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Get the Modern UI look on your Windows XP-7 desktop with Windows 8 Transformation Pack 7.0

22 March 2013, Mike Williams

Windows X has released updates for its skinning tools, Windows 8 UX Pack 7.0 (for Windows 7) and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 7.0 (for Windows XP, Vista and 7). The programs bring much of the look and feel of Windows 8 to earlier desktops.

One notable change this time around is the inclusion of WinMetro as an alternative Start Screen for both packs. Windows X says the program is stable and not resource hungry, which perhaps is why they’ve made it the “Immersive UI” alternative, but if you prefer the older Newgen, just the charms bar, or nothing at all, then all those options are still available.

Both packs also gain an updated Glass UI theme, and an updated Windows 8 visual style for Windows 7.

Here's Windows 7, after installation (you can switch back to the regular desktop whenever you like)

Enhanced audio features include improved sounds scheme files handling in Windows 8 Transformation Pack 7.0., and new sounds scheme media files in Windows 8 UX Pack 7.0

And Windows 8 Transformation Pack 7.0 benefits from updated font installation code.

This isn’t the most essential of updates, perhaps. If you’re not interested in WinMetro then the updated theme and visual style are the real highlights.

Both the Windows 8 UX Pack 7.0 and Windows 8 Transformation Pack 7.0 remain very comprehensive, though, with logon screens, wallpapers, themes, a Start Screen which automatically configures itself to suit your needs, along with a Windows 8 Start orb,user tile, Aero auto-colourization, and more. In our experience both packs can be installed and removed easily, and they’re a good choice for anyone who would like the look of Windows 8, without the hassle of upgrading.

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