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    How to disable Metro UI in windows 8 Consumer Preview .

    guys, as i was planning to test with the latest windows 8 consumer preview and now after the purchase , i was making use of the windows 8 consumer preview , I am concerned with some issues as it is all new to the masses , how I am able to disable Metro User Interface ? I'd like the "start" button to access my programs along with taskbar so that I am able to see them run. I'd like to keep the Explorer Ribbon however. It's hard to discover the Operating System with Metro. So I was planning to disable it. Can you provide some solutions regarding this case.

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    I need to provide some information regarding this topic which will be very useful. Metro may be a good User Interface for tablets but I need to say you that you donít require to force it on usual PCs. maintain Metro as an not obligatory feature, but Windows desktop uses it in an uncrippled means, i.e. with the Start Menu as well as WITHOUT "full screen" dialogs .
    an additional big point alongside Metro is that you can only make an installation of the Apps through the Windows Store. The power of Windows forever was its sincerity. If you take that away there is not anything left to end people from moving to Apple products or else to Android. When it comes to pure user easiness Apple is much improved or can say more better than Microsoft along with Android is truly "open".

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    It is said positively by the previous post and I totally agree with his case. as I also came across the metro, it is fine in a "touch-centric" environment, but is unfortunate, incompetent as well as confusing in a classic desktop environment. I have made visible to some guys about it and those I've showed it to so far have reacted with aggravation moreover with hostility. If things are not able to vary, I'm afraid it will be a recur of the Vista catastrophe. I'll be forced to purchase desktop workstations with a Windows 7 "downgrade" license while hoping that Microsoft acquires the Windows "experience" cleaned up by the successive release of the cycle.

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    As to give some solution regarding this one, I would like to say you that you just need to have to click "Settings" instead of "Apps" when you wish for searching for things that are setting associated, you rae also able to even click settings after you have typed "Add or Remove programs", there you will be able to appear next to "Settings" indicating that it found 5 results under settings. And Yes it is a tad confusing that Microsoft in fact decided to call a whole group of fractions of the OS "Settings", but regularly since you are unused to it. Once you have grown familiar to it you will discover that it makes just right sense that certain things are located there.

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    You need to just press the Windows key one time followed by typing the initial letter otherwise two of the app you wish for and there it is. As well you are able to drag those tiles on the right over the left along with make an arrangement with them.

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    I am also concerned with the same problem. As I am not able to locate some programs. If I'm on Metro desktop and wish for Control Panel I am not able to find it. Also about the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 game and many more. How I am able to do such things. I wish you list some of the important programs in your reply. Thanks in advance.

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    As I was also concerned with what you were saying and what you were searching for, I have found from some sources that you need to press C for Control Panel and there it is. And if you wish for Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 , I need to press C . for Windows Media Center , you need to press M . and for Task Manager you need to press T.

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    I have found it and there is a sure short answer regarding this one. You need to download the zip file that you can find on this link and extract its content, consecutively to enable or else disable Metro UI in Windows 8 by making use of the desktop context menu . just the once you have extracted the contents of the archive, you need to open the folder created and there you will be able to see a Windows registry file called enable otherwise disable Metro User Interface in Windows 8 by making use of desktop context menu along with a script file called Toggle Disable Enable Metro. All you have to do is to right click on the script file as well as open its Properties menu. You will observe a tab which is mentioned as General which you must choose; and then you are also able to click on a button that is called Unlock as well as after that close the Properties window by clicking on apply.

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    I think that helped me a lot. But I have some ore to provide you with as there are many users who complain about this one. So after this you require to copy the script file to the following folder C:\Windows. If you have not disabled the User Access Control before this time, you will be with some click option and you need to click yes if you are asked regarding some permission. You are now able to double click on the Add Disable Enable Metro registry file by which you can disable the UI app.

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    Friends , after following the previous instructions , I need to tell you that you will also take into consideration that when you are able to see an warning message , you need to click on the yes button followed by the OK button. Thatís concerning it, you will now be able to enable otherwise disable Metro UI in Windows 8 by making use of the desktop context menu.

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    As I have found from other sources that I would also say that If you would wish to get rid of the enable or else disable Metro UI in Windows 8 making use of the desktop context menu alternative when you right click, you have to make use of the same link as well as download the Remove disable / enable Metro registry file.

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    Registry Hack to Bypass Metro UI in Windows 8 Consumer Preview

    OK, I made another stab at disabling Metro UI in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

    Methods that work to bypass or disable Metro UI in Windows 8 Developer Preview do not work in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Also, methods based on using the Task Manager and methods that are based on a showdesktop.scf don't work reliably either.

    However, I discovered that overriding the default registry value:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
    "Shell"=explorer.exe

    with

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
    "Shell"="explorer.exe /select,explorer.exe"

    does in fact automatically skip past Metro UI (under most circumstances). Metro UI isnít actually disabled, but it is bypassed without having to manually click on the Metro UI ďDesktopĒ icon.

    One can also do this override on a per-user basis by adding the following key to individual login profiles:

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
    "Shell"="explorer.exe /select,explorer.exe"

    In this latter case, you could dip your toe in the water by creating a new login id to experiment on before applying the change system-wide with the first case.

    Note that in either case, after one logs on, it takes a couple of seconds for the desktop background to appear after the initial root folder for the user appears.

    Also, note that this method leaves a vestigial explorer.exe process that remains in the background until a logoff occurs.

    I also made two .reg files, one for the HKLM change and one for the HKCU change, which can be used to apply the desired change. These are in a zipped folder that can be downloaded from:

    http://www.reliancepc.com/menu/tips/...opRegFiles.zip

    (Needless to say, if you decide to give this a try, be careful, do a system restore point, and be prepared to enter Safe Mode [if you can figure out how], or understand how to bring up the Task Manager with Ctrl-Alt-Del and start regedit.exe with Administrative privileges if you happen to get in real trouble, i.e., no desktop appears at all.)

    I also recommend that you disable the hateful lock screen via gpedit.msc by going to:

    Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization -> "Do not display the lock screen" and setting that to "Enabled".

    Finally, download and install ViStart to get a Start Menu back. Once you've done all three of these things W8 starts to become usable for actual enterprise-level work as opposed to pointlessly farting around with a toy interface that badly emulates a credit-card sized personal communication touch-screen interface like Android.


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    guys, as i was planning to test with the latest windows 8 consumer preview and now after the purchase , i was making use of the windows 8 consumer preview , I am concerned with some issues as it is all new to the masses , how I am able to disable Metro User Interface ? I'd like the "start" button to access my programs along with taskbar so that I am able to see them run. I'd like to keep the Explorer Ribbon however. It's hard to discover the Operating System with Metro. So I was planning to disable it. Can you provide some solutions regarding this case.

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