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  1. :) Ok, here is she:

    Windows Vista Ultimate Extra: Texas Hold'em (6.0.6000.17015-RTM) for Xp, 12,77mb

    It also requires Alky with Vista Ultimate "valid" serial as well.

    Download : http://www.4shared.com/file/57478308/3c253...dem_for_Xp.html

    I have edited my post above too...

    EDIT, :blush: sorry forgot: MD5: D014FFD289C46CAF62E5132B0AB818C0

    btw, does either of you have Xp Tablet PC installed, or at least Xp "Ultimate" (MSFN/Rafael) version? (I dont..). I had ever tried to patch Windows Journal on My Xp MCE. However, it only gave " Windows Journal can't start. There was an error initializing inking components. If this problem persist after restarting, contact your system administrator" :confused02: .

    Because only Xp Tablet Xp has inking API support, (still dunno it may be different with Vista...) possibly it works on so well. Who knows?...

  2. :)thanks for reminding ^_^ , However i just bring them here by some request, with permission from the "up" (see my old post). thanx. Hopefully i will, but because of my busy activity...hmmm (lol i'm just start learning how to make add ons sorry... :P ) , so feel free if either of you want to make add ons of some/all of them instead. I will appreciate it so much. thx alot for your help! By using mine, at least you can get them out of box...thx again for your comment and input... ^_^

  3. Thanx. Of course you are not required to get all, but only some parts you really need (e.g if you just want text file thumbnail on Explorer, just download Thumbnail Extensions above, otherwise if you have Tweak UI installed or you know how to directly edit thumbnail registry, neither of Explorer tools above that you need to change thumbnail size etc), or even not at all. I just mention all, to consider them, as a "Dictionary" or anything else. anyway :P thx again... ^_^

  4. :P Your desktop looks so cool with them. Hmmm... :blink: Why dont you use Windows live PhotoGallery from Microsoft Windows Live instead? It seems you didnt show it on your screenshot. In my opinion Their interface is nearly similar and Live PhotoGallery is better than PhotoGallery as latest updated version. However, it's my personal opinion :unsure: ...

    But I agree with you, if we can make it work on Xp as well, it's very sensational and useful. Now, it's already been our job...

    Windows Calendar, I agree with you. Hopefully we can patch it or get secret source code from MS' good person near in the future, Ameen!. But who knows? Even you patched Windows Mail when Falling Leaf/from vista to xp was still displaying it as unsupported application (until now)...again, Awesome! I am also using it now, though not as default app (MS Office Outlook). Thanx Again :rolleyes:

    Btw, if you want imitation of Windows "Live" Calendar i think i've ever seen it on Deviantart (i am personally not using it because it's not functional at all). I like the idea though...

  5. (Updated) Get Thumbnails (Previews) for More File Types: Text, Documents, Images, Multimedia Files Etc on Windows Explorer (XP, Vista, Windows 7...) and Some Free Tools...

    " + Vista / Windows 7 Live Icon (Thumbnails) and File Metadata Info on Xp (Tag / EXIF / ID3 / Rating...) Etc "

    Important Note (updated): This topic is not only written for Windows Xp and Server 2003, but also Vista, Windows 7, and perhaps other Windows versions as well (i.e. minimum Windows 98 or higher, with Internet Explorer 4/5+ or higher installed). (Although assumedly Xp has most compatibilities with all applications/tools or tweaks here).

    Important Note 2 (updated): For Vista and Windows 7 users, most of these thumbnail features and tools etc would also work on Vista and Windows 7 as well, even though some parts of them said that they are working on previous Windows versions only (e.g Windows 2000 and XP...), please don't worry, just still try. Since some of them are usually just shell extension-based apps (e.g like activeX library form), just make sure you're registering/running the installers, exe, batch files, dlls etc "as administrator" on Vista/ 7 (e.g right click the file/shortcut > "Run as administrator") or in other words with full administrator rights on Vista / Windows 7...(maybe some exe need XP/2000 compatibility mode too...). Again, just try...(even though maybe there are still afew incompatibility issues for only afew tools/apps/hacks etc...).

    One special thing is you can enhance & optimize thumbnail preview on XP for any supported file type as the good substitution of advanced preview pane feature on Vista Explorer (+ you can also get Vista-like preview pane/explorer previewer on XP Here )

    :) Hello Everybody. In my opinion, thumbnails as Windows Explorer viewer feature (in both thumbnail view and detail pane), it can also give important contribution to Windows Xp GUI, in both look and function. (Most of them also support Windows 2000 and Windows Vista as well!).

    Thumbnails can make your Windows looks better, especially if they look clear and larger/bigger (like Vista) when you are using thumbnail view (you can see thumbnails on either of thumbnail view or detail pane, when some special (hidden) thumbnails such as Mp3 Album arts only can be viewed by using folder thumbnail view on Windows Explorer.

    If you want to get more and bigger thumbnails on Windows Explorer, you can do it by getting some free tools here (Some of them also work on other Windows Versions such as 2000, 2003, Vista, even 98 as well!

    Please Read This First B4 -> Important Notes!:

    - Enabling all/some Thumbnails that may possibly make Explorer crash etc (Depending on your system). Use at your own risk. Otherwise to me, so far so good, so i can recommend them to you. ( i have tried them all)...

    - By default, Xp Shell/Explorer has supported all recognized/Windows native files : bmp, jpeg, png, html (disabled since Xp SP1) etc. For Office files, all thumbnails are disabled by default except .ppt (PowerPoint file type/extension). For other 3rd party file types, Some Thumbnails handlers has already been included in some 3rd party apps installs such as PhotoShop, Adobe Reader, MS Office, etc. However, you can still get them without installing default application as long as their thumbnail handler exist. e.g. For PSD thumbnail Just install app like "Thumbview Lite" below, without installing Adobe Photoshop at all, etc.

    - If you use some free tools below, most of them are exe (no need to install anything/without installer) and/or just a Thumbnail shell extension/registry changer rather than running application/emulation. So no any running process like "normal" app (as most of them are shell-in process...and so light!)

    - Of course you are not required to totally get them all. Instead, once again, just follow your need, and heart...

    Again as said above, you can enhance & optimize thumbnail preview on XP for any supported file type as the good substitution of advanced preview pane feature on Vista Explorer (+ you can also get Vista-like preview pane/explorer previewer on XP Here )

    - For some utilities below, you can also google them as i have told you about their names....

    Most of them can also be applied to Windows 2003 and 2000 as well as Windows Xp...


    1) Thumbnail Extensions 1.03 by Schezo (English version). Yes, by using this small and light tool, the best thing is you can see thumbnails of text-based files (txt, reg, log, inf, rtf and so on) on Windows Explorer! It can give thumbnails of text file types (txt, ini, inf, xml, log, reg, vbs, css, js, ,nfo, h, etc) on Windows Explorer by also using IExtractImage interface function (i.e. viewing the text file type as bitmap thumbnail, as well as other thumbnails in Windows Shell/Explorer). Just shell in process,instead of running process (very light). No need to install anything/installer (just exe). You can add more text file types as you want. (The text/document thumbnails will look better if you have resized the thumbnail to bigger such as 64x64 or higher by using some free tools from here). It also supports Susie Plug ins as optional feature:

    Screenshots of Text Thumbnail previews on Windows Explorer:



    - Download Thumbnail Extensions 1.03:


    * Download Susie Plug Ins (separated):


    Note: By the way please notice that about two different sides of Explorer: Windows Explorer as a shell (critical part of the Windows Operating Systems here) and as a built-in File Manager/Browser from Windows itself (while IE / Internet Explorer is a built-in web browser in Windows, you can also use 3rd party apps as equal/even better (some with more features & plug ins etc) replacements for IE (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) and Windows Explorer too (e.g. Directory Opus, Servant Salamander, Total Commander, etc) as well nowadays). Again just FYI btw...

    - Context Viewer by Schezo:

    A File Viewer on Context Menu in Windows Explorer for text and image file types, freeware: Originally created by same author (Schezo, credits to him) you can get Context Viewer (English version, translated from Japanese), a free and small, light, and cool file viewer on context menu that supports both image and text filetypes, highly customizable:

    Screenshots (image and text previews on context menu):

    textmtj.jpg imagevcc.jpg

    Download Context Viewer:


    2) Thumbnail Restore - It can give thumbnails of web document and email files (htm, html, mhtml, eml, nws, ect) on Windows Explorer (Windows Xp SP1 (or higher) has disabled them by default). Now you can safely restore them back. No need to install anything (just exe)- I have also included 2 Regged files to restore thumbnails of Web pages/emails and Video files on Windows Explorer in the zip package. (The text/document thumbnails will look better if you have resized the thumbnail to bigger such as 64x64 or higher by using some free tools from here) :

    - Download Thumbnail Restore (exe/no need to install anything only 14 KB):



    3) Thumbnail Resize and/or Explorer Thumbnail Size - They can resize thumbnails on Windows Explorer (32x32 by default) to bigger (48x48 like Vista Desktop, or even higher: 64x64, 128x128 etc/customizable!). Very Useful especially for thumbnails of text/document file types. No need to install anything (just exe). (if you have Microsoft PowerToy TweakUI (Freeware from MS, very useful), or TuneUp Styler from TuneUp Utilities (Shareware, but very useful) you can also do the same as well)

    Note: They only resize Explorer Thumbnail, not include Desktop icon as you can't see thumbnail on Xp Desktop...

    * Thumbnail Resize :

    - Download Thumbnail Resize (installer) :


    - Download Thumbnail Resize (exe/no need to install anything only 208 kb):



    ** Explorer Thumbnail Size:

    - Download Explorer Thumbnail Size (Installer) :


    - Download Explorer Thumbnail Size (exe/no need to install anything only 110 kb):



    * However, instead of using the apps above, you can manually edit the registry to get larger Explorer thumbnail size in good quality (Caution: editing registry manually can be harmful - advanced user only):

    Open the registry and navigate to :

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft \ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer

    Create a new DWORD value called ThumbnailSize, and set the value between 32 and 256.

    And/or create another DWORD value called ThumbnailQuality, and set the value between 50 and 100.

    Key Details :

    USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft \ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer]

    Value Name: ThumbnailSize

    Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

    Data Value: 32 - 256 (32 by default)

    USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft \ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer]

    Value Name: ThumbnailQuality

    Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)

    Data Value: 50 - 100

    * OK, this is just optional and not related with Explorer thumbnails at all! : If you want to make Explorer icons look larger (so they look matched with larger thumbnails while using icon view->Explorer Menu Bar: View > Icons), you can also edit the existing registry -> This can also affect Start Menu icon size:

    USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

    Value Name: Shell Icon Size

    Data Type: String Value

    Data Value: 16 - 128 (32 by default)

    After finished, also you may need to edit these sub-key values (to get new icon space look ordered/matched). (Just find the matched values for them yourself visually-try):

    Note: The values must always be in (-)!!

    USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

    Value Name: IconSpacing -> Horizontal space

    Data Type: String Value

    Data Value: -645 (by default)

    USER Key: [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics]

    Value Name: IconVerticalspacing

    Data Type: String Value

    Data Value: -645 (by default)

    PS: You can also see other Explorer GUI settings on the registry key [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowMetrics] etc.

    However, personally i dont customize Explorer Icon size (yet), since it also affects Start Menu Icon as i said above :) . How about you guys? If you like it, just do it (not harmful if you do it on right way). I suggest e.g 64 or little more...

    PS: Vista also has bigger/larger icon views on its Windows Explorer (Extra large, large, medium, and small icons views -> supported thumbnails and/or icons) as well as thumbnails. It's also good to apply it on Xp Explorer/Shell "little" while you are customizing it to look like Vista...

    4) Thumbnail Switcher- It can displays all file types that have Explorer thumbnail support in the list. You can also configure them (enable/disable the thumbnails etc). No need to install anything (just exe).

    - Download Thumbnail Switcher (installer)


    - Download Thumbnail Switcher (exe/no need to install anything only 77 kb):



    More Explorer Thumbnail Plug Ins- To get more thumbnails of more 3rd party file types :

    1) ThumbView Lite : Add thumbnail support for .cut, .dcx, .dds, .mdl, .mng, .pcd, .pcx, .pic, .pix, .png, .pnm/.pbm/.pgm/.ppm, .psd/.pdd, .psp, .pxr, .sgi/.rgb, .tga/.vda/.icb/.vst, .tif/.tiff, .wal, and .xpm in Windows XP Explorer! Or plug in your own image formats!Windows XP Explorer. Very useful e.g To view PSD thumbnails, you dont need to install PhotoShop etc

    - Download Thumbview Lite-freeware:


    - To get more/anything about ThumbView Development (it also supports plug in for more file types e.g your own ones), just visit:


    2) K-lite MegaCodec Pack : You should have some codecs installed before you can see thumbnais of some multimedia/video files (e.g. DivX, mp4 etc) or vice versa. Just download this useful freeware (you also need them to play some files by using your players, don't you?)

    - Download K-lite Mega Codec Pack-freeware:


    3) Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows Xp : provides the ability to view, organize, and print photos captured in RAW image formats from supported Canon and Nikon digital cameras.

    It also gives support for thumbnail, metadata info, and tooltip for RAW file in Windows Explorer!

    - Download Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows Xp-freeware (WGA validation required):


    4)Windows Image Component (WIC-Image codecs) -> Xp SP2 only:

    provides WIC-enabled applications to display and edit any image format for which a WIC-compliant codec is installed, and also to read and write metadata in image files (WIC has already been built in Windows Live PhotoGallery install (as prerequisite) and Windows Vista/Xp SP3).

    - Download Windows Imaging Component (WIC)- freeware (WGA validation required):



    5) To Fix/Restore/Enable/Disable Explorer Thumbnail View (Common):

    Simply do the following steps:

    1) Open a command window (Start->Run, type in 'cmd' hit enter)

    2) To readd image thumbnail preview, type (or just simply copy and paste) and hit enter

    regsvr32 shimgvw.dll

    3) To remove image thumbnail preview, type and hit enter

    regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll

    4) To readd media/video thumbnail preview, type and hit enter

    regsvr32 shmedia.dll

    5) To remove media/video thumbnail preview, type and hit enter

    regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll

    6) Thumbnails of Microsoft Office Files (.doc, .xls, .ppt) on Windows Explorer - There are still many people who dont know how to get thumbnails of MS Office files (.doc, .xls, .ppt) on Windows Explorer. Though it can make file size become larger, but sometimes it can be useful!

    To enable thumbnails of Office Files on Windows Explorer (it can make file size become larger): Navigate to MS Office Menu Bar, then File > Properties > Summary > select "Save Preview Picture" (embedded bitmap into Office files) then save your work (also the text/document thumbnails will look better if you have resized the thumbnail to bigger such as 64x64 or higher by using some free tools from here)...

    7) Special: Thumbnail Handlers for "Missing" PSD Thumbnails for Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator. -> (Even you dont need Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator installed to view their thumbnails on Explorer by using these dlls! No need to install anything/installer). Well, since Adobe has disabled PSD and AI thumbnail feature in Photoshop CS/CS2/Illustrator, if you are still a loyal user of old Photoshop CS2 and illustrator or have the files without the apps installed then don't worry you can restore them back by download and apply these small files (as alternative to Thumbview Lite above). No need to install anything/just copy the dll's to: "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell" (you can change "C" to your another custom partition of default Windows installation e.g "D" so "D:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell" etc) then merge the registry. done. Even you can still get the thumbnails working without Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator softwares installed at all!:

    Note: If the following folders on path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Shell" don't exist before, then you can create new folders and rename them as above on the path. Simple.

    Download (only 155 kb):



    Just follow the instructions/guide included (easy).

    PS: Previous and later versions of Photoshop/Illustrator such as new CS3 (10.1) they have restored the thumbnail capability back as well...

    8) SWF Live Preview. Thumbnails of .Swf (flash) files on Windows Explorer:

    Download (installer):


    9) PSP Thumbnail Handler. Thumbnails of .pps (Paint Shop Pro Files) on Windows Explorer:

    Download (installer):


    10) Thumbnails of Maya files on Windows Explorer (.ma, .mb etc):



    11) Thumbnails for DWG Files on Windows Explorer (for AutoCAD 2000-2009 .DWG files):

    Get .Dwg (AutoCAD File) thumbnail previews on Windows Explorer. (for AutoCAD 2000-2009 files). You can see dwg thumbnail on Windows Explorer, even without any CAD software installed. Especially i.e. for people who are still using non-AutoCAD software without DWG thumbnail feature on Windows Explorer (i.e. DWG Editor, DWG viewer, etc) but still want the thumbnail feature. It can also be used as well for users of old AutoCAD Software (i.e AutoCAD 2000) who still want at least to get newer AutoCAD 2008 / 2009 Thumbnail preview on Windows Explorer. Only 14 Kb, without installing anything (only binary and registry batch files), Even not need AutoCAD installed. Easy and simple.

    - Download "DWG Thumbnail in Windows Explorer" component file (Only 14 kb) - manual instructions txt, links for prerequisites included) :

    MD5: 141ec9cb5b660802485d9fdb6788fca2


    - Another Alternative: Download Autodesk DWG Thumbnail .OCX - ActiveX control for DWG Thumbnail on Windows Explorer:


    12) Thumbnails of Windows Journal Files (jnt and jtp) in Xp especially Xp Tablet PC edition. It's recommended especially if you have Xp/Vista Tablet PC and Windows Journal/Journal Viewer and you often work with Journal files (It's been included in installer of Windows Vista Journal ported to Xp

    here by me as you dont need it anymore if you have installed it). Original from MS Xp Tablet PC PowerToys here. But ported to All Xp and Vista now:

    Download only 166 Kb for Xp and Vista Ultimate/Premium (once again, you don't need it if you have installed Windows Journal app that ported to Xp Pro by me):

    MD5 :0F75C19CE70A06FFD82ED9EE37AA303B


    13) Realworld Thumbnails Extractor for 3D models, icons, and cursors on Windows Explorer : It allows thumbnail extraction for all document types supported by RW tools, including several types of images (jpeg, png, psd etc), icons (ico), static and animated cursors (ico, ani), and supported 3D formats (U3D, R3I, and 3DS) on Windows Explorer that very useful for i.e both user and graphic designer and so on -> Supported thumbnails on Explorer: ico, cur, tga, pcx, ani, jp2, psd, 3ds, pcx, etc...etc:

    Download (installer) and more info:


    14) Mp4 Thumbnail Plug in for Windows Explorer (mp4 Thumbnail Handler): for displaying mp4 thumbnail in Windows Explorer (All Windows OSes: 98/ME/2000/2003/Xp/Vista/2008/Windows 7).

    Also other files: avi, mov, asx, asf, m1v,mpeg, mpg, mkv, mka, flv, etc.

    MD5: A03A6C14A465765CCFD240EE74120FEA, only 56 Kb !

    Download only 56 Kb Mp4 Thumbnail Plug in for Windows Explorer (98/ME/2000/2003/Xp/Vista/2008/Windows 7):


    15) Download Quickthumb.dll and Realthumb.dll for thumbnails of QuickTime and RealPlayer movie files (mov, avi, swf, flv, rv, etc) on Windows Explorer:

    (credits to Michael Barrientos, author):

    http://www.4shared.com/file/128738082/b9274ea/QuickTime_and_Real_Thumbnails__Quickthumb_and_Realthumbdll_.html and/or (source):


    16) Djvu Thumbnail on Windows Explorer:

    DjVu Shell Extension Pack: http://dev.caminova.jp/beta/djvu-wic/

    17) Thumbnails of Font Files (ttf, otf...) on Windows Explorer:

    Get the thumbnails of Font File Types on Windows Explorer:

    Freeware (FontNail, credits to Parkrrr): http://parkrrrr.com/fontnail/

    Shareware (Font on Explorer): http://wareseeker.com/Graphic-Apps/font-on-explorer-32bit-2.5.zip/3be5ba489e


    Also you can install Microsoft Powertoy "Font Properties Extension" to provide more font properties: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/TrueTypeProperty21.mspx

    18) Note : Again, as said above, when you are installing some 3rd party graphic/document apps (not all, such as Adobe Reader (pdf), Photoshop (psd), CorelDraw (cdr) , AutoCAD (dwg) etc) (-i know you all know about it, just for clarification/integration :P ...) you will usually get their default OLE thumbnail handlers installed for previewing thumbnails of their associated files on Windows Explorer (already built in)...

    19) Vista / 7 style Thumbnail borders/appearance for multimedia files in Windows XP Explorer (or downlevel OSes):

    Seems i have still no found any perfect tool yet for that, but maybe installing Microsoft Windows Live PhotoGallery and/or Captrue Thumbnailer Lite on XP can be other good options/approach AFAIK:

    - Windows Live PhotoGallery (freeware): http://download.live.com/photogallery

    - Captrue Thumbnailer Lite (shareware): http://www.captrue.com/thumbnailerlite.html

    Or just google for more options and free alternatives of them for you etc...

    20) Creating Thumbnails from WMP in Windows Explorer for video files (as WMP plug in), embedding thumbnails in video files:

    - Captrue Thumbnailer Plug In for Windows Media Player (shareware):


    21) Some of Other Free Useful File Viewers on Context Menu in Windows Explorer for Windows XP and 2003 also maybe 2000/9X (Thumbnail and/or file content previews):

    Since they are actually Windows Explorer shell extensions, you can also use them on Explorer window, search result, desktop (i.e. useful especially since you can't set thumbnail view on XP desktop unlike Vista or 7), open save as dialog box etc.


    - Context Viewer by Schezo:

    Preview text file and images on Explorer context menu. Support Susie Plug ins for more file type previews.

    Download for free - latest version:


    - ContextView Pro (free abandonware, still cool to have):

    Preview images and multimedia (audio and videos) file on Explorer context menu. Also best for using it i.e. as complementary tool for e.g. QuickView, QuickView Plus, or Context Viewer above (since they can't preview multimedia files) etc. For good example e.g. you can preview (listen) any mp3 file in Explorer just by right click it once, without opening any heavy media player in Windows and so on etc!

    Download for free - latest version:


    Again you can also get more free file viewers and thumbnail plugins for Windows etc here: http://www.4shared.com/dir/16848775/c90f5dba/File_Viewers_Explorer_Thumbnai.html

    - (Additional Info): MP3 Thumbnail (Album Art) in Windows Explorer: Since XP explorer (and previous Windows OSes) only shows folder thumbnail for mp3 files (album art thumbnail), but not for individual mp3 file (this one has been fixed/improved in Vista / Windows 7 Explorer later), i can't still find the MP3 thumbnail plug in for XP Explorer so far (at least when i wrote this, hopefully soon we will...), at least we can still preview mp3 album art thumbnail of each individual mp3 file (as embedded or with hidden jpeg file) on context menu in Windows XP Explorer using some tools here (Work on Windows Explorer in XP, Vista, Windows 7, All..., 32 bit only) :

    - Multimedia Tag Editor edit and preview tag metadata and album art etc on context menu in Windows Explorer (please read on bottom too for more info):


    - PicaView32 V 1.3 (free, abandonware) preview image and multimedia files (audio and video) on context menu in Windows Explorer:



    Note: later version of PicaView (e.g. V 2.0) doesn't show mp3 album art thumbnail anymore, but only preview (play) the sound of it in Explorer context menu (as suggestion you can also use some other similar tools e.g. ContextView Pro above for playing mp3 feature as well while you still have PicaView V 1.3 installed for the mp3 thumbnail view).

    Btw you can also get thumbnail previews for mp3 album art etc in Windows XP Explorer by using "CoverFlow for Windows Explorer" by Vemod (using "MacOSX CoverFlow preview style"):

    http://www.aqua-soft.org/forum/topic/52376-explorer-cover-flow/ and


    22) Replace generic icon of image files with real thumbnails in Windows Explorer including XP Desktop (i.e. shows thumbnail view on XP desktop just like Vista and Windows 7 and so on) and Open Save Dialog etc:

    E.g. see thumbnails of image files instead of generic icon when in list and details views mode, just like thumbnail view in Windows Explorer, (would be great to i.e. preview image files e.g. .JPEG, .BMP, .PNG, etc as thumbnail on XP desktop since XP desktop can't show thumbnail view by default) just use (freewares):

    - Xentient Thumbnail 1.0.2:

    Download Xentient Thumbnail (free): http://www.brothersoft.com/xentient-thumbnails-107971.html or http://www.4shared.com/file/108989231/c5a8188c/Xentient_Thumbnail_V_102.html

    - VueIcons 6.0:

    Download VueIcons (free): ftp://ftp.sac.sk/pub/sac/graph/vueico60.zip (FTP) or http://www.4shared.com/file/169563339/de666c4/VueIcons.html

    Btw you can also get "View" context menu item on XP desktop like Vista / 7 Desktop and Explorer by using one of Vishal Gupta's hacks (hacked shell32.dll): http://www.askvg.com/get-windows-7-desktop-context-menu-in-xp-add-view-display-settings-gadgets-other-options/ however you will need to hack/patch critical Windows system file (shell32.dll) that can be risky/make Windows inoperable at all and it will disable thumbnail view button on Windows Explorer toolbar permanently, so it's not too functional for me imho (also the thumbnail and detail views in XP desktop using this way will look "dirty" with white rectangle outside). Better to use one of the softwares above as emulator for me. Yea just FYI...

    - Thumbnail Registry Hack for Vista: Fix / Enable more thumbnails of file type on Vista Explorer

    (Thanx/Credits to our friend deadman36 - Winmatrix, again thanx alot Bro)

    As he posted that just copy the following code below and save as .reg file (e.g Vistareg.reg) then merge it into Vista registry

    Make sure of before the thumbnails show up is that the files are associated with something (i.e. .flv to FLV Player etc.)

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
























    23. Some of Other Great & Well Known Image and Multimedia (audio/video) etc file Viewers for Windows (freewares and sharewares, for XP, Vista, Windows 7, All...):

    Although XP and Vista (Windows All) already have built in Image and Multimedia (audio/video) file Viewer (e.g. XP Picture and Fax Viewer, PhotoGallery, WMP with additional codecs etc) beside Notepad and Wordpad (as viewers for text files and some documents), it's still necessary to have additional 3rd party viewers installed for more features, file types etc: i

    - IrfanView (By Irfan Skiljan):

    One of the best free image and multimedia (audio/video) viewer for Windows:

    Irfan View supports many plugins + features etc. Free for personal / non-commercial use only. My best favourite image viewer too:

    More info and download, plugins etc: http://www.irfanview.com/

    - ACDSee (i.e. ACDSee PhotoManager):

    If you'd prefer to use a better shareware, just use ACDSee. Support many plugins + features etc, available as some versions/variants. The best and well-known image and multimedia (audio/video) viewer for Windows IMHO (many Windows users can't live without ACDSee e.g. OEM):

    More info and download, plugins etc: http://www.acdsee.com/

    - MegaView:

    a powerful image, multimedia (audio/video), text documents, binary file viewer):


    - Kodak Imaging for Windows (free port):

    Imaging for Windows (by Wang) from Windows 2000 ported to Windows XP (and also Server 2003), (if you were Win 9X/2000 user before, you may know this one) just like old Microsoft QuickView ported to XP Here: http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?/topic/19748-windows-95-98-file-viewer-quickview-ported-to-xp-2003-2000/, Imaging for Windows is an old useful built-in application that is originally from Windows 9X/ME/NT/2000 but discontinued / not included in Windows XP or Vista anymore (Its image viewing, editing and scanning functions, while the newer version 4.0 (side by side) has become a shareware: http://www.global360.com/ ). allows users to create, annotate, view and print TIFF, BMP and Microsoft Fax (AWD) image documents and so on etc. Users can also view and print JPEG and PCX/DCX etc images with this application.

    Download the free-ported version here by me (the free old version from Windows 2000 ported to XP and 2003, and maybe vista too. Especially tweaked and patched/enhanced for Windows XP / 2003 environment and so on...):

    Download Imaging for Windows for XP here: http://www.4shared.com/file/227007364/b337541a/Kodak_Imaging_for_Windows__por.html

    - Adsen Thumbnailer:

    Speeds up the process of thumbnailing pictures within an entire folder in Windows Explorer, allows you to rename these images (if selected) during the thumbnailing process. It also enables you to add a prefix to the thumbnails if you choose to do so. Maybe you can give it a try too...

    Download Adsen Thumbnailer 1.2 (last version) and more info etc (freeware):


    Download "portable" Adsen Thumbnailer 1.2 (Unpacked single .EXE, smaller without installer) :


    24. AutoCAD .3DS thumbnail and infotip metadata properties add on for Windows Explorer (All):



    Thanks and visit Pallab.net

    - Enable Thumbnail for More Generic Video Files on Windows Explorer : Open Note pad and paste the following text :

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


    Please replace above .EXT with the desired extensions (e.g. flv). For Example:

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00




    (Thanks to Raymond): Windows Picture and Fax Viewer is an image viewer that is a part of the Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 operating systems. It is based on GDI+ and is capable of viewing images format supported by GDI+: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF (including animated GIFs), ICO, WMF, EMF and TIFF format files. it can still be improved to have more for 200+ image support such as .msp, .gem, .cals and .dpx. and so on etc (sounds rare, right?) and also .pdf, .psd, .emf, .dxf, .crw, .cur, and so on etc (yea more familiar/well-known file types!) many etc by Installing imageXtender (very recommended): Download it here: http://www.imagextender.com/

    - Alternative download link: http://www.4shared.com/file/177465099/87edc7ad/ImageXtender_Plugin_for_XP_Fax.html

    ImageXtender is a unique free application that teaches your Windows XP image viewer to understand more than 200 image formats, including some really rare and old ones. Also, ImageXtender allows viewing nonstandard formats produced by digital cameras or mobile phones. ImageXtender builds itself into your operating system. Once it is installed, you can view images of most formats in 3 standard Windows modes - Preview, Thumbnails and Filmstrip...


    That's all. Hopefully useful to all of us. (Since I can view more and bigger thumbnails (included text/document) on Windows Explorer, it can make my Xp look like Vista "Live Icon" preview ...loool (lol Vista live icon is in 3d views with "angle" like "mini version" of Cover Flow on Leopard, on other side Xp still in 2d... maybe forever without 3rd parties?) but seriously, it's not bad as "down level" version, still better than nothing at all, and it's also functional, more than just only "eye candy". Finally, thanks for your attention, and good luck!

    Also if you guys also have more or better stuffs about thumbnails and previews on Explorer, GUI etc, please post/share your idea about them here/on Wincert forum, so other people and Wincert can also use and enjoy them for free (again, thx alo to Wincert). It will be so kind of you. I will appreaciate your great and nice job so much! Thanx alot, i aways wish you well!


    1) Xp "Live Icon Preview" with Bigger Thumbnails of images, Text and Document files (Thumbnails of txt, reg, doc, ppt, htm, html, pdf, mpeg, jpeg, bmp, mp3 (album art), etc on Windows Xp Explorer (128x128 or larger, just for example)) :


    2). Xp "Folder Live Icon" thumbnail preview (Thumbnails of Images, text, documents, and mp3 (album art file types etc (Pictures/thumbnails of mp3 album art can be customized/changed by using "Multimedia Tooltip" tool below ) on Windows Xp Explorer :


    3) Preview text file thumbnails on detail pane by using Thumbnail Extensions (the left-small preview pane/webview pane on Xp Explorer, equivalent of updated Vista bottom pane that displays metadata and thumbnail view) :


    Note : Vista detail pane is also metadata/tag editor, while Xp still read-only. You can still edit some custom metadata properties on some file types by right clicking the file -> Properties -> Summary or by using some 3rd party add ons on Xp Explorer.

    PS: if you want to get Vista Explorer Preview Pane (Vista file viewer) "ported" to Xp for free (as alternative) , please also visit my thread here

    - Extra: Vista Metadata (Tag/EXIF/ID3 etc) Features - Infotip, Status Bar and Detail Pane on Windows Xp Explorer

    Vista, as well as Xp and 2000 at the beginning with NTFS metadata storage, it has also improved much over Xp and other previous Windows versions with file metadata and tag editor (sometimes called EXIF/ID3/Tag etc) (Metadata is like "data of data", like summary/properties: Author, date, taken, size etc in almost all files, especially well supported in NTFS file system i.e in Xp and Vista). Some metadata is new like rating (you can also see it on Xp for some multimedia and images files through Windows Media Player 10/11 and Windows Live PhotoGallery as well. In Windows Vista, however, there is all kinds of new metadata, including tags, date taken, rating, caption, image resolution, camera make/model, shutter speed, etc.. Also PhotoInfo and Windows Search support them but unfortunately not Windows Explorer, not yet (also see "Code Project" for previous Windows versions- link below).

    There are Infotip, status bar, and details pane (also called webview pane/show common tasks in folder. It also shows both thumbnail preview and metadata). They also show metadata as unique info/property of each file. It can also make Windows (Explorer) GUI look better and functional. You can see/read similar metadata of infotip on Status Bar (to activate it: Explorer Menu Bar -> View -> check "Status Bar"):

    4) Metadata : Infotip, Status Bar, and Detail Pane (displays both thumbnail and metadata) on Windows Xp Explorer:

    Note: To enable "Details Pane" (Small preview pane for thumbnail and properties of file) on Windows XP Explorer, you have to show Common Task Dialog (Xp Webview Panel): Menu Bar -> Tools -> Folder Options -> General -> "Show common tasks in folders", while it's not available in Classic style. Also some 3rd party VS/Skin may rearrange/remove/tweak the Webview Panel position.


    (To get Explorer viewer for Xp like Vista (Text, Document, images, etc), please also visit my another thread here).

    - XP Metadata Properties Editor (Built In Tool)

    Without any 3rd Party help, Windows XP already has advanced metadata properties editor (built in) in the context menu (when Vista also has the same feature on bottom details pane. In Xp, the details pane only provides thumbnail and read-only properties. The editor is in Context Menu...). You can even insert/edit some custom metadata property such as Author, comment, title etc on some file types (not all) by right clicking the file -> "Properties -> Summary -> "Advanced" or Simple" on Xp Explorer (different for each file type).



    In MS Office and some of other apps: Menu bar: File -> Properties -> Summary. You can also edit metadata in some MS apps such as WMP 10/11 (removed in WMP 12 for Windows 7!) and Windows Live PhotoGallery etc.

    -To fix/restore/even provide more metadata on infotip and details pane of Text/Document (txt, rtf, doc etc), Image (jpeg, bmp, png etc), Video (wmv, avi, 3gp etc), Exe, dll, ocx (activeX), and audio (mp3, wma etc) files etc on Windows Explorer without any 3rd party help:

    1) Enhanced infotip for Explorer - Enhance /fix/restore and get more metadata on infotip and detail pane of Text/Document (txt, rtf, doc etc), Image (jpeg, bmp, png etc), Video (wmv, avi, 3gp etc), Exe, dll, ocx (activeX), and audio (mp3, wma etc) files etc on Windows Explorer:

    - Download Enhanced-More Metadata of InfoTip and Details Pane on Xp Explorer (just regged files, 4 Kb:


    Optional/Additional: -Some 3rd Party applications/shell add ons for Windows Explorer :

    Since some 3rd party apps will install their own tooltip and property handlers:

    3) Infotip Extension (credits to Norio Nomura), freeware:

    Enhance metadata infotip and context menu on Xp and 2003, also Windows 98, ME, 2000 (may not work properly on Vista though, not sure) for any file type especially text, dll, exe (binaries) etc. Very useful and very light (only 326 Kb -> unzipped installer, uninstallable), more informative than standard Windows shell infotip and metadata (even on Vista! IMHO) . Even you can preview any text file without opening it before and so on. Very customizable also on context menu. Old software (it's not being developed anymore) but it's still very good to have it installed...

    Screenshot of Infotip Extension (both tooltip and context menu on Windows Explorer, very customizable):


    - Download Infotip Extension


    Size: 264 KB


    3) EXIF Tag Editor and Tooltip (infotip) for Windows Explorer - EXIF/Metadata Editor for EXIF/RAW file in context menu, it's like MS PhotoInfo but more like Multimedia Tag Editor below (also in context menu properties). It adds new tab on Context menu properties so you can directly edit EXIF/metadata by using Xp Explorer context menu (Right Click -> Properties -> EXIF Tag Editor):

    - Download EXIF Tag Editor for Windows Xp (No need to install anything/just registry and bat files, uninstallable, only 374 kb!)



    As said above, To provide thumbnail, tooltip and metadata of RAW files in Windows Explorer, you can also install Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer for Windows Xp to get the handlers (link above, or: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...;displaylang=en )

    4) Multimedia Tag Editor and Tooltip (Explorer infotip), Edit and Preview MP3 Album Art Thumbnail Viewer and Tag Editor (ID3V1/ID3V2 Tags) on context menu for Windows Xp Explorer - Get more metadata on infotip on Xp Explorer by using mine - a customized version of free AudioShell For more metadata tooltip of MP3, MP4, WMA, WMV etc, as you can even insert your handsome picture as MP3 album art thumbnail by using it :lol: lol (Select Mp3 file -> Right Click -> Properties -> Multimedia Tag Editor -> Add Cover -> save to file -> Apply -> OK) such as for folder thumbnail view or as album art in WMP 11: And yes you can also preview album art thumbnail for MP3 files on context menu properties in Windows Explorer directly!

    Changes :

    - No more vendor name anymore on tooltip/infotip (coz it looks ugly on GUI)

    - Clear Look - tweaked

    - No installer (just .bat file to register .dll, and don't worry it's uninstallable/easy removable!)

    - lite

    - etc

    - Download Multimedia Tag Editor and Tooltip for Windows Explorer, (only 640 kb):



    - Screenshot 1 (Multimedia Tooltip):


    - Screenshot 2 (Multimedia Tag Editor/inserting custom album art):


    - Screenshot 3 (Preview MP3 Album Art Thumbnail on context menu properties in Windows Explorer):


    - Another Alternative Infotip Handler : (Infotip for binary executables and multimedia files: .exe, .dll, .ocx, .lnk, mp3, .wma, .ogg files...), "Infotag-special customized version": This "free customized version" of the free InfoTag Magic is a Windows Explorer infotip shell extension that provides pop-up text containing extra data stored (infotip/tooltip), when the mouse pointer is hovered over an .MP3, .WMA, .OGG Vorbis or Monkey's Audio file, shortcut (.LNK), as well as for executables (EXE, DLL, OCX) files. As a "customized version", it has no "ugly brand text info" on infotip such as "Provided by Infotag Magic" as you can see and no text preview for some based text file type (e.g. for .TXT, .BAT, .INI...) by default since i've felt that it's not better to see text preview of the file without also providing file property info itself (as that what infotip does usually show) for me etc. There's no installer or bell and whistle, only registering the single dll with batch file (by regsvr32 command), done, "fast, simple, and clean...". Works on 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7 (Windows All):

    Download it here for free: http://www.4shared.com/file/220468724/5947a0ac/Infotag_Magic__special_customi.html

    - QT Tabbar: - As a free useful and well-known add on (tab bar and additional toolbar buttons, searchbar etc) for Windows XP Explorer (Btw please read the review), installing latest QT Tabbar will also give tooltip (infotip) with thumbnail previews and file properties info for each supported image file (jpeg, bmp, png,...etc) and also text file types when mouse hover (just like the almost similar infotip feature in Vista Windows PhotoGallery and Windows Live PhotoGallery applications btw...). It can be even extended by using some additional plug ins. You can even customize it by using: right click the QT tab bar -> Options -> Misc. -> "Show preview tooltip"...and so on...Get the latest version of QT Tabbar for free here:


    Screenshot of infotip previews by QTTabBar on Windows Explorer:


    5) Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2 - To edit and read more metadata (EXIF) of files, Microsoft also launched an application called Microsoft PhotoInfo (Now Pro Photo Tools, latest version 2).

    Very useful and recommended application, especially for photographers/artists and professional people who may need it:

    - Download Microsoft Pro Photo for Xp/Vista from Microsoft, 100% freeware (requires .Net Framework 3.0 or higher installed for Xp. Also needs WIC/Windows Imaging Component with link above. WIC is already built in Vista and Xp SP3):


    PS: To safely enable "XP /Common Visual Style" on some 3rd party shell extensions in XP (please read below/bottom for more info) without installing anything then you can just download "explorer.exe.manifest" file and copy it to C:\Windows folder then restart Explorer to apply the changes: http://www.4shared.com/file/146169885/abb0c923/explorerexe.html

    Updated: already included on each of my own uploads as well.

    - Thumbnail and Infotip for Image Archives (archived/compressed/zipped image archive) on Windows Explorer (XP, Vista, Windows 7, All...): Just use CBX Shell - Free Thumbnail Add On for Explorer by T800 Productions, which provides Windows Explorer thumbnail and infotip extensions for image archives.

    > Screenshot (courtessy: Softpedia and Author's):


    - Download and Info:



    - Another Link (4shared): http://www.4shared.com/file/187756403/bb52881a/CBX_Shell_-_Thumbnail_Add_On.html

    6) Xp Built in Metadata/Tag Features: -> (Screenshots - credits to zunester.com)

    - Screenshot 3 (Xp Built in Metadata Editor (in Shell/context menu)-> Example: id3 tag editing in the Windows XP Shell):


    - Screenshot 4 (Xp Detail View with some metadata info as well as detail pane, status bar, and infotip):


    - Screenshot 5 (Customize Xp detail view with some metadata info as well as detail pane, status bar, and infotip):


    7) Microsoft QuickView ported to Xp and 2003: old but famous Windows 98/ME shell context menu viewer ported back to Xp (it's been enhanced and especially tweaked for Xp/2003). Download it from HERE. Also the same link below.

    Screenshot of QuickView on Windows Explorer in Xp:




    Note: If you have WDS (Windows Desktop Search/Windows Search for Xp/Vista-not Default search companion) installed on Xp, then it can also index and show some metadata and previews by using same Ifilters and other handlers when you are searching the files as well as Vista (since Xp WDS technically has same engine with Vista one!)...

    List of Applications (from MS) that support metadata and Vista only metadata on Xp (i.e. Rating, etc) as both viewer and editor:

    - Windows Vista and Xp Explorer

    - Windows Search / Windows Desktop Search (for 2000, Xp, and 2003, already built in Vista shell)

    - Windows Media Player 10/11 (WMP 10 by Rating powertoy, already built in WMP 11 for Xp Sp2/Sp3 and Vista)

    - Windows PhotoGallery (Vista)

    - Windows Live PhotoGallery (Xp Sp2/Sp3 and Vista)

    - Microsoft Photo Info (Now Pro Photo Tools 2 above - Xp Sp2/Sp3 and Vista with .Net Framework 3.0)

    - Etc

    Since Windows Vista and some apps above support same type of metadata called XMP, programs like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Bridge, iView MediaPro, Extensis Portfolio, and lots more applications support XMP, too. Also many other applications as well.

    Sorry, but as far i dont still find any add on or final implementation for rating metadata in Xp Explorer/shell (except some alpha/beta project and source code/plan only like CodeProject that you can visit HERE (like Vista-only rating metadata for Xp), still not perfectly applicable yet but it's still a good chance/hopefully they can release it as soon. Or just google them instead of waiting for. If you already do know that please post and tell us here. Thx for your contribution as it can be useful to more people especially Xp users! Cheers.

    - File Attributes:

    Beside common metadata, we should also know about File/Folder Attributes (See Wikipedia). Commonly, there are some types which we can easily access and edit them through context menu: Read Only, Hidden Archive, Last Accessed.... Some are hidden: Normal, Offline, Temporary and System. Some of them can be viewed through details pane and infotips too: Last Accessed, Modified etc. We can or hide see some hidden files through Folder Options (Show Hidden files and folder and Hide protected operating system files (recommended)).


    There is some of free 3rd Party File Attributes Editor for editing file and folder attributes (free, abandonware/unsupported but still cool) or just google for more. Work on Windows All (95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7...).:

    - File Attribute Editor for Windows: Edit time stamp/time attribute of files and folders on Explorer's context menu:

    > Download: http://www.4shared.com/file/204344542/7e83897f/File_Attribute_Editor_for_Wind.html

    - Properties Plus:A Folder/File Attribute Editor, An Explorer add on for editing folder and file attributes (e.g. Read Only, Hidden, Time Attributes etc) on context menu.

    > Download: http://www.4shared.com/file/235080743/eefe6928/Properties_Plus_165__File_Fold.html


    Recommended Link! :

    - Get Vista File Viewer (Vista Explorer Preview Pane) "ported" to Xp (for both Explorer and Desktop Search) HERE

    - Get Classic Windows 95-98 file viewer - QuickView "ported" to Xp HERE

    - List: Most Vista Applications and Features for Xp So Far (included Vista Apps Ported to Xp Etc) HERE

    -> Recommended for All Xp / 2003 Users! (Y)

    - Download (Collection) Free File Viewer Tools, Explorer Thumbnail Handlers, and Search Tools for Windows All (98, ME, 2000, Xp, 2003, Vista, 2008, and maybe Windows 7):



    (Updated) Just Added Some Tools for Windows Explorer to The Thread Here:

    Some Free-Powerful Shell Extensions for Windows XP Explorer

    (Recommended for XP - work on other OSes like 2003, Vista, or Windows 7 too)


    You can also visit my original thread on Deviantart for more info, updates, etc here (Windows All):


    1. XP / 2003 Only: Enable XP / Common Visual Style on Some Controls of Loaded Shell Extensions For Free - An Important feature for Windows XP shell customization...

    (Especially 3rd parties) - in shell extensions or activex objects (e.g toolbar button / BHO, explorer bar, context menu items etc) in Windows Explorer, note must support / have InitCommonControls function, with link to comctl32 version 6 in XP/Vista or higher, and so on).

    For more info please see some documentations about it on MSDN: e.g http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb775695%28VS.85%29.aspx and http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms997646.aspx

    (Look, if you have Vista / WIndows 7 then you will notice that Vista / 7 has already improved/enabled the feature natively, by default. You would also get the feature by installing Window Blinds on XP, but it's not free though...).

    To get the visual feature on XP and 2003 as default (M$ didn't do it for "some political reason" lol), on any shell extensions (especially 3rd party, if supported) visually without installing or patching any file, especially when on non-classic theme, just simply put / copy the explorer.exe.manifest (external manifest file) to Windows Directory to enable the feature without tampering explorer.exe itself or any system file (just take advantage of its "hidden" native feature instead). Easy to do that, without any special skill or "hacking" and programming language at all, lol that's it. It's safe and not harmful at all, would make XP shell looks better. You can safely delete it easily anytime if you dont want it anymore. Useful for both dev and user. Very small size (download explorer.exe.manifest for only less than 1 KB lol!)

    For Example:

    A. Before applying manifest (oldy):


    (Click to enlarge)

    B. After applying manifest (better look):


    (Click to enlarge)

    Download it Here (With Guide & Batch Files etc):

    (and just put it on Windows Directory (%Windir% or C:\Windows, then restart Explorer/Windows to see the changes)


    Or Just Download explorer.exe.manifest file only:


    Alternatively you can also copy this code and save it as .manifest file named "explorer.exe.manifest" using Notepad:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    <assembly xmlns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:asm.v1"
    <description>Your application description here.</description>

    You can also use it with any "MyApp" app with myapp.exe executable file for similar purpose as well (if supported, with above requirements e.g has link to comctl32 and so on), just rename it myapp.exe.manifest (following the executable name) and put it as external file in the same directory e.g in MyApp folder).

    To get the same result on control panel extension/applets (.cpl), since .cpl is actually a dll that is running by using rundll32.exe, then just use same manifest file (renamed to "rundll32.exe.manifest") and copy it to C:\Windows\system32. You may need to restart Windows (or the service) before the change appears.

    Download (complete): http://www.4shared.com/file/153774846/19cdeadc/Visual_Manifest_for_XP_Control_Panel_Extension.html

    Or download rundll32.exe.manifest file only: http://www.4shared.com/file/153775143/deca42b9/rundll32exe.html

    2. "New Folder" Button in XP Explorer Toolbar / Command Bar (just like Windows 7):

    Actually Windows XP already has its own "Make a new folder" button too, to create a new folder in Windows Explorer (it's located in XP Webview Panel/Common Task Pane, see screenshot: http://img243.imageshack.us/i/standardxpnewfolderbutt.jpg/ ), but yeah some people would love it's on the explorer toolbar as well as Open/Save dialog box (and just like Windows 7 RTM Explorer now). Hopefully useful for you...

    Since Baxbex new folder offered only old Windows 98 style icon (not matching with new XP visual style) see: http://www.baxbex.com/images/shoots/bxnewfolder.html'>http://www.baxbex.com/images/shoots/bxnewfolder.html , then you can just download this free add on for new folder button in XP Explorer Toolbar (my created-skinned/reshacked bxnewfolder with Vista / 7 style icon etc) + using hotkey and floating dialog box, + external manifest file (explorer.exe.manifest) to enable XP / Visual style on some controls as above. Fully functional and working as well. See online screenshots: http://img263.imageshack.us/i/newfolderbuttoninxpexpl.jpg/ and http://img263.imageshack.us/i/cleanerusefuldialogboxa.jpg/

    -> Screenshots of "New Folder" button on XP Explorer Toolbar:

    (Sorry can't display more larger images here for some technical reason):

    A. Vista / 7 style icon new folder on XP Toolbar:


    (Click to enlarge)

    B. Creating new folder on XP Explorer:


    (Click to enlarge)

    C. Creating new folder dialog box - useful and cleaner UI with XP / Vista visual style:


    Download it Here:


    Hopefully still useful especially for XP users here (works on 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003..., while it has only dialog box and hotkey on Vista and 7 though). By the way, since this one is just using the same library from baxbex new folder (it's freeware, all credits and thanks to Baxbex), and most people had complaint about that they were not able to reshack the app using Resource Hacker / any res editor to change the original "old" Windows 98 style icon etc in the bx toolbar, actually it's because the file (activeX dll) was encrypted and compressed (packed) with 3rd party PE compressor (e.g UPX, Execryptor...), after checking it by PEid then i found it that was Aspack 2.12 and then decided to unpack it, (note: not all app binaries can work properly after they are unpacked, so it's also necessary to dissassembly, dump and rebuild the PE headers, some fixes and rechecks etc) until the dll was registered fine, finally the little work was kinda like reverse engineering rather than just reshacking lol. And since it was unpacked (uncompressed), the size become little bigger of course lol although there's no problem with it, anyway i wish they would also update the app in near future, soon...

    Updated: If you already have standard/original Baxbex New Folder application installed: http://www.baxbex.com/ , then you can also just download this smaller patch only to get Vista style icon (would also give the similar result): http://www.4shared.com/file/152692792/57222e19/Baxbex_New_Folder-Vista_Icon__Patch_Only_.html

    3. FolderBox for Windows Explorer (Unpacked too/Skinned/skinnable):

    A free application that displays additional folders (window) in the lower part of Windows Explorer, displays the contents of two folders or more, useful and cool (with Windows 98 icons though). So i just changed some few UI features of it (unpacked and res-edited like BxNewFolder above, "fixed" text, enabled "dead" icons and so on...). a free application that displays additional folders (window) in the lower part of Windows Explorer, displays the contents of two folders or more, very useful. Since it's already unpacked, you may customize the icons yourself if you want later, by using any capable delphi res editor e.g PE Explorer. At least it's still better than original look imo, + also enabled (some) XP visual common controls as said above, works well on Vista and Windows 7 as well as Windows XP:



    (Click to enlarge)

    Edit/Updated: Beside the standard one, i've just added FolderBox with Vista Icons (on its toolbar - see screenshots), sorry just got them for free (free Vista toolbar icons, 100% legal). Just like the standard one, FolderBox with Vista icons will work well on all Windows versions: 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, and Windows 7 without any problem so far:

    Screenshot of FolderBox (with Vista icons) on XP and Windows 7:



    (Click to enlarge)

    Download it here:


    Again this FolderBox version works on Windows all: 98, ME, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7...all credits to Baxbex for the free original apps (just skinned them).

    Updated: If you already have standard/original Baxbex FolderBox application installed: http://www.baxbex.com/ , then you can also just download this smaller patch only to get Vista style icons (would also give the similar result): http://www.4shared.com/file/152692434/46e8ddff/Baxbex_FolderBox-Vista_Style_Icons__Patch_Only_.html

    4. Another Useful File Viewer for XP Explorer With Preview Pane (just like Vista / Windows 7 feature):

    Preview any file on Windows Explorer (text, documents, images, multimedia audio-video, compressed binaries etc) without using the default application, easy and faster:



    (Click to enlarge)

    Updated: it's already included a patch to get Vista style icons too (optional) now, in the same download package below:

    Download it here:


    OS: Windows XP, 2003, Vista, Windows 7...(Windows All).

    You can also please visit my thread here for more options etc:


    - Added Here: Some other free "special" shell extension-based tools/apps that might be useful for you (file viewers and metadata properties tools etc) here:

    Download links:

    - EXIF tooltip & tag editor on context menu :


    - Multimedia tooltip & tag editor on context menu (album art + metadata editor etc) :


    - Thumbnail for text files on Windows Explorer :


    - Vista Explorer preview pane for XP (File viewer-Complete) :


    - MacOSX/Leopard-style Coverflow (AKA Quicklook) for Windows Explorer (directory, file content, & thumbnail viewer etc):

    Explorer Coverflow for Windows by Vemod - aqua-soft.org (full credits to him) :

    http://www.aqua-soft.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=52376 Edit: there are still "afew issues" with Vista/7 though, also seems it's not quite stable on XP. Anyhow it's still free and working, and seems the app itself is still under development/being developed...(thanks to my friend Kyosan for the info btw).

    Note: XP/2003: You need administrator rights to install the shell extensions. Vista/Windows 7: Make sure you always install/register/run "as administrator" (self explanatory)...

    PS : Please feel free to redistribute them/re-upload/share the download links etc...

    ...Anyway good luck, sorry for my very bad English lol hopefully useful for you, cya...... :)


  6. :) Thx alot for the info and upload! i just know it from you. No more Vista DVD... i will add it to the above list as an update!

    To inject the manifest code directly into executable or dll (such as link to comctl32.dll in Vista and Xp etc) easily, you can use the trial version of Heaven Tools-PE Explorer ( :( it's a shareware, but has 100% full function during 30 days trial :) , still worthed). Later, you can also copy additional code and paste into manifest resources that you made.

    However, if you repatch it by using Alky again sometime (actually its not necessary), it seems the manifest resource back as external/separated file...but usually no problem at all with it, so why bother?

    Website: http://www.pe-explorer.com/

    Download PE Explorer (full functional-30 days trial): http://www.download.com/PE-Explorer/3000-2...cdlPid=10851805

    :) or just google it...

  7. :) I just used Alky, hex editor, and resource editor (i am using free resource hacker and resource tuner) to patch/edit the resource. more, they also require Vista non basic (Ultimate and premium) license as i said above, in order to work properly (Please read Alky Guide on "C:\Program Files\Alky for Applications\Documentation\manual.pdf").

    If you want to change the language (english) to Spanish or other ones /localizations, just replace their own dialogue and strings by searching them directly in files (either or both of .exe or .exe.mui files) before. I am also doing same job now to port them in my language (Indonesian) :) :

    To edit some dialogue and words/strings:

    1. Snipping Tool : SnippingTool.exe. Since the executable has contained all resource, you can edit the SnippingTool.exe itself by using Resource editor and/or hex editor. Just find the matching words and replace with yours.

    Edit: note: Snipping Tool is from Vista Beta 2 (6.0.5384.4). I have edited the main post above.

    2. Sticky Notes : StikyNot.exe : you can directly edit both Stikynot.exe and Stikynot.mui.exe file (in en-US folder). alternatively (better/easier way) if im not wrong, you can just replace the en-US folder that contains Stikynot.mui.exe file with your language folder with its own Stikynot.mui.exe, (you can also copy it from "C:\Windows\System32\en-US" folder with the StikyNot.exe from System32 together) then you have to repatch Stikynot.exe by using Alky "Patch and run Vista executable" to make new manifest file. Remember, you have to place both of them (StikyNot.exe and en-US/your new language folder that contains StikyNot.exe.mui) together on same place/folder before patching.

    3. Inkball. Just do the same way as well as Sticky Notes above. Edit both .exe and .exe.mui or replace the en-US folder with your new language folder and its content then patch the inkball.exe.

    Note: Since Vista has used new system binaries, it's rather different with Xp. some resources are usually in both .exe and .exe.mui file (in en-US/language folder) instead of only the executable itself. (like MUI pack, MUI=Multilingual User Interface). Make sure you already have Vista with MUI pack of your language.

    However, if you already have Vista installed (as Vista OS), exception for Snipping Tool, you can just copy Sticky Notes and inkball with the en-US/your language folder that contains .exe.mui files and patch them instead of using mine. Alky 1.1 has supported them as well. please update the Alky/From Vista to Xp list by adding them. Just install all prerequisites...done.

    Sorry if my english is not fluent . Please corrrect me if i am wrong. I hope you can understand me... :)

    To Tina, i will try, to everybody please also feel free to do it (im still confused with vista license element lol :blink: ), thanks for your help ... :)

  8. :D Hi Rick. thanks for your reply and edit. about serial, because they require Vista license (as explained on Alky manual .pdf) except Vista Basic Serial (Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes and Inkball only supported by ultimate and premium edition). i know you also have vista media/partition (premium or ultimate OS). Nothing i can do about it. Hopefully there will be some advanced effort in the future. For now, please give it a try. Thx alot for your help. Waiting for latest news... :)

    btw, could you please add the Vista encrypted license (something like "data.bin")within Alky Installer as new add on Rick? (I am absolutely your fan of your add ons especially Sidebar and Vista App). I think it will be very useful as long as no any legal/ilegal issue about it.. :D Alky has become opensource...

    Oh, one more i also have ported XP TPC 2005 Snipping tool (V2.0) on my Xp MCE successfully (by installing Tablet PC SDK and TPC recognizer pack as additional API prerequisite), MCE 2005 already has .net framework 1.1 installed. but Vista's version still looks cooler... :)

  9. EDIT: Done/Fixed, thx Ricktendo

    Second Edit (Just Added Here): If you only have Windows Vista non Ultimate (i.e. Vista Home Premium or Home Basic as above) and/or Windows 7 but still want to play some Vista Ultimate Extra Games such as Microsoft Tinker Games and Texas Hold'Em, then you can download them below, then install them by just following the guide (included), so simple & easy... Full credits to RazorBlade (WinMatrix) for doing this great job...thanks!

    Visit The Original Topics for More Info:

    - Tinker Games: http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=21031

    - Texas Hold'Em: http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=21054

    Direct Download Links Here (Originally uploaded by him/the original author):

    - Tinker Games: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=EYJDQA05 (File size: 69,31 MB)

    You can also find and download them all (mirrors + some other fixed Vista games for Xp) etc from here:


    Xp Section:

    Download Vista / Windows 7 Icons for TIP, Journal, Sticky Notes, Inkball (XP Tablet PC Applications):


    PS: If you're an Xp user, then at least you still can get "Vista Ultimate Extra : Glass, Pearl, And Tinker Sounds For XP" here:

    http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=4625 not the game though but still cool anyway imho...

    Btw especially to Xp users here, i wish so that Tinker would work on Xp as well, there might be some people who are still working for that by far anyways so please don't be hopeless, wish all of us all the best of luck (or at least there are still many better games for Xp outthere xD so please don't be too dissappointed), finally sorry for my bad English lol anyway thanks for your attention, good luck and cya... ;) also have a nice day...

    Screenshot of Vista Sticky Notes on Xp :




    (Get Vista / Windows 7 Snipping Tool on XP)

    Note: Btw to get more Vista and Windows 7 applications and features on XP then you can please also visit:

    List of Most Vista Applications and Features for Xp and 2003 (Created by me too): -> Very Recommended for every Xp / 2003 users to enhance and transform Windows Xp into Vista and Windows 7 completely, for both GUI and usability:



    Note: Recommended: About Inking/Handwriting with recognition technologies (also for speech one as well) in Desktop PC and Laptop -> To emulate Tablet PC Behavior in PC/Laptop: Although you can still use conventional/standard Mouse (with its limitation, of course), but to make handwriting and inking more easier and better in PC/Laptop (non-Tablet) with Xp Pro/Home/MCE, then you can better use Mouse Pen Tablet Hardware for PC (recommended, e.g the ones from Wacom and Genius) which you can get only for less than $60, much cheaper than real Tablet PC, but can "convert" your Desktop/Laptop to "Tablet" too

    These uploads can be updated/enhanced anytime by me without previous notice. So please don't hesitate to post/ask question here, i'd like to help/make it clear for you. :)

    It's also good to have some other Tablet PC components on Xp (Pro, Home, MCE etc) desktop like Vista and Windows 7 by default:


    Download Vista / Windows 7 Icons for TIP, Journal, Sticky Notes, Inkball (XP Tablet PC Applications):



    It's also more helpful than mouse if you're a Graphic Designer (by using some apps such as Corel Painter or Photoshop etc), especially when you're working with PC/Conventional Laptop. Alternatively you can just switch between them (Mouse and Mouse Pen) i.e when you're working, so you can still enhance your PC more better by having both Mouse and Mouse Pen without missing the old Mouse in your Desktop/Laptop at all...


    :) Hello everybody. Sorry for long time to upload, because i had some troble with my Internet Connection, now it's been fixed. OK, this is my first upload, please correct me if something wrong. They were previously some Windows Vista-only components but now have been ported successfully on Xp. They all are oginally ported from Windows Vista RTM-6.0.6000 (EDIT : except Snipping Tool that came from Vista Beta 2-6.0.5384.4), neither of Xp Tablet PC nor other resources.I tried them successfully on my Xp MCE 2005 SP2/SP3 and also works on other Xp editions such as Xp Pro and Home SP2/SP3 as well. please give them a try and let me know.

    further information about how to install is included on each zip package (How to install...txt)

    Requirements :

    Windows Xp All Versions (Home, Pro, MCE) Sp2/Sp3 (not tested yet on Server 2003. Please tell me here if you have, for update...)

    Prerequisites :

    1. Alky 1.1 with Vista Premium/Ultimate license (bind to product key) and Vista DVD Media/Partition.

    Download Alky 1.1 for Xp :


    Download Alky 1.1 for Windows Server 2003 :


    Important: Because it's not like Windows Sidebar (doesnt require any specific Vista License),but Snipping Tool, inkball, and sticky notes (as well as Texas Hold'em for Ultimate license only) are only supported by Vista non Basic such as Ultimate and premium edition (Tablet PC component/support doesnt exist on Vista Basic). Please read Alky Guide on "C:\Program Files\Alky for Applications\Documentation\manual.pdf".

    I recommend only Vista Ultimate key as it can support more apps (like Texas Hold'em), and it's "more acceptable".

    Dont Worry, you dont have to provide something like new unused Vista Ultimate Key here, but only "Valid/Generic/OEM/Retail" key (even the "OEM" one is not unique and "easy" to get...i think you all should already know how to... Please do not ever talk about "warez" serial here and Google is your best friend for that...lol...so easy), because you're not required to activate new Vista OS here. No any legal issue. You should also have Vista DVD media or Vista partition. (EDIT : See below, you don't need them anymore!!)

    If you have installed Alky previously without Vista License, you have to uninstall it, then reinstall with Vista license (Serial and Vista DVD Media or partition) to re-register the binaries and drivers. Dont worry usually your system wont be messed up (thanks to Alky Team for their Good Installer)

    About Vista Serial, again, i recommend just using Vista Ultimate Serial (because it can support all included Texas Hold'em), just find it. and again, If you still dont have your own Ultimate key, I just tell you all for example even the Vista OEM Ultimate serial is not unique/personal! And Google is your friend...so easy...lol. etc.

    HOW TO INSTALL ALKY WITH VISTA SERIAL (BETTER WAY) : Thanks to Ricktendo for this info and uploading (See his original post below): You dont need a Vista DVD to install Alky with license, just create a "sources" folder in the root of one of your hard drives example D:\sources and put these two files in it:


    Download them (thx alot to Ricktendo for uploading): 394 kb


    Mirror: http://www.4shared.com/file/93026000/20f68f7f/sources.html

    Easy Steps To install Alky with Vista Serial:

    1) Download from link above, then extract/create "sources" folder that contains two downloaded files above to any drive/partition you want (e.g.: "D:\"). If you copy them to "D:\" , so the full path becomes "D:\sources", according to Ricktendo's explanation above or his post below). Of course you can also copy them to "C:\", or "F:\" later, just for example guys.

    2) Run Alky Installer (you have to remove previous Alky before re-installing), then check "Bind to product key". Select the drive/partition that you placed the folder (e.g.: D:\ like above) Enter your Vista "Valid" Serial (Bind to Product Key) and , start installing.

    3) Reboot (optional but recommended to re-register new drivers/binaries, registry, Alky Shell Extension etc), done!

    No more Vista DVD hell needed! bye! (thx again to Ricktendo, very practical mate!)

    2. Internet Explorer 7 or higher-> Optional but Recommended (for some minor dependencies)

    Download :


    3. .Net Framework 1.1 or Higher (2.0, 3.0 ...)

    Some of them/choose one (The latest .net framework 3.5 has included all) :

    Download .net framework 1.1 :


    Download .net framework 2.0 :


    Download .net framework 3.5:



    4. Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 - Required For Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes, Inkball (Tablet PC inking API), Note: Usually you don't need it if you already have Office 2003 / 2007 suite installed. Thanks to Cihan -because some TPC "down level" API ("inking" feature on inkball, Snipping Tool etc) is needed by the Apps to work properly on "normal" Xp. (Attention: you dont need and can't install it on Xp Tablet PC)




    5. Optional: Email desktop application -> Optional (not required for installing and running Snipping Tool), only to take advantage of Send to E-mail Feature on Windows Journal (send journal to email recipient as attachment - optional feature), such as Windows Live Mail, OE/Outlook Express, Outlook, Thunderbird, AOL etc. (At least you have already had OE already installed as built in Xp OS by default.)

    6. Optional (not required for installing and running Snipping Tool): TPR/TRP (Tablet PC Recognizer Pack/Tablet Recognizer Pack) for Tablet PC recognition support:

    TPR is also called Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 Recognizer Pack/TRP (Tablet PC Edition 2005 Recognizer Pack requires Tablet PC SDK 1.7 must be installed before) - For gesture and Handwriting recognition APIs or libraries: Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), U.S. English, U.K. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish (Multilanguages/MUI):

    Though it contains "Tablet PC" name, you can still install TPR on Windows 2000 and all Windows Xp editions.

    Download TPR from Microsoft (Multilanguages-80 Mb):


    - TPR lite English-US -> only 3,1 Mb:

    MD5 :3685DF4F5C9F938012A6C48B73D808AF

    Download :


    - TPR lite English-UK -> only 2,86 Mb:

    MD5 : F3BF28CBBAC7D02E2303851D3154D4F3

    Download :



    OK, HERE THEY ARE : - Note: Make sure you have installed all prerequisites above before running the apps!

    (Zipped by WinZip 11, MD5 checksum by MD5 Check):

    1). ORIGINAL VISTA SNIPPING TOOL for Xp (En-US/English), 211 kb > Fixed/Updated!

    File : "Ported Vista Windows Snipping Tool for Xp.zip",

    MD5: 77ee71fa909c5285ef36127b9a7f79d7



    Ported Xp Tablet PC 2005 SnippingTool SP2 (2.0.2005.225) for Xp Pro/Home/MCE (If you are really a Snipping Tool lover, just get all versions of Snipping Tools instead of only one...lol).

    Xp Tablet PC 2005 Snipping Tool for Xp (all) Snipping Tool Xp Tablet PC ported to Xp:

    MD5 :89420AD54B9BD5FF6A560ABF9B011846 , 3,47 mb, guide etc included



    Prerequisites for Xp Tablet PC Snipping Tool 2005:

    - Tablet PC SDK 1.7 (for providing some/more Tablet PC API supports on "normal" Xp)



    - .Net Famework 1.1 or higher (see link above)

    - Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 (see link above)

    - Email Client apps (optional, see above)

    - > (Optional/not required) Plug in For both Vista and Xp Tablet PC Snipping Tools : Snipping Tool Plug in for Windows Live Writer :

    (Requires .net framework 2.0 and Windows Live Writer 2008 installed). Also You should have a Hotmail/Windows Live ID to use it:


    Note: i haven't tested it yet, possibly it works, but there's no guarantee, if you really need it then just give it a try :

    * Download the Snipping Tool plug in for Windows Live Writer (on Windows Live Gallery):


    * Download Windows Live Writer 2008 (as part of Windows Live Suite/just a downloader):


    * Download Windows Live Writer as offline stand alone installer 2008 (with Windows Live PhotoGallery, Live Mail, Messenger, etc!) -recommended for fast and backup/no "Live Downloader" anymore:


    Download .net framework 2.0 > See the link above (also as prerequisites of the plug in)

    2). ORIGINAL VISTA STICKY NOTES for Xp (En-US/English), 187 Kb. This is the original Vista Sticky Notes ported to Xp. No more words but enjoy!

    File : "Ported Vista Windows Sticky Notes for Xp.zip",

    MD5: b4f61d65ae7caad3248525ed60be01be



    - EXTRA : NEW!-ALTERNATIVE (SIMILAR) STICKY NOTES : (Doesnt need Alky installed). Xp Tablet PC Sticky Notes ported) to Xp non Tablet PC (Home/Pro/MCE), Only requires .net framework 1.1 or higher (see the link above). Very Similar UI (user interface) with Vista version, otherwise only have less feature than Vista one though. But Help files included (Vista version not). Just for alternative/as additional. If you dont have any trouble with Alky, just download the original and better Vista Sticky Notes instead!

    File : "Ported Xp TPC Sticky Notes for Xp All.zip", only 1,190 KB / 1,19 mb (included help files and inking libraries)

    MD5: A78AC8694FCDAA5EC969703997B182F8



    Xp Sticky Notes Installer (Newer version) -only 779 Kb:

    MD5: 26EFA3DFE1CC5A3304C6A261E5D2AA38



    3). ORIGINAL VISTA INKBALL GAMES RTM for Xp (En-US/English), 311 Kb

    File : "Ported Vista Inkball Games for Xp.zip",

    MD5: f3ba8c6a17930857eec10d103a790aca



    - EXTRA : NEW!-ALTERNATIVE (SIMILAR) INKBALL : (Doesnt need Alky installed) Xp Tablet PC Inkball Games (ported) for Xp non Tablet PC (Home/Pro/MCE) Sp2 (the UI/User Interface is very similar with Vista version except only the cursor). doesnt need Alky/Vista serial. It has also been customized to mimic Vista 100% nearly similar or similar, except the hidden cursor (Vista inkball shows it as pen). To To show cursor : just hit ALT key once on keyboard, then click on the game to see the cursor. For Xp inkball, Original inkball Help files also included! (Vista inkball not, since Vista help file is different with Xp...)

    Prerequisites : Windows Journal Viewer 1.5 and .net framework 1.1 (or higher). links: see above.

    MD 5: 3ECA1D37C289D45EF263AB28E7DA84EF

    Download (only 697 kb included inkball help files .chm)


    4). ORIGINAL VISTA ULTIMATE EXTRA (by request): TEXAS HOLD'EM (6.0.6000.17015-RTM) for Xp > Fixed!, 12,77 Mb

    It also requires Alky with Vista Ultimate "valid" serial as well. Fixed, Works perfectly on Xp. other prerequisites (IE7 and .net framework 3.0) still required.

    MD5: D014FFD289C46CAF62E5132B0AB818C0

    Download : http://www.4shared.com/file/57478308/3c253...dem_for_Xp.html

    NOTE : a 64 bit Xp user (Running Fool) has reported Texas Hold'Em may or may not work on Xp 64 bit. Problem is still unsolved (otherwise it does works very well on 32 bit Xp indeed).

    EDIT: If it still doesnt work especially for Xp 64 bit environment try to repatch all Holdem dlls by using Alky context menu extension "patch Vista library" then last holdem.exe by "patch and run vista executable", all should be placed in same folder/default directory (%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Games\holdem). This should be necessary to repatch PE headers and register all dll's and executables in registry.

    If still doesnt, just try to copy XInput9_1_0.dll (or rewrite/delete the old one) from Vista 64 bit system32 (system64? lol) to holdem directory and repatch them again.

    (NEW) WINDOWS JOURNAL FOR XP: Windows Journal "ported" to Xp like Vista:


    Please Note: Since some app files might have been "patched" or "compressed" (packed) to work properly on another Xp OS editions etc and it might be a necessary effort for that beside the installing code itself, then some "false alarm" or "false positive" may happen to some clean exe installers/apps /installation process (rare) although they are actually clean and safe and does not pose a threat to your system.. The term false positive is used when antivirus software wrongly classifies an innocuous ( inoffensive ) file as a virus. The incorrect detection may be due to heuristics or to an incorrect virus signature in a database.Usually some great and famous antiviruses (such as Kaspersky, AVG, Norman, McAfee, etc) won't have the such problem so far bcoz they will work better. If that happens, then you can simply ignore it and continue installing as it's guaranteed actually 100% safe and clean by me. But again, it's still 100% your own choice and right to decide.


    ALKY FOR APPLICATION PREREQUISITES (As original From Alky: manual.pdf):

    -Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86)


    -Microsoft Internet Explorer 7


    -Wireless LAN API (KB918997) (Windows XP users only)


    -Windows Media Player 11 (Windows Sidebar users only)


    -Microsoft National Language Support Downlevel APIs

    (bundled; no separate installation required)

    COMMON VISTA/TABLET PC API AND LIBRARIES FOR "NORMAL XP" (Only for the ported apps here- thx to Sull for reminding me):

    - Windows Journal Viewer (for almost/all ported applications here) - (see link above)

    - .Net Framework (Tablet PC platform) - (see link above)

    - Tablet PC SDK 1.7 (only for Xp Tablet PC 2005 Snipping Tool ported to Xp) - (see link above)




    Sorry for "very crowded" post and my very bad english (i am Indonesian). Hopefully clear and useful/helpful and good luck.

    If you want to create add ons of them etc, please feel free to do it. Thank you so much for your help, I will appreciate it so much! And feel free to redistribute them/re-upload them/share the download links etc, As i hope more people can download and enjoy them on Xp... ^_^

    I also give special credit to Codename83 for reuploading them because we are here for sharing our stuffs/knowledge/etc with each other, for free. Again, thx alot mate! Awesome, you rocks!!! Go to the link below for all the following vista softwares ported to xp, Note: To everybody here please only download only the Snipping Tool from the Link on my first post (this one here), since it's already been little updated and i have no idea and can't make sure that he's included the updated version or not in his own package coz i can't contact him anyways. No problem with other apps. Thanks for your attention and understanding...

    I also give special credit to my friend and mentor fediaFedia, for sharing them on Deviantart http://fediafedia.deviantart.com/art/Desk-...d-apps-95652796 . Thx alot, i am always ur loyal fan and friend!!

    I will also upload some of my other vista tools here in afew days. WinCert Rocks! cya later.

    CREDIT TO: Microsoft, MSDN, MVP, Code Project, Alky team (Rafael, Zoronax, Falling Leaf...thx alot), WinBeta, Deviantart, My Indonesian Friends in customization and programming language VB .Net, C etc in Win-Powertoy Farid, Guntour, Rudy, Jenny, Lina, Bro' Rachman (thx alot), Ricktendo, Cihan, Fedia Fedia (all who inspired me, thx alot), My master: Vishal Gupta (thx alot, you rocks!), some of my friends on other forums (thx alot!), and absolutely Wincert for this great Forum., and many people i cant mention, etc. Again, Many Thanks to you all!

    See you on Wincert... ;)

    Some Screenshots :

    Vista Snipping Tool in Xp : 21980691ci1.th.jpg

    Vista Sticky Notes in Xp : 10209215hj3.th.jpg

    Vista Inkball Games RTM in Xp : 41173402tg1.th.jpg

    Vista Ultimate Extra Texas Hold'Em in Xp:


    Tablet PC 2005 Snipping Tool in Xp Pro/Home:


    (Better) 3rd Party Alternatives for Snipping Tool for Xp: "SnagIt" and other 3rd parties etc

    Note: i know it's better application (seems doesn't support "inking" though) but i personally think $ 49.95 is too expensive for screen capturing, unless you are using some other better features of it... and all about "Vista to Xp" port might be cooler! Cya and Long live Xp !


    Recommended Link!

    - Get Vista File Viewer ( Vista Explorer Preview Pane ) "ported" to Xp HERE

    - Get Windows Vista Journal ( Windows Journal ) ported to Xp HERE

    - Get Tablet PC Input Panel ported to Xp Pro, Home, MCE + Convert/Upgrade Xp Pro/Home/MCE to Xp Tablet PC 2005 : HERE

    - List : Most Vista Applications and Features for Xp (Microsoft and 3rd parties). All from Vista to Xp, included Vista Ports (Recommended for all Xp and 2003 users) HERE

    - VistaXp theme by KOL for Windows Xp -> full MSStyles + wallpapers, only 2,9 Mb

    The coolest and most famous Vista-like VS / theme skin for Windows Xp. Even better than both Zune and Royal ones. Credits to KOL, i hope it's OK here.

    Download VistaXp theme skin for Xp (full):


    Additional: If you want to get more Vista Games that ported to Xp, please visit : http://jonnyw1989.wordpress.com/2007/01/31...-for-xp-update/

    (Note: All of them are from Vista Beta, but look and behave as similar as Vista RTM games. Only Chess Titan that still can't be ported to Xp yet since it also requires some DirectX 10 and Vista API only...maybe in the future we can...Ameen Bro' and Sis'...)

    - (New update for Vista Games for Xp -> More recommended): Download latest fixed version of Vista Games beta and RTM ported to Windows Xp: (Original Freecell, Mahjong/Shanghai, Solitaire, Spider Solitaire, Hearts, Purble Place, Mineweesper, Inkball etc + Texas Hold'em and Brutal Chess (Chess Titan alternative on Xp by far) + Window Journal Viewer as prerequisite for Inkball without WGA validation -> Usually not required if you already have Office Suite/Onenote 2003/2007 though + Latest Alky for Vista Applications and Games on Xp/2003 :(Btw i have removed ugly “Oct 4 2005″ on the title bar of some of these Vista games too!, "fixed" binary info from Oberon to MS etc) GUI etc:


    To know that how to install/run original Vista Games RTM (Inkball and Hold'em), as well as Vista Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes which required Alky/VAIO with Vista Serial on Windows Xp etc:


    Windows 7 games for Xp? Lol so far the games in latest Windows 7 Beta is similar with Vista's (except the internet versions/MSN e.g Internet Backgammon, Checkers, Spades), not sure about the final version/RTM or higher. Don’t worry you can also play them on Xp desktop online/offline by going to MSN online games: -> Requires min Xp SP2/3 and IE 6 SP1/IE 7/IE 8:

    - Internet BackGammon:


    - Internet Checkers:


    - Internet Spades:


    Download the free offline versions (Bicycle Games demos - Microsoft Games Studios) of them:

    - Download Offline Backgammon & Checkers:


    - Download Offline Spades:




    This special pack is to change some Xp Tablet PC 2005 Applications (Tablet PC Input Panel/TIP, Journal, Inkball, Sticky Notes) look like the ones in Vista Ultimate/Premium/Enterprise (or even maybe on Windows 7) "little" xD. Working on original Windows Xp Tablet PC 2005 and the "converted versions" of it (e.g Xp Pro/Home which have been "converted" yet to Tablet PC 2005 OS) all. Btw you can also get "vistaized" Inkball game and Sticky Notes working fine "portably" on Xp Pro/Non tablet PC only by installing Windows Journal Viewer and .Net framework 1.1. If you don't have Xp Tablet PC 2005 OS but still want some of its components on Xp Pro/Home by default (just like Windows Vista/Seven) Google it or you can read my threads (Wincert and WinMatrix) about how to easily convert Xp Pro/Home/MCE to Tablet PC 2005 or have some components of it etc: http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=5023 and you can also do the same with MCE 2005 on Xp Pro/Home/Tablet PC (Windows Media Center): http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=5602

    Yeah, the versions of above Tablet PC applications in Vista only have little different GUIs, especially icon (and toolbar on Journal). So you can change/replace them for having the same icons with Vista's ones. This pack even will add some additional components which are some Vista-like Tablet PC control panel applets (Vista Tablet PC and Pen applets) on Xp control panel, yeah just really like Vista xD (as well as my Tablet PC Input Panel Installer for Xp Pro, Home, MCE etc on Wincert and WinMatrix forums). Completely with guide (included) for more info...:

    - Download Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC 2005 Applications:

    Name: Vista Pack for Xp Tablet PC Applications.zip

    Size: only 2,38 Mb

    MD5 check: 1ee15a35a8397b36ded9ba6c0a420f0e


    Download Vista / Windows 7 Icons for TIP, Journal, Sticky Notes, Inkball (XP Tablet PC Applications):


    - NEW: ADDED HERE: Finally just get Vista/Windows 7 Chess Titans on XP (working):

    It needs .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=ab99342f-5d1a-413d-8319-81da479ab0d7&displaylang=en (or higher) installed first on XP before you can play it. You can also play it on other supported Windows OSes such as Windows Server 2003, Vista Basic or even Windows 7 Basic etc as well.

    Screenshot of Chess Titans on XP desktop:



    or http://www.4shared.com/file/L1ewiGU9/Chess_Titans_game_for_XP_All.html




    (In A Simplest/Minimalistic Way Without Being 100% Vista “Copycat” Lol)...

    Important Note: You can always customize your Windows Xp less or more or as much as you want, that’s why it’s called “personal desktop” anyways. You’re not required to make it 100% look or behave like Vista, but still “enhance” it instead (Usability is still more important than eye candy anyways IMHO)…Some further tweaks maybe required as well.

    You can also find/get some links for these items mainly from the main list above of course (“List of Most Vista/Windows 7 Applications and Features for Xp”) or just google them as usual etc.

    PS: On Windows 7 Beta, even some Vista native applications (e.g Windows Meeting Space and PhotoGallery) have been removed (get the replacements from both Windows Live and Office Live).

    Any effort to get them all is still relevant since Windows 7 is an enhanced version of Vista...


    Bootscreen: Just Standard Xp or another one with Tuneup Utilities (better than “empty”black Vista BS imo)

    Logon Screen: One from Xpize with Tuneup Utilities

    Themes/VS: VistaXp by KOL

    Wallpapers: Original Vista Wals

    Screensavers: Original Vista SS ported to Xp

    Most Shell Icons: Get them from VTP 9 (selective install)

    Vista Start Menu: Customize Xp Start Menu Without Vistart and Any Third Party: http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=20450

    ANIMATED GUI (DWM Emulation):

    Shadow: Y’z Shadow

    Transparency: Border Skin (optional, too bad transparency sucks on Xp, mainly with topdesk)

    Animated Icon: Uber Icon (optional)

    Animated window: Window FX

    Flip3d: Topdesk and Vista Flip3d icon

    Taskbar Thumbnail: Visual Tooltip

    Transparent window and always on top: PowerMenu (optional)


    Explorer Breadcrumb Addressbar: Folder Pilot or QTTabbar or Minimalist Explorer Breadcrumb

    Vista Favorite Links: FindeXer

    Vista Live Icon/Thumbnail and Metadata: Get More Thumbnail and Metadata on Xp

    Vista Viewer Pane and Search: Get Vista Explorer Preview Pane and Search on Xp

    Vista Command Prompt on Context Menu: Command Prompt PowerToy

    Vista New Window on Context Menu: Add New Window on Context Menu


    IE7: IE7 or IE8

    WMP 11: WMP 11 with Vista WMP 11 Skin or Windows 7 WMP 12 Skin either

    Windows PhotoGallery: Windows Live Photo Gallery

    Windows Mail: Windows Live Mail

    Windows Calendar: Windows Live Mail or/and MS Works Calendar

    Windows Movie Maker: Windows Movie Maker with Vista Skin by fediaFedia

    Windows DVD Maker: Microsoft PhotoStory 3 with Sonic DVD Burning Plug In or Better to get Sonic RecordNow with/without DVD Studio or Nero

    Explorer DVD Burning: ISO powertoy and IMAPI V2

    Windows Notepad, Paint, Calculator: Vista ones ported to Xp

    Windows Defender: Windows Defender for Windows Xp

    Windows Search: Windows Search 4.0 for Xp

    Windows Sidebar: Windows Sidebar ported to Xp by Ricktendo

    Windows Media Center: MCE 2005 or Windows Media Center for Xp with Vista Skin

    Windows Meeting Space: Just Net Meeting or Microsoft SharedView

    Tablet PC Applications:

    Snipping Tool: Vista Snipping Tool ported to Xp

    Sticky Notes: Sticky Notes ported to Xp

    Windows Journal: Windows Journal ported to Xp

    Windows Tablet PC Input Panel: Tablet PC Input Panel for Windows Xp

    Windows Vista Games: Vista Games ported to Xp

    DirectX10, .Net Framework 3.0, IMAPI V2 etc: They all have been ported to Windows Xp as well (read the list/google...)


    Again sorry for not being so complete, instead this is just one example (from my previous desktop), and you can always customize your Xp much more better completely just like/following the entire list or another alternative source of course, still your own choice and taste…anyhow it’s still recommended to only get the most wanted or needed/favorite features for you (remember that more apps=more resources), do it selectively. Anyway good luck and again Long Live Xp indeed… :D cya

    PS: Please also continue to read my Post #2 below for more info...




  11. :) Hello all, i have some of my own tools/programs that i would like to post/upload here:

    -Ported Windows /Vista Snipping Tool for Xp (english)-originally from Vista/winbeta, perfectly works (with Alky/VAIO). no need to install anything.

    -Quickview (an old context menu previewer tool for Win 95/98 but has been ported to Xp successfully)-useful to preview exe, dll, text file, image, etc. uninstallable.

    -Folder content previewer, a context menu that can preview folder content without need to open it. it's an original part of cancelled Xp powertoys. rare. it's stable, and useful. uninstallable.

    -Windows Previewer/Vista explorer preview pane for Xp, a 3rd party explorer add on that simulates Vista preview pane in Xp explorer, useful to preview text file, html/web file, document, images, even zip, multimedia and binaries (exe or dll) etc directly in the preview pane without need to open it by associated application in Xp (like vista preview pane as well) . it's basically a 3rd party that i have customized to mimic real vista previewer for Xp, in both function and appearance. no need to install anything(just register the dll in my version, done), uninstallable.

    EDIT: Also I have uploaded some of them here! Thx all! :)

    -and hopefully maybe more after them.

    But before i post/upload, to prevent violation of rules here i have some small questions:

    -they are not add ons for nlite/bart pe/integrated cd, but just only stand alone programs as they are used to be. could i still post them here?

    -As they are either of 3rd party programs or also apart of Vista OS, and i have modified their binaries (for customization/personal purpose), have they still been qualified as non-warez' here? so could i still post them here please?

    Yes, i have read the forum rules, and reviewed some related posts. however, i still feel confused. please help, i would like so much to post/upload them, but on other side i dont mean or want to break the rules here. Sorry for asking question about it, but honestly i am a newbie in this business and still feel confused :blush: (this is my firts time...). thank you very much for your reply or help mate. i would appreciate it so much.

    regards, Amirz

    ps: also please sorry for my very bad english before. :blush:

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