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How to make Linux Mint 14/ 13 (Cinnamon) look like Windows 7

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How to make Linux Mint 14/ 13 (Cinnamon) look like Windows 7

Postby Brahim » Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:11 pm

1- Download and install plymouth-theme-seven for i386 at and for amd64 at
then set it as your default splash screen. If you don't know how to do it go to

2- Get Windows 7 Basic light 1.0 at and Win7 menu emulator 1.0 at 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 To install Windows 8 Cursors decompress it in ~/.icons.
4- 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 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:
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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:

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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 and install it following this tutorial

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


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


Enjoy Windows 7 :D

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