How to Make Ubuntu Look Like Windows 10 in Seconds
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One of the many strengths of Linux is that you can make it look exactly like you want. If you’re not a fan of something about the default setup, you can change bits and pieces. While you can dive deep and tweak your own custom distro, there are easier theming tools for novices or those who don’t want to invest the time.

Now, there’s an easy way to apply a Windows-styled theme to Ubuntu. Longtime Linux users may scoff at this, wondering why anyone would want to poison the Linux interface with a dose of Windows. But it’s a great way for recent Linux converts to have a more familiar working space, or to provide an introduction to Linux for less tech-savvy family member.

And it’s not exclusively based on Windows 10 — the Taskbar is reminiscent of Windows XP while the Start Menu looks like Windows 7.

On Ubuntu 17.04, UKUI is a free tool that provides many Windows-styled visual tweaks. The Peony file manager looks a lot like the File Explorer from Windows, while it also contains a Start Menu reminiscent of Microsoft’s OS. You’ll also find a familiar System Tray corner with a volume slider and date/time info.

You don’t need to mess with any theme applications or replace system apps to get this theme working. It’s available from Ubuntu Software, or by using the direct download command:

apt://ukui-desktop-environment 

If you try this out and decide you don’t like it, just open a Terminal window and run this command to remove the theme:

sudo apt purge ukui-desktop-environment ubuntukylin-default-settings peony-common

Would you rather make your Linux desktop look like macOS? Check out the easy tweaks to get you there.

What’s your current Linux theme? Would you ever want to make Ubuntu look like Windows? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. john
    August 26, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    How to eanble it is not clear. I had downlaod it, but no where to run apt://ukui-desktop-environment
    and software center only can find file manager and save screen for UIUK, but not uiuk itself

  2. Earl
    April 25, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Why would you want to make an elegant Linux desktop look like Windows?

    • Ben Stegner
      April 25, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      I knew a comment like this was coming. As I mentioned:

      "Longtime Linux users may scoff at this, wondering why anyone would want to poison the Linux interface with a dose of Windows. But it’s a great way for recent Linux converts to have a more familiar working space, or to provide an introduction to Linux for less tech-savvy family member."

      The best reason I can think of is that someone is installing Linux for someone who's not tech-savvy and wants to give them a familiar environment, or wants to ease into using Linux.