Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Make Windows 10 Look Like XP: Advanced Edition

It's here.

It really is.
For months and months now, I've been trying to create the best way to bring back Windows XP from Windows 10 without using themes or patches, and it's easy to take off and on, like a coat.

This version is much more advanced than the other one.

So what are we waiting for? Let's get started. 

Differences

Now, what are the differences between the Standard Edition and the Advanced Edition of my pack? Well, first of all, this has a lot more items in it.
For example, I've added sounds, a program to change the Startup sound, cursors, a new lock screen, and smaller versions of the start button, which is useful if you don't want that big of a button.
Now, the sounds, cursors, and lock screen were given to me by a small YouTuber by the name of pstasiw, who did a tutorial of transforming Windows 10 to XP on his channel. Check out that if you want to add the sounds and cursors in a video method.

Tutorial

But hey, I'm gonna show it to you here as well.
First things first, before you do anything, create a system restore point. I don't want anything happening to your computer.
Done?
Good.

Lock Screen + Organization Bug Workaround

Alright. We need to change the lock screen, so, head on over to Settings, Personalization, and then click Browse. Then choose the lock screen.
...
There's a glitch here. On some computers, you can't click browse, and it might say, "some settings are managed by your organization", even though you aren't part of one! 

Don't worry, there's a work around.

Simply open the picture in Photos, click set, and then click Set as lock screen. And it works!

Sounds

First, copy the sounds to C:\Windows\Media. Don't copy the folder, just the sounds themselves. (Optional)
Next, right click on the sound button, and choose sounds.

After that, select Windows Default from the drop down.

Now, click on one of the sounds (in this case, Close Program), then click the dropdown. You'll see all of the sounds. Scroll down and you'll see the Windows XP sounds. 
Now choose the corresponding one.
Now, repeat that for all of the sounds.
I know, it's tedious, but it's gonna be the same thing with the cursors. There is no easy way.

Cursors


First, copy the cursors themselves to C:\Windows\Cursors.  (Optional)
Next, go to Control Panel.
Next, type in "pointers" in the search box, which says, "Change how the the mouse pointer looks".
Now, this next part might be different for different computers. I have a Lenovo computer, so the Lenovo Pointer Device might show up.
What I did was I navigated to pointers.
And this step should be familliar for all computers.
Now, simply click browse, navigate your cursor file, and select the cursor. Do this for all of them, and you're done!

End.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Make Windows 10 Look Like Windows XP

Windows XP was created in 2001, and has since been a popular OS among many people. According to NetMarketShare, 8.27% of the world still uses Windows XP today. And I have some connection to Windows XP as well, because I actually grew up with one. And today, to bring back the nostalgia, we are going to take a look at how you can turn your current version of Windows to Windows XP. 

Warning!

Please make sure you backup your computer before you install anything. I do not want to be responsible for frying your motherboard, or setting your face on fire.

Step 1: Installations

In Windows 10, Microsoft brought back the Start Menu. Kinda. It uses the metro tiles from Windows 8 and 8.1 mixed in with the size of the menu from earlier versions into this:
Now while this may look fine, it's not enough to bring back the Windows XP feel. So we're going to install Classic Shell, which is a program that replaces your start menu.
Download Classic Shell
Now that you have downloaded Classic Shell, we need to set the taskbar and background to our choice. But how? Simple. I have created a pack that will allow you to customize your Windows to the limit. I call it the Windows XP Transformation Pack for Windows 10! 

Step 2: Modifications

Now that you have downloaded that, here is what you do.
First, open up Classic Start Menu Settings. This should show up:
Next, Check the "Show all settings" button.

After that, click the Start Button tab, and click the 3 dots.

And choose a start button.
Now, your button may look funny, but that's because THE BUTTONS WILL ONLY WORK WITH SMALL TASKBAR ICONS!
So right click your taskbar, click settings, and turn on the "Use small taskbar buttons" switch.
Moving on.
While Classic Shell does have XP Luna themes, it doesn't have Royale or any of the other ones.
So first, take the .skin file I gave you inside the Windows XP Transformation Pack, and put it inside  C:\Program Files\Classic Shell\Skins. Then head on over to Classic Shell Start Menu Settings.
Now go to the Skin tab.
Select the Windows XP Royale skin.
The Windows XP Royale Skin contains the Royale, Royale Noir, Embedded, and Zune Start Menus.

Step 3: Installing Winaero Tweaker

Next, we're going to install something else, called Winaero Tweaker. Now this is optional if you want to use the Olive and Silver colors.

Once you have downloaded that, open up the program. This should show up: 




Head over to Color Accents in the Appearence section.


After that, click any of the "Change..." buttons.




Here are the RGB Codes for the Olive and Silver colors.

Olive: RGB(194, 205, 149)

Silver: RGB(203,204,218)

Alright! Now that you have done that, let's get on to the final step.

Step 4: Icons and Finishing Touches

First, head over to the Transformation Pack, and choose your Theme Pack. Simply Double click on it and it will automatically appear.

If that doesn't work, there are going to be backgrounds in the pack as well. Choose and customize to your limit.

After that, head on over to Classic Shell once more, and navigate yourself to the Customize Start Menu tab.


Now scroll down to find the lock tab, which should be on the left side under shutdown dialog. Now, yours doesn't have that key icon, so we will put that now.


Right click the lock tab and select, "Edit Item". Then this should show up.

Click the 3 dots that the arrow is pointing at (I put that there) and a menu should show up.
Now, click the 3 dots and head to the Icons folder in the pack, and select the lock.ico file.
Now, when you go into your menu and hover over the shutdown button, the icon should show up. Unfortunately, I could not find the other icons. So, any graphic designers are welcome to contact me and I'll add them in.

And that's it! You are done!

For now, at least.

The Advanced Edition is coming soon.

Check out where I got the Start Buttons here: http://winxp4life.tk/
And here's where I got the skins and icons: http://classicshell.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=1919

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Music!

Hai
It's me
I have a newgrounds now.


But I'll still put blog posts here.



:D


Check it out here: http://officialnitroedm.newgrounds.com/

Music!

Hey Guys! Did you know I make electronic music? Here's a message from me as Nitro.

Hello everybody! I'm Nitro, and I am an electronic music producer. I create many different types of electronic music, like dubstep, trap, drum and bass, glitch hop and many more! 
Right now i'm not very popular, so why don't you check me out!
And if you do enjoy my music please do like my songs and follow me!
Click the link below if you want to check out my music.
soundcloud.com/officialnitroedm


Monday, April 25, 2016

Steam on a Flash Drive



Yesterday I just got a Steam account and downloaded Steam onto my computer.


But that computer is a computer that I use for school purposes.

So I was thinking, is there a way to get Steam onto a Flash Drive? I was looking through the forums and found a link to an article published in the UK. So there is a way to get Steam on a Flash Drive, and I'll show you how.

Credits to PCGameware for making the original article. Click here to see the original post.

Items You Will Need

  • A Flash Drive (At least 4GB or more)
  • Computer with Steam application installed.
  • A Steam account

Before You Start

Make sure your Flash Drive has enough space to take everything.


Steps

Step 1

Plug in your flash drive into your computer.

Step 2

Go to your Steam Directory. When you first installed Steam, where did you put all of the data? The default should be Program Files (x86).

Step 3

Copy everything in the Steam folder onto the flash drive. Now you are done!

Executing

To open Steam and run it from the flash drive, go into the flash drive, locate the Steam folder, and then click the Steam application. You will get an error saying that Steam is not configured correctly. Click OK, and then Steam will re-configure itself! Now sign in to your account, and BOOM! Your flash drive is now ready!



This is convenient because maybe you are at your friend's house and you want to play a multiplayer game. If your friend has an extra computer and you have the flash drive, it will be extremely easy to play with each other. 

Alternate Methods

Let's say you don't have enough space on your flash drive. You could chop down the Game Data by using the Delete Local Content option, but this does mean you don't have any games.

Another method is to simply download the Steam Client installer and install it directly into the flash drive.

Do you have any other methods? comment them down below.



That's it for this blog. Comment down below what topic you want me to cover next. Goodbye!