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Macs come with a really pleasing look. The interface is so polished that pretty much every Windows user envy it. If you’re on a PC longing for a Mac but can’t afford it yet, here is some free software to make your Windows PC look like a Mac. Keep in mind, these visual enhancements require additional processing power. So if you have a slow system you would probably do better without them.

Docks

Windows Dock Bars

We’ve covered Windows desktop docks Docks - The 6 Best Friends of your Windows Taskbar Docks - The 6 Best Friends of your Windows Taskbar Read More before. Desktop docks are just indispensable if you want to make your PC look like a Mac. Docks can be used to launch programs and could well replace your Windows taskbar.

Widgets

Yahoo Widget Engine

Widgets are little objects that lie on your screen and do tiny tasks such as fetching weather data, displaying system statistics, showing time, etc.

To mimic the OS X Dashboard, you can try the Yahoo! Widget Engine and get lots of widgets on to your desktop (check their widget gallery here). MakeUseOf has its own widget as well. Or you could get Google Desktop which doubles as a desktop search engine. The former is a bit cooler and slicker. Some more alternatives can be found in 6 widget platforms for your PC 6 Cool FREE Widget Platforms for Your PC 6 Cool FREE Widget Platforms for Your PC Read More .

Tool Bar Icons

yztoolbar_like_mac

To decorate Windows Explorer with Mac-like toolbar icons, you can download and install Y’z Toolbar software from here. Then, get this skin for Y’z Toolbar. Windows Explorer icons now resemble that of a Mac.

Drop Shadow

Y'Z Shadow for Windows - Shadow Menus

Use Y’z Shadow to add drop shadow effects to Window borders. Y’z Shadow can also make menus transparent. You can, of course, specify the thickness of the shadow by using the parameters in the Y’z Shadow settings.

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FlyakiteOSX

We’ve mentioned this before 5 Packs to Transform Windows to other OS 5 Packs to Transform Windows to other OS Read More , and this is an all-in-one transformation pack that applies a lot of changes to the Windows shell. It adds plenty of eye-candy to make Windows look like a Mac. Boot Screen, Login Screen, Wallpapers, Screensavers, Sound effects are all altered to mimic a Mac Desktop. If you’re looking for an all-in-one pack, FlyakiteOSX is the way to go. Download here.

Firefox Themes

Mac style - Firefox Theme

As Kaly pointed out in this post HowTo: Turn XP Into Mac OS X in 3 steps HowTo: Turn XP Into Mac OS X in 3 steps Read More , there are quite a number of themes available for Firefox that make it look like Safari. Here’s the list: iFox Smooth, iFox Metal, Macfox II, Macfox II Graphite, Cobalt Firefox.

Or you can just download Safari for Windows from Apple’s website here.

Icons

Mac Icons

Mac has an amazing set of visually pleasing icons that are really very pro-looking. You can grab the icons from here and here and set them as a default icons for some of your Windows apps.

Get iTunes

iTunes

iTunes is the default music management software for the Mac. Although it’s quite heavy on system resources, it comes with a nice Mac-ish look. Plus it has a number of really cool third party addons 13 Addons iTunes Users should Know About 13 Addons iTunes Users should Know About Read More . Download iTunes from here.

Let us know in the comments if you make use of any other Windows software to make Windows look like a Mac.

  1. Cicerone Pavaloi
    January 21, 2010 at 7:55 am

    cdEjectLoad version 1.1 is now available for download at the same link as above. Support for custom hotkeys and multiple cd/dvd drives are the main features of the new version.

  2. BOB
    January 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

    why should I buy mac.they're expencive and not the best.XP RULES

  3. Gabriel U.
    January 11, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Adjusting the volume on Mac is much nicer than on Windows. It's a silly little thing but there's an app that makes adjusting your volume much easier and look just like it does on a Mac. With shortcuts using your NUMPAD you can easily raise (ALT & +), lower (ALT & -), and mute (ALT & *) your system sound:
    http://gabrielu.posterous.com/keyvolume-update-151

  4. Cicerone Pavaloi
    November 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Another "missing feature" in Windows is the ability of Mac systems to eject and load the cd/dvd tray using the Eject key of the keyboard. Since PC keyboards do not have such a key, one can download and use the cdEjectLoad free app available here: (cdejectload.blogspot.com/).

    It uses the Pause key as the hotkey and has the same visual feedback as the Mac.
    (Version 1.0 works only with the first cd/dvd drive)

  5. RJ
    September 17, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Dont forgot Finderbar http://landvermesser.tripod.com/

  6. David Acquistapace
    March 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I am a professor of computer graphics at a college that will not support macs. My students turned me on to the mac look for vista, and having been a die hard mac user until I took this position, I was delighted to see how well it worked on their notebooks. I am going to ask my techs to look into installing it in our lab so that my students will work with the closest look and feel of what they will experience when they get out into the real work world where almost all design studios and ad agencies use mac.
    DA

  7. nick
    January 3, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    this is a pretty good guide but like all guides it has its problems and difficulty's like when it tells you that you need to download a dock it just has a listing of available downloads witch sucks because you don't know witch one to download the best one to download is called rocket dock and has many more features than all other window's docks. if you need the link here it is: rocketdock.com/download

  8. keith
    December 27, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    some people with company laptops want a MAC but are not allowed. So the next best thing is to emulate the looks and feel of a MAC.

  9. johnny
    November 4, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    thanks

  10. Julio Sepia
    September 15, 2008 at 1:31 am

    "If you want a Pc to look like a mac just download and install ubuntu"

    Ubuntu doesn't look like Mac OS by default. Dreamlinux does.

  11. David
    August 20, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    If you want a Pc to look like a mac just download and install ubuntu

  12. CavGirl
    August 5, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    $1,000.00 for a Mac? Where?
    I know, here in Canada, there well over $2,000.00
    My BF installed the Mac look on both of our laptops and we love it. To each their own right?

  13. rogun
    March 25, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Hmmm... No thanks.

  14. Pelly
    March 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

    No offence here but ....
    Isn't it just easier to buy a Mac if you want this so badly ?

    • Mackenzie Morgan
      March 25, 2008 at 10:05 pm

      "Easy" and "fun" have a tendency to be mutually exclusive.

    • Jonathan Bennett
      March 26, 2008 at 5:41 am

      "Isn’t it just easier to buy a Mac if you want this so badly?"

      Last time I checked it's easier to install some software than it is to spend $1,000.

      • Josh
        October 17, 2009 at 10:37 pm

        I agree with you its alot easier for people who are regular working people

    • JO
      December 13, 2009 at 4:08 pm

      wow the person who said "isn't it just easier to just buy a mac" or whatever you said have you ever realized that were in an ECONOMY CRISIS!!!!!!!

    • udhtari
      January 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

      No offense either but they are damn expensive

  15. Sumesh
    March 25, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I've been using Flyakiteosx, iTunes, Cobalt(a Mac-like Firefox theme) and Y'z shadow for ages. Flyakiteosx installs Rocket Launcher, which is pretty slick too.

    I don't remember where I came to know of Y'z shadow, coz its been a long time.

    Good post, Shankar. Stumbled.

  16. dai
    March 25, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Improving looks in the cost of memory and performance?

  17. ken
    March 24, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Am I the only one that thinks OS's are headed in the wrong direction?
    Vista, OSX are just way to Fisher Price for my taste. Heck even the default XP is seems rather childish and silly.
    I'll stick with XP in "classic mode" (ala Win2000/98) thank you very much.

  18. lukemill
    March 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    Cause windows sucks... that's why

  19. sjdkasd
    March 24, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Another person agrees. These are all fairly terrible tips (except possibly the dock, but keystroke launchers are better anyways).

  20. Jessie
    March 24, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Well I for one would like to keep both Windows properties and Mac's pleasing aesthetics. Like the best of both worlds you know? Nice post Shankar.

  21. shortcherriez
    March 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I agree with the post below...why would you want to do this to Windows!

  22. Gerald
    March 24, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Why on earth would anyone want to??

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