Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Get OS X Mountain Lion Login Screen On Windows

Windows might be the most popular operating system for desktop computers and notebooks, but there are certain areas where Apple’s OS X offers more. While the list is large which includes system stability, quality of applications, notification center and the device ecosystem etc. Best is the aesthetics of the operating system itself. Every element of the OS, be it buttons, navigation/scroll bars or any other area, is beautifully crafted and gives a pleasing environment to work with. 

There is also no denying the fact that Windows has a user base far and wide as compared to OS X and has a wider variety of available applications and programs for all intents and purposes. The best of both comes in the form of combining OS X’s aesthetics with Windows’ larger functionality and developer support. Peter Rollar has brought a new concept to the market, making it possible to get only the OS X Mountain Lion logon screen on Windows 7.

There are certain limitations to this logon screen skin. While it will work with both 32-bit and 64-bit variants of Windows 7, the method will only work for Windows 7 SP 1. Since it involves playing around with certain DLL files, the risk of something getting messed up is always there. Basically, to get the skin, you need to replace a couple of DLLs and BMPs with those that you get with the OS X Logon Screen package for Windows 7 and you need to have a certain level of know-how. The instructions provided by the developer, nevertheless, are pretty easy to follow, and will simplify the whole process.

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