About Vize

Vize is a GUI enhancer for Windows Vista. It replaces most of the non-Vista icons, animations and bitmaps that Microsoft is still overlooking.

Vize automates the process of replacing resources in system files, applying the real fit and finish to Windows Vista.

Vize does not contain any spyware or ad-ware of any kind, it's a non-profit ego-stroking exercise for the developers.

If you are not satisfied with the results, you can completely and safely uninstall Vize.

Vize is compatible with any version, any language, and any architecture (both 32-bit x86 and x64) of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

For a similar utility for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, check out the xpize Project.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will be supported by an upcoming project called Sevenize.


News & Updates

2011-05-25: Vize 2 - Release 2 - Rest in Pieces

Given how busy I've been with my academic career I haven't put any work into Vize since I released Vize 2R1. After thinking about the demographics I reasoned that it would be better if I just ended the project with Vize 2R1.

I don't see any real point in working any more on Vize given how pretty much everyone is now running Windows 7. I recognise there are people who still hold-out against Windows 7, but given that Windows 7's system requirements are the same as Windows Vista's (unlike XP) I don't really want to encourage (or enable people) to keep using that operating system.

You can send your inevitable hate-mail to the MSFN Forums.


2009-08-02: Vize 2 - Release 1

Comment & Discuss

It's been over a year and a half since the last Vize release, and today sees the release of Vize 2.0 Release 1, which is strictly speaking a beta (although the Known Issues list is small).

Vize 2 Release 1 has not been tested on x64 (because I lost my Vista x64 CD) and uninstallation may not work.

Vize 2 Release 2 will be out within a month or so with many more improvements and more resources.

Give it a try!

2008-10-14: New Website and Vize 2.0

Comment & Discuss

The Vize website has been redesigned and reimplemented to go with the new website for xpize, we'll be making further improvements down the line too.

I'd also like to announce plans for Vize 2.0 which will introduce more Vista UI improvements inspired by the work Long Zheng did with his Aero Taskforce, you'll be pleased to know that many of the issues reported to the Aero Taskforce site can be fixed by patching Win32 resources and do not necessarily require Microsoft to fix them themselves.

Vize 2 will be based on the Anolis project which xpize 5 also utilises.

xpize 5 will probably be the last major release of xpize, so we'll work on making it as future-proof as possible to reduce further maintenance. So Vize will take a backseat until that work is completed, but we'll try to squeeze out a Vize 2.0 release before Christmas 2008 (but no promises).

The Vize 1.1 Beta and earlier editions will still be available, so don't worry.

2008-07-14: Vize Project Discontinued (Temporarily)

Comment & Discuss

Hi all,

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.

2008-01-04: Vize 1.1 BETA Released!

Please read the following before installing:

If Vize does not ship with your language, please consider translating it into your language. Contact me for details.

If you have Vize already installed: Before installing the full package, run Vize and restore all system files, then reboot (installing the update is recommended).