With Windows 8 taking computing to the next level, most users are compelled to move to a simpler and customizable operating system – Linux.

With that said, the degree of customization with Ubuntu, a popular distro, is at a level where it can be made to look like earlier versions of Windows, making it easy for the user to work on a computer just as before.

With Ubuntu’s latest release being 12.10 and with Unity as its desktop, it must be said that it isn’t the most flexible desktop available yet it is possible to give users that Windows look by running a few commands from the Linux terminal.

If you’re new to Linux and Ubuntu, you’ll probably be scared of using the terminal but you won’t have to do much other than copying the commands from this post and hitting the ‘Enter’ key.

First off, hit the ‘Super’ key and a window (known as the terminal) will pop up. In order to make Ubuntu 12.10 look and work like Windows, we’ll have to install a package, and in this case, Windows 7 theme pack.

So, here is what you need to enter at the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install win2-7

Now that the Windows theme is installed, now it’s time to enable the widget, icon and window border theme, and for this, you’ll have to enter other commands while hitting the ‘Enter’ key each time.

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme ‘Win2-7-theme’
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences theme ‘Win2-7-theme’
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface icon-theme ‘Win2-7-icons’

You can use Firefox for Ubuntu to find a copy of the desktop wallpaper for Windows and right-click so as to set it as your new Desktop Background too.