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Make XP look like OS X?


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Hello All.

I am thinking about swtiching to Mac. But before i do, i want to get the overall feel of it. Is there any app (free) that can make XP look like OS X (bar on top, etc.) as i do want to get the feel of it before i take the dive and get one.

The only macs ive pretty much ever seen are the ones they had at school (the ones that came in all different colors like red, blue orange, i think they wree called iMacs, not too sure though)....but i never used them, i was always under the impression that Macs suck and PCs dominate the world so they are deff. better. After a lil research i guess world domination isnt everything

So yeah, any help is definintly appreciated!

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You can definitely skin your Windows PC to make it look like a Mac, but in many ways, it won't be the full Mac experience as you will still have to deal with many aspects of Windows. To really get a feel for a Mac, you're best off going to either the Apple store or an authorized retailer and try out a Mac.

Anyway, if you're still intent on getting that Mac feeling on your PC, take a look at FlyakiteOSX. This will skin Windows to look like Mac OS X. However, you'll still need to tweak it to get it to look exactly like Mac OS X.
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A quick google search brought me to this website which may help..I just skimmed it over though.

http://forevergeek.com/geek_articles...conversion.php
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Skinning the Win XP OS will NOT give you anything close to what the "Mac OS Xperience" would be like. That is nothing more than eye candy and won't really do much for you at all.

Simply moving your Windows taskbar to the top of your screen and reversing your window buttons can be done without the need for a skining program.
That is a start, I suppose, but you won't really begin to understand and feel out the Mac OS until you actually use it.

I would recommend looking for an older model Mac on an auction site and trying that out. You can find an older Mac for under $100 that will run the latest version of OS X. It won't be the fastest gun in the West, but it will give you a far better feel for Macs since you would actually be using one.

You must also ask yourself, "why ?". Why is it that you need or want a Mac? What would you plan on doing with a computer?

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You can definitely skin your Windows PC to make it look like a Mac, but in many ways, it won't be the full Mac experience as you will still have to deal with many aspects of Windows. To really get a feel for a Mac, you're best off going to either the Apple store or an authorized retailer and try out a Mac.

Anyway, if you're still intent on getting that Mac feeling on your PC, take a look at FlyakiteOSX. This will skin Windows to look like Mac OS X. However, you'll still need to tweak it to get it to look exactly like Mac OS X.
Wow, that looks great! I will definintly try that out tomarrow, as its getting late now. Thanx alot!


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So i Downloaded the FlyakiteOSX and it looks and works great! Sexy actually Ill probably use this for like a month or two before i actually buy a Mac.

I just have one question:
On the top dock, when u click on the apple does the menu come down like this?


I hope u understand wat im asking
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Order the mac and read OSX the missing manual and windows to OSX by the same author. While you wait for your mac you can catch up. It took me about a few hours to navigate the mac in comfort. It took about 36 hours to completely rid myself of the plague....I mean PC. After 15 years of using a PC I was very apprehensive about switching and having to learn a new OS. OSX is very easy. Like I said 36 hours and I never looked back.
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...and read OSX the missing manual and windows to OSX by the same author.
No real need to buy both books...they're basically the same. I would suggest just getting the OSX missing manual..skip the switcher one. The MM provides much more information. OSX is very intuitive, but if you really think that you'll have that much trouble figuring out how to move your files from your PC to your Mac it might be worth it. The MM is a great resource though and combined with this forum you shouldn't have any trouble figuring out your new Mac.
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Get ObjectBar with an OS X skin, and ObjectDock and skin to your liking along with FlyaKiteOSX (i did that back before I owned a Mac). It's the closest looking thing to a Mac.
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here is a crazy idea, just buy a mac


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Just learn by doing. OS X is dead easy to get the hang of.
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Hey Nabooly, Welcome to the M-F!

Well, if you are interested in Macs. try them in the nearest Apple Store. It is worth the visit.
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I think Alexis is right. Learn by doing. I've never read manuals for software and for Windows even when I first started to use a computer.
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Wow, that looks great! I will definintly try that out tomarrow, as its getting late now. Thanx alot!


EDIT:
So i Downloaded the FlyakiteOSX and it looks and works great! Sexy actually Ill probably use this for like a month or two before i actually buy a Mac.

I just have one question:
On the top dock, when u click on the apple does the menu come down like this?


I hope u understand wat im asking

No it does not. It has a drop down box that looks like this:
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Just learn by doing. OS X is dead easy to get the hang of.
Im sure it is, but id like to get used to it before i actually get one
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No it does not. It has a drop down box that looks like this:
Oh i c.
So lets say i wanted to get to My Documents (Actually im not sure if Mac has My Documents), how would i navigate that from the menu bar?
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