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XPize 5 Release 6  Pick    

Size:   15.52MB

License:   FREEWARE

Publisher:  Visit Website | More Programs

Release Date:   2009-09-02

Submit Date:   2009-09-02

OS:  Windows XP/2003

Downloads:   40325

Popularity:   Popularity:0/10


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Software Product Description

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XPize is a GUI enhancer for Windows XP and 2003. It replaces most of the non-XP icons, avis and bmps that Microsoft has always overlooked. The installer simply automates the process of replacing resources in system files, making your XP's look better.

It also includes some extras and a reloader, which you can use after visiting Windows Update. XPize does not contain any spyware or ad-ware of any kind. If you are not satisfied with the results, you can completely uninstall XPize.

XPize is compatible with any version (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and any language of Windows XP (Home, Pro & MCE) and 2003.

Features:

  • Patches more than 150 system files without user interaction.
  • Updates tons of old resources still existent in Windows XP coming from Windows 95/98/2000.
  • Gives Windows XP a fresh new look, with new animations, icons and images.
  • Installs some cool extras, such as a boot screen, logon screen, screensaver and more.
  • Lets you create a custom Windows CD using the XPized ISO feature.
  • Is compatible with nLite's hotfix integration.
  • Has advanced switches to let you install it silently and with the components you want.

There is a lite version of XPize which does not include 128x128 icon size support. The lite version of XPize is also available for download on FreewareFiles.com.

What's New in version 5 Release 6:

  • Fixed the Luna Element and Darkside Shutdown/Log-off dialogs
  • Resources Improved or Added to:
    • Windows Defender
    • Internet Explorer 8
    • Cards
    • Windows CardSpace
    • System Error Reporting
    • Windows' branding banner images for x64 systems
  • Improved uninstallation so all your settings are now reset
  • Added a Feedback system
  • And to top it all off, the download is over a megabyte smaller than Release 5

USER REVIEWS

"The World Wide Web has moved on...well away from XPize"

Reviewer: -Archie Frazer

Review Date: 2009-09-24

Pros: None

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Whether we are talking about XPize Full or Lite the problem with this Shell Enhancement is that it is currently, and has been for a while now, hopelessly out of date.

WHY? Because, to put it bluntly, there's tons of free stuff out there on the Web which are way better - both in terms of overall visual style and impact on your system configuration - which , as far as XPize Lite is concerned, I'll grant you that, is not too heavy.

Let me give you just one example though: the original look of the XP taskbar and start button. They obviously suck and they suck so much that as soon as they could most XP users rushed to get a Vista visual style, just to get rid of them.

Now, XPize doesn't deal with this issue, it never has.

But there is a simple solution to this problem. Get a Theme Patch, tailor-made for your XP version, and the smallest Vista visual style for XP there is, VistaZ4.

Download the zip file from Belchfire, unzip it, copy the tiny folder and paste it into WINDOWS/Resources/Themes. NOW, right click on your desktop, click on Properties,click on the Appearance tab of the Properties dialog box and select VistaZ4 from the dropdown menu.Click on Apply, wait for the skin to take, and then click on OK.

You are done. You now have a nice round start button and a sleek clean taskbar. I also use
Sarbyx TrayClock with the SBGS skin, but that's just me.

If then you want to add all sorts of "bells and whistles" (icons,folders,startup and shutdown screens etc.) you of course are free to do so.

I know I don't. But that's just me, again.

P.S. - The zip file for VistaZ4 is a mere 1.84 MB. Get it at:

http://www.belchfire.net/index.php?automodule=downloads&showfile=6000

UXTheme Patcher and Sarbyx TrayClock are both available here at FreewareFiles.

4.27

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(37 Votes)

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