Windows Media Player 12 is the next version of the popular media player that comes with the Windows OS. WMP12 is to be released along with Windows 7, but users can now also download Windows Media Player 12 for Vista.
Mikasi2009 of deviantART has somehow managed to port WMP12 of Windows 7 to Vista. You just need the two core WMP12 files and paste them in your Vista.
Lots of applications and utilities have trried to clone Wwindows Vista’s sidebar, but haven’t been able to come up with something up to the mark. All of them had limited number of gadgets (some didn’t have any), and used a lot of system resources.
Joshoon from DeviantArt have managed to port the real Windows Sidebar (originally found in Windows Vista) to Windows XP using Alky For Applications. Alky makes makes it possible to run Vista apps on Windows XP.
Here’s something all Vista fans are going to like. The next security update, Service Pack 2, that is still in pre-beta can now be downloaded from Windows Update with just a small registry hack.
A couple of weeks ago, few Microsoft beta testers were given Windows VIsta SP2 to download and try. You can now also download Vista SP2 directly from Windows update using the trick given below. This registry trick makes a small change in your registry so that Windows Update thinks you are one of the beta testers.
With the release of Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a new feature called WIndow Sidebar. It lets you access information quickly. It contains a few gadgets in it by default, like a big clock, RSS headlines, Picture album slideshows etc.
You can also add your own gadgets which are available for free download from the Windows Live Gallery. I have compiled a list of 5 Vista gadgets that I can’t live without when I’m using Vista.
Here’s something I have that all Windows Live fans are going to love. I was in search of a theme that looked exactly like Windows Live website.
BlogsDNA did some Googling and found a theme that can be used on Windows Vista as well as XP. It is very attractive and comes with 4 cool wallpapers. This theme pack also contains a separate skin for Windows Sidebar.
Windows Vista gives you the option to resize your desktop shortcut icons quickly by right clicking on your desktop and choosing the size you want.
The usual icon size options that Vista allow users to have are Medium, Large and the Classic (default) size. Here’s a small trick by which you can resize the icons using your mouse wheels in any size you want and won’t be limited to use the default ones.
There are many applications available to tweak, optimize and customize your Windows Vista. But the problem is that you have to download separate utilities for each of them. A customization tool won’t tweak performance settings for you.
TweakVI is one such tweaking utility that lets you tweak hundreds of hidden Vista settings by bundling different plugins in to one. It was developed to combine both tuning and optimizing features to increase the speed of your Windows Vista system. It’s the worlds first software for Windows Vista to combine both customization, tweaking and optimization features.
Microsoft is trying its best to pull users towards Windows Vista. Even they have understood the fact that XP is way better and has more market share than Vista. Unofficially many tricks have been discovered for Windows Vista, but there was no official guide for customers by Microsoft.
Finally, Microsoft have released an official guide for tuning and tweaking performance on Vista. It focuses on common tweaks and performance improvements for single computer, as well as on tools used in enterprise environments.
Unlike WIndows XP, Vista has some limitations when it comes to themes and styles. Any custom styles that you want to use in Windows Vista needs to be signed by Mcirosoft first.
VistaGlazz is an freeware that can easily modify your Windows Vista installation to use custom styles and modify your Aero style to use the Glass effect on maximized windows.