5 Best Linux Distros looks like Windows 7/10/XP Interface

Why is the Windows operating system popular among us? It is because of ease of usage, availability of software and tools, and graphical user interface to perform any task. But everything comes at some price, no doubt the Windows is really an easy to use OS but lag somewhere behind in terms of security and customization. On the other hand, the Linux is open source, free to use, can customize highly, and very secure too. If you are new in the Linux world and confused with lots of Linux distributions, that which one you have to choose and which not. Then this article would help you. Because users those are moving from Windows operating system are much familiar with its interface and definitely want something like in Linux too. There are a couple of Windows alternative in Linux those almost looks similar to Windows and help the users a lot to get familiar with Linux’s strange world.  So today, I will introduce several such Linux distributions those desktop environment is very similar to the Windows systems, let’s get started!

Note: If you think you know any better Linux OS than those mentioned in the article, please let us know…

Here is the list of best Windows like Linux distributions with a similar interface for beginners

Linux Mint

Linux Mint best Linux alternative for Windows interface

The first very popular Windows like Linux distribution I would like to introduce to you is the ” Linux Mint Operating System“.  When you decide to use a Linux system instead of a Windows system, you should have heard of the Linux Mint distribution in some places. Most of the websites recommend the Linux Mint as Windows the best WIndows look like an alternative operating system to beginners. It is Ubuntu based and like the Ubuntu system, Linux Mint is recognized as one of the best Linux distributions. They also provide LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) which is based on Debian. The Linux Mint system is known for its simple, easy-to-use, powerful Cinnamon desktop environment. Cinnamon is very easy to use, and you can use a variety of desktop themes, icon libraries, desktop widgets, and application components to configure the Linux Mint system to be the same as the Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 system. Cinnamon is also one of the most popular desktop environments in Linux. You will love this easy-to-use, most stable and powerful desktop environment.

  • License: Free & Opensource
  • Linux Mint latest version download Link 
  • Linux mint minimum system 19 requirements
    • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended for a comfortable usage).
    • 15GB of disk space (20GB recommended).
    • 1024×768 resolution (on lower resolutions, press ALT to drag windows with the mouse if they don’t fit in the screen).

Zorin OS

Zorin Linux alternative to Windows

The Zorin OS operating system is also a very popular Linux distribution that can be used to replace Windows 7 systems. Its start menu and taskbar are very beautiful, the overall interface is beautiful and vibrant, and it is also very good in terms of speed and stability. If you like Windows 7 instead of Windows 10, then Zorin OS will be your best choice. Zorin OS also pre-installs a lot of software including Wine to run Windows software on Linux, so it means this is the Linux that runs windows programs, without the hotchpotch of Wine installation.

The interface style of its gorgeous imitation Windows 7 system is even more impressive. Try it out boldly. Zorin OS is translated into over 50 languages. This Windows like Linux includes multiple themes full office suite to professional photo editing software.

  • License: Free & Open source
  • Zorin OS download link.
  • Zorin os minimum system requirements
    • Zorin OS 12 standard
      • CPU 1 GHz Single Core
      • RAM 1.5 GB
      • Storage 10 GB (Core) or 20 GB (Ultimate)
      • Display 800 × 600 resolution
    • Zorin OS Lite
      • CPU 700 MHz Single Core
      • RAM 512 MB
      • Storage 8 GB
      • Display 640 × 480 resolution

 

Robolinux

Robolinux, windows stealth-vm-installer

The Robolinux operating system is another Linux distribution with a Windows operating environment (Wine) embedded. It allows users to run Windows applications on a Linux system, so you no longer have to worry about your favorite Windows applications being unusable on Linux systems. In the Robolinux system, this feature is called “Stealth VM” that easily let you run Windows within the OS virtually. It has one-click installer for Window 10, 7 & XP.  At the same time, the Robolinux system also includes several other desktop environments, you can choose a desktop environment according to your preferences. There is also a tool in this system for a full backup of the C drive that won’t let you lose any files. Very unique, right?

  • License: Free & Open source
  • Robolinux download link.
  • System Requirements
    • 2GB RAM and 20 GB or more storage if you are planning to use Windows VM

ChaletOS

Windows 10 alternative Linux with similar interface

Has anyone used the ChaletOS operating system? This is one of the Linux distributions that are closest in appearance to the look and feel of the Windows’ interface, same icons, and style. The screenshot above is the result of the Windows 10 icon and theme package. After using this theme package, the desktop of ChaletOS can be made the same as the Windows 10 interface. Some pre-installed applications can also help you better use the ChaletOS system. In the process of using it, you seem to be back in the familiar Windows world. The screenshot above actually made my friends believe that it was true. Give a try to this Windows-like Linux distro, you will definitely like this release.

 

  • License: Free & Open source
  • ChaletOS download link.
  • ChaletOS minimum system requirements
    • CPU: 1GHz+
    • RAM: 512MiB+ for Desktop / LiveCD – 768MiB recommended
    • Hard drive space: 8GB
    • Graphics card and monitor capable of 1024×768 resolution

Kubuntu


When we talk about the Linux distribution for a beginner that also look like Windows then how we can we forget the Kubuntu. The clean and sleek interface of the Kubuntu is really adorable.  It developed by a worldwide community of developers and can be a best free and open-source alternative to Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.  Kubuntu is an Ubuntu-based Linux operating system that combined with beautiful looking Plasma desktop environment. It comes with pre-installed applications to full fill most of our daily requirements. It includes productivity, office, email, graphics, photography, and music applications. For example, Firefox, Kmail, LibreOffice, Gwenview and more, the best part is it has the Discover software center to install the software with one click.

The benefit of the Kubuntu is it built using the Qt toolkit that gives it a sleek look and mobile-ready. Anyone can easily access this Linux desktop from Phone or Tablet just by installing the KDE connect from Google play store.

  • License: Free & Open source
  • Kubuntu download link.
  • Kubuntu minimum system requirements
    • Processor 2 GHz dual-core (x86)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard drive capacity 25 GB
    • Video card VGA @ 1024×768

Windows look like Linux distribution or operating system: Verdict

To neutralize the perplexion of Linux beginners, I tried to make this Windows-like Linux distribution list as comprised as with only the best available options from my point of view. However, if you have some proficiency in Linux you can customize any Linux distro to look exactly like Windows 10/7/XP.  There are also some Linux distributions with the great user interface or desktop environment that are not mentioned in this article. If you want to know about them here it is 10 Top Most Beautiful Linux Distros or Operating systems. I hope that you will come up with the comments below to help our new friends make the right choices in the process of choosing a Linux distribution.

These five operating systems are the most widely used Linux distributions for new users from Windows to Linux, and of course, Elementary OS systems but that not look like a Windows that’s why it is not in the list. Which version you want to install is entirely up to you. In most cases, the Linux Mint operating system has always been the leader for Windows like Linux category. If you are just entering the world of Linux, I suggest you start with the Linux Mint system. Take action, install a Linux system of your choice, and move forward to become a member of the Linux open source world.

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9 thoughts on “5 Best Linux Distros looks like Windows 7/10/XP Interface”

  1. Rather than an OS or desktop that LOOKS like classic Windows, I am looking for one that WORKS and FEELS like Windows. I am talking about stuff like
    * mouse/window behavior – the way the mouse pointer moves and feels, and how it grabs windows (the parts of each window that are draggable, stretchable, clickable, etc.)

    * start button / search box / run command / windows key behavior – being able to press the Windows key and just start typing in the search box, and pressing Windows+R for the Run command box

    * keyboard navigation – keyboard equivalents for EVERYTHING, which are the exact same as Windows

    * keyboard shortcuts – all the same navigation & explorer shortcuts as windows (F2 to rename, F5 to refresh, F1 for help, backspace to open the window one level up (or previously opened window), arrow keys & tab keys to navigate items in a window, CTRL+V CTRL+C CTRL+X clipboard commands, etc. etc.

    * quick launch toolbar and taskbar like classic windows (and same interface to customize these)

    * Etc.

    Is there a Linux OS (preferably a portable USB one like Puppy Linux) that has these features?

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    • No, there is no distro which is exactly a replica of Windows because it will totally dissect the gist of having a Linux OS.

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    • Q4OS is the closest you’ll get. But you also have to download and install “XPQ4” – “Windows look’n feel for your Q4OS desktop”

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  2. I’m looking to create a Linux Environment on a USB, so I can stop carrying a PC and just use whatever is available, but booting of my USB, my enviroment will remain familiar.
    I’m a windows user, so I guess I’d like to stay near that, for familiarity. I tried UBUNTU but couldn’t get my head around it.. Liking the look of Puppy and Mint, but 8gb USB is my current MAX – although I have ordered from PRC a new 32GB USB, but the world could self detroy before that makes it way here by post.

    Any strong sugggestions.. Article is great and clear, but my space limit is the restricter

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  3. From my little experience on Linux, and considering that there are hundreds of Linux distros but we can not try them all (I tried around 40) for portable work, installed on a USB PEN or running from CD, I suggest “Puppy Xenial” distro. To install, I recommend the “Linux Lite” distro or the “Mint” distro, but there are around a few Linux that look more like Windows. Unfortunately I do not have spare time to deepen this subject and only from time to time I dive into it. So this is just a suggestion. Linux is not as friendly as Windows neither for file exploring tree folders, nor to install extra programs. I use Windows 7 but occasionally, I use an installed “Linux Lite” and added 32 bits Opera 45 (If you have installed a 64 bit OS use Opera 46) as it is an excellent browser. They are in separate HD, installed independently from scratch from DVD installation media, one in IDE the other on SATA and I choose from which HD I want to boot. This way I can even remove any one of the HD with no booting problems as they are totally independent. One does not know that the other exists! Good luck, keep Well.

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  4. You may not have written the headline ……..

    But many of us are trying to escape from Microsoft because of Windows 10 ….
    …..compounding unnecessary and unproductive changes since XP with its minimalist, flat, white interface, barely visible thin grey lines making navigation harder, nagging, interconnecting everything …. changing default behaviours and hiding previous ones ….etc.

    So it would be very helpful if Win-like distros could be tagged with the relevant “XP”, “7”, “10” or whatever.

    Recently I added Mint-Mate .. and I’m struggling to find much similarity with XP or even 7.

    Any pointers to a Distro closest to XP Classic would be appreciated.

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    • Hello Friends, as a hobby, I’ve been refurbishing and regifting (meaning no charge) computers to kids, vets, moms, schools, etc.. for some years now. I would load Windows XP in its day, and until recently Windows 7.

      But now I’ve found that manufacturers REALLY do want old hardware retired and have taken their drivers offline and it’s very, very difficult to get machines to full usefulness without their drivers. As a result, I have an inventory that — if I stick with Windows — is all destined for the scrap heap rather than under some poor kids desk.

      I’ve been experimenting with lightweight versions of LINUX (Chalet, Zoran, Linux XP) and currently have Lunbuntu 18.04 LTS loaded, with Windows XP / 7 themes and icons loaded for familiarity.

      But I have to echo the sentiments of poster @modscijun, what is wanted is a Linux OS that uses the commands and look and feel (as much can be done without running into legal problems) as Windows XP / Windows 7, as possible.

      My biggest beef with Linux is that so many commands are so esoteric, and assistance often so grudging, that after having mastered decades of Windows, even trying to perform a basic operation within Linux is daunting. It’s like having a stroke and having to learn to use a spoon again.

      My next plan is to try Linux Lite (whichever is the latest LTS distro that is still working in 32 bit), and then add more user-friendly Windows themes and icons. It also looks like I will have to start providing a mini operational manual with each new (refurbished) machine.

      So, I welcome constructive guidance in finding the most Windows-user-friendly, most lightweight Distro to bring new life to older machines. It could mean difference between working machines for moms, kids, vets, etc… and more toxic landfill.

      Thank you.

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  5. As of July 11th 2020?…the most “Windows-centric” distro out there is called “Linuxfx…(or some will see it as Windowsfx!) either way?…none of these on this list get as close as THAT one does!! Look for it on DistroWatch!…should be listed there by now.

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