Ok, you are not in the Windows Vista Beta yet, you love your Windows XP system anyway since it provides you everything you need but you want to make your PC as cool looking as Windows Vista (and Apple Mac OS) looks? Today Stardock (you old-time Windows Mobile users might remember them too from PocketBlinds) has released WindowBlinds 5 which has tons of new features.
First of all it supports per-pixel alpha blended support for title bars, borders and controls which means you can have glassy titlebars and borders, smooth edges, and just plain spectacular looking desktops.
It's - according to Stardock - much faster than any WindowsBlinds before. WindowBlinds 5 makes use of hardware acceleration to a much greater degree. On systems with a recent ATI Radeon (last couple of years) or nVidia Geforce card will likely find WindowBlinds 5 to be faster than Windows is by default!
And it's not a dedicated program anymore and therefore it doesn't require any stay resident program anymore. This means it's incredibly light on system resources.
And that's how you beloved Windows XP system can looks like:
Pretty cool! I've used WindowsBlinds before with my Notebooks but removed it for system sources. However, might be worth to give it another try.
Talking about a try - WindowsBlinds is available for US 19.95 and a feature limited trial-version is available for free as shareware.
Cheers ~ Arne