Creating Windows 10 Environment replica in Linux
When this tutorial was originally posted I copied it to a html file onboard my pc just in case the developers were forced to change the page. I host none of the links to the OS , I have merely posted a tutorial to install a Linux OS with a few language corrections, and how to make it look like Windows.
That is, If you want too.
With that much said and without further ado, here we go.
This is the Lite 4.8 desktop with the Windows 10 background. You can change the backgrounds. Lite comes with a Welcome background of many languages and we have changed it to Windows 10 by adding it to the Pictures folder, then selecting it as background using the Desktop Settings. This desktop is far superior in every respect to Windows 10. This is not Microsoft it is now Windows 12 Lite.
This uses the Lite 4.8 LTS desktop and the Feather wallpaper as a background which we change to Windows 10 wallpaper. We show you how to make desktop slide show that cycle through the wallpapers changing with a preset time.
Lite’s 4.8 desktop is designed for those who migrate from Windows 7 with the Lite background. You just add it to your pictures then select it as background using System settings.
All the problems of the poor operating system are solved with Windows 12 Lite 4.8 a really great operating system.
It can also be a replacement for Windows 10 you can dual boot with Windows 10 and you will have a far better operating system this is one of the worlds fastest and best. If you just have Windows you can install on the whole disk or choose to boot alongside your Windows.
Here you choose which operating system to boot with on this screen. This will be the very first screen you will see every time you start your dual boot system. If you do not automatically select a choice in 15 seconds then Windows 10, which is the primary partition, will be booted up.
If you want to make space for the installation and set the size by resizing a partition, or you want to add other operating systems as well then you choose first to install Lite as a live version. You then can modify your partitions by selecting the Menu and settings then run NTFS partitions which uses Gparted.
You can search Google or Youtube for Gparted videos.
If the hard drive already has Windows installed, continue here.
When installing you have choices so you should choose Start Linux Lite. This installs in ram a Live version. You may use it as you usually do to find out how good the operating system so set your WiFi up start Firefox and enter in the address bar webhouses.co.uk/lite to come back to this page.
You can test it out by following all the procedures outlined below. Or use the Office to make documents and add photos in your Pictures folder. Remember though, your work is only in your ram and will disappear when you click on the Installer icon to start the installation. If you want to restore them after installation save the folders to a USB Flash or a Read Write DVD.
With Lite there is no need to buy anti-virus programs to help save you from the perils of Microsoft Windows. Anyway most experts say they are only 20% effective. You generally have to pay for software to run on Windows on this distro you can download more than 80,000 plus free programs through the software manager almost all superior than Windows equivalents.
We suggest you use this as it is the best operating system for Windows 7 users who want to have another similar desktop. It is the Windows 12 Lite 4.8 operating system. It is ideal also for older laptops and desktops. This desktop is chosen as it is very similar to Windows 10 with the panel at the bottom just like Windows and a Feather Menu icon replacing the Windows icon on the left of the bottom panel. Just like Windows clicking on this Feather Menu icon gives a Menu of programs. All the best programs are pre-installed on this smart intuitive desktop.
This traditional desktop similar to a Windows 10 Desktop is really easy to use and you can learn many of the powerful features in about five minutes. It has many features that Windows does not have. It is three times faster than Windows and for gamers it has a much higher definition and smoother. It is best installed alongside Windows on your hard drive as a dual boot allowing you to choose which operating system you want to use. When you click on Lite on the start screen it is really fast booting in 20 seconds on modern machines with SSD drives.
When you have tested the Live version you should be ready to install it now to your hard drive. You must first decide on whether you want to dual boot. This is the best option if you want to keep your Windows. When you duel boot you can save all your files from your Windows to your Lite desktop. You will see your Windows drive on the desktop so you can double click on it which fetches up the file manager in the Windows partition your files will be in the users folder. You just click on them and the appropriate program will be called to see them and you can edit and save your files to either system. If you have no more use for Windows then you will have a second choice of installing Lite on the whole hard drive and all Windows and it’s files will be erased.
To install click on the Installer icon on the desktop and just follow the instructions. The most important is the choice when you get to the installation options screen with the radio buttons. The first highlighted is for dual booting and will say found Windows do you want to install alongside. If this is not the case then you will need to stop the installation and make space either with Gparted in the Live Lite or go back to Windows and using Disk Management resize your NTFS Windows partition. The second option button is for installing on the whole hard drive. After installation it returns to the live screen so just remove the installation media and switch off. Switch on again and it will give you a choice if you have taken the duel boot option. You have 7 second to decide otherwise it will boot into Lite in about 20 seconds. If you have installed on the whole drive there is no option and will boot in about 20 seconds
After installation of Linux Lite you need to add the Windows 10 wallpaper so you can change the wallpaper to the Windows 10.
Now you save the Windows 10 image in your pictures folder. This is the image save it by right clicking on the image and choose save as then file it in your folder Pictures with the name superwindows.png
1. Go to the menu the Lite icon the far left of the bottom panel and click then click on settings.
2. Next click on Desktop this will fetch up the Desktop wallpapers.
3.Now click on any of the wallpapers and your Desktop will change to the wallpaper.
Click apply to all workspaces and click “Close”.
Click on the Folder: xfce Change it to Other then select your Name on the left this then shows all your folders then click on Pictures. This will display all your pictures select superwindows.png the Windows 10 wallpaper you have previously saved in your pictures folder this will then be on your desktop.
Click on the Menu
move to settings and scroll down to Settings Manager (Graphical Settings Manger) and click the Settings Manger will appear.
Then click on Power Manager then on display move the slider to never if you are on a desktop or a laptop set for 30 minutes this will avoid losing your screen and having to enter you password again.
You will find your User Files icon on the desktop.
Now double click on this. Your Files Manager will appear.
1. On the left side you will see a File system that shows the Volumes/partitions. Click on the top line File and New Windows then you will have a second Files folder. Click on Pictures you will see your windowssuper.png that is your wallpaper. Right click and add Folder and name it as Pictures from Windows.
You will copy your Windows pictures into this folder click on the folder to open it then you will see an empty folder. Now click on Your Windows 7 volume in the other Files Window You will have to enter your password now to enter your Windows volume.
You will then see all the folders of your Windows 7 now click on Users then the Folder with your user name on. Click on Pictures and then right click to copy the folder, or use the short cut cntrl C. Now go to the other Files folder you have open hover over the empty space right click and then click paste, or use the short cut cntr V. Your Windows Pictures will be transferred to your Lite file system.
Now repeat 1. again this time for Documents putting them in your Documents folder on your Lite system. When they are copied you may copy Videos or any other folder you wish. If you choose to copy downloads then these will save in case your Windows files are corrupted, or you may try to run .exe files with PlayonLinux this is an application you can use to run Windows on the Lite desktop. Close the File Manager Windows when all the copying has been done.
Now let us load a program find in the Menu in All Add/Remove Software right click on it and click on Add to Desktop. Then double click on the new Yellow Add/Remove icon on the desktop to start the Synaptics Package Manager.
Click on the search then Enter chrome when you see the chrome browser click on the selector then Mark for installation. Then on the top line Apply. The pop up next will say what is going to be installed click on Apply
Now let us install PlayonLinux. By installing with the terminal. This is far easier than using the Lite Synaptics Package Manager. Go to the Menu Click on it to show all the Menu then settings and then Xfce Terminal. Click on it and enter in the terminal at the $sign. sudo apt install playonlinux.
You then need to enter your password. It will find the package and ask you to confirm click Y and it will install. After it has installed go again to the Menu
Click on it to show all the
Menu and in the search bar type play then Playonlinux will be outlined in blue.
2. Right click the Blue Bar and click on Add to Desktop. Repeat this and add to the Panel.
Do this for apps that will be used often. So that when clicking on the panel, it only requires one click.
To get to the Desktop, requires a double click action.
Now launch it by double clicking on the Desktop icon you have just added to your desktop.
PlayonLinux runs Windows programs on the Linux desktop it also has a lot of the usual Windows programs that are pre-installed
Repeat steps 1 to 2 in order to put on the desktop these most used apps. K3B (for writing DVD/CD’s (only needed if you have a cdrom.) There is already a DVD writer Xfburn on your menu so try both to see which suits you best. Skype, Whatsapp you will also need Whatsapp on your phone to work on your desktop as well.
These programs do not need to be installed as they are already on your Menu so you can add them to your Desktop if you want: Gimp (photo image writer like photoshop but quicker and better) VLC Media Player for sounds and radio, the Lite Package Installer where you can search for many programs.
Add the Lite Add/Remove Software Installer to your desktop try it out on a program that you have heard of. If you want to design websites then install Filezilla and Geany. You will find it useful to add them on the panel at the same time so they are grouped together, or you may wish to right click and move them within the panel.
The Lite Add/Remove Software Installer is not the best. See in the videos how to add another two better ones. You can also add other features it recommends.
If you want to have wallpapers that change every 10 minutes, or have a time set to change them?
You may find that the sound does not work if you are using a HDMI terminal. If you have this problem click on the Sound icon on the right of the bottom panel. Click on Audio Digital Stereo (HDMI) In the pop up select the HDMI.
If you are looking for a particular Windows program that you cannot find as the names are different within the Linux world then google an “alternative program for Linux” you will then find many alternatives choose one and follow the instructions to install on the website or try searching for it in the Lite Synaptics Package Manager.
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