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disabling / removing Metro GUI (works for current developer release)

  1. #1


    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    disabling / removing Metro GUI (works for current developer release)


    Hi all

    This is a copy of a post I made in the W7 Forums but I've been pointed to this Forum (never even knew there was a W8 one yet !!)

    I've just been playing with the developer edition of W8 download
    link in the news section of the Forum.

    if you are like me and HATE those
    horrible square tacky icons that make this OS look more like a mobile phone than
    a desktop / workstation OS then this neat little trick gets back to the more
    "Claassical UI" windows look.

    Once I've disabled the Metro UI I actually
    quite like W8 and it seems snappy enough on my system even as a VM.

    To
    disable the Metro UI and keep the ribbon, etc, simply rename
    c:\windows\system32\shsxs.dll to something else and reboot.

    This might
    only work for the current developer build but it suits me for the
    moment.

    I always prefer totally uncluttered desktops with the minimal
    information on them at startup.

    I hate the android phone default start up
    screens -- I'm using an HTC phone.

    Nothing wrong with the phone but not
    everybody wants or needs zillions of apps on their screen !!!.

    To any MS
    developers --remember this OS will also be used as a workstation / laptop OS so
    please don't turn it into a tablet only or "Iphone" look alike OS. Some peole
    like dynamically changing icons ("Metro apps" - why can't they just call them
    MOBILE apps which is essentially what they are) but others don't want them
    --leave some user choice. !!!!

    Cheers

    Jimbo45

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    London
    Posts : 6
    Win 7


    Thanks for that tip, Jimbo. I'm sure that the GUI will be useful on a touch interface, but it's worse then useless in a workstation/desktop environment.
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    Posts : 520
    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Might as well stick with Win 7 then ...
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  4. #4


    London
    Posts : 6
    Win 7


    From a GUI perspective, I agree. However, 8 is being promoted as offering improvements in performance, security, privacy and system reliability, along with a decrease in the the memory footprint needed and faster boot-up and shut down speeds. All good stuff for the desktop, and good news for laptops.

    It's a new O/S, with - I hope - improvements, tweaks and changes that will make it useful for all sorts of platforms. If all I was interested in was the GUI, I would stick with XP. That's obviously a silly stance to take however.
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  5. #5


    Utrecht
    Posts : 17
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64


    I hope Microsoft will not overlook the fact that most people don't use or want to use touchscreen based computers.

    Best regards,

    zx81
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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    I found this batch script to work really good to remove the Metro UI without rebooting, while still preserving the new taskbar and the such. Save as KillMetro.bat and run as admin:

    Edit: Uh, the below script doesn't actually turn off Metro, it enables the classic Start menu but ALSO allows Metro to be invoked. Anyone have a better script?

    Code:
    @echo off
    ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll shsxs.dll.bak
    tskill explorer
    echo Wait a second...
    ping -n 2 127.0.0.1>nul
    ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll
    Here's the same script, but to turn it back on:

    Code:
    @echo off
    ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll
    tskill explorer
    The renaming in the above script is not really required if the KillMetro.bat above is used to disable Metro UI, it's more of a fail-safe.
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    I have created two specific users, one Metro and the other non metro. It takes seconds to logout and in again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angelo View Post
    I found this batch script to work really good to remove the Metro UI without rebooting, while still preserving the new taskbar and the such. Save as KillMetro.bat and run as admin:

    Edit: Uh, the below script doesn't actually turn off Metro, it enables the classic Start menu but ALSO allows Metro to be invoked. Anyone have a better script?

    Code:
    @echo off
    ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll shsxs.dll.bak
    tskill explorer
    echo Wait a second...
    ping -n 2 127.0.0.1>nul
    ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll
    Here's the same script, but to turn it back on:

    Code:
    @echo off
    ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll
    tskill explorer
    The renaming in the above script is not really required if the KillMetro.bat above is used to disable Metro UI, it's more of a fail-safe.
    Here is a tool that does that Download Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 1.0 Free - A simple means of customizing the Metro interface of Windows 8 - Softpedia
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  9. #9


    London
    Posts : 6
    Win 7


    Both the script and the GUI tools work a treat.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22
    Windows 7/Windows 8


    Turning Metro UI off per-user:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled set to 0
    Then log off and back in.

    Then for the rest of the system, login UI, etc:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled set to 0
    Restart.

    No changing DLLs needed...The registry (and Group Policy) is the supported way.
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