Get Windows 8 Interface On Your Windows 7 Desktop

We all are waiting for Windows 8 eagerly.But we have to wait for some months windows 8 to be launched. It’ll bring a complete new interface.

Windows UI

But if you want the look of Windows 8 in your machine then I am going to tell you about some free applications of Windows 8 which will give you the feel of Windows 8 on your Windows 7 desktop. Though the Windows 8 interface is still under process of building but still there are some leaks come in between here and there and I came across such leaks.

STDU Explorer [Download]

STDU Explorer

If you have used the latest release of Microsoft Office, you must have seen the straight ribbon band in place of menu bar.This is what now in plans for Windows 8. For those who wants to have similar feature in Windows XP, Vista or 7 Explorer, here is an interesting software for them.

Stdu Explorer is a free Windows Explorer alternative which comes with Ribbon UI. Not only this explore files but has the native support of  many image files ‘psd, bmp, png, gif, pcx, jpeg, wmf formats’ and several e-books formates ‘DjVu, PDF, FB2, JBIG2, XPS, DCX, WWF, PDB, CBR and CBZ formats’.

Apart from exploring the files Stdu Explore also supports standard operations such as moving, copying, pasting, renaming, deleting, etc.

The main features:

  • Extended representation of files list with adjustable thumbnails size.
  • Fast preview any page of multipage documents.
  • Fast access to a tree of bookmarks in PDF, XPS, FB2 or DjVu files.

So, you want to test the Ribbon UI use in Explorer, you should definitely give it a try. It is not the same as the ribbon interface for Windows 8, but it will give a user the idea of what it will be like to use the ribbon in Windows Explorer.It’s a simple download of an install package.This is a standalone application and will not run if you open up Explorer normally.  You will have to click on the executable to get the ribbon.

Mosaic [Download]

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Mosaic is an open source application for Windows 7.It offers somewhat same features of Window 8 Menu but in the form of widgets. It contains 9 beautifully designed metro UI based desktop widgets to give Windows 7 users a feel of Windows 8 tablets. The application is however in early beta testing phase, it works without any major problems on both 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7.

Just like Windows 8 Menu, you can customize it from tile present at right side of the screen.The tiles can be positioned where you want them and you can scroll to the right as you add tiles.You can choose to run it full-screen mode to use HTML 5 based widget,you can use keep widgets alongside desktop items without having to switch viewing modes.Mosaic is in the alpha stage – so it’s still pretty limited.In addition to the widgets you can pin applications and websites to the desktop.

Zetro VS [Download]

Zetro VS

Zetro VS is more of a Windows 7 theme based program.Other Windows 7 themes that usually are prepackaged but this one requires a bit more work.Just download the theme from the link below, and extract the zip file somewhere. Then follow the instructions in the Readme file, which basically contains two steps:

  1. Opening the Extras folder, running the Theme Patcher, and clicking on all three “patch” buttons contained within.
  2. Opening the Theme folder and copying both of the files inside it to C:WindowsResourcesThemes.

When you’re done, you can head to the Control Panel and Change the Theme under Appearance and Personalization. The Zetro theme should be under Installed themes. The readme also mentions a few more advanced tweaks that fix a few small singularities but they aren’t really necessary.

The theme itself is a bit shocking at first, what with all the white space, but after a few minutes of getting used to it you will rather like it. Its simplicity would probably look great on a netbook or other smaller device, and if you couple it with something like the Metro-inspired Omnimo 4 theme for Rainmeter, you could have a pretty attractive looking desktop going on. Hit the link to see more screenshots, and to give it a go on your machine.Mosaic is easier to run and did a better job at copying the Metro UI tiles.In the end you get a lot more functionality out of the tiles however.

If you have any question and suggestion related to this article then tell me in the comments below.

This article is written by Nikita Mishra, owner of Lovely Blogging. She writes about blogging, internet tips and tricks, SEO, cool websites, etc.

Some Tweaks To Spruce Up Your Windows 7

Those who are new to Windows 7 or are about to use it, are probably still unaware of the various ways to make life easier while working with Windows 7.  So here are a few handy tweaks that can make using the latest version of Windows not only easy but also fun.

Windows 7

To increase power plan to maximum performance :

To increase power plan to maximum performance, click on the control panel and open power options. Then click on the arrow of Show Additional Plans and simply activate High Performance plan! Next go to the advanced power settings, then to the Hard disk and then to Turn Off hard disk after which you should set ‘never’, which will enable the GC to do the job while logged off. You may also reduce the time required for Windows 7 to boot up. Just follow the following steps to ensure that: Just go to the run option from the main menu and type msconfig and press enter. This will open System Configuration window (like in earlier Windows). Now click on the Boot there and then you will see a box labeled Time Out. This gives the time the system waits for the user to select his or her choice of the Operating system, but since you are in a rush, you better set it to 0! Also select the No GuI Boot option so that the logo at Windows 7 boot-up gets turned off. Just Apply and click Ok and voilа, you’re done!


Computers Having Multiple Processors :

If you have a computer with multiple processors, like Quad Core or the Intel Dual Core processor, then you would want to read on. Since here I will give you some simple ways to choose the number of processors that you want to use. This can be handy in case there is a problem with one of your processors and you want to find out which one exactly is out of order. Remember that multiple processors are there so that a certain task being carried out by your computer is distributed among these multiple processors which in turns results in an increase of speed of your machine. Now back to the tips. Simply go to boot options from the Advanced options menu and the Boot Advanced Options will show. From there, you should know what to do!
Next comes how to disable the Aero Theme. First right click on your desktop, and then click Personalize and then the Windows color tab. De-select the box reading Enable Transparency and then click on “Open classic appearance properties for more color options”. A window should open up, in which you are to select a Standard theme.


Disable Unnecessary startup Programs :

Another cool thing to do is to disable some unnecessary startup programs. These programs start and continue to run in the background along with the Windows. For this also, just go to the Run option, type in msconfig and press enter to open the System Configuration window. Then click on the startup tab and choose for yourself which programs you want to keep and which you want to delete from the startup list.


Disable UAC or the User Account Control feature :

Let us now venture to see how to disable UAC or the User Account Control feature. This can be done in two ways. In the first method, go to Control Panel and open the option User Accounts and Family Safety. Next click on User Account, then the UAC settings link, following which you have to drag the slider to Never Notify. You’re almost done, with just clicking on Ok remaining and of course, you need to reboot. In the second method, you are to do the following:

First you have to go to Regedit or the registry editor, which you can access by typing regedit.exe in the Run box and then clicking enter. Next, go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesSystem and on the right pane, click on the EnableLUA and also on Modify. Then all you need to do is set the value to 0. Since enabled is given by 1 and disabled by 0 in the binary system.


Some Keyboard Shortcuts :

Now let us move on to some more fun options like keyboard shortcuts.

Alt + P is a shortcut that provides an additional preview option to the right side of the window whenever you are viewing any image file. Windows plus the + key and the Windows plus the – key are magnifying or zooming tools. Windows plus any number is a shortcut to activate the corresponding programs from the taskbar programs list.

LG E900 (Optimus 7) Official Press Pictures Leaked

LG E900The LG E900’s (Optimus 7) ‘official’ snaps meant for press release only quite recently leaked and it is creating buzz already. For many it is not surprising to see Windows 7 powered phones pictures leaking. The fun part is, when the official event actually comes around, most people there will be already knowing all they want to know about these upcoming phones. Now it’s hard for them to tell us anything we don’t already know.

LG E900 (also know as Optimus 7) is the first Windows 7 powered smartphone, we are not sure why they haven’t picked Android, maybe some deal between Microsoft and LG. Also believed to have DLNA-based multimedia sharing feature and Snapdragon 1.3GHz CPU.

The LG Optimus 7 E900 will be available starting the fourth quarter of this year (2010). We are not aware about the price as of now. For more LG E900 leaked images you can check the source.

I think Windows has no big deal about Leaked stuffs, we have already seen Windows 8 Features and Docs and also Windows Phone 7 Advertisements.

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