I tried out Windows 8 preview and consumer version and found it quite amazing. I had to go back to Windows 7 as Windows 8 was making my processor heat-up for no apparent reason (Basically it is a driver problem, but I don’t think they are going to fix it). One of the most beautiful thing about Windows 8 was it Aero Glass feature (Removed from Windows 8 RTM) and Metro UI (User Interface). The Aero Glass feature was the most satisfying feature of Windows 8 preview and consumer. The Aero used to change color of with the change in background wallpaper. Since I loved Windows 8 experience, and wanted to add most of its features on my current operating system Windows 7, I tried to look for Windows 8 transformation pack.
Windows 8 Transformation Pack or Windows 8 UX Pack is the transformation pack for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7. It has the most loved and desired features of Windows 8 preview, consumer and RTM versions. By the most loved features I meant to say features like Aero Glass, charms bar and Metro UI are included and feature like Ribbon Explorer is excluded.
Metro Desktop is resource hungry feature of Windows 8. It shows some applications like Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer along with Desktop, My Computer, and weather apps and resource app. Don’t worry about the cpu resource usage being showed here, I was running a lot of background processes. Metro Desktop basically takes around 7-10% CPU usage.
If you went to check out your system requirements you can check it by pressing the Windows Key + Pause Break Key, and you’ll see it shows a Windows 8 logo.
You will also notice windows borders a lot sharper than before and a transparent taskbar.
Windows 8 transformation pack supports Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 8. It supports both the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows operating system. I tested Windows 8 transformation pack on Windows 7 x64.
Closing Words: If you really not confident to change your Operating system for Windows XP or Windows 7 to Windows 8, you can give Windows 8 Transformation Pack a try. It may not be a complete package but it will give a hang of some of the features of Windows 8.