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I want to know is there any theme available make it Ubuntu look like Windows 7 ?

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For ubuntu 13.10 not, but im working on an solution. –  user43787 Oct 20 '13 at 14:19
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Win7 theme for ubuntu versions prior to 11.10

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Installing the Win7 Theme

wget http://web.lib.sun.ac.za/ubuntu/files/help/theme/gnome/win7-setup.sh
chmod +x ~/win7-setup.sh

This will download a script file that will be used later to tell your computer what files to download to complete the Win7 theme packages install. Once finished, a window will tell you that the installation will start now so just press OK.

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Press OK, then back in the terminal enter:


This command will setup Win7 theme and your computer will start transforming into windows style immediately. Wait for a few seconds and you will see a window asking you to logout so logout and log in again.


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win7 theme in 11.10

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what is not possible...

The Gnome-2 Win7 theme used two key capabilities that (as yet) have not been ported to Gnome-3.

  • Talika - this is a panel applet that presents applications in an icon form and when clicked displays a mini-windows preview.
  • GnoMenu - once customised this gave the windows 7 start menu format

Without these - as you can see, the desktop is a cross between Windows 7 (aero-like) theme with WinXP type panel & menu.


We need some prerequisites.

  • Install gnome-classic as per this AU question & answer
  • Ubuntu-Tweak - install ubuntu-tweak from the authors ppa
  • Emerald Decorator - install emerald from the webupd8 ppa
  • windows 7 fonts, icons and background wallpaper
cd ~/Downloads
wget http://web.lib.sun.ac.za/ubuntu/files/help/theme/gnome/win7.tar.gz
tar -zxvf win7.tar.gz
cd win7

initial customisation

  • Delete the bottom panel
  • Edit the properties of the top-panel and change the "Orientation" to "bottom"
  • Change the Background to "Solid Colour"
  • Delete the standard menu & Clock
  • Add to the panel "Main Menu" which adds the traditional start menu
  • Add to the panel "Window List" that displays windows as buttons on the panel

configure emerald

  • launch ccsm and in the "Window Decoration" plugin change the "Command" text-box value to be emerald
  • launch from a terminal emerald-theme-manager and click the Edit Themes tab
  • Select the engine oxygen, change the name to "Win7 Theme" and click the save button

extract icons/fonts/background

sudo tar -C /usr/share/icons/ -xzvf win7-icons.tar.gz
sudo tar -C /usr/share/fonts/truetype -xzvf win7-fonts.tar.gz
sudo cp backgrounds/win7-wallpaper.jpg /usr/share/backgrounds

final tweaks

  • Using System Tools - System Settings - Appearance, click the "+" button and navigate to /usr/share/backgrounds and double click win7-wallpaper.jpg. Select this wallpaper and the background should update
  • launch Ubuntu-Tweak and click on Tweaks - Fonts
  • change the default font to be Segoe size 9
  • Click on Tweaks - Theme
  • change the Gtk theme to Raleigh
  • change the Icon theme to win7-icons
  • Click on Tweaks - Desktop Icon Settings
  • check (tick) each of the icon options under Show Desktop Icons

Finally logout and login.

Note - if the emerald decorator is not the glassy appearance you would expect then compiz is not running. Either run compiz --replace in a terminal or add this command as a Startup Application.

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How To Make Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 Look Like Windows 7

This theme pack is compatible with both Unity and Gnome Shell 3.4.

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How to Install

Open the terminal under Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 and install the theme and icons of Windows 7 with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win2-7

To enable the Windows 7 theme and icons, run the following commands:

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

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Win2-7-theme'

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

If you want to move the align window buttons (minimize, close, and maximize) to the right top of the window, you can simply run this command:

gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout \
 --type string "menu:minimize,maximize,close

" Thats it


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Ubuntu 12.04 with blue 7 theme

The system in the picture is ubuntu 12.04. I have used another icon theme, because i didn't want to use the microsoft icons

I modified a normal gnome3 fallback session sricpt.

The panel is avant window navigator with gnomenu and dockbarx. (Requires some MATE components to run stable)

The gtk3 theme is stable but doesn't look exactly like the gtk2 theme. I don't know why my answer was deleted,'cause the gtk3 theme is really close to the gtk2 one, even if it isn't 100% the same


Is the link for the theme for ubuntu -12.04 .

For ubuntu 12.10 please use as gtk3 theme: http://sourceforge.net/projects/blue7themeforub/

avant window navigator is not int the ubuntu 12.10 repositry. Please try cinnamon.

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gtk3 theme use with answer the answer win7 theme in 11.10 : file-upload.net/download-4621767/… –  user43787 Aug 1 '12 at 7:10
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This article shows you how to make your Ubuntu look like Windows 7.


The following is how the transformation process should look like when you follow the steps in the article to make your Ubuntu look like Windows 7.


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Step 1

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Final Step

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Don't forget that you can get a nice Windows 8 theme from zoncolor's theme pack over at: noobslab.com/2013/06/zoncolor-themes-and-icons-package-for.html –  mmstick Oct 21 '13 at 5:27
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Have you tried http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Win2-7+Pack?content=113264 ? that tutorial you are looking at looks like its for gnome but ubuntu 11.10 has unity desktop on it you can install gnome

sudo apt-get insatll gnome


sudo apt-get insatll gnome-session

then logout and in the session menu select GNOME (Classic) then you should be able to use most of the tutorial

although kde looks a lot more like windows 7

install kde

sudo apt-get install kde-standard 

theme for kde http://kde-look.org/content/show.php/Vistar7+-+Windows+7+Transformation+Pack?content=104232

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the links you provided are not working with 11.10 –  paru38 Dec 14 '11 at 6:39
here is what gnome 2 became you might try installing MATE sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:amanas/mate-desktop sudo apt-get install mate-desktop this will give you a GNOME 2 desktop –  Taylor Bioniks Dec 14 '11 at 8:00
these commands shows package is missing or absolute –  paru38 Dec 14 '11 at 8:22
so don't have apt-add-repository? or both commands did not work? so if the first command worked did you remember sudo apt-get update ? –  Taylor Bioniks Dec 14 '11 at 8:30
W: Failed to fetch ppa.launchpad.net/amanas/mate-desktop/ubuntu/dists/precise/main/… 404 Not Found –  Henno Jul 14 '12 at 8:50
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