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Windows 8 DP (build 8102) suddenly started looking like 7

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    Windows 8 DP (build 8102) suddenly started looking like 7


    Hi!
    I have just installed Win 8 the other day. All was OK, but today I had trouble booting and used boot recovery option from Win 8 boot menu. After that it started to behave like 7: it logs me in straight to old good desktop (not Metro UI), it shows circular "Start" button just like in 7 (it was looking a bit different yesterday), also Explorer and task Manager started looking exactly like in 7.
    Any idea what happened and to get new features back?
    Thanks in advance!

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  2. #2


    Shrewsbury
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    Windows Developer Preview


    Are you sure you are still in Windows 8? You might have reverted back to Windows 7 ... somehow.
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  3. #3


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    Win 8 DP


    Nope, I haven't reverted anything. It's just like someone flipped the switch somewhere deep within Win 8. I just have to know where that switch is (registry, perhaps?). And I only can blame boot recovery for this, since I didn't do antthing else when this happened.
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    Have you tried any of the other recovery options yet?

    "Refresh you PC", "Reset your PC"?

    Have any system restore points you could go back to?
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  5. #5


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    Good point! No, I haven't tried that. And there might be a restore point. Thanks for the tip!
    Last edited by Alexium; 17 Sep 2011 at 02:52.
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  6. #6


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    what does this key read on your machine? try changing it to 1 if it's 0
    "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled"
    “1″ win8
    “0″ win7
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Win 8 DP


    Hmm. If memory serves, that's the key I've set to 0 in order to get classic Start menu back. It only changed that, the Start menu, nothing else. But thanks for the tip, I'll try changing it back to 1.
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    Mind you this is a developer's preview version not even beta. When you change the Start menu back to W7 that's would pretty much changing it back to Window 7 (II)
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    Posts : 6
    Win 8 DP


    The ONLY thing changed after switching RPEnabled to 0 was the Start menu. I have rebooted several times since then and still had new task Manager, Explorer, etc.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Win 8 DP


    Grrr! My 8 stopped booting properly. Again, just like yesterday when I had to use automated repair. I have a Win 7 loader (created with Easy BCD) to choose between W7, W8 and Ubuntu. When I boot into W8 it shows me its own loader, where I can find W8 in "other operating systems" menu (I mean W8 isn't default there, W7 is). But when I choose W8 - it reboots me into the exactly the same state.
    Any ideas how to fix that?
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