Howto: Use Windows 7 desktop themes in Linux

Okay, this one is actually incredibly easy, but still, it was fun when I found out.

Windows 7 is by no means my favourite OS, but in my opinion it has some very “desktop themes”, packs of wallpapers which after install will rotate on your desktop. In Windows, it’s as simple as clicking “Download”, after which the pack will unzip itzelf and show up somewhere in your Appearance settings.

When I downloaded one in Arch, Ark recognised it as a zipfile, but didn’t recognise the .themepack extension. After some googling, I found out that the zip format is actually 7-zip, so simply renaming the extension to 7z does the trick (if you have p7zip installed, of course). KDE and GNOME can do rotating backgrounds too, so the rest should be easy.

Like I said, obvious really, but I liked it.

Latest KDE with a wallpaper from one of the Eastern desktop themes
Latest KDE with a wallpaper from one of the Eastern desktop themes



9 Responses to Howto: Use Windows 7 desktop themes in Linux

  1. Guilherme de Sousa says:

    you’re making me want to change to kde with those screenshots of kde you’ve been showing:P

    I’m a openbox user, and I’ve always hated kde, but I have to admit that 4.3 has amazing look..


  2. Randy says:

    I really like that background you show here, but I cannot locate the “Eastern” theme on the MS site. Can you point me to the right file? Or repost the themepack somewhere? Thanks!

  3. Randy says:

    never mind, found it. In the US it’s labelled “Japan” themepack.

  4. I recently gave kubuntu a go but I couldn’t make it look as shiny as my windows configuration any tips on this one?

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