Last week, I listed several products for bringing XP up to par with Vista, both functionally and visually.
Readers responded with their own favorite utilities and improvements to give XP more of Vista’s sizzle.
Give XP a more modern, Vista-like look
In the July 19 issue, I explained how to use $20 “skinning” products to give XP a new look and feel. But Andrew Davies has a cheaper solution:
- “XPize is better and free! With XPize and Google Desktop Sidebar, everyone thinks I’m running Vista. I love it!”
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Also free is the Vista-like Desktop Sidebar from Google.
K9 provides free parental-control alternative
Regarding the parental controls described in the last issue, reader Russ Mellnick writes:
- “I just wanted to tell you about a free Internet and parental-control software called K9 Web Protection.”
Home version of XP incompatible with Virtual PC
The July 19 issue also describes a Virtual PC feature that users of XP can download from Microsoft. But reader Gerhard Oberschlick points out something I failed to mention:
- “At the given link, Microsoft says: ‘Virtual PC 2007 runs on: Windows XP Professional [and] Windows XP Tablet PC.’ In other words, not on XP Home, and that’s unfortunately me. For a long time, I’ve been looking for the ability to run MS Word for DOS on my XP Home computer.”
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