Yesterday I shared a couple of tiny utilities to toggle some of the new Windows 8 features. Now, TheWindowsClub has released another utility, which is very similar to the ones I covered yesterday, but has a few more bells and whistles.
Two of the most debated aspects of Windows 8 are its new Start menu and the Ribbonified Windows Explorer. Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 makes it extremely simple to disable either or both of these features. Interestingly enough, if you chose to disable both of these features, the Lock Screen and modern Task Manager will also get disabled.
Earlier today, I highlighted some of the major inconsistencies and stupidities of the Windows 8 interface. One of the issues I highlighted was the placement of the Power options. Windows 8 makes shutdown process complicated enough to merit a tutorial. Metro UI Tweaker can make life easier by putting the Power options in the Start screen. It can also add options like Lock, LogOff, and Switch User which are not present by default in the Windows 8 power options.
The final feature of Metro UI Tweaker is the ability to pin any file or application to the Start screen. Adding folders, however, is not permitted due to restrictions imposed by Windows.
Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 doesn’t require installation and can be used on both 32bit and 64bit editions.
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I am sure most of you have already read aplenty about Windows 8. In fact, some of you have probably already tried the developer preview, which is available for download from dev.windows.com.
Windows 8 is the most significant release of Microsoft’s venerable operating system since Windows 95. It introduces sweeping changes for both users and developers. For example, Windows 8 does away with the Start menu, and focuses on a touch-first Metro interface. However, changes always tend to be polarizing. I am sure there are some of you who prefer the old interface over Metro. Fortunately, it’s rather simple to disable the Windows 8 features that you don’t like.
As mentioned earlier, Windows 8 replaces the traditional Start menu with a full screen launcher featuring interactive tiles. However, the old Windows 7 style Start menu. is still included. Microsoft has just locked it away. To unlock it you need to make a few simple Registry modifications. Even better, you can use the Start Menu Toggle utility developed by Deviant-Art member Solo-Dev to unlock the Start menu with a single click.
If you want, you can get rid of the entire Metro interface with the help of Metro Controller application discovered by IntoWindows. This utility even allows you to disable most of the features introduced in Windows 8. However, you will probably be better off using Windows 7 rather than a crippled version of Windows 8 developer preview, if you don’t find any of the new features useful.