I just setup my wife's Ubuntu 8.04 machine to look like the Aero theme with different things.
Here is the list under Appearance Preferences:
1. Background - Anything you like.
2. Fonts from top to bottom Sans 10, Sans 10, Sans 10, Sans Bold 10, and Monospace 10.
3. Interface - Show icons in menus is checked.
4. Visual Effects - None since she is using a laptop.
5. Theme - Click customize
6. Controls - Aero-Clone
7. Colors - Didn't change
8. Window Border - LiNsta3
9. Icons - nuoveXT-aero
10. Pointer aero-drop
Like I said I took bits and pieces from different things. I borrowed some from this great post too.
If you can't drag and drop things into Appearance Preference and get them to install then you will most likely have to extract them and install them manually.
I added a picture of what it looks like. Hope it helps. The only thing is no dock.
My System: Ubuntu : 8.04 AMD64, Motherboard : GA-K8NSC-939 F8, Processor : AMD Athlon 64 3700+, Memory : 1GB, Video Card : Nvidia Geforce 7600 GS AGP 512 MB, Sound Card : Built In
You have metacity. It's the default for Gnome and it uses less resources than Emerald. Despite loving eye candy and Compiz in specific, I don't use Emerald for just this reason, even on my high end systems. It messes with the GIMP.
Emerald is easy.
Then you need to get the themes. For some reason, they're not in the repos anymore (at least I think so - has this changed for Hardy?) You can download them from the last link at the bottom of this page. Double click on it to install.Code::-$ sudo apt-get install emerald
Then, press ALT + F2 and type in:
You now have a slew of Emerald themes, at least one of which looks like Vista, I'm sure. Gnome-look.org should have other Emerald themes to install.Code:emerald --replace
Server: 2.2GHz Athlon 64; 4GB; 2TB; Debian 5 x64
LividEmperor: 3.3GHz i5 2500K; 8GB; 660GB; Ubuntu 10.10 x64 + Windows 7 x64
Netbook1: 1.6GHz Atom; 2GB; 160GB; Ubuntu 10.10 x86
Dogeatdog: 3GHz Phenom II; 3GB; 1TB; Windows 7 x64
I use an Aero theme which I modified to suit my eyes as they like the dark I'm also using the Artwiz-boxed theme which only effects my title bars & the menu.
All of this is happening in Arch/Openbox/xfce4-panel .