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Two hacks have already surfaced for Windows Vista that add new features from Windows 7, and I expect we’ll see more over the next year. Paul Thurrott points out this hack trio so you can one or both of the following to your Vista machine. The […]

CalcthumbTwo hacks have already surfaced for Windows Vista that add new features from Windows 7, and I expect we’ll see more over the next year. Paul Thurrott points out this hack trio so you can one or both of the following to your Vista machine.

The Windows 7 Calculator has a simple Mode switch to get you moving between the Standard, Programmer, Scientific and Statistics function, but it gets better. There’s also some built-in functions to compute everyday problems like gas mileage, mortgage or lease payments, and hourly wages. You can add this to Windows Vista with a small 358 KB download.

Aero Snap is nifty feature as well and I’m liking it on the MSI Wind which is still running the Windows 7 Milestone 3 test version. With it, you can drag a window to the side of your display and it will auto-resize to half of the screen. Pull it away from the screen and it returns to its prior size & shape. Snap it to the top of your monitor and it maximizes. Nifty and handy although some folks will of course say "meh!". If you’re not in that camp, you can grab the 823 KB executable here.

Aero Shake is another window control feature: grab any window and move it left & right for a sec to minimize all other windows. Shake it again and the windows are all restored. I find this very useful on the smaller screen of my netbook and if you think you might, you can grab the 200 KB AutoHotkey script through Lifehacker.

  1. Those are ok, but what I really, really want from w7 is the tablet entry panel. That makes tablet really really useful. The stay transparent(not the annoying close when lose focus) the text in the same place and the editing tools like the break and the join. That would be really something!

  2. Shouldn’t you be on your honeymoon?

  3. Jake, we decided to wait for Windows 7 before taking the honeymoon. I’m hoping we see it before mid-2009. ;) Actually, with the kids activities and school schedule, we’ll likely postpone a real honeymoon until late spring or summer of ’09.

  4. These are the most vital features i suppose due to which windows 7 was made into demand but now it is there for vista as well.

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