Install Windows 7 Aero Theme On Wine


Today I thought I’d share a few screenshots of my Linux Mint desktop, which I got to look kinda like Windows 7. The advantage of doing this is that you might be able to get some users to use Linux Mint if they have an environment they are comfortable in. I will also share how you can do this yourself!

This can be applied to any Cinnamon or GNOME-based desktop! Probably MATE too!


Double-click on one of the 2 youd like to apply for the current or all users. Download all the necessary tools and softwares Download Theme tool. Compatible for both x64 x86 system. Inside Registry Editor copy and paste the folder path below and press Enter. Select the aero and click on the Copy icon on the edit bar. VirtualBox sets Windows 7 to display the basic theme by default, but you can enable Aero themes by installing guest additions and adjusting otherr settings. Oct 08, 2015 Unzip and copy the 'Aero 7' folder and 'Aero 7.theme' and 'Basic 7.theme' files to the following location: C: Windows Resources Themes. Confirm the UAC prompt. Open 'Personalization' from the Desktop context menu or use Winaero's Personalization Panel for Windows 10 app to apply the 'Aero 7' or 'Basic 7' theme and you are done. Please Add A Aero Theme In Windows 10: Dear Microsoft,Can You Add A Aero Theme In Windows 10, Because Some Of Us Dont Want The Modern Style,And Please Bring Back The Windows Media Center:- I Would Be Happy If You Will Add This, But If NotI Will Downgrade My PC To Windows 7.-JenrexPolinag, A Windows 10 User.

You should know that things are called differently on Windows and Linux Mint. Here’s a little dictionary for you:

You should know that you can have multiple panels on Linux Mint, while you can only have one taskbar on Windows.

The Start Menu (Applications Menu)

The “start menu” can be found at the Linux Mint “spices” page here,

or alternatively right-click on the “task bar” (panel) at the bottom, choose “Applets”,

click on the “Download” tab and if asked to download updates, say yes.

Now look for “CinnVIIStarkMenu” in the top right search bar and install it.

Now go back to the “Manage” tab and click on “CinnVIIStarkMenu” and then the plus at the bottom to add it.

Search for the default “Menu” applet and click on it, and then remove it by clicking on the minus at the bottom.

Next you’ll want to place the start menu buttom all the way to the left. To do this, right-click on the “task bar” (panel) and choose “Panel edit mode”, now you can simply click, hold and drag the start button all the way to the left.

Right-click on the “task bar” (panel) again, and uncheck “Panel edit mode”.

The Windows 7 “Aero” Theme

Now, you might have thought: OK but this does not look like Windows 7 yet. That’s right! We now have to install the theme!

In preparation, open a terminal (you can do this by pressing CTRL + ALT + T or looking for it in the applications menu) and enter the following commands:

You can now close the terminal window, but leave the opened folder opened!

Now download the latest release found here and click on “Source code (zip)” to download it. Click the zip file to open it, and drag and drop the Windows-7 folder from the archive into the themes folder we opened previously.

You can now close all the windows we opened.

Now click on the “start menu” and search for “themes” and open it. Now for the following items in the list, you’ll want to click them and then choose the Windows 7 theme: Window borders, Controls, Desktop.

Now it should look more like Windows 7, but there are two things missing: The icons and the cursor. We will do those next!

The Windows 7 icons and cursor

Open a terminal again and type these commands:

Now we will install the Windows 10 icon pack (yes, 10! It works better with the latest Linux Mint version when I tested it)

Download the latest release from here as before and extract it into the icons folder as before. Now repeat this for the cursor pack found here and drag and drop it to the icons folder.

Now again, look for “themes” in the start menu, and this time click on “Icons” and choose Windows-10, and then click on “Mouse Pointer” and choose “aero”.

You can now close all the windows we opened.

Fixing the Start Button

You might have noticed that the Linux Mint icon is over the Windows 7 button icon. To fix this, right-click on the “Start Button”, switch to the “Panel” tab, and click on “Use a custom icon and label” but don’t choose an icon! Then, underneath that, mark the “Text” field and empty it. You can now close that window.


It is effortless and straight forward to make your Linux Mint installation look like Windows 7! This can also be applied to any other Cinnamon or GNOME desktop! I hope this helped you out. Now get some people to use Linux, now that Windows 7 is officially dead!

Lesson 4: Getting Started with Windows 7



You may still be exploring Windows 7, or you may have already purchased the operating system. Either way, we're now going to look at the installation process.
In this lesson, you will review pre-installation preparation and learn how to install Windows 7, along with any accompanying devices and hardware.

Getting started with Windows

If you've used earlier versions of Windows, you may find that Windows 7 is pretty familiar. However, if you're new to Windows you'll need to learn about some of the basics, such as the taskbar, Start menu, and Recycle Bin.

Passive to active voice converter. Watch the video to learn the basics of using Windows.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the Windows desktop.

Date and Time Settings

On the right side of the taskbar, you will see the date and time. There will also be shortcuts to different settings, such as internet settings and sound volume.


The taskbar contains the Start Button, shortcuts to applications, the date and time, and more.

When you open a program or file, it will appear on the taskbar, and you can easily switch between different programs by selecting them on the taskbar.

Recycle Bin

When you delete a file, it is moved to the Recycle Bin. This allows you to recover the file if you change your mind. To permanently delete the file, you will need to empty the Recycle Bin.

Folders on the Desktop

You can keep folders, files, or shortcuts on the Desktop so that they will be easily accessible.

Start Button

Click the Start button to access the Start menu, which lets you access applications, files and settings. You can also use the Start menu to shut down your computer.

Shortcuts on the Taskbar

Some programs will have shortcuts on the taskbar for easy access. In this example, there are shortcuts to Windows Explorer, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox.

Open Folders

When you double-click a folder, it will open in a specialized program called Windows Explorer. This allows you to navigate to the specific folder or file that you want.

Desktop Background

The Desktop background (or wallpaper) allows you to personalize your computer. You can choose a built-in background, or use one of your own images.

Aero features

Windows 7 uses a group of features called Windows Aero. Aero is a visual desktop experience that combines translucent windows, appealing color, and graphics effects with convenient functionality. Aero includes Snap, Peek, Shake, and Flip.

Watch the video to learn how the Aero features work on the desktop.


Snap allows you to resize open windows to make reviewing and comparing easier. The images below show two windows before and after using the Snap feature.

Overlapping windows
  1. Place the mouse at the top of the window, drag to the left or right of the screen, wait for the transparent window to appear, and let go.
  2. Your window should Snap into place.
  3. To return to the full view, Snap the window to the top of the screen.


You can view your open windows on the taskbar by using Peek. Simply scroll the mouse over the taskbar icons, and a thumbnail preview of the open windows will appear.

Aero Peek
  1. Hover the mouse over the windows in Peek, and the full window will appear on your screen.
  2. Click the Peek preview to open the window, or click the X to close the window from the Peek view.


When your desktop is cluttered with open windows, you can use Shake to select a single window and close the rest.

  1. Click on the top of the window you want to focus on and shake your mouse, and the rest of the windows will disappear.
  2. Simply shake the window again, and the closed windows will reappear.
Cluttered screen


Flip and Flip 3D are two ways you can see previews of all your open windows at once. Flip will display previews in a row, and Flip 3D will display them as a stack.

Aero Flip
  1. Press and hold the Alt key, then press Tab to open the Flip view of your open windows.
  2. While still pressing the Alt key, you can flip through open windows by pressing the Tab key.
  3. Stop on the window you want to open, and it will appear on the full screen.
  4. Press and hold the Windows key, then press Tab for a 3D version of Flip.
  5. Use the Tab key or Arrow keys to flip through your open windows.

Instead of holding down the Windows key, you can press Control + Windows key and press Tab. You can then release all of the keys and Flip 3D will stay open.

Taskbar features

Microsoft has improved the taskbar by making it easier to view and access files and windows.

Watch the video to view the improvements to the taskbar.


The taskbar view

When multiple windows are open in a program, the icon will look 'stacked' on the taskbar.

  • Aero Peek will show you a thumbnail of each window when you hover the mouse over the icon on the taskbar.
    Viewing open windows with Aero Peek
  • If you wish, you can change the order of the icons by clicking and dragging the icon to whatever space you desire on the taskbar.

Pin a program to the taskbar

You can Pin programs to the taskbar and access them with a single click of the mouse.

  • To Pin a program, drag it to the taskbar and release.
  • To Unpin a program, simply right-click on the icon and select Unpin.
    Unpinning a program

Access a Jump List

A Jump List is like a mini-menu for a program. It allows quick access to recent files, frequently viewed items, performance tasks, and more. For example, you can select frequently used websites with a simple click from the Internet Explorer Jump List.

  • Right-click an icon to open the program's Jump List.

More taskbar features

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the additional taskbar icons.

Show Desktop button

Hover over the button to Peek at your Desktop or click on the button to clear your Desktop.

Speaker Volume

Action Center

Select to view notifications and access Action Center. A red X will appear on the icon when you have notifications waiting.

Hidden Icons

Select to view additional icons and to customize your Taskbar.

Internet Access

Select to access the Network and Sharing Center to connect to the internet.

Show desktop

To Peek at the desktop without closing windows:

  1. Hover the mouse over the Show desktop button.
  2. The windows will become transparent, allowing you to see the desktop.
    Viewing the desktop
  3. Click the Show desktop button to close the windows.
  4. Click again, and the windows will return.

Action Center

Older versions of Windows had pesky pop-up notifications that appeared whenever there was a security issue or warning regarding an action you were taking. Windows 7 allows you to customize how often you view these notifications through the Action Center. The Action Center icon in the taskbar will allow you to view and take action on any notifications you have received.

Personalize your desktop's background and themes

Windows 7 has some amazing new themes and backgrounds to choose from. They include vivid photography, digital artwork, and Aero themes that use color and glass effects in an appealing way.

Watch the video to review themes and ideas for personalizing your desktop.

Themes and background

In the Search bar of the Start Menu, type and select Personalization. Alternatively, you can right-click the Desktop and select Personalize.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about the options in the Personalization pane.

Screen Saver

Windows 7 offers a variety of screen savers that you can choose and customize.


If you wish, you can change the default sounds for Windows 7.

Window Color

You can choose the color of your windows and taskbar.

Desktop Background

It's easy to change the background image for the Desktop. You can choose from one of Microsoft's many free images or use a photo from your Pictures library. You can also choose to set up a slideshow so that your desktop background frequently changes.

Get More Themes Online

You can download additional themes from Microsoft.

Change Account Picture

You can choose an account picture that will appear whenever you sign in to Windows 7.

Change Desktop Icons

You can choose to change the look and feel of your Desktop icons.

Review and select a desired theme or background. You can search online for more themes by selecting Get more themes online in My Themes.

Sample Digital Animation Theme
Sample Name Brand Theme

Personalize font settings

You can adjust the font settings and ClearType on your desktop based on your preferences.

To change the font:

  1. From the Search bar in the Start Menu, type and select Fonts.
  2. Select the font you desire from the Fonts pane.

To change font size:

  1. Adjust the font size by selecting Change Font Size from the menu on the left of the Fonts pane.
  2. Select the desired font size, and click Apply.
    Changing the font size

Please note that a larger font size may interfere with how some items are displayed on the screen.


You may also adjust the ClearType for your screen. ClearType helps improve the readability of text on LCD monitors and screens.

  • To adjust ClearType, select Adjust ClearType text from the menu on the left of the Fonts pane, and follow the steps for selecting the text that appears the best to you.


Gadgets are programs that run on your desktop so you can see information at a glance. Gadgets can give you information about the weather, date and time, news, traffic, and more.

To add gadgets to your desktop:

  1. Right-click your desktop and select Gadgets.
    Desktop gadgets
  2. Select and drag the gadgets you desire, and place them anywhere you want on the desktop.

Customizing a gadget

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about customizing your gadget.

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Drag Gadget

Use this button to drag and place your gadget onto your computer's Desktop.

Options for customization

Make Gadget larger

Click on this button to change the size of your Gadget.

See the below options pane for an example of how you can change the face and time zone on the Clock gadget.

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Now it's your turn to play. Take some time to explore the themes, customize a few gadgets, and adjust the ClearType on your screen. Practice using the Aero features, and pin your favorite programs to the taskbar. Change your user account picture, and choose a screen saver.

While we covered the major features, there are likely additional ways in which you can personalize your desktop. If you want, open the Appearance and Personalization pane and continue to explore.

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Windows 7 User Account Pictures

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