6 Ways to Totally Avoid Metro and Use Only Desktop Mode in Windows 8
As installed, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview forces users to navigate through two attractive, but disparate UIs: the tile-based Metro Start Screen and the traditional desktop, which now comes without a start menu. Even though 99.9% of Windows programs run in desktop mode, the new OS effectively forces you to return to Metro when you want to browse through your applications and launch one. Fortunately, with a few tweaks, you can live 100% of your Windows 8 life in desktop mode, without even setting foot in Metro.
Editor’s Note: It almost goes without saying, but if you want to run a dedicated Metro app like Bing Weather, you’ll have to launch and run it in 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