Hi everyone, in this article we will show you how to make Windows 11 look like Ubuntu. Windows 11 includes many built-in customization options. You can easily change the wallpaper, accent colors, fonts, and even the style of icons. But even after these changes, Windows still looks like, well, Windows. What if you want to make Windows look like Linux? So without further delay, let’s get started.
One of the best things about Windows is the ability to customize its appearance to your heart’s content. With the release of Windows 11 just a day away, users are heavily customizing Windows Explorer and other elements of the user shell experience. If you’re a fan of Ubuntu and want Windows 11 to look like Ubuntu from the 2010s, here’s how to do it.
How to theming Windows 11 like Ubuntu
Step 1: download the necessary files
- First things first, grab all the necessary files. There are four things you need to download. But don’t worry, we’ll go through them one by one so you know exactly what to do:
- First of all, download Ultra UX Theme Patcher. Clicking on this link will take you to the Manuel Hoefs website hosting the theme patch. Click on UltraUXThemePatcher at the top.
- Then click on UltraUXThemePatcher under “Download”.
- Once the download is complete, proceed to the next file to download.
- This is the Ubuntu theme that will make Windows 11 look like Ubuntu, or at least most of its components. Download the KOZ theme here.
- You will need a DeviantArt account to download this theme, so be sure to sign up and log in if you haven’t already. Scroll down and click the Download icon below the screenshots.
- This will download the theme as a zip file.
7TSP Icon Patcher
- This is necessary to patch the icons found within the KOZ theme above. Download the 7TSP Icon Patcher here.
- Again, click the Download icon below the screenshots.
- The file will download as a zip file.
Old Explorer New
- This is necessary to modify Explorer features to look like Windows 7 and then the theme will further patch Explorer to look like Ubuntu. Download the OldNewExplorer here.
- Click the Download Now button on the page linked above.
Step 2: Install the Ultra UX Theme Patch
- Next, we will install UltraUXThemePatcher. Simply double-clicking it may not work and Windows will display a “Windows protected your PC” message and will not allow you to run it.
- To avoid this, right-click the configuration file and click Properties.
- On the “General” tab, next to “Security” at the bottom, you will see the Unlock option. Make sure there is a mark next to it. Then click OK.
- Now you can double click on the executable to run the installation. Follow the onscreen prompts and install UltraUXThemePatcher.
Step 3: Unzip the ‘Ko-Z’ zip and apply the theme
- Now go to the folder location where the ‘Ko-Z’ zip file was downloaded. Then unzip it using a file archiver. If you don’t have one, right-click on the file and select Extract All.
- Click Extract.
- After the files are extracted, double click on the ‘ko-Z’ folder.
- Then double click on the ‘Windows 10 Themes’ folder.
- Copy all the files in this folder. An easy shortcut is to press Ctrl + A to select everything, and then press Ctrl + C to copy the files.
- Now navigate to the following address:
- C: Windows Resources Themes
- Paste the files here (press Ctrl + V). You will be asked to provide admission permits. Check the “Do this for all current items” box, then click Continue.
- After the files are pasted, press Win + I to open Settings and click Personalization in the left pane.
- On the right, scroll down and click Themes.
- Here, you will see a lot of topics. But the ones we have copied will not have a preview. Select the last theme without preview (this is the main theme ‘Ko-Z’).
- Once the theme is applied, make sure it says “Ko-Z” next to “Custom Theme”.
Step 4: Unzip the ‘7tsp GUI’ zip and apply the icons
- The icon pack is available in the same ‘Ko-Z’ theme folder that we extracted in the previous step. But we have to make a small change to make sure it is recognized. So go back to the ‘Ko-Z’ folder and double click on the ‘Icon Packs’ folder.
- Then go to the ‘7TSP 1903 builds or newer’ folder.
- Now right click on the ‘7TSP’ file and click on the renaming icon.
- Remove the ‘.remove’ at the end and hit Enter. When prompted, click Yes.
- This will convert this to a file. It is not necessary to unzip this file and we will come back to it later. Instead, unzip the previously downloaded ‘7tsp gui’ zip file (use a file archiving application or right-click the file and select ‘Extract all’ as shown above).
- Once extracted, right click on the ‘7tsp GUI’ file and click rename.
- Change the ‘ee’ at the end to ‘exe’, then hit Enter. When asked to confirm, click Yes.
- Now run this executable file.
- Click Yes.
- This will open the ‘Se7en Theme Source Patcher’. Click Add a custom package.
- Now navigate to the ‘7tsp’ zip file we renamed earlier in the ‘Icon Packs’ folder, select it, and click Open.
- Click Start patching.
- Then click Yes.
- You will have to wait a long time for the process to finish. Once completed, you will be asked to reboot your system. Click Yes.
Step 5: change registry files to get folder icons
- After the reboot, you will see the changes applied to most of the icons. However, the folder icons would remain the same. That’s because this particular icon pack doesn’t change the thumbnail folder view. To change this, we have to run a registry fix.
- There is already a file that can do this for you in the ‘Icon Packs’ folder within the ‘Ko-Z’ folder that we unzipped earlier. Navigate to it and then double-click the disable_folder_thumbs.reg file.
- Click on Run.
- Click Yes.
- Click OK.
Step 6: Update the icons with the 7 tsp GUI
- Run the 7tsp GUI again.
- Click Restore.
- With “Restore system files modified to before 7tsp was used” selected (first option), click New icons.
- Click Yes.
Step 7: apply wallpaper
- The wallpapers are available in the ‘Wallpaper MODS’ folder within the ‘Ko-Z’ folder.
- Choose a wallpaper, right-click on it and select Set as desktop background.
Step 8: Unzip OldNewExplorer
- Finally, we have to unzip and apply the old Explorer that we downloaded previously. Right-click on OldNewExplorer.zip and select Extract All.
- Then click Extract.
- After the files are extracted, run ‘OldNewExplorerCfg.exe’.
- In the OldNewExplorer settings window, select the following three options under ‘Appearance’:
- Hide caption text in File Explorer windows.
- Hide the caption icon in File Explorer windows.
- Hide button (go to main folder).
- Then click Install.
- Your Ubuntu theme is now complete.
- We hope you were able to get the Ubuntu theme on Windows 11 with the help of the guide above.
We hope you like our article about how to make Windows 11 look like Ubuntu. Unlike Windows, Linux offers a lot of customization options. You can choose from a variety of themes, color combinations and desktop applications. You can even find ready-made solutions for Linux systems that look like Windows. So, if you like our article, share it with others.