Here are the two wonderful sounds which were used for the Windows Media Center startup in Windows Vista and Windows XP. They are really nice. Size: 122 Kb Format: zip archive. Please refer to the following article: How to change Windows sounds. Click here to download
A single file with the thunder sound. It is intended do be used as a logon sound. Size: 8 kb. Format: zip archive. Please refer to the following article: How to change Windows sounds. Click here to download
During this tutorial, you will be able to make your boring Windows 2000 interface look exactly like XP with the help of a few softwares. There are a few items that won't be included, such as the appearance of the control panel and such. You will be able to skin your PC, get the XP start menu, replace (almost) all your icons and get the XP sounds. What are you waiting for, let's get started!
After ObjectBar is installed, it might already ask you what you want to select for a theme. Skim over reading this step to give you an idea of what do to. If it didn't ask you anything, continue reading. Go into Start/Program Files/Object Desktop/ and click on ObjectBar. Once in ObjectBar, click on File/Load/Theme Browser. Scroll down until you see a theme entitled, "Windows XP." On the dropdown menu, select, "WindowsXP Blue," and hit, "Load." You now have an XP TaskBar. ObjectBar should automatically set your regular start menu to disappear. If not, go into, Theme Tools/Theme Options to change it. Next go into File/General Options and click on the tab entitled, "Startup Options," and select, "Run Objectbar automatically at startup." Now proceed to editing the windows.
This version of WindowBlinds is free, it just doesn't come with all the skinning capabilities of the new trial version of 6.4. In order to apply the windows xp theme with this, you will need to install the zip file below. DO NOT UNZIP THE ZIP FILE! It doesn't matter where you save it, as long as you know where it is. Next go into Start/Object Desktop/ and click on WindowBlinds. Now click, "Install skin from disk." Navigate to where you saved you the zip file, select it, then click "Open." On the list of skins at the bottom, scroll through until you find the one entitled, "Windows XP." Select it, then on the right click, "Apply this skin now." Your computer now looks like XP!
This instructable has made your desktop look like Windows XP. But say you wanted to take it a little further? In themexp, click on bootskin_free. Install this software. Next download the *.bootskin file on =10153&libid=32 and save it anywhere on your harddrive. Next open Bootskin, click File/Import From File and navigate to where you saved the bootskin file. Click on it and select "Open." The click apply. You now have the XP SP3 bootscreen!
The Start menu received its first major overhaul in XP, switching to a two-column layout with the ability to list, pin, and display frequently used applications, recently opened documents, and the traditional cascading "All Programs" menu. The taskbar can now group windows opened by a single application into one taskbar button, with a popup menu listing the individual windows. The notification area also hides "inactive" icons by default. A "common tasks" list was added, and Windows Explorer's sidebar was updated to use a new task-based design with lists of common actions; the tasks displayed are contextually relevant to the type of content in a folder (e.g. a folder with music displays offers to play all the files in the folder, or burn them to a CD).
Unofficial SP3 ZIP download packages were released on a now-defunct website called The Hotfix from 2005 to 2007. The owner of the website, Ethan C. Allen, was a former Microsoft employee in Software Quality Assurance and would comb through the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles daily and download new hotfixes Microsoft would put online within the articles. The articles would have a "kbwinxppresp3fix" and/or "kbwinxpsp3fix" tag, thus allowing Allen to easily find and determine which fixes were planned for the official SP3 release to come. Microsoft publicly stated at the time that the SP3 pack was unofficial and advised users to not install it. Allen also released a Vista SP1 package in 2007, for which Allen received a cease-and-desist email from Microsoft.
Variants of Windows XP for embedded systems have different support policies: Windows XP Embedded SP3 and Windows Embedded for Point of Service SP3 were supported until January and April 2016, respectively. Windows Embedded Standard 2009, which was succeeded by Windows Embedded Standard 7, and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, which was succeeded by Windows Embedded POSReady 7, were supported until January and April 2019, respectively. These updates, while intended for the embedded editions, could also be downloaded on standard Windows XP with a registry hack, which enabled unofficial patches until April 2019. However, Microsoft advised Windows XP users against installing these fixes, citing incompatibility issues.
These files have a unique .themepack extension which is just another zip format containing all of the elements of a theme including the background images, Aero glass colors, sounds, cursors, icons, screen savers, etc.
If your computer is running Windows Vista that supports Aero, simply double-click the .theme file that is present in the them folder you just extracted. This will set your windows border glass to the color of the Windows 7 theme and your wallpaper to the default background of the theme. However, this background picture will disappear when you reboot your computer, so you need to set that as a permanent background.
Most Windows 7 themes only contain a glass color and desktop backgrounds. However, some may contain screensavers, sounds, cursors, and icons as well. The good part is that you can use the elements on your Vista / XP theme as well.
Sounds - You can copy the sound files (.wav) to the default media folder (C:\Windows\Media), and if you have set the Windows 7 theme in Windows Vista as described above, it will automatically these sounds. Else, you will have to manually change your sounds from the Control Panel.
Owners of Pro Tools HD 7 or Pro Tools LE 7 software can install the Digidesign ASIO Driver and Digidesign WaveDriver as an option during Pro Tools installation, using the box in the installer dialogue that is already checked by default. There is no need for Pro Tools 7 users to download the Standalone Digidesign Audio Drivers from this page.
The ASIO Driver is not multi-client. Only one application at a time can use the ASIO Driver. Be sure to disable the Windows system sounds. It is also recommended that you use a separate sound card for games or other general work.
The ASIO Driver cannot be used if another application on the system is sending audio to Digidesign hardware through the Digidesign Wavedriver. If your system has both the Wavedriver and ASIO Driver installed be sure to disable Windows system sounds. It is also recommended that you use a separate sound card for games or other general work.
WaveDriver is not multi-client. Only one application at a time can use the WaveDriver. Be sure to disable the Windows system sounds. It is also recommended that you use a separate sound card for games or other general work. For third-party software synthesizers and samplers, or for any applications requiring full duplex input and output use the Digidesign ASIO Driver (refer to the included ASIO Driver Usage Guide).
Windows ZIP (.zip) format downloads should be downloaded to your local hard drive by choosing "Save to Disk", then expanded. Windows XP has the un-zip capability built into the XP operating system. After saving to your Desktop in Windows XP, right-click on the file and choose "Open".If you experience download or decoding problems, see the Download Help FAQ
Is it possible to detect if any sound plays on a windows xp machine? Help in any language would be useful. I basically need to write a program that runs all the time and outputs some text to a file whenever a sound plays. I don't need any specific information about the sound, just whether a sound is playing. I don't care whether the speakers are actually powered on or anything like that.
Please note: NVDA is only available for PCs running Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 and later.If you require a version of NVDA that can still run on Windows XP or Vista, please download the much older NVDA 2017.3 for Windows XP instead. NV Access does not however recommend or support running this older version on newer Operating systems.
Note: This sample is part of a large collection of UWP feature samples.You can download this sample as a standalone ZIP filefrom docs.microsoft.com,or you can download the entire collection as a singleZIP file, but besure to unzip everything to access shared dependencies. For more info on working with the ZIP file,the samples collection, and GitHub, see Get the UWP samples from GitHub.For more samples, see the Samples portal on the Windows Dev Center.
WSUS Offline allows you to download updates for Windows XP (and Office 2013) to update them with Microsoft updates, once and for all. After that, you can easily run the executable from the (virtual) DVD or USB drive to update Windows XP without an internet and/or network connection, without hassle.
I found version 9.2.1 of the UpdateGenerator is the last version to support windows xp. However after running it several times. I then check it with windows update online and it shows 15 or so updates that need to be installed. Have you run into this?
The windows update cab a.k.a Wsusscn2.cab also has errors now too in which some office updates have 3 versions of a file being offered and regardless of choice the newest is not installed, nor is that on the cat site.
Best tip for updating (and times running out) because when they pull windows 7 they'll no longer need WindowsUpdateAgent 7.6 and at that stage, updating SP3 will be the same issue as trying to update SP2 2b1af7f3a8