Windows 8 Transformation Pack For XP, Vista and Windows 7
One of the main novelties of Windows 8 is that it has a Metro Homescreen, Charms bar and square edged windows. Windows 8 Transformation Pack makes it possible to convert Windows 7, XP or Vista into original Windows 8 RTM original appearance.
- Start Orb button isn’t removed but turned into new Windows 8 logo.
- Windows 8 Home screen with Live tiles
- User Account Picture in Taskbar
- Windows 8 Charms bar
- Windows edges squared without/with Aero
- Navigate open windows by clicking on extreme left of screen.
Live Tiles added have interactivity. Like, Weather widget tile will animate accordingly and Picture tile shows photos in My Pictures Folder.
How to Add More Tiles
By Default, only 7-8 tiles which are necessary are on home screen. But you can add more from selection pane at top.
- Left click on right-most of the screen, charms bar will ope.
- Now, right click anywhere on bar and Pin-widget.
- This opens a new pane from top with variety of tiles like Gmail, Facebook, App Store, Calender, etc.
- Click on them and they get added on home screen.
Metro Apps on Windows 7
I noticed some full screen Metro apps like software installed with this pack. Not sure whether it is just an illusion but they’re extremely similar in appearance and working. And these Metro Apps are:
- Pictures (Photo Viewer)
- Video (Video Player)
- Internet Explorer
- Weather, Calender and Clock.
- App Store (didn’t work for me though)
- Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, Socialize and many more…
Three processes run to make all this possible namely:
- Aura.exe – 14-20 MB RAM
- UserTile.exe- 20-30 MB RAM
- Newgen.exe- 225-350 MB RAM
This totals around 500MB or half a GB of RAM consumption in total active process.
Square cornered windows, Metro Homescreen with Live tiles and many metro-like modern apps; It is really an install-worthy suite. I didn’t try many transformation packs but this one promises complete Windows 8 RTM transformation for Windows 7, Vista and XP.
I appreciate the efforts and work of developer to imitate Windows 8 appearance and bring it on Windows 7, XP and Vista. But then a normal user would think, is it really worth? Well, 500 MB is big amount but still not too much if you consider the aesthetics you are getting.
For a computer system with better configuration running more than 4GB of RAM, it is completely fine and doesn’t cause any hindrance.