Turn Your Linux Ubuntu Into Windows 7

Linux Ubuntu 12.10 User Interface | Official Website

Linux Ubuntu 12.10 User Interface | Official Website

Windows 8’s tile-based interface brings in a new spin on the familiar Windows interface, which made many long-time users consider moving to another operating system. However, a user would still find himself in a foreign territory when he makes the move.

Although it is easy to install a new OS, being familiar with an alien environment is not—even if you’re using a comparatively user-friendly OS like Linux Ubuntu. Good thing, Ubuntu is more customizable compared to Windows. Thus, if you’re having trouble with the transition, you can tweak it to make it as close to Windows as possible.

Creating a Windows 7-Style Ubuntu

Ubuntu’s Unity desktop may be slick and pretty, but it’s not the most configurable Linux environment around. That taskbar running the top and left side of the screen are locked in place. However, it’s still flexible, and some basic Linux tweaks can give it the Windows 7 look you’re looking for.

Just bear in mind that this fine-tuning has been done on Ubuntu 12.10, the OS’ latest version. If you’re new to Linux and don’t know much about terminal commands, you can just copy-paste the instructions listed below.

First thing you need to so is open a terminal. Just press the Windows Key—or Super key—to do this, type “Terminal” and then hit Enter. You can also click the Ubuntu logo at the top-left corner of the screen to open a terminal.

Next, you have to install the Windows 7 theme pack. Just copy and paste the following commands into the terminal windows in order:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install win2-7

Remember to press Enter after each command to run it, while typing “sudo” before every line allows it to run with root permissions. That is similar to running a program as administrator in Windows.

The first command adds a personal package archive to your PC’s system that Ubuntu can install packages from. Command number 2 downloads information about the newly available packages, while the last command installs the Windows 7 theme.

With the Win2-7 theme is now installed, the next thing you need to do is to enable the icon, window border, and widget theme. Just copy and paste the following commands and you’ll see your desktop gradually transform as you run each of them.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Win2-7-theme'

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme 'Win2-7-theme'

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme 'Win2-7-icons'

However, your taskbar-like launcher found at the left side of the screen will still be a different color. There’s nothing to worry about, as it will derive its color from your desktop wallpaper.

As for your windows management buttons—close, minimize and maximize—you can move them using the following command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ‘menu:minimize,maximize,close’

To remove the Mac-style global menu bar, which contains File/Edit/View, and put it back into each individual application window, just run this command:

sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt indicator-appmenu

For these changes to take effect, however, you’ll have to log out and log back in. You can use the button found at the top-right corner of your screen to log out.

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