[Win10] Customize your Windows 10 UI the Linux way

If you ever try out Linux, you might notice the extremely flexible and customizable Desktop Environment of it. Simply put, Desktop Environment is the UI of your system. But why we can only hear it in the world of Linux, but not Mac OSX or Windows? That is because there is no other desktop environment but the official default one. But the good news is, there is a way to customize and apply 3rd party themes to your Windows 10! Follow my steps and give your dull Windows 10 a new life!

  1. Download and install the tool UltraUXThemePatcher. This tool can enable your Windows 10 to read and apply the 3rd party themes. Please notice that Windows 10 TH2 1511 (10.0.10586) is not supported! You need to check your Windows version first, and if your version is below 1511 please update before you install the patch tool.
  2. When you are done, restart your computer and it’s time to search and install the themes you like! I recommend a website called Deviant Art, it also has many other themes for Linux Desktop Environment. I am now using Arc, which is also available for Gnome.
  3. Follow the installation steps and install the themes. Normally, it only requires you to put the theme files to this location: ” C:\Windows\Resources\Themes ” (No quotation marks). After you install it, just go to the Windows “Personalize” page and apply the themes you desire.
  4. Happy customizing folks!

Extra: Win + Tab can cycle through multiple Desktops and opened Programs!

 

 

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