Let us know how you get on.
but in <<settings>> there are still no options to change the desktop mode as suggested in the thread
Doesn't help us think ourselves into your mindset or what you are seeing in front of you: WHAT "settings" are you referring to, exactly
"Windows" is pretty much all-the-same. Linux is pretty much all-different (which is good, in a way: makes it nearly impossible to write viruses, trojans, keyloggers etc). You need to tell us which distro ('buntu, fedora, mint... the list goes on), and then which window-manager you are using (KDE [3.5 or 4.x?], gnome (which version?) ) Etc.
Otherwise it is very difficult for us to help you.
The GOOD thing is that at the command-line level most distros are more-or-less the same.
So we can get rid of the GUI and edit the system files to make it work, regardless of your distro.
So, some more information please. In detail, or we can't help you help yourself.