Vista Transformation Pack

November 8, 2006 at 6:13 pm 2 comments

Do you like the new ‘look and feel’ of Vista but can’t wait for Vista to ship, or maybe you’re going to wait for the first SP to ship before you get into Vista?

Either way, you can load up the Vista Transformation Pack (VTP) from WindowsX and get the most of the cool new Aero and Glass interface experience and even the Vista Icons right on good old Windows XP. Follow along as I install VTP on a Windows XP VM.

First, download the latest version here (I’ll be using v5.5 in this post) and expand the ZIP file to your desktop. Double-click on the .EXE file.  


This is the first of MANY dialogs warning you of the severity of the changes you’re about to make.

VTP screen 1


This is the first installation screen, complete with some more warnings.

VTP screen 2


You can choose whether to apply VTP to your installed system files or to your WinXP setup files (so subsequent installs of XP will have VTP installed already.)

VTP screen 3


Accept the defaults on the next two screens (Automatic Transformation and customizing system files.) On the Windows Interface screen check Install Glass2k (transparent window.)

Follow all directions here. Click Transform and accept the defaults on the next few screens.

VTP screen 4


If the install hangs, click Cancel and then click Resume in the cancel dialog box.

VTP screen 5


You gotta love a guy that tells it like it is.

VTP screen 6


Click Cancel on ‘Insert Windows CD, etc.’ Windows File Protection dialog box.

Click Yes on the ‘You chose not to restore the original versions of the files’ Windows File Protection dialog box.

Eventually you’ll get here:

VTP screen 7


Click ‘Finish’ to restart your system.

Once the computer reboots and you answer a few question you’ve got Vista on XP. VTP even copies a few of the Vista backgrounds for you to use (like this one.)

VTP screen 8

VTP screen 9

VTP screen 10

VTP screen 11

Pretty cool.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. mando  |  November 9, 2006 at 3:14 am

    cool idea. I started to read your article and thought this might be something I’d like to do, but after scrolling through all the screens I felt like it would be a lot of work. Is it worth it?

  • 2. greg  |  November 9, 2006 at 8:45 am

    Wasn’t too bad. The Vista font he uses is not as clear as the normal XP system font, but that can be changed.

    Try it in a virtual PC first and see what you think. You can download Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 here:


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