How to Make Linux Mint Look Like Windows 7

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How to Make Linux Mint Look Like Windows 7

This is a modified excerpt, taken from the article How to Make Linux Mint Look Like Windows 7, on the OMG! Ubuntu! website, written by Joey Sneddon.

This will help you to switch from the Mint-Y-Dark Theme, created by the Linux Mint Team…

… to the Windows 7 theme, created by the B00merang Project.

Windows 7 Linux Mint Theme

For an accurate looking Linux Mint Windows 7 theme we can turn to the design team at the B00merang Project.

They’ve crafted a competent copy of the Windows 7 UI for the Cinnamon desktop (the theme will also work on other desktops too, with varying results).

Download Windows 7 GTK Theme

Assuming you’re running a recent version of Linux Mint (or a different distro with the Cinnamon desktop installed) your first step is to download the following Windows 7 theme pack:

Download Windows 7 Theme Pack

NOTE: Before clicking on Save, rename the file from Windows-7-master.zip to Windows-7-master-Theme-Pack.zip. Below, you will download an Icon Set zip file with the same name as this file. It will overwrite this file if you do not rename it before saving.

Let the zip file fully download. Using your file manager, locate the file you just got Windows-7-master-Theme-Pack.zip, most probably in your Downloads folder. Using your mouse, right click on the file. A menu will appear. Left click on Extract Here. A Windows-7-master folder will appear.

Open another file manager window. In the second window, open the Home folder. You must have two windows open. One in Downloads and the other in Home.

Inside Home, you should have a .themes folder. To see (or hide) hidden “dot files” you need to press Ctrl+H. Open the .themes folder.

Don’t see a .themes folder inside your Home folder? Go ahead and create one, just remember to include the dot in the beginning of the folder name, and stick to lowercase. Then, open the .themes folder.

Inside the Downloads folder, using the mouse, right click on the extracted folder Windows-7-master. A menu will appear. Left click on Cut. Then, inside the .themes folder, right click on an empty space. A menu will appear. Left click on Paste to install the Windows 7 theme pack. Close the Downloads folder and the .themes folder.

Linux Mint makes it very super easy to change theme. Open the Mint Menu. In your keyboard, type Themes then hit Enter. Set the Windows-7-master theme for Window borders, Controls, and Desktop. After that, close the Themes configuration window.

Download Windows 7 Icon Set

To help round out the Windows 7 look you should use a Windows 7 Icon Set, which B00merang Artwork provides:

Download Windows 7 Icon Set

NOTE: Before clicking on Save, rename the zip file Windows-7-master.zip to Windows-7-master-Icon-Set.zip.

Let the zip file fully download. Using your file manager, locate the file you just got, most probably in your Downloads folder. Using your mouse, right click on the file. A menu will appear. Click on Extract Here. A Windows-7-master folder will appear.

Open another file manager window. In the second window, open the Home folder. You must have two windows open. One in Downloads and the other in Home.

Inside Home, you should have a .icons folder. To see (or hide) hidden “dot files” you need to press Ctrl+H. Open the .icons folder.

Don’t see a .icons folder inside your Home folder? Go ahead and create one, just remember to include the dot in the beginning of the folder name, and stick to lowercase. Then open the .icons folder.

Inside the Downloads folder, using your mouse, right click on the extracted Windows-7-master folder. A menu will appear. Left click on Cut. Then, inside the .icons folder, right click on an empty space. A menu will appear. Left click on Paste to install the Windows 7 Icon Set. Close the Downloads folder and the .icons folder.

Open the Mint Menu. In your keyboard, type Themes then hit Enter. Set the Windows-7-master theme for Icons. After that, close the Themes configuration window.

Using the file manager, go into the Home folder. Using the mouse, left click on an empty space. On the keyboard, press the Ctrl+H keys to hide the “dot folders” and the “dot files”. Close the Home folder.

Finishing touches – Download the Windows 7 Wallpaper

Finally, to seal the deal, you’ll want to download a nice high quality version of the Windows 7 wallpaper to set as your desktop background.

NOTE: Click on the following link to download the wallpaper image into your Downloads folder.

Download Windows 7 Wallpaper

NOTE: Before clicking on Save, rename the file 4531929561_abf5cf4d71_o_d.jpg to Windows-7-Wallpaper.jpg

If you are going to use the Alternate Download link below, then using the mouse, right-click on the link. A menu will appear. Left-click on Save link as… Save the file windows-7-wallpaper.jpg in your Downloads folder.

Alternate Download for Windows 7 Wallpaper

Next, use your file manager to find the downloaded wallpaper image Windows-7-Wallpaper.jpg, most probably in your Downloads folder. When you see the image, use your mouse to right click on top of it. A menu will open. Select Set as Wallpaper… Close the Download folder.

There you have it; a safe and secure Linux Mint system that looks a lot like Windows 7 but, mercifully, isn’t Windows 7!

Thanks to the B00merang Project, you can download the Windows 7 theme, and many other themes, and apply them to Linux Mint.

Desktop Themes by B00merang Project on GitHub.

Icon Artwork by B00merang Artwork on GitHub.

If you want to switch from Windows to Linux Mint, and need help to make it look like Windows, you may contact me and I will gladly help you, according to my schedule in the calendar.

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