Windows Vista Ultimate Fancy

Windows Vista Ultimate Fancy
Crusty Windows bootleg
The desktop of Windows Vista Ultimate Fancy
The desktop of Windows Vista Ultimate Fancy
Original OSWindows XP SP2
Release dateFebruary 2, 2008
AuthorBenjamin Samson
Architecture(s)x86 (32-bit)
File size2.5 GiB
Date addedMay 30, 2023
Live CDNo

Windows Vista Ultimate Fancy is a bootleg Windows XP SP2 edition, which was created by Benjamin Samson. It released on February 2, 2008, and was added to the archive on May 30, 2023.

It is Benjamin Samson's first bootleg. It was originally made as a test. He published Windows Vista Xtreme Edition some months after, which is currently lost.

This bootleg would set an example on how Benjamin, and soon, his Rockers International Team group would make all their bootlegs afterwards. Things such as the over-the-top branding, extra software and wallpapers, and the autorun format would become staples of Benjamin's bootlegs.


This bootleg is a modified Windows XP SP2 ISO, with many drivers integrated. It comes with a boot selector integrated. Through it, you can boot from the hard disk, install the bootleg or reboot. Not much to say there.

It is intended to be themed after Windows Vista, and does it extremely well, which is highly unusual and unprecedented, considering most of all the other bootlegs based on this concept fall way below the mark of looking close to Windows Vista, and do not have this insane amount of attention to detail present in this bootleg. There is even effort put into including accurate recreations of Windows Vista's programs with similar looks and feels to its origin OS! Clearly, Benjamin studied the ins and outs of Windows Vista very closely, and tried as best as he could to create a realistic looking Windows Vista lookalike in Windows XP, and executed it very well, in ways that no one else could have ever thought to do at the time.

Anyhow, it comes with many new programs, themes and wallpapers, and Windows Vista themed cursors and icons, along with registry tweaks. It has 2 software collections that drop to the Start menu's programs, one in the root of the user's Start menu, and another in the Start menu programs itself, which are subsequently split into their own categories.

It comes with its own autorun, and specialized software packs. Through the autorun, you can access things like Internet Explorer 7 and a "Windows AeroGlass Theme" (which is just WindowBlinds 6.0 build 32 (RR Works Keygen, comes with one skin, AeroGlass)), along with the 2 specialized software collections and their respective autorun loaders. You can also access an instruction guide for the aforementioned "AeroGlass Theme".

It is unattended and preactivated. The bootleg was made using nLite 1.4, the autorun was made with AutoPlay Media Studio 7.1.1000.0 (rebranded as Peniel Media Studio 7.0), and the boot selector used was EasyBoot The ISO was touched up with UltraISO 7.6E.

Changes from Windows XP SP2

Minor changes

  • The text-mode setup OS text is changed to "Windows Vista Ultimate Fancy By Benjamin Samson". All mentions of the OS have also been changed to the bootleg's name. One of the mentions had a line break up into two because it was so big.
  • A very well done rendition of the Windows Vista welcome center will now open up every startup. And that would be the work of the xFree Welcome Center 2.1.
  • The default SysDM has been replaced with Glass SysDM, but the original version remains as "sysdm2.cpl". OEM branding and Support Information has been added to them
  • The Run dialog now has the Windows Vista Winver banner
  • The Winver branding has been updated

Changes in pre-desktop procedures

  • New setup graphics. The background now has extra text added onto it showing the author's email information, name of the bootleg and the creator's name. The Ultimate Fancy at the top right shows a repeated background behind the text, which was not necessary.
  • The setup now starts in 1024x768
  • New Windows Vista boot screen
  • New OOBE video, made in Windows Movie Maker
  • New OOBE graphics
  • New login graphics. Fake, non-interactive accessibility buttons can be seen

Look and feel

  • New default theme, and wallpaper
  • 17 new themes included
  • New Windows Vista sound scheme
  • New Aero cursor set
  • 31 new gadgets included
  • The Calibri and Segoe UI fonts are included
  • "Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Scherzo)", a default sample music file, has been replaced with "Black or White" by Michael Jackson. The file name has not been renamed, but you can tell what it is by looking in the metadata. It also happened with "New Stories (Highway Blues)", which is replaced with "Distance" by Karsh Kale.
  • The Sample Pictures are replaced with Windows Vista wallpapers


  • 7-Zip 4.42
  • Adobe Reader 8.1
  • CCleaner 1.36.430
  • CPL All-in-One
  • ImgBurn
  • Internet Download Manager 5.09 (cracked, registered to MiKiCuN MiKiCuN)
  • JCreator 4.50.009
  • Java 6 Update 2
  • K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 2.01
  • Microsoft Calculator Plus
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MSN Messenger 7.5.0324
  • Notepad2 1.0.12
  • PowerISO 3.7 (cracked, registered to TEAM EXPLOSiON)
  • Real Alternative 1.51 Lite
  • Undelete Plus 2.5.5
  • WinRAR 3.62 (cracked, registered to Alexander Aymanov, comes with replaced SFX and one theme, WinRAR Jr 32x32)

Customization Utilities

  • LClock v1.62b
  • TopDesk 1.4.1
  • Styler (comes with one skin, VistaPerfection X4)
  • System Properties
  • UberIcon 1.0.4
  • VisualToolTip
  • Windows Photo Gallery 1.1 Beta 2 Update 1 (replica)
  • Windows Sidebar
  • xFree Welcome Center 2.1


  • Windows Vista Games (recreations)


  • Aurora
  • Bubbles
  • Fancy
  • WINDOWS CRYSTAL (Logon Screen Saver, with replaced logo)
  • Windows Inspirat (Logon Screen Saver, with replaced logo)
  • Windows Vista (Logon Screen Saver, with replaced logo)


  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0, 3.0
  • Internet Explorer 7

System Tools

  • GenuineCheck
  • MGADiag 1.7.0012.0
  • System Information for Windows
  • Windows Worms Doors Cleaner
  • xp-AntiSpy
  • XPlite (cracked, registered to BetaMaster)


Fun fact: This exact collection would later reappear in Windows Vista Black Edition. This bootleg is the first known bootleg in the archive to include this collection.

  • AntiArp (WinPcap 4.0)
  • Adobe Flash Player 5.0 r30 (projector)
  • CDImage Beta 3
  • ImgBurn
  • Imageshackert 0.5.1
  • QDict 2006
  • Restoration Version 2.5.14
  • Screen Rip32 v1.0 BETA
  • Translator
  • UnFREEz 2.0
  • USB Disk Storage Format

Software on the CD

Software Pack 1

  • Microsoft Office 2003 (cracked, organization Wesmosis@Yahoo.Dk; borrowed from the Wesmosis XP mod)
  • Yahoo! Messenger (BETA)
  • GordianKnot 0.21
  • XviD MPEG-4 Codec
  • iTunes
  • ArcSoft PhotoStudio
  • Norton Ghost 12.0 (EDGE Keygen)
  • UltraISO Premium (.txt Keys)

Software Pack 2

  • Nero 8 (Ahead Keygen, generates Nero 8.x Ultra keys)
  • J. River Media Center 12.0.328 (BetaMaster Patch)
  • avast! 4.7.1043 (CORE Keygen, comes with virus definition updates - December 2, 2007)
  • RecordNow! 6.5.1 (650B61c.424.43
  • ACDSee Canvas 11.0.1173 (CORE Keygen)

nLite addons

  • RyanVM's Windows XP Post-SP2 Update Pack 2.1.10 (addon by RyanVM, May 13, 2007)
  • Kels' CPL Bonus Pack (addon by Kelsenellenelvian, March 7, 2007)
  • All In One Cursors Addon Pack v1.7 (addon by MrNxDmX, December 25, 2006)
  • RyanVM's DirectX 9.0c Addon (addon by RyanVM, April 12, 2007)
  • FoxitL PDF Reader Addon Pack (addon by xable, April 11, 2007)
  • MyClock (LClock) (December 5, 2005)
  • Kels' Lite Addons Pack (addon by Kelsenellenelvian, April 2, 2007)
  • Microsoft Windows Update v5.8.0.2694 Addon Pack for Windows XP Sp2 English (addon version 1.1, addon by MrNxDmX, December 29, 2005)
  • TweakUI (May 10, 2006)
  • Extra Control Panels (WinUpdatesList 1.13) (December 18, 2006)
  • Advanced Shell for UPX 1.25 ([Exact Author and Release Unknown] Probable: addon by Kelsenellenelvian, April 25, 2006)
  • Vista Drive Indicator! addon ([Exact Author and Release Unknown])
  • Vista User Account Pictures (addon by MrNxDmX, January 1, 2007)
  • RyanVM's Windows XP Windows Genuine Advantage Addon (addon by RyanVM, May 13, 2007)
  • Winamp (addon by UtCollector, May 11, 2007)
  • WMP11 TweakedAddon 1.4.7 (addon by Boooggy, March 20, 2007)



  • In the installation guide for the "AeroGlass Theme", there is a concerning sounding line, possibly intentionally written as a way to scare off people peeking around the files of the mod itself.

Don't try any heroism work like extracting the files which i created....if so it will create the Trojan and Worm Virus and it will inject into your system...But don't afraid...Normally their will be no such viruses in that Files...It Will create only when you try to extract....Thank You and Enjoy using Windows Vista Ultimate Fancy

Bootleg quirks

  • The setup billboard text shows faking the registered symbol with a @ symbol.
  • The OOBE graphics has, again, text added to show the creator's name, which is positioned in the top left. There is also a copied and pasted background behind where it didn't need to be.
  • The login screen logo has the OS name written on it. It is similarly styled to Windows Vista's logo on the bottom. The "Fancy" is written in a script font, where the last letter is cut off slightly at the bottom.
  • Most of the available gadgets are broken or do not work at all.
  • Although you can freely change the displayed avatar in the Welcome center, it will not have any effect on the actual user avatar.
  • It is fully possible to freely move the "Welcome Center" text and the Right arrow before it in the Welcome center, which is the only real flaw of the program.
  • IDM is supposed to have a crack registered to "MerCuRy", but it gets overwritten with "MiKiCuN MiKiCuN" instead.
  • The "Ultimate Fancy" theme is a duplicate of "Vista Ultimate".
  • The C: drive has its own folder background.
  • The command prompt colors are set to gray on purple.

CD contents and other info

  • The entirety of the EZBOOT directory is hidden.
  • All the files on disc are dated February 2, 2008 @ 12:04:37.
  • The CD label is set to "VISTA_ULTIMATE_FANCY_BY_BENJAMIN".

WINNT.SIF metadata

  • The full name and organization is set to "Benjamin Samson.S" and "Home" respectively.
  • The computer name is set to "COOLVISTAFANCY".
  • The workgroup name is set to "WORKGROUP".



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