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Brahim
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 How to make Linux Mint 14/ 13 Cinnamon/ Mate look like Windows 7


I- On Linux Mint 13/14 Cinnamon:

1- Download and install plymouth-theme-seven for i386 athttps://launchpad.net/~plymouth-themes/+archive/ppa/+build/2899922 and for amd64 at https://launchpad.net/~plymouth-themes/+archive/ppa/+build/2906499
then set it as your default splash screen. If you don't know how to do it go to http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1149

2- Get Windows 7 Basic light 1.0 at http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/themes/view/108 and Win7 menu emulator 1.0 at http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/applets/view/84. To install Windows 7 Basic light 1.0 decompress it in ~/.themes. To install Win7 menu emulator 1.0 decompress it in ~/.local/share/cinnamon/applets.

3- Download and install Windows 8 cursors at http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Windows+8+cursors?content=155025. To install Windows 8 Cursors decompress it in ~/.icons.
4- Download Windows 7 logo (png file) and scale it (Put the Width and Height 40 pixels). Then place it in your home folder (It would be better to make it a hidden file. Then go to Cinnamon Settings- Menu- Menu icon and choose the new logo . Then remove the Menu text.

5- Download a Windows 7 default wallpaper and set it as desktop background.

6- Install Windows GTK theme by running interminal the foloowing commands:

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



then enable the Windows 7 theme and icons by running:

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'


You can change the window theme from Cinnamon Settings.

7- Go to Cinnamon Settings- panel and check "use custom panel size..." and "allow Cinnamon to scale panel text..." then set the bottom panel height to 35 pixels.

8- Download Windows sound scheme http://linuxmint-art.org/content/show.p ... ent=158018 and install it following this tutorial http://www.faqforge.com/linux/change-st ... x-mint-13/

9- Install Screenlets by runnig:
sudo apt-get install screenlets

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If you want to install Extra Screenlets, you can install using PPA copy the following commands in the Terminal:
 
sudo apt-get install screenlets-pack-all


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II-On Linux Mint 13/14 Mate:

1- Download and install plymouth-theme-seven for i386 at https://launchpad.net/~plymouth-themes/ ... ld/2899922 and for amd64 at https://launchpad.net/~plymouth-themes/ ... ld/2906499
then set it as your default splash screen. If you don't know how to do it go to http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1149

2- Download and install Windows 8 cursors at http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/ ... ent=155025. To install Windows 8 Cursors decompress it in ~/.icons.
3- Download Windows 7 logo (png file) and scale it (Put the Width and Height 24 pixels). Then place it in your home folder (It would be better to make it a hidden file. Then go

4- Download a Windows 7 default wallpaper and set it as desktop background.

5- Install Windows GTK theme by running interminal the foloowing commands:
 
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win2-7



then enable the Windows 7 theme and icons by running:

 

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'






Note: If you want to use emerald install it here http://www.webupd8.org/2013/05/how-to-install-emerald-in-ubuntu-1304.html and get Windows 7 window decorator theme at http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Who+Needs+Windows+7+??content=105399



6- Install DockBarX:
In Windows 7, frequently used programs can be pinned to the taskbar (hence called Superbar). Likewise, DockBarX, a new applet can now be added to the MATE panel of Linux Mint to achieve almost the same effect to pin and unpin or launch the applications from the panel.

1- Go to this page to download the Debian package for DockBarX: http://ge.tt/8xY6LXG/v/01
2- Double-click the downloaded file to install.
3- Log out and log back into the system, then right click the panel and click “Add to Panel”.
Select the DockBarX Applet and click "Add".

When you run an application in the next log-in session, an icon will appear in the DockBarX on the panel. You can then right-click the icon to pin the application to the DockBarX or vice versa.

7- Make Windows Borders Transparent:


a- On Linux Mint 13:

To get started, install gconf-editor by running following commands in the terminal:

 
sudo apt-get install gconf-editor


Now, you can launch gconf-editor from Unity Dash. You can also launch it by pressing ALT + F2 key combination and running gconf-editor as a command.

Once gconf-editor is launched, click on apps –> gwd on its left panel and then navigate to metacity_theme_active_opacity entry to make border of active window only transparent and metacity_theme_opacity entry to make border of all windows transparent.

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Since, we are making all windows borders transparent we will decrease the opacity values of both the entries. In this way, we can make borders of active windows as well as all other windows transparent.

To decrease opacity level of a entry, we have to double click the entry. A Edit key dialog appears. In the Value section, decrease the value. Here in the screenshot below , we have decreased the value from 1 to 0.4 .

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Now, you can see that the windows borders have become transparent and they appear blurred

a- On Linux Mint 14:

nstall dconf-editor by running following commands in the terminal:


sudo apt-get install dconf-editor



then navigate to dconf-editor --> org --> compiz --> gwd and do as you did on Linux Mint 13



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8- Download Windows sound scheme http://linuxmint-art.org/content/show.php/Windows+7+sound+scheme+?content=158018 and install it following this tutorial http://www.faqforge.com/linux/change-st ... x-mint-13/ and check this tutorial to restore login sound after enabling automatic login: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=130454#p706026


11- Install Screenlets by runnig:

 
 sudo apt-get install screenlets


If you want to install Extra Screenlets, you can install using PPA copy the following commands in the Terminal:


 
 sudo apt-get install screenlets-pack-all
 

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Tags: LinuxMint-Windows-theme-Cinnamon-install-download
Created: 1 year ago.
Last edited: 11 months ago.
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Comments
7 months ago

STOLLFACE
I am installing this theme cause most of the people here only know windows. We are changing over to linux and don't want to culture shock them. Instead we want them to believe they are using windows (most here don't know more then the start menu and word) but instead are using linux. Making my life easier. So why would I change mint to windows themes, easy most don't know linux but are comfortable with windows. Give and take, give and take.  
7 months ago

Doruletz
Why in the world would you wanna make Linux look like that piece of crap Window$ ??? What a waste of time and energy...
Better concentrate on making Window$ act like Linux...
 
9 months ago

jahid_0903014

don't like windows themes in linux mint.i like linux mint for linux mint.
 
1 year ago

Malsasa
It will help many Windows users migrating to Linux, I think.  
1 year ago

Brahim
@informaticsmith

You can use DockBarX to have multiple windows of the same applications grouped together similar to Windows
 
1 year ago

informaticsmith
Oh, and how rude; thanks for the excellent post.  
1 year ago

informaticsmith
There's one thing that I do like about Windows 7 that I would like to accomplish on my Mint 15 box. How can the window titles be removed from the panel when minimized? I just want to see the icon for the window; the title takes up too much space. If possible, I would also like to have multiple windows of the same applications grouped together similar to Windows. Other than that, there isn't anything I'd change.  
1 year ago

Infinite_Waffle
thanks, very helpful...I don't know why everyone is hating. Windows look isn't really for me, but I have linux installed on my mom's computer and she is older and I wanted to make the change into windows as easy as possible. I need it to be linux so I know how to fix it when problems come up. Thanks again. Got everything to work except for how the windows look in the panel, they don't show up as those boxes. still great!  
1 year ago

Qruqs
Ew!!!!!!!! >P  
1 year ago

Senol
Excellent, many thanks
 
1 year ago

jamesloon
Is there a way you could make a video tutorial for this it would be a lot eassyer to follow because to activate alot of this I had to find settings myself that were not specified  
1 year ago

Brahim
For transparency try this theme http://cinnamon-spices.linuxmint.com/themes/view/176  
1 year ago

gnomezgrave
Hi,
And.... How to reset this changes..??
 
1 year ago

gnomezgrave
Hi,
I am using Mint 14.

I tried this, but didn't work.
I get the icons & cursors with dialog windows somewhat like win7. But no transparency at all.
And the start menu applet is not shown when I add it.
(How to get the win7 task bar?)

And menus dont have a smooth finish either. Also, texts & images in toolbars are not aligned well.

What is wrong here??

Help me..
 
1 year ago

sofia
This seems to be a joke only!

It did not work for me at all.
I asked Mr. "Brahim" for help but no answers yet.

I wish I had not seen this page.
I am not sure whether this thing would ever work for anyone!!!
 
1 year ago

Tassadar
Hi all,

First of all I want to thank Brahim for the great job.

I'm a total newcomer to Linux and I have no idea of if. I've download plymouth-theme-seven and follow the steps indicated on link, and also have download:

-Windows 7 Basic light 1.0
-Win7 menu emulator 1.0
-Windows 8 Cursors

I've uncompress the three but I don't know how to install.

Anyone can help me? Keep in mind i'm total newcomer to Linux.

Thanks in advance!
 
1 year ago

Hammer459
Why would I want Linux to look like Winblows?
And More importantly... Tutorials is not the place to showcase different themes. Tutorials is where you describe how to do complicated or unusual things in Linux
 
1 year ago

BillV
prefer Linux to Windows and wonder why screw up a great distro like Mint too by emulating W7? but then, this is interesting reading here and especially like mitsuzero's comment  
1 year ago

mitsuzero
im have a internet cafe and this, work perflecty to the user they dont know that what is using is linux :), no worries, one the FREE part is.... we personally decide the look of the DE....  
1 year ago

michelsaey
I'm not using Linux for a Windows look ;)
 
1 year ago

nitindahiya
why anyone wants their good looking mint to change to seven??  

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