Make Linux Mint look like Windows

(orginal post: https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/1173)

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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