After looking here, I'm still at a loss.
Is it possible to enable a "Classic" view a la Windows XP's theme that would make the environment look more like Windows 2000?
If not, is there a way to reduce the size of Window borders?
After all these there should be notable change in the visuals of the screen.
You can reduce the border padding by going under Control Panel -> Personalization -> Advanced Settings -> Border Padding.