How To Make Windows 7 Look Like Linux With Gnome Skin Pack

I previously covered the Ubuntu Skin Pack, which is designed to give  Windows 7 desktop the Ubuntu look. Recently, the same developer has created a more comprehensive Linux transformation pack for Windows 7, known as the Gnome Skin Pack. The installation of this transformation pack is quite easy and can be performed by following a simple installation wizard. Complete installation instructions are given below.

Note: Please bear in mind that such transformation packs can be difficult to uninstall and may not be undone by using system restore. Before installing the Gnome Skin Pack, make sure that you have  a backup for your computer. Also make sure that UAC (User Account Control) is disabled. For complete uninstallation instructions of such Skin Packs, see my post:  How To Uninstall A Windows Transformation Pack Skin.

Step 1: Launch the setup file to start the installation process. The first part of the wizard displays general guidelines, Click Next to continue.

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Step 2: Accept the terms and conditions.

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Step 3: Select quick installation or click custom to remove some options such as disabling theSkin Pack page as your default home page (the start page for your browser), click Next to continue.

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Step 4: Now, select installation features, such as the UXTheme Patch, files and other extra items.You may optionally uncheck some of these items before proceeding further. Click Install to start the installation of the skin pack.

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Once this skin pack is installed, your Windows 7 desktop will get the Linux (Gnome) look. See below screenshots for a demonstration.

Start Screen

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Lock Screen


Gnome Skin Pack

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