How to Make Ubuntu Look Like Windows 10 in Seconds

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:


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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