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Vista Transformation Pack

Windows desktop after installing VTP 9
Software information
DeveloperWindows X and Lee Chantrey
Stable release9.0.1
Latest release dateNovember 17, 2008
Operating systemWindows XP, Server 2003
Websitewww.windowsxlive.net

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Vista Transformation Pack (VTP) is a third-party compilation of programs created to simulate the Windows Vista graphical user interface (GUI) on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

The program effectively simulates Windows Vista for Windows users who like the Windows Vista appearance but do not want to actually install Windows Vista. It does this by adding Windows Vista-like themes, wallpapers and visual styles; by installing third-party programs to simulate certain Vista features; and by patching system files.

In the latest version (ver. 9.0.1), users can use ViSplore, an application that simulates the Windows Vista Explorer application. Users are also able to get the Instant Search function and the new All Programs feature in the Start Menu using ViStart. Users can also get the Vista Sidebar using former Thoosje's Vista Sidebar which includes 19 gadgets. The Sidebar has since been updated to Vista Rainbar, a faster and more stable alternative. The Windows Aero feature is now part of the transformation pack, supported either through the free program TrueTransparency or the non-free WindowBlinds software from Stardock.

VTP is the successor of Longhorn Transformation Pack (LTP), the name given to it when Windows Vista was still being developed under the codename Longhorn. It has been superseded by Seven Transformation Pack, a simulation of the Windows 7 GUI.


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