7 Linux Distributions to Replace Windows 11 & 10

Looking for a Windows-like Linux? Here are the best Linux distributions that look like Windows.

Windows experience is changing.

Some people hate Windows 11, and some people hate the updates on Windows 10. So, it is not entirely a good desktop experience for many.

Do you hate the Windows experience too? Is your computer not eligible for an upgrade with slightly dated hardware?

Fret not; Linux distributions that look like Windows can be of use. You will get a similar user interface layout and more benefits for using Linux.

Here, I have picked some of the best Linux distributions for Windows users that you’d find comfortable using.

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Best Linux Distributions To Replace Windows

While you may not find the same applications or tools on Linux β€” the user interface is what will make you feel comfortable using the OS.

Of course, if you don’t have a specific requirement but want a Linux distro, you should look at the best Linux distributions.

In this article, I shall mention only the distributions that resemble the look and feel of Windows (to some extent, at least).

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Before switching to Linux, you may want to check if the software/games/tools you use on Windows are available.

A list of essential applications for Linux users can help you see if it fits your use case.

1. Linux Lite

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Linux Lite

Windows 10 users may not have the latest and greatest hardware to upgrade to 11 β€” so it is essential to suggest a Linux distribution that is lightweight and easy to use.

Linux Lite targets Windows users with a similar UI offering a taskbar, Windows-inspired wallpaper, and a lot more to go on with that, including the Libre Office suite.

You do not need to upgrade your system to run this distribution. Linux Lite should work perfectly fine with an old configuration as well.

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2. Zorin OS

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ZorinOS 16 Lite

Zorin OS is a beautiful Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. The user interface should make Windows and macOS users feel at home after installing it. I also find it an excellent modern alternative to Windows 10 or 11.

They also offer a lite edition if you have a slightly underpowered hardware configuration. You can also take a quick look at our impressions on one of Zorin's recent releases to get an idea.

It looks and feels incredibly good, with a quick learning curve. For starters, if you want to make the most out of Zorin OS while bundling all the essential software tools, you can buy the Zorin OS ultimate edition.

With the premium edition, you can also get the option to apply a Windows 11-like layout.

3. Kubuntu

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Kubuntu

If you’re new to Linux β€” it is worth noting that there are different desktop environments.

If you want to try something that resembles the look and feel of Windows, you can try any distro with KDE’s Plasma on board. And Kubuntu is an official KDE flavor of Ubuntu.

You may not find this to be the prettiest Windows-like distro – however, if you want something that does the work reliably, Kubuntu should do the trick.

4. Linux Mint

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Linux Mint 21

Linux Mint targets Windows 7/10/11 users trying to make the switch to Linux. Many users also use it as a replacement for Windows because of its familiar user interface and useful features.

Among all the others mentioned in this list, Linux Mint would be my personal recommendation. Linux Mint is reliable, performs great, and offers several desktop environment editions (including the MATE desktop).

If you’re curious, you can also take a detailed look at how it looks and works for one of its recent releases Linux Mint 21.

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5. Ubuntu MATE

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Ubuntu MATE 22.10

Ubuntu MATE is another Windows alternative Linux distribution that provides a snappy experience across various hardware configurations.

This may not directly resemble the UI of Windows in general – however, you will find it quite easy to get comfortable with. It is also interesting to note that Ubuntu MATE works well with NVIDIA’s Jetson Nano, which is one of the Raspberry Pi alternatives.

You can try this if you want a unique experience with a similar layout!

6. Solus

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Solus

Solus is one of the most beautiful Windows replacements. You may like it more than Windows 11. It is not based on Ubuntu, so unless you are not comfortable taking up a slight learning curve, you should stick to the options mentioned above.

This is an independently developed Linux distribution aimed at making the home computing experience elegant and easier. You will get several essential tools pre-installed to get started quickly.

It offers a β€œBudgie” desktop and other desktop editions if you want.

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7. MX Linux (KDE)

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MX Linux

MX Linux is one of the popular distributions based on the Debian stable branch.

MX Linux offers many built-in GUI utilities to manage your computer out-of-the-box, which will be very helpful for starters.

Its flagship edition offers an XFCE desktop, and KDE Plasma and Fluxbox options are also available.

Wrapping Up

Potentially, you can install any beginner-friendly Linux distribution. Unless you want to try multiple options before deciding, you may want to stick to some of the recommendations above.

πŸ’¬ I recommend trying the distributions mentioned in this article if switching from Windows to Linux. If you’ve tried something else and like it a lot – feel free to let me know in the comments below.

About the author
Abhishek Prakash

Abhishek Prakash

Created It's FOSS 11 years ago to share my Linux adventures. Have a Master's degree in Engineering and years of IT industry experience. Huge fan of Agatha Christie detective mysteries πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

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