main themes of Windows XP, you can also do that.

You will be happy to know that the application does not only allow installing the graphic display features characteristic to the Vista OS, even though in essence it is a fancy disguise for Windows XP. Therefore, if you found the toolbar and tooltips quite a useful feature when you tried Vista out, then you can have them on your XP as well.

Cons

Some users have claimed that the application actually consumes more resources than the developer leads you to believe. However, I would like to point out that if you own a computer that is six or more years old, then it is highly possible to have problems with all new software releases.

Alternatives

A very popular alternative to VistaMizer is the Vista Transformation Pack program, currently replaced by Windows 8 Transformation Pack.

Conclusion

If you are tired of switching between the Classic and the XP style and you feel the need to give your operating system an entirely new façade, then VistaMizer is your best choice. The shiny new icon features, transparency and 3D effects are just three of the modifications that you will be able to enjoy with this application. However, you should be careful when you select them, as the program does not include an interface to manage the modifications.

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