I have covered a number of elegant skin packs in the past, which have given users the look and feel of alternative operating systems and tweaked their Windows 7 desktop, to make it appear more relevant to certain occasions like Christmas, New Year, etc. While most of the skin packs reviewed earlier have been developed by Hamed, recently I found another great skin pack by another developer, nicknamed “the-dhruv-8”. Xbox 360 Transformer Pack is a Windows 7 skin pack that bring UI elements of Xbox 360, as well as Windows 8 (including the Metro UI) to your desktop. This skin pack does not require any complex theme patching and can be easily installed with the help of an installation wizard, just like other skin pack that I have reviewed earlier, (including the New Year 2012 Skin Pack, Christmas Skin Pack, iOS Skin Pack, Mango Skin Pack, Zune Skin Pack, Android Skin Pack, Gnome Skin Pack, Mac OS X Lion Skin Pack and Windows 8 Skin Pack).
Note: Please bear in mind that such skin packs can be difficult to uninstall and may not be removed by using system restore. Before installing the Xbox 360 Transformer Pack, make sure that you have created a system backup of your computer. Also check if UAC (User Account Control) is disabled. For complete un-installation instructions of this (or a similar) Skin Pack, see my post: How To Uninstall A Windows Transformation Pack Skin.
Step 1: Launch the New Year Skin Pack setup file and read the instructions on the setup window, click Next to proceed further.
Step 2: Accept the terms and click Next.
Step 3: Since this skin pack is ad-supported, it attempts to change your default home page and search engine. You can avoid this by unchecking the respective options by using the custom installation process.
Step 4: Select installation features, such as the UXTheme Patch, files and other extra items and click Next. These features should normally be checked by default.
Step 5: Click Install to start the installation of the Xbox 360 Transformer Pack.
Step 6: Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
The below screenshots demonstrate how this transformation pack will look after installation, including the Metro UI that it will provide you, (as an alternative start screen). You can exit the Metro UI anytime using the Windows key from your keyboard.
Even some of your default applications and folders will be organized and displayed from shortcuts on the Metro UI.
Xbox 360 Transformer Pack works only on Windows 7 x86 (32-bit) operating systems.