Updated: January 26, 2015
Here's another visual transformation guide. We saw quite a few of those on Dedoimedo, including how to make Windows XP look like Windows 7, then how to make the latter look like Windows 8, and we also dabbled in Android, changing its appearance to be like Windows Phone and Ubuntu Phone. Yup.
Now, we will make Windows, specifically the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview, look somewhat like Mac OS X Yosemite, so that you can feel posh and special and stylish. Not that the stocks looks are bad, mind, but we wanna have some fun, and this tutorial will show you how to do that. After me.
Where to start
If you look around the web, you will find dozens of guides offering partial solutions to your emotional thirst. Some are quite complicated, and others only work up to Windows 8. Well, here, we will accomplish everything with just two downloads and some optional tweaking with wallpapers and icons. But that's it, basically. So we end up having this:
You will have to download the Mac OS X Yosemite Skin Pack from skinpacks.com, and also Skin Pack Auto UXThemePatcher. Make sure you choose the correct version, Style or Theme, because the latter does not support Windows 10 Technical Preview.
And that's it. Begin by installing the patcher first. No need to reboot. Then, install the skin pack, choose the optional components available with the installer, and then start tweaking to your liking.
After a few moments, you will get:
Additional tweaks & customization
We've just started. Now, you will need to invest some of your time and imagination in making everything presentable. All right, MetroSidebar looks like an interesting concept, but it is really unnecessary, so we will chuck it away. You might as well install a Mac-like wallpaper for extra authenticity.
At the bottom of the screen, you have RocketDock, a very cool dock for Windows. You can drag & drop icons onto it, as well as rearrange them. Right-click to delete items or add special widgets and separators. You can also change the size of icons from the default 50px to anything you like.
The taskbar will be relocated to the top of the screen and made small, white and fancy, with the theme lookalike borrowed from Mac and some versions of Linux. You might want to consider setting the taskbar to auto-hide. Furthermore, you might also want to hide the Recycle Bin from the desktop for a clean, tidy effect.
The other side of the transformation: window decorations. The whole point of having a Mac theme is to have a bunch of traffic light colored buttons and that rounded, posh feel. Indeed, if you have applied the theme patcher, you'll get that.
However, windows titles maybe be surrounded in a rectangle of a different color from the window border color, so you will have to right-click on the desktop > Personalize, and change the color balance until you get the desired transparency effect. And you will be enjoying yourself, for sure:
There are several optional things you may want to consider. For me, it was the choice of monochrome icons (black & white), to make the dock look even more presentable and classy. This has nothing specifically to do with Mac OS X, but it may give you new ideas and inspiration for how to alter and polish your Windows theme even further. Please take a look, or just ignore completely. Your choice.
I chose the ecqllipse 2 icon set from deviantArt, and then individually replaced the icons in the RocketDock. Goes well with the Mac theme, and the reduced number of different colors makes it all feel expensive.
Some more pictures, just to waste everyone's bandwidth:
This is a very neat tutorial. Personally, I like the Windows 8/10 flat theme, but this transformation is also quite cool, and it might infuse your system with new, unexpected freshness. The process is fairly simple, with safe restore points, no need for any reboots, and everything is fully reversible. Should you not want any extras, just make sure the Skin Pack added programs do not startup with Windows, place the taskbar at the bottom, reset the theme, and you're done. You're back to defaults.
Anyhow, I hope you will find this entertaining and pleasing, even though it may not be the most useful guide in the world. But if you have other ideas and suggestions, I am more than willing to listen, as well as sacrifice my machines for testing. There you go. Enjoy.
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