Now that customizability of the start screen with Decor8 is possible and you can add start menu with Start8 Stardock has released another application that tackles another one of the so called “annoyances”.
Stardock has released ModernMix to allow you to run modern apps to run in windowed mode which is a great compliment to Start8 which I covered in an older review. While the concept is quite simple the app is great for those for want the Windows 7 feel on 8.
Settings wise it’s quite basic but with what little you can configure it is quite simple. First off you can configure how apps are handled when launched from start screen vs desktop In addition to remembering state. You can also enable a overlay for switching mode, hot key for switching mode and the ability to disabling the flip effect when launching full screen applications. Lastly you can manage the state of full screen apps on the App Settings page.
ModernMix costs $5 and is a must if you like the ModernUI apps but don’t want them full screen.
In the modern world of SATA enabled machines reinstalling xp can be hell… This guide will help you integrate sata drivers onto your xp cd.
Note: You will need to have a SP1 enabled cd before you are able to integrate sp3.
Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any lost files, damaged hardware, or any other damage resulting from the use of this tutorial; back up any important files just in case. Use of this guide is at your own discretion.