Fog is a Linux-based, free and open source computer imaging solution for Windows XP and Vista that ties together a few open-source tools with a php-based web interface. Fog doesn’t use any boot disks, or CDs; everything is done via TFTP and PXE. Also with fog many drivers are built into the kernel, so you don’t really need to worry about drivers (unless there isn’t a linux kernel module for it). Fog also supports putting an image that came from a computer with a 80GB partition onto a machine with a 40GB hard drive as long as the data is less than 40GB.
Fog also includes a graphical Windows service that is used to change the hostname of the PC, restart the computer if a task is created for it, and auto import hosts into the FOG database. The service also installs printers, and does simple snap-ins.
You most have seen how cool Vista, Ubuntu, and OSX all look with their Aero, Beryl, and Tiger looks. Windows XP users have to content with their rather dull looking interface.But you too can spice up your Good old XP by showing it some pimping love, fortunately most of the programs we need to do this are freewares and can be downloaded here in my blog. Would also include very cool stuffs like applications and codec’s that would further increase your user experience on windows XP .
Note-these article is not about making your Xp look like vista or any other OS for that matter no! .rather it is about adding style to your PC while still retaining the unique Xp look.
What you need
Google desktop Enterprise
Zune XP theme
Calledos wallpaper changer
Orbit download manager
Lets Get Started
– To start the pimping we need to change the look of your PC that boring blue XP theme would be changed and to do this we would download the Zune theme which was released by Microsoft. The Zune Theme is a special Windows XP Theme. Designed to look like its new Zune portable media player. This is an official skin for Windows XP that has a dark grey style and orange Start menu.It is really cool and i promise you that once you have installed it you will never get enough of it. Download
Get a Dock
One of the best application i ever used on an XP system was Object dock.(i still use it on vista) Object dock is a program that enables users to organize their shortcuts, programs and running tasks into an attractive and fun animated Dock. By allowing users to have more control over how they organize their desktop, users can take control of their desktop icons and shortcuts to have them be available when where and how they need them. All this with the unique style and top-rate performance. Once you have Downloaded and installed Object Dock you can drag any application or its shortcut to the dock and it would save it as a shortcut to the application. And any time you need just click on the icon on the dock and wala! there you have it. you can even customize the looks,animation and background of your dock to what you want you can change the icons of any of the programs in the dock to any one of the icons available on this page for download.