MacOSX interface on Windows with Flyakite

If not to make things sim­pler for you, then for the sheer delight of it, it's kind of fun to make your Win­dows PC look like a Mac. A full theme from Fly­aki­teOSX, sounds and all, makes it a breeze.

Want a Mac look on your Win­dows machine? Skins and themes would be nice, but there's more to that when you want to REALLY emu­late a Mac OSX inter­face entirely. There are plenty of pro­grams avail­able to emu­late spe­cific fea­tures of OSX, e.g. Finder, icons, etc [exam­ple].

But Fly­akite OSX is a project that's look­ing mature, and it comes with a very com­plete theme, includ­ing sounds and mouse cur­sors and Explorer cus­tomiza­tion, things you don't typ­i­cally expect from a sim­ple 'theme'.

The web­site goes for a Mac look itself, which is a bit painful, but it's worth the download.

Before you go for it, some caveats

  1. The per­for­mance of your machine in gen­eral may be affected, of course. Not too much though.
  2. The theme does fun­da­men­tally change some core files like Explorer.exe but (a) it makes a backup so you can go back with a sim­ple unin­stall, and (b) it doesn't screw up any addi­tional func­tion­al­ity like my Groove but­ton on my Explorer bar.
  3. I don't like shad­ows under my win­dows, but that seems to built-in in the skin.
  4. Some things like Win­dows Media Player will not change. WMP has its own skin, which remains untouched.
  • Arun

    The shad­ows under the menu can be dis­abled. In your sys­tem tray in the taskbar, there will be an icon for the appli­ca­tion Y'z Shadow. Just right click on that, and select disable.

    Another warn­ing, once you've used Fly­aKi­teOSX, it's really hard going back to 'reg­u­lar' Windows.

  • a.ruiter

    I found this posi­bil­ity after look­ing into Search Live.
    When I try to down­load a Win98SE Update, I get:
    " > thanks for your inter­est in our prod­ucts"
    Microsoft seems not be both­ered; but I am, as can­not make
    an update down­load.
    If some­one knows of a solu­tion, please let me know.
    Best regards,

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