Kali Undercover mode in Kali Linux 2019.4 - How to turn on or turn off (Get windows like UI on Kali Linux).

Kali Linux Undercover Mode - how to turn on or turn off that's what we're going to see in this post. Kali Linux 2019.4 was Officially released and there was a new mode called Kali undercover mode available for pen testers to change Kali desktop environment to Windows 10 desktop theme.

For pentesters there always been a challenge when it comes to public places like airport or any bus terminal, and it will be a big issue when someone sees that we're using Linux distro especially Kali Linux.  In order to overcome the challenges, the developer team has included a new theme / mode called Kali undercover mode. So, what it will do is when you turn it on, it will instantly change your desktop environment to the one like available in Windows 10. For example : If you are using files app, then that UI will now change to the UI like the one available in "This PC" or My computer, and with powershell being added to Kali. It will be pretty hard to detect for normal people. 

Enough said, let's see how to turn on undercover mode so that you can see it on your PC live.

Undercover mode in Kali Linux 2019.4  - How to turn on or turn off (Get windows like UI on Kali Linux).

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How to turn on or turn off Kali Undercover mode in Kali Linux 2019.4

Pretty much easy..

1) Press Windows/ Super Key/ CMD Key.

2) On the search box, type  "Kali-undercover"

3) Select the first one.

That's it.. You can see the changes live.

Doing the same thing will turn off Kali undercover mode.


Go to terminal, type kali-undercover and hit enter.

You can enable or disable this in less than 10 seconds.

A note to remember : I tried this mode on different desktop environments, but it was working only on XFCE environment, so if you feel its not working, then change the mode to XFCE.

See : How to change desktop environment in Kali Linux if you need more help

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