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6 Ways to Totally Avoid Metro and Use Only Desktop Mode in Windows 8

March 8th, 2012 by Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director  

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 desktop 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:


Save the file as showmydeskop.scf and put it in a location you'll easily remember.

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.

4.     Right click in the task area and select Create New Task.

5.     Enter a name (ex: ShowDesktop)  on the General tab.

6.     Set the task to trigger at log on by clicking new on the trigger tab, and selecting  "At log on" from the Begin Task list.

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.

8.     Toggle off "Stop if the computer switches to battery power" on the conditions tab. You want to log in to the desktop whether your notebook is plugged in or not.

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.

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9 Responses to "6 Ways to Totally Avoid Metro and Use Only Desktop Mode in Windows 8"

1.    ZipZapRap Says: 
March 8th, 2012 at 9:21 pm

This is a script for dorks living in the past.

See ya later luddites. The rest of us will MOVE FORWARD and enjoy computing in the 21st century. If you can't get your supposedly intelligent heads around Metro, I've got an old copy of Windows 3.1 to sell you.

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?

3.    Trevor Says: 
March 9th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

For an even better programs menu, use the real Programs path at C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs. You can also re-create the quick launch toolbar by using the path for that in C:\Users\YOU\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch.

Also, someone noticed you can right-click the start corner and get a lot of useful items to run.

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.

5.    TOMxEU Says: 
March 11th, 2012 at 5:49 am

Can you please tell me, what is wrong with the script, it bypass the childish metro, but it also opens Libraries folder.

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.

7.    TOMxEU Says: 
March 12th, 2012 at 1:45 am

OK thanks for reply. Well as far as I can tell, MS finally did it, persuaded me to seriously consider moving to Linux, Fedora most likely, since it is the normal OS, which gives customers, what they want and do not move backwards like 8.

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

Go to:


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.

9.    Avram Piltch, LAPTOP Online Editorial Director Says: 
March 13th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Yes, but this no longer works in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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