In Windows 8.1 Microsoft allows users to quickly enable the option to boot to the desktop, by skipping the Metro start screen. If you’re sticking with Windows 8 instead of upgrading when 8.1 goes live, we’ll show you to boot to the desktop in Windows 8 the easiest way possible. Booting to desktop would make a lot of Windows 8 users happy. One of the biggest complaints about Windows 8 is the Modern UI, the Start Screen and the lack of the Start Menu. By booting to the desktop and bypassing the Start Screen completely, you can utilize a program like Classic
Windows 8 comes pre-packaged with several apps. We call these Metro apps. Some of these include Sports, Photos, Mail and Messaging. These are regular apps that Microsoft assumed many of us would want to use. The problem is this: The majority of people don’t want to use these. So whether you’d like to remove them because of lack of use, to free up disk space or simply for instructions for when you’re at a time where you’d just rather have somewhat of a blank canvas and strip down these existing apps, read along with the below screenshots. Removing Metro Apps
The jump from Windows 7, and indeed everything that’s gone before it since Windows 3.1, to the Metro UI in Windows 8, is quite blatantly an enormous change to get to grips with for users. But what’s made Microsoft’s software so popular over recent years, particularly amongst the vast majority of non-techy consumers, is its familiarity – including, and especially, Office applications. Even the relatively slight, in comparison to Windows 8, change to the ribbon UI brought in for Office 2007, was met with more than a little hesitation by users who just wanted it plain and simple, as they
The Metro Start screen is a big part of what makes Windows 8 so cool. The Metro Start Menu will be used quite a bit by most people. That being said, people like to customize their screens and the Metro Start Menu screen is no different. This handy tool will let you make your Menu screen look the way you want it to. We wrote about how to customize your Charms Bar in Windows 8. If you tried that application out, this one is pretty similar to use. When changing the Metro Start screen, are given the chance to change
Windows 8 brings with it a completely new user experience thanks to the Metro UI. With this new UI also comes new opportunities for us all to customise and personalize Windows 8 to our liking. We now have the option to customise the metro UI and the traditional Windows desktop independently. The following guide will give you a complete walkthrough of all the different ways you can personalize Windows 8. If you haven’t installed it already, you can dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 or you can install Windows 8 in Virtual Box and give it a trial run.
Whenever a company makes a product, they usually shoot for the middle. They know they can’t please everyone so they go try to make the largest group happy. If you aren’t super happy with the Windows 8 Metro Start Menu and want to see how it would look with Windows 7 like features, re-imagined in the Metro interface, here’s how to change it. To use Start8, you will need Windows 8 Consumer Preview 8250 (x86 or x64). Start8 does not work with the Windows Developer Preview, so you will need to upgrade. What features Start8 brings to Windows 8 You get back a
People do not always like change. Okay, most despise it. If this sounds like you, there is a good chance there will be parts of Windows 8 that you may not like when you try it out. If the Start menu is one of those things, here is a quick fix. The quick breakdown of what you will get by installing Metro Cheat for WDP (Windows Developer Preview) is the option to use either the new style Start menu or the Windows 7 style Start menu. That’s right, you can use either one. If you are accustomed to the Windows 7