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  1. Since @Mr. Fox showed an interest in these customization in a different thread and mentioned how others might also like to know, figured i'd write a little guide. Also figured this could be a combo thread for those who would like to show off their Windows specific themes/customizations and overlays etc. A few years back Glass8+ was the goto solution to get somewhat of a aero effect on windows 10, however support for that stopped once v1909 came out and hasnt been updated since. It was only a few days ago i found out that Windowsblinds 10 from Stardock actually still gives the aero effect providing the right theme is used, despite the website stating it works on 20H2 or below. However im using LTSC 2021 which is based on 21H2, but your mileage may vary depending on which edition you use (not sure if home or pro 21H2 have any under the hood differences that might break compatibility). Heres the link for windowsblinds 10, its paid software but its rather cheap and offers a 30-day trial so you can test drive it to see how it works out for you: https://www.stardock.com/products/windowblinds/ Before installing that though id suggest installing Open Shell first and get that all set up, I tried installing windows blinds first and then open shell but it decided to freak out explorer requiring a restart. Heres the Open Shell github: GitHub - Open-Shell/Open-Shell-Menu: Classic Shell Reborn. Below is both the windowsblinds theme file and the corresponding start menu skin, along with the settings for both. Win7Like RevE Open Shell skin: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/download/file.php?id=5713&sid=d549c3cbde9b9aa4d2db7c1ed24f4f4e Windowsblinds BetterAero7X skin: https://www.deviantart.com/fytuf/art/Better-Aero7X-875022700 installing the wba file is as simple as right clicking and hitting install theme, for the open shell skin you have to put that into the C:\Program Files\Open-Shell\Skins folder. Heres the settings i used to achieve the glass effect, along with the windowsblind settings: Once all is said and done you should end up with something like this: You can leave it as this, however i wanted to go the extra mile and add some Vista specific features that i personally rather miss. So if that also interests you please read on. I loved the ultimate extras that came with Vista, the games and dreamscene video wallpapers. Also the original windows games and even movie maker to some extent, old but gold i say. Heres both the link to the original microsoft games along with the Vista specific ulitmate games: https://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_7_games_for_windows_10.html https://archive.org/details/windowsvistaultimateextras And if you wish to install Movie Maker, heres the offline installer for it: https://archive.org/details/wlsetup-all_201704 As for dreamscene, you will need Lively Wallpaper. (I personally went with the microsoft store variant for convenience sake) Lively: https://rocksdanister.github.io/lively/ Collection of Dreamscene videos: https://archive.org/details/windowsdreamscene.7z The last modification i did to my OS was to disable the lockscreen to give that win7/vista logon feel, however normally this results in a blurred logon background which looks awful but luckily that can be disabled while also keeping transparency enabled within the system itself. Doing this and setting the lockscreen background to a vista wallpaper gives quite a nice result i think, see for yourself: Turn off lockscreen blur: https://www.howtogeek.com/426554/how-to-disable-the-login-screens-background-blur-on-windows-10/ Heres the links to all the Windows Vista wallpapers in HD res: Finally i did a short video showing what mine looks like and running a couple of the microsoft/vista games, am i the only one who missed Microsoft Tinker? I hope this guide was helpful, and hopefully a good opener for others to show off their tweaks and customizations they might have done 😄 Update: For those who want a more complete vista look (like myself) heres the Vista theme along with the custom start button needed. Ive also included a link to get the sidebar and to reactivate the quick launch toolbar. Vista Start menu skin: http://www.classicshell.net/forum/download/file.php?id=3210 Set taskbar opacity to 25 to have it match up with the start menu skin. Vista Theme: https://www.deviantart.com/fytuf/art/BetterAeroVistaX-Version-1-0-875258248 Start Buttons: https://www.deviantart.com/xreunion160/art/Vista-Orbs-for-Windows-7-333330130 I used 6801.bmp for that authentic vista feel. 8GadgetPack sidebar: https://8gadgetpack.net/ How to re-add the Quick Launch toolbar: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4624-add-remove-quick-launch-toolbar-windows-10-a.html Finally set the taskbar option of Combine Taskbar Buttons to Never to achieve the classic unstacked windows and use small taskbar buttons to add the finishing touch. Heres how mine looks: Final Update: Thanks to a chance conversation with one of the guys who made the themes (Fytuf, who tweaked and modded them from the originals) I found out that there was two settings that i hadnt configured, which you may want to enable. Both require a reboot to work correctly. the vista screenshot above has been updated to reflect the new non acrylic blur appearance.
  2. Just thought id make this post as abit of a heads up for anyone wanting to run win11 on the old m18x r2. I upgraded from LTSC to standard enterprise to test out and whatever graphical app or game i tried to run resulted in a dxgmms1.sys BSOD (was repeatable with the epic games launcher and heaven benchmark). Turns out this is due to a setting called Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, which is on by default in windows 11 but not 10. Once this is turned off everything runs perfectly fine, ive attached some screenshots of where the setting is: Hopefully this helps others, im assuming this isnt just exclusive to the enterprise edition but also affects other editions too.
  3. Saw this and thought it might be interesting. It's an NBC blurb here's the link: https://www.notebookcheck.net/4K-60-fps-gaming-at-20-per-month-Nvidia-GeForce-Now-apps-on-Windows-and-macOS-can-now-stream-games-at-4K-resolution-at-a-silky-60-fps.617467.0.html I'm assuming there's some catch there making it not such a good deal but idk. I guess one catch is people not paying attention to the GaaS and forget about being billed every month, end up costing way more than if you just bought a system capable of that and kept it for a few years. That's the trend for everything, I think the schwab guy at WEF openly says this, and of course the ptb want that so there's definitely a thin end of the wedge going on all over. I mean I'm sure there are tiers because I can't imagine someone with a 4k screen and the equipment to stream that wouldn't just get a mid tear gpu even older one like a 2070 and turn down a few things for 4k/60 in a lot of games(==Scratch that it says 3080 tier only==). No mention of ray tracing support from the blurb either.
  4. well i got a tracking ball mouse the Logitech ergo 575 2 years ago and it was working fine , but since i did the 21H2 windows update , the mouse keep disconnecting if i didn't use it for 5 seconds which is very annoying! i did my research and found a few videos and articles with a few solutions as listed below : - remove the power saving option for the Bluetooth in the device manager under the human interface section ( didn't work ) - covert the Bluetooth support service to automatic in the services ( didn't work) - removing ( let this device turn off to save power ) in the device manager for every single item i found in the device manager ( didn't work ) - in the advanced power plan , turn USB selective support to disable on power and battery ( didn't work ) i thought maybe the mouse is defective so i installed an older copy of windows that i had on a USB drive the 1903 to test it and the mouse works fine ! but of course as soon as the windows update, the same issue starts again !! so i don't know what else i can do any advice ?
  5. This is Windows 7 updated to 2020-01 (and 2016-09) made using MSMG Toolkit and NTLite. It also includes USB 3 and NVMe drivers, .Net 4.8, .Net 6, IE11, VC++, and more. This is download at your own risk, but I haven't seen installing Windows break anything, so you'll probably be fine. https://www.mediafire.com/file/1bzfgtsnxjgyor4/Windows+7+Updated+v4.iso/file A few things to note: 1: Windows may hang during OOBE (after you set up your account and whatever). During this stage updates for .Net 4.8 are installed. If you don't care for these updates, you can delete all three of them from (ISO)\sources\$OEM$\$$\Setup\Files\ 2: This uses the Windows 8.1 boot.wim, so booting into setup will show the 8+ boot animation. 3: This includes Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate, and each edition is in both 2016-09 and 2020-01 form. All 6 are inside this one ISO that can fit onto a DVD. You go to select whichever one you want during setup. 4: If you have a UASP device, please let me know if it causes an increase in startup time.
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