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Sunday, June 9, 2013

How to Make Windows 7 Look Like Mac OSX!

Windows 7 is a solid operating system. It's very stable, reliable, and works well. Many of us also like Macintosh and how it looks. Others of us just want to fool others when they open up our computer.


At a glance or to a novice, this could fool you into thinking that I screenshot this image from a Macintosh computer. There are a few dead-giveaways such as Internet Explorer, a few icons are not correct, and there is a missing menu bar at the top of the screen. But for the most part, would you say that I was able to get it to look very similar? Below, I'll list the programs that I used to get it to look this way.

The tutorial below can not only help you change to a Mac looking user interface but can also give you some extras you may want or just help with changing the look and feel of Windows in many different ways.

First is the Nexus bar. Here is the download link where I got mine: http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/11890-winstep_nexus

Once you've extracted it and installed the program, you will have to make a few changes. Some of these changes will be in changing the appearance of the dock, what is on the dock and what isn't, the ability to add running applications and system tray icons, and setting the dock to be placed in the center of the screen. Those are the basic settings that I used plus some extra tweaks for my personal preference. The Nexus bar is really nice.

I ridded my Windows taskbar by moving it to the side, locking it, and making it so that it only pops up when I hover over it. As far as disabling or deleting it, I wouldn't advise for that. The Windows taskbar was built into Windows 7 and earlier versions for a reason and removing it could cause problems with your system. Plus, imagine if something were to go wrong with your Nexus bar. You would be stuck.

For me, I moved my bar to the top; however, that was getting in the way when I'd try to minimize, maximize, and close windows so I moved it to the side. I moved it to my right side because I hardly go over there. But truthfully, if you want to be as authentic as Mac is with right-sided icons, you should move it to your left hand side since you won't be going over that way too often.

Second is two parts. First, download this theme for Windows: http://www.wincustomize.com/explore/windowblinds/7780/

This theme in .wba file format is not executable within the normal Windows theme selector. You will need to download a second program to open it, found here: http://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/

Even if you don't end up using it to make it look like Mac, WindowBlinds seems useful for customizing Windows in any way you'd like.

Simply open the downloaded .wba file once you've downloaded and installed WindowBlinds. Currently, there are no free versions except a 30 day trial.

This theme will now give Windows' windows a makeover with their close, minimize, and maximize buttons. There will also be a new button in the top left hand corner of all of your applications. Unfortunately, the theme doesn't seem to affect iTunes much. Perhaps someone could tweak it enough and find a solution to this. This theme will also add the light blue scroll wheel on pretty much all applications besides iTunes once again. The theme will also change the look and design of Windows Explorer windows. It doesn't get them perfectly, but as close as it can.

Third is to get yourself some cursors. Visit this link: http://www.46palermo.com/blog/mac-os-x-cursors-for-windows-7-vista-xp-easy-installer/

Simply download and install the installation package and you'll be sent to your mouse settings to change them instantly.

The last and final piece is to get the right icons and wallpaper. These can be found very easily within any search engine. Just search for "Mac wallpaper" and "Mac icons". I don't post links to any of these because the harder you search, the better your results will be. Mine were some of the better ones but I could get better ones that are more authentic.

If you want to change a Windows system icon, right click anywhere on your desktop of choose "Personalize". From there you should have an option in the left hand corner for changing icons. Click here. Once you've downloaded the desired icons, navigate to the file location and select your icon choice. Do this for each and every system application you want changed.

If you want to change files, this gets more complicated but not difficult, just redundant. Right click the desired file or folder and then click "Properties". Under the "Customize" tab, you will be able to change the icon here. This method works for any folder and just about any and all applications.

There are additional steps that can be done to change the look and feel of your Windows experience such as changing the boot logo to be that of an Apple logo, the sounds of your user interface, and adding the classic Mac menu bar. There are programs out there that can give your Windows environment a Mac menu bar. I found a few in the past but none seem to work well with the UI. It's your choice if you add it or not.

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