How to Make Cinnamon More Like Windows

Get a Windows-like Linux desktop

The Cinnamon desktop is the default desktop environment for Linux Mint. Out of the box, it should immediately feel familiar—but give it a tweak here or there to make Cinnamon look more like Windows.

For the purpose of this article, we used Linux Mint 19.1 with Cinnamon 4.0.10. As long as you're using a release of Mint released within the last year, you shouldn’t have any problem re-producing these results.

How to Download the Basic Windows 10 Cinnamon Theme

Start by adding a Windows 10-like theme. It won’t be an exact match for what you find on Windows, but it's very close.

  1. Visit the Win 10 Theme page.

  2. Select Download, then download either the light or dark theme.

  3. Save the file to your Downloads directory.

  4. After the download completes, open the Downloads directory.

  5. Right-click the downloaded file and select Extract Here.

    Screenshot of the Exract Here menu entry.
  6. Right-click the newly extracted folder and select Copy.

    Screenshot of the Copy menu entry.
  7. Select Home.

    Screenshot of the Home button.
  8. Open the .themes directory. If you don’t see .themes in Home, press Ctrl+H to reveal the hidden directories (directories that begin with a period). If you still don’t see the .themes directory, right-click and select Create New Folder, type .themes then press Enter to accept the new name.

    Screenshot of the Create New Folder menu entry.
  9. Right-click within the .themes directory, then select Paste.

How to Apply Your New Windows 10 Cinnamon Theme

Use the Theme Settings tool to apply the downloaded theme.

  1. Open the Cinnamon menu and type theme.

  2. Select Themes.

  3. For each option, select the theme icon, then select the newly installed Win 10 theme.

    Screenshot of setting the newly-installed theme.

    Apply the theme to everything but Icons and Mouse Pointer, as the theme doesn’t include either icons or a mouse pointer option.

How to Make Your Icons Look Like Windows Icons

The next step is to add a Windows-like icon pack.

  1. Open your browser and visit the B00merang Windows 10 Icon page.

  2. Select the Clone or Download drop-down, then select Download ZIP.

  3. Save the file in your Downloads directory.

  4. Open the Downloads directory, right-click the file, then select Extract Here.

  5. Right-click the newly created directory and select Copy.

  6. Open Home > .icons.

    If the .icons folder doesn’t exist, create one with the same method you created .themes.

  7. Right-click within the .icons directory and select Paste.

  8. Now that you have the icons folder in its proper place, go back to the Themes window and set the Windows-10-master as your icons collection.

How to Use a Windows 10 Wallpaper on Cinnamon

This is the easiest part. All you have to do is search for Windows 10 wallpapers, find a picture you like, then right-click the image and select Set as Desktop Background.

Screenshot of setting a new image as the default wallpaper.