xpize is a utility program for Windows XP (both 32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit) that replaces most of the bits in Windows that didn't match XP's style with bits that do.
The software contains no spyware or adware, it is a purely volunteer-driven community effort; it is also easily uninstallable.
xpize does not replace any files, system or otherwise. Instead it "patches" the files by replacing the old resources inside the files.
For a similar utility for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, check out the Vize Project.
News & Updates
2012-05-14: Recent Downtime
I'm sorry about the downtime over the past week that affected all of the *ize websites - I was reconfiguring my colocated servers and recovering takes a lot of time. Sorry.
(But not as sorry as I am about the entire lack of updates over the past two years...)
2009-09-27: A Big 'Thank You' to our Friends in the Media
These past few days have seen a surge in the popularity of xpize thanks to exposure in the media. So I'd like to first thank my friend, Long Zheng (we were friends before he was famous!) for blogging about xpize 5 back in July; his story was then picked up by other bloggers and that caused a nice increase in xpize's userbase. More recently the tech blog LifeHacker picked up the story and posted their piece which has quadrupled the site's visitors and download count.
So thanks, you guys!
Of course, more exposure would be nice :)
2009-08-31: Release 6 Released
xpize 5 Release 6 is out. It introduces a bunch of incremental changes on top of Release 5, nothing dramatic.
- Fixed the Luna Element and Darkside Shutdown/Log-off dialogs
- Resources Improved or Added to:
- Windows Defender
- Internet Explorer 8
- Windows CardSpace
- System Error Reporting
- Windows' branding banner images for x64 systems
- Improved uninstallation so all your settings are now reset
- Added a Feedback system
- And to top it all off, the download is over a megabyte smaller than Release 5
I strongly recommend uninstalling 5R5 or 5R4 if you already have them installed, but it should work fine if you don't.
2009-08-21: Release 6 Pushed Back
Just to say that I've pushed xpize 5 Release 6 back a few days (until Monday 24th August) because of delays with getting the translations done, and because I'll be away from my computer over the weekend.
As a bonus, I've added more stuff to xpize so far, you'll see when it gets released.
2009-08-20: Translators Wanted
xpize 5 Release 6 is almost here, which is what Release 5 really should have been.
There's only a few bits of text left to translate into various languages, so if you're bilingual and up for a few minutes' slave labour then donate your time to help translate xpize into your language!
All of the details are in this thread on MSFN. You don't need to be a member of the MSFN forums to download the translation files nor to send them to me (just use Rapidshare and the email-me link).
2009-08-19: xpize 5 Release 6 and MSFN Outage
I'll admit that the release of xpize 5 Release 5 on Friday was hasty and I regret not doing full testing on that version.
The main complaints about Release 5 have revolved around the Luna Element shutdown dialog being visually broken, 7-Zip File Manager Toolbar, and some parts of the installer not being localised.
Fortunately I've now fixed pretty much all of the issues and I'm ready to make a release of xpize 5 Release 6 sometime later today (UTC).
However it seems the guys who host the xpize and Vize forums, MSFN, have suffered yet another outage (in fact, the whole month has been a bit rocky). As a result the xpize and Vize forums are inaccessible. I have some of the MSFN mods and admins on my Messenger contact list, but none of them have been online so I'm in the dark like everyone else.
Because Release 6 is coming out so soon after Release 5, there will be a Release 7 out in the longer term, featuring:
- Windows CardSpace
- xpize Darkside 2.2 Resources (currently a work-in-progress by Antonio King)
- Further Internet Explorer 8 changes
I've also been playing around with various optimisations and I've been able to get Release 6 a full 360KB smaller than Release 5, despite containing even more goodies
In the long-term I hope to complete my porting of 7-Zip to the CLR which should squeeze another megabyte out of it, but that's a long term thing.
Finally, it's been a long time since the last release of Anolis Resourcer, and I've made a lot of changes since July, so I hope it'll be well-received by all.
2009-08-14: xpize 5 Release 5
xpize 5 Release 5 is out. There are some minor issues, but they're minor, so that's okay.
Uninstall Release 4 before installing 5R5 for best results.
2009-08-02: Vize 2 Release 1 is Out
For users of Windows Vista, Vize 2 Release 1 has just been put online. It isn't perfect, and many aspects remain untested, but give it a go and report back your findings to the forum thread!
I've also put together some YouTube screencasts showing how I made Vize, if you're interested in developing your own packages check them out.
2009-07-23: How to make an xpized CD image
Because the procedure for making xpized CDs isn't immediately obvious, I've made an 8-minute screencast of the procedure and put it up on YouTube.
Sorry about the bad voice, I'm using a cheap microphone.
2009-07-23: xpize 5 Release 4 Released
Despite what Microsoft wants us to think (and especially in spite of what they want us to be running) hundreds of millions of people rely on Windows XP for their everyday computing needs. But from when it was first released through to even today there remains elements of Windows XP that just don't fit-in visually with the rest of the OS's aesthetic.
With that in mind, XPero created the original XPize in late 2004. He further refined his concept until mid-2006 when XPize 4.7 was released. This software gives Windows XP a visual makeover (and a bit of plastic surgery) by removing as much of the non-XP bits of Windows XP as is possible and replaces them with more XP-y things.
However he was unable to continue his work and left it up to a band of strangers on the internet in mid-2008. Well, 12 months later the finished product is here: xpize 5.
The changes made in xpize 5 are too extensive to list here, but the major selling points are:
- Windows XP x64 and Windows Server 2003 x64 support added
- Full support for Windows XP SP3, including UxTheme.dll patches
- New visual styles, wallpapers, and bitmap resource styles
- Includes XPize Darkside
Those should be enough reasons to make anyone download and install xpize 5. Note that it requires the .NET Framework 2.0 (or later) appropriate for your system.
2009-07-16: xpize 5 Release 4 Announcement
Yes folks, 12 months after XPero's handover of the xpize project to me, I'm ready to announce the coming of the final release of xpize 5. I hope to make it tomorrow, but if anyone has any requests for any non-XP resources in Windows XP SP3 please let us know!
Remote Desktop Connection 6; Internet Explorer 7 and 8; Windows Defender, and numerous other non-XP-style applications are already covered but if you've found a spot that's missing, or something that could be improved speak your mind. Don't worry if you don't think something can be changed, because it can. For instance, xpize 5 fixes the empty space on the System Properties > Performance Settings tab page and adds an XP-style clock face to the Date & Time control panel.
2009-07-10: Are you bi?
Bi-lingual, that is! If you can read/write English and any other language please consider translating about 300 words in the Anolis/xpize string table, it's only about an hour's work. Check out the thread on MSFN.
2009-07-06: Speak a foreign language?
If you can read and write English and another language let us know because we need translations done of the xpize software!
We are especially looking for people who can read/write French, Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese, and any other language. Although please note that we don't need translators for Spanish, German, Russian, Italian, and Dutch.
2009-06-28: xpize 5 Beta 3 Released
Latest beta of xpize 5, now including pretty much everything. 'nuff said.
2009-06-28: Resourcer 0.8.9 Released
This new version of Resourcer adds some much-needed features (like batch export from a single file) and other nifty bits.
2009-05-22: Resourcer 0.8.8 Released
Resourcer 0.8.8 has been released and takes precedence over 0.8.7 immediately as it fixes a pretty bad bug when loading up lists of resources.
2009-05-21: Resourcer 0.8.7 Released
Resourcer 0.8.7 is now released. The two main selling-points of this version are the Batch Process feature, which enables you export all the resources from every file in a directory to disk, and a much faster resource list view.
2009-05-04: xpize 5 Beta 2
Requires XP Service Pack 3, the .NET Framework 2.0 (or later), and Anolis Installer.
2009-04-10: XP SP3 UxTheme Patcher
Since xpize 5 will be a little longer in the proverbial oven, I've written a simple uxtheme patcher for Windows XP SP3 (it also supports XP x64 SP2, Windows Server 2003 x86 and x64).
You can download it from the downloads page.
2009-02-12: Resourcer 0.8 Released
Now that Resourcer has reached beta status I can work properly on getting the xpize 5 Beta out. Yes, you read that correctly. Everyone who signed up to be a beta tester will get the xpize release first; it won't be public until all the initial bugs are ironed out. You can still register as a beta tester on the signup thread. You'll receive a PM with further instructions when I've cranked a release out.
Resourcer 0.8 Beta is an incremental improvement on the 0.7 Alpha, but the main thing is now proper support for replacing resources in files, especially icons.
Download it and spread it around: http://www.codeplex.com/anolis/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=23186
In related news, I've opted for LZMA compression for the package system xpize 5 will be using, which yields 50% better compression ratios compared with PKZip, but there are speed problems with compressing things, however since this only affects people who make packages and not the end-users I don't think it's a major problem.
Anyway, expect to see the xpize 5 beta sometime next week. Watch this space.
2009-01-25: Resourcer 0.7 Released
Resourcer is now at 0.7 which means we're closer to getting xpize 5 and Vize 2 out the door (yes, still on-track for February)
You can download the binaries from Codeplex.
Major changes include an improved UI (better toolbar, List-view mode, tree-view icons) and more functionality (you can now save icons, view RIFF/AVI resources, etc) and more besides.
I hope to get 0.8 out within 2 weeks.
I've finally got the Anolis Resourcer program up to a usable state and christened it a 0.6 Alpha release (sorry, not a beta as I earlier promised). You can download it from the Codeplex releases page.
What this means for everyone else is that we're actually getting somewhere and I'm confident in a Febuary release for xpize 5 and Vize 2.
I'd appreciate it if everyone could leave feedback on the Issue Tracker page on Codeplex, thanks.
...and have a happy new year!
2008-12-25: Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas (or Season's Greetings, or Happy Holidays, or Satisfactory Nondenominational Winter Gift-Giving Festival) wishes from all of the developers on xpize, Vize, and Anolis
We were going to have a nice public beta of the Anolis Resourcer program available today, but at the last minute we discovered a show-stopping critical bug on all x64 Windows and a severe performance hit on all Windows Vista editions (so those of you using Vista x64 would be really screwed). We'll work on getting these issues fixed in the next few days and have a release before the end of the year (assuming no new bugs have been found).
2008-12-08: Artist Wanted!
We're getting close to a beta release of xpize 5 (my own money is on us getting at least something out before Christmas 2008) but there's some artwork we'd like done.
xpize 5 and Vize 2 are based off this framework I've been developing called 'Anolis', named after a colour-shifting lizard (since "Chameleon" is cliche), but we need some original artwork done for the website for it and the user-interface art.
This is a paid role, and if you're interested please send a link to your portfolio in an email to me and we'll get back to you if we like your stuff and feel like comissioning you to do the work.
You can contact me using my contactify page: http://www.contactify.com/62d87
2008-10-06: xpize Five slightly delayed
Whilst the work on xpize 5 has continued in earnest, we've hit a few unexpected snags so the Beta release will be pushed back until late October at the earliest.
Progress so far:
- The resources have now been organised and collated into their appropriate sets. HappyDude will be converting them into Anolis Packages.
- The Anolis software library can now work with Bitmap and Icon resources but it's still rough around the edges.
- We've got a nice bunch of beta testers at the ready. If you're willing to risk your computer why not sign up?
- A friend of mine, Long Zheng, has agreed to run a story or two about xpize and Vize as soon as we hit release. Hurrah for friends in high places.
- We've got the latest batch of patched
UxTheme.dlls from the original patcher Rafael at WithinWindows so SP3 compatibility is assured.
2008-08-04: xpize Five
The rumours of xpize's demise have been greatly exaggerated! Almost a year since the release of the last update to XPize (4.7b2) a new release is on the horizon.
...and this release will be bigger and better than ever before!
xpize 5 (now all lowercase because it's fashionable) will see the codebase rewritten in C# to remove the dependence on ResHacker and enable further improvements.
Well, it's more than a rewrite. It's a total re-organization. More details will be forthcoming in the next few days. But we're aiming for a release date around Mid-September 2008.
XPize 4.7b2 and earlier editions will still be available, so don't worry.
2008-07-14: XPize Project Discontinued (Temporarily)
I'm not very good at speeches, so I will try to keep this simple.
Since I got my job last year, I've become a busy person with little or no time for continue developing my 2 main heavy projects: Vize and XPize.
Also, I must admit that with time, I have been losing interest and strenght in both projects and they're now a tough task for me. That means that the fun is gone for me developing Vize and XPize and they have become a "job". That said, I think that when you no longer enjoy doing that akind of stuff, you should stop. So that's what I am doing right now.
I will make available all the source code of both projects, so other people can create similar packs (there are already users doing so).
I would like to give BIG THANK YOUS to all of you MSFN guys that helped me a lot in making the XPize and Vize projects a reality, specialy Martin_L and xper.
I would like to give a BIG THANK YOUS to all XPize and Vize users.
I think that's all, so thank you very much again
UPDATE: The XPize project has been ressurected by a group of people.
2007-08-14: XPize 4.7 Beta 2 Released
XPize is a GUI enhancer that replaces most of the non-XP icons, avis and bmps that Microsoft has always overlooked. It also includes some extras and a reloader, which you can use after visiting Windows Update.
Changes since 4.6 include new resources for Windows Defender and Internet Explorer 7, and some more updated control panel applets.