6 Ways to Totally Avoid Metro and Use Only Desktop Mode in Windows 8
Boot to The Desktop in Windows 8
The first and most unavoidable time you'll see Metro in a given Windows 8 session is upon start-up. There's no way to disable Metro, but you can force the mode application to load as soon as you log in, effectively covering over Metro, before it even has a chance to draw. Here's how.
1. Create an Explorer script file that launches the desktop. Open Notepad and paste or type in the following text:
2. Launch Windows Task Scheduler. You can find Task Scheduler by using Windows 8′s built-in search or by navigating to the Administrative Tools section of Control Panel.
3. Select Task Scheduler Library in the left window pane.
7. Make your script an action by clicking New on the Action tab, selecting "Start a program" from the Action menu, and entering the full path of showmydesktop.scf (ex: C:\myscripts\showmydesktop.scf) in the Program/script field.
9. Click Ok and close the Task Manager.
The next time you log in, whether at boot up or after signing out, the desktop will launch before you can even see Metro.
6 Ways to Totally Avoid Metro, Use Only Desktop Mode in Windows 8
- Boot to the Windows 8 Desktop
- Keep Your Media From Launching in Metro
- Install Third-Party Start Menu Utilities
- Create a Custom Toolbar for Programs
- Pin Shortcuts to the Taskbar
- Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Apps
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9 Responses to "6 Ways to Totally Avoid Metro and Use Only Desktop Mode in Windows 8"
2. Jordan Says:
March 9th, 2012 at 1:59 am
Hey laptopmag. I downloaded the beta version but I heard you can't uninstall it! do you know how?
4. brock Says:
March 9th, 2012 at 1:00 pm
The best way to avoid metro is just stick with Windows 7 no one is forcing anyone to upgrade.
6. Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says:
March 11th, 2012 at 11:40 am
It does open Explorer on the desktop at boot. I couldn't find a way around that when writing this article, but I'm sure there probably is one.
8. VHMP01 Says:
March 13th, 2012 at 3:41 pm
In W8 Developers Preview there was this hack:
For the last day one of the hot topics circulating online is the news that a hack has been found to reinstate the Start Menu in Windows 8. Doing so is just a simple registry hack too.
Open RegEdit from Windows 8 search by just typing it with the Start screen showing
Change the value of RPEnabled from "1? to "0?
The thing is that this hack also disables the new Start screen completely so you'll never see it. In returning to Start menu to Windows 8 you make the default interface the traditional Windows desktop.
And there was also a Widget called: "Windows8ShowStartMenu" that could alternate between UIs.