The Vistapack, is a Shell pack, based on Windows Vista. Its goal is to let users of Windows 2000 and Windows XP, experience the Vista look and feel, without paying the price in money and speed.
The Vistapack comes with a nice installer, that does all the work that normally one would do by hand with a resource editor. I use Reshacker, the best for scripting resource tasks. The installer takes a sample of the file that has to be modified, and backs it up. Then it changes all the resources in the original file, those that are needed for the Vista look. When that's done, it places it back into the system, and will reboot for the changes to take effect.