One of the problems that we can find when changing the operating system is that we feel uncomfortable when starting to use the new operating system. Most users, especially those without much computer knowledge, know how to defend themselves by the Windows options and menus. Therefore, when trying a Linux distro , and encountering such a drastic change, many feel overwhelmed and do not know how to continue using the new operating system.
One of the best qualities of Linux operating systems is customization. Thanks to the nature of this operating system, users or developers can completely customize and adapt its appearance. This allows some developers to bet on focusing the nature of their distros in favor of usability, imitating the appearance of Windows, as well as their programs and the rest of the elements of the Microsoft operating system that most users are accustomed to.
Next we are going to look at some of the best Linux distros designed to mimic the appearance of Windows .
Best Windows-like Linux distros
Zorin is one of the most popular distros when it comes to replacing Windows with a system similar to this one. This distribution is designed to bring users the best of Linux (security, stability, privacy and performance) as well as a very intuitive and easy-to-use desktop, mixing aspects of both Windows and macOS.
Any user who has ever used Windows will have absolutely no problem using Zorin OS and will feel comfortable right out of the box. In addition, it comes with a series of programs installed by default for
We can download Zorin OS from its website .
Kubuntu (KDE Plasma)
Kubuntu is one of the official Canonical distributions based on Ubuntu. This distro, broadly speaking, may have nothing to do with Windows. However, KDE Plasma, your default desktop (hence the K in the name) is one of the desktops that can best mimic the appearance of Windows, especially Windows 7.
This desktop mimics wallpaper and effects, such as transparencies, to give the distro a personalized touch. Thanks to these effects, together with its launcher (the equivalent of the start menu), the file explorer and the default KDE Plasma applications (LibreOffice, Krita and Firefox to replace Office, Photoshop and Chrome) it is able to look a lot like Windows .
We can download Kubuntu from the following link . We could also substitute Kubuntu for any other KDE Plasma based distro.
Chalet OS is a distro based on Xubuntu (with XFCE desktop) which has modifications to adapt its appearance as much as possible to that of Windows Vista and Windows 7. The start menu, the task bar, the explorer and many other elements are very similar to those of the Microsoft operating system, being a great alternative for those looking for a light, efficient and very simple to use distro.
We can download Chalet OS from its main website . The problem with this distro is that it has not been updated since 2016, although being LTS it still receives security patches.
Freespire was born as a community-maintained free distro based on the Linspire project. However, this distro has been missing for 10 years, until 2018, when the community decided to resume the project to offer users a 100% free alternative to Windows.
Thanks to its KDE Plasma desktop, we can find a distro very similar to Windows, both in the start menu and in the task bar, in the file explorer and the other elements that make up the distro. It also has a series of totally free programs to replace those that are often used in Windows.
We can download Linspire for free from this link .
Linuxfx is probably one of the Linux distros that most blatantly mimics the appearance of Windows 10. This distro uses a lightweight Cinnamon desktop, which has been designed to look like Windows. From the background to the appearance of the taskbar, the explorer and even the applications installed by default (LibreOffice uses the icons and the general appearance of Office) will make many users think that it is a genuine version of Windows, but with all the advantages that a Linux system gives us.
We can download this Linux distro, also known as Windowsfx, from its repository .
Mint does not focus on mimicking the appearance of Windows, as its goal is something else. However, it does have a very important role in facilitating its use for all types of users. It has a taskbar similar to that of Windows, a start menu and a desktop very similar in many respects to which we will surely be familiar.
We can download Linux Mint from its main website .
Robolinux, although not as aesthetically equal to Windows, wants to become one of the easiest to use. For this, in addition to imitating many aspects of Windows (although adapted in their own way), its developers have included within this distro everything necessary to install and use Windows programs as if they were used in the Microsoft operating system. It even allows us to copy the entire C drive from Windows to Linux, so that the directory tree is as familiar as possible.
We can download Robolinux from the following link .
Finally we could not close without talking about Kali Linux. This is not exactly a distro focused on the average user, since its target audience is hackers and security researchers. However, since 2019 this distro has a “Windows mode” called Undercover. This function allows us to convert the appearance of Kali Linux into the classic appearance of Windows 10 in a second.
Very useful especially to avoid attracting attention if we are going to use the distro in public spaces. We can download Kali Linux from your project website .
Fenix OS is one of the Linux distros most similar to other distros that we can find. This Linux is specially designed for the Raspberry Pi (based on Raspbian), but its developer is currently working on a version for PC (still in early development phase) that will be based on Linux Mint.
This distro is capable of almost perfectly mimicking the appearance of Windows (both 95 and XP, 7 and even Windows 10), as well as macOS. In addition, its developer wants to include a series of themes that allow users to forget a bit about Microsoft and Apple and be able to explore other desktop concepts that are more faithful to the Linux philosophy.
We can download Fenix OS for free from here .
Linux Lite is one more distribution specially designed to make the transition from Windows to Linux as smooth as possible. This system offers us an interface very similar to that offered by the Microsoft operating system, as well as a series of standard programs common to Windows users.
This system follows the Unix philosophy when it comes to programming and software selection. An operating system that is very easy to use, lightweight and ready to work with it, to surf the Internet, play multimedia content and much more.
We can download Linux Lite from this link .