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How can I customize my Ubuntu 12 to look like windows

marked as duplicate by don.joey, Achu, Aditya, Warren Hill, Eric Carvalho Dec 13 '13 at 2:26

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  • Take a look at Xubuntu Desktop. – Mitch Dec 12 '13 at 12:22
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Open your terminal and paste these commands one after one

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win2-7 
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' 
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout 'menu:minimize,maximize,close'

Credit goes here

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Change your theme

Enter this in terminal(ctr+alt+T)

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

You installed Win2-7 theme. to enable it run either one of these

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'

The closest ubuntu like is Xfce

Simply run this in terminal to install and see if it fits you

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

There's another answer explaining this: How to make Latest Ubuntu look like Windows 7

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There are actually quite a lot things you'd have to do to make Ubuntu look like windows. I cannot sum them all up here and they are nicely explained in this post on pcworld.com. That post works on 12.10.

Essentially it includes install icons and a theme and then configuring them:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win2-7 
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'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout 'menu:minimize,maximize,close' 
sudo apt-get autoremove appmenu-gtk appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-qt indicator-appmenu 

You can also use XFCE as a desktop (which is a more drastic change if you are not used to changing desktops on Ubuntu).

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win2-7
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme 'Win2-7-theme'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout 'menu:minimize,maximize,close' 
metacity --replace

You really should read the post linked to above! Your mileage may vary. You should not that the filesystem will of course remain organized as in Ubuntu. Also this only looks like windows.

  • oops you are late my friend – rɑːdʒɑ Dec 12 '13 at 12:28
  • why downvote may i ? – rɑːdʒɑ Dec 12 '13 at 12:33
  • Your answer is copy-paste. You could at least have tried to explain something or add something of your own. Also there is no such thing in AU as 'being late'. But never mind, I'll revert. – don.joey Dec 12 '13 at 12:34

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