Make Windows XP look like Mac OS X
You can make Windows XP look like a Mac in just a few steps. This includes having a fully functioning dock that allows you to launch programs and minimize active programs to the dock. This dock has bouncing icons like Mac OS X and also has similar animations when programs are minimized and maximized. Click the screenshot above to see an enlarged version. I will walk you through the process of making Windows XP look like Mac OS X and gain some of the functionality.
The first step is to install the dock at the bottom. This application is called Rocket Dock and I am using the Beta release. You can download Beta 3 of Rocket Dock from File Forum.
Once you install Rocket Dock you need to set it up so that it launches at startup and allows you to minimize activate applications. You can access the dock settings by clicking on the hammer and yellow tool icon on the dock. The settings are shown below:
You still need to hide the windows panel. You can do this by right-clicking on the panel and going to properties and selecting “Auto-hide the taskbar.”
Don’t be afraid to hide the start menu. There is a really handy tool that will allow you launch your programs without using the Start menu. This tool is called Launchy and I wrote a post on it a few weeks ago.
Lastly, you need a Mac-esque wallpaper. Feel free to search or use Wallpapr to find one that suits your fancy.
Enjoy, that’s it! You gain some of the aesthetics of Mac OS X without losing the functionality of Windows and without shelling out any money.