How To Get Rid Of Metro From Your Windows 8 Device

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In the last few months, we have reviewed several hybrid devices that had a Windows 8 operating system. The Live Tiles and mobile-centric apps got irritating at times. Especially when you want to access your system to send an urgent mail. For die hard desktop users this can be quite a pain. But now you don't need to worry as the next few steps will tell you exactly how to get rid of Metro. We did come to a point where we appreciated Windows 7 more but after this we are back to loving Windows 8.

Step 1

Most apps that you use on a daily basis like your E - Mail client, Messengers,

Music Players, etc. are tiled on the main screen. You will need to find alternatives for these applications. Once done you can either add these icons to your desktop screen (either as shortcuts or direct ac­cess) or pin them to your taskbar.

How to get rid of metro from your Windows 8 device

How to get rid of metro from your Windows 8 device



Step 2

Next, you'll want to make those programs the defaults for opening their associated file typesto prevent Windows 8 from opening files with the Modern apps that ship with the system. Simply go to your control panel and set your default programs. The default address for the same on your computer would be Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs > Set your default programs. Once you see a list of all programs, set the newly downloaded alternative ones as your default apps.

Step 3

This is pretty much decide how much you want to change the layout of your Win­dows 8 computer. If you truly hate the layout then you must download a program that places the shutdown button as an icon on the desktop of the device. Start8 or Classic Shell are the probable options to choose from. For whatever apps you like from the tile layout, you can simply create icons of these and add them to your desktop.

To do so, right-click on your desktop and select New > Shortcut. Copy and paste the following text into the Location box, and then click Next:

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{2559a1f8-21d7-11d4-bdaf-00c04f60b9f0}

Give the shortcut a name - I went with the straightforward "All Apps" - and then click Finish. At once, a shortcut to the All Apps screen appears on your desktop, which you can pin to your taskbar if you so desire. The All Apps screen includes a full-screen list of all the programs on your computer, or you can start typing the name of a file to initiate a search.

Step 4

Once you have configured and sorted the start and shut down button issue, you will be required to set up the system to boot directly to the desktop. For this you will need to bypass the Windows 8 start screen. open the Task Scheduler by typing Schedule task in the Settings search on the All Apps screen. Create a task that boots to desktop. Open the Triggers tab, se­lect New, and choose At log on in the 'Begin the task' drop-down menu at top. Click OK, and then open the Actions tab, select New once again, and enter explorer in the Program/script field. Save this and you are all set. Now every time you start the computer, you will automatically jump to the desktop.

Step 5

Finally now you need to create a shutdown icon so that you no longer need to swipe to shut down your system the next time around. For this, right click on the desktop and choose new. Under that choose Shortcut and type the following in the location field "shutdown /s /t 0" On the next screen, name the shortcut as shutdown and click finish. You will see that the icon now appears like a generic icon. Right click and go to edit icon and you will see a host of various icon available. Select the Red shutdown button from the same.

Added Benefit - Get Rid Of The Lock Screen: This could be one of the aspects that irritates you in the Windows 8 lay­out. You can get rid of this too with ease.

Search for "Run" or press Windows + R on your keyboard to open the Run command. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personaliza­tion in the Local Group Policy Editor's left-hand menu pane. Click the Do Not Display the Lock Screen option that appears in the main pane, select the Enabled option in the new window, and click OK to save your changes and never see the silly lock screen again.



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