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Make Windows Look Like a Macintosh

written by: George Garza•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 12/9/2009

The success of Windows7 has left Microsoft ecstatic. No doubt the critics that were surrounding the OS have now had to back off. But in one way the critics have been right, there is the perception that Mac was the inspiration. See what needs to happen to make Windows 7 look more like a Mac.

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    Success and Imitation

    The apparent success of the Windows 7 deployment has many people asking... Did Microsoft borrow ideas from Apple in order to create Windows7? Is the iMac the source of inspiration for Windows7?

    Microsoft denies the connection or even the inspiration. Whatever; but Windows7 does have many features that imitate the iMac. The question is can you make the Windows 7 interface look more like the iMac? Here are some ways to do this.

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    Big Screen

    Windows users for years have looked at traditional monitor screens as simply the recipient of video data. Apple does not take that approach. Instead they make their screen stand out, so the interface will stand out. While you can get Apple Laptops that are the same size as PC monitor laptops, when it comes to screen size for computers that are not laptops, Apple offers several large size monitors. You can get a 21.5, 27.5 or 30 inch monitors

    If you want to have an iMac like look, get a large monitor for starters.

    Apple 30 

    .Image Source: Superwarehouse

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    Get the Right Software

    To enhance your Mac look, the monitor is for starters, but you also need to get the look and feel by getting the right software. There are three pieces that you should get. One is the taskbar replacement, the other are the gadget replacements, and the third helps organize your programs and shortcuts. Other software includes the Safari browser.

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    Task Bar Replacement

    Although there are several taskbar replacement programs, one that is freeware and easy to install is RKLauncher. This program will allow you to have an animated taskbar, or Dock, like the Mac. It can support themes, ico's, and pngs. You can customize the taskbar, or mouse zoom on icons to make them change appearance.

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    Gadget Replacement

    Mac gadgets are called widgets. You can get widgets that will make you desktop fun to watch because they can be informative as well as entertaining. There are a variety of widget locations where you can download them. Yahoo Widgets Page.or at Wowzio.com, or gearlive.com

    windows-7 - Weather & RSS Widget 

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    Program and Shortcut Organizer

    Download ObjectDock, a freeware program that will allow you to organize your desktop. Freefloating icons can be put into docks and make them look like they're together.

    ObjectDock1 

    and

    ObjectDock2 

    Image Credit: ObjectDock

    Download Switcher. Switcher puts you in control of your windows. So that you can see all of your windows on one screen, quickly search through them, even decorate them with your favorite colors and fonts.

    switcher-2704-tile1 Image Credit: Insentient

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    Browse like an iMac - Get Safari

    Off course the one area that will stand out will be your browsing actions. Download Safari, Apple's Browser. Your browsing experience will be different. The browser frame will be one pixel wide and no status bar. Safari comes with 150 features that make it unique. Some of these include a voice-over-screen reader, full page zoom, custom style sheets, and minimum font sizes.

    Safari 

    Using these suggestions about software and hardware will make you PC look like a Mac. This will be fun, and it is a lot less expensive than owning a MAC.

    Image Source: Apple