Windows Vista's not due for a few more months—the BETA notwithstanding— but that doesn't mean that you can't add all those spiffy, new age visual effects to your current Windows XP system. With a combination of several software tools, some elbow grease and a little bit of luck, your XP box can look just like the screenshots we've all seen. Because as we all know, a PC really isn't complete without a sidebar that takes up one-fifth of the screen's real estate.

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To give your PC an Aero look, download the Vista Combination Pack 3.6 from joejoe.org.

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Remember WinFX? Bring back its functionality with this search tool from Copernic.

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The open source MediaPortal replaces Windows Media Center.

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Want your icons to look all Vista-like? StyleXP from TGTSoft takes care of that.

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To give your system that visually impressive gimmicky 3D window flip functionality, grab the TopDesk demo from Otaku Software.

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Finally, the Desktop Sidebar. How you ever managed to live without it is a mystery for the Ages, but you can get the latest build from the Desktop Sidebar Home Page. You're one >click away from information nirvana. Maybe.

How to make XP look like Windows VISTA without upgrading [Random Good Stuff]

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