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  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    As an option, I found on Internet a way to modify a key in Windows' registry that replaces the new "Start" system with the old "Start" menu and the Metro UI with the classic desktop, but sadly it also kills other new features that I like a lot, like the "ribbon" toolbars in Explorer, the new and awesome task manager and other little things that made my life easy.
    If you set the key value to "2" in lieu of "0", you keep the other good stuff.
    2 will remove the explorer ribbon.
    The instructions said it would not. But maybe you are right. Have to try it myself.

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  2. #12


    Simplest way of keeping the goodies without the ugly metro tiles is to rename shsxs.dll at logoff and rename it back to shsxs.dll at logon (with a delay). I've made a couple of small batch files, I've added one as a logoff script, another as a logon script. No problemo.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Bill was right. You loose the ribbon with "2" - I just tried it. Sorry if I have mislead you - was mislead myself.
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  4. #14


    @WHS - Apologies if I was the one misleading you. I read on another forum that 2 disabled metro but everything else stayed. I tried it and it didn't work for me but thought it was my laptop not working right.

    @Bill2 - I have found renaming shsxs.dll crashes Explorer.exe at startup.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by CPJames View Post
    @WHS - Apologies if I was the one misleading you. I read on another forum that 2 disabled metro but everything else stayed. I tried it and it didn't work for me but thought it was my laptop not working right.

    @Bill2 - I have found renaming shsxs.dll crashes Explorer.exe at startup.
    Depends how you do it. I have the scheme in place that I mentioned in my earlier post, works perfectly.
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  6. #16


    Como la mugre: estoy en todos lados. xD
    Posts : 5
    @Home/Work: Windows 8.1 Enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Bill was right. You loose the ribbon with "2" - I just tried it. Sorry if I have mislead you - was mislead myself.
    Don't worry, man. Thank you anyway for trying to help me out. ^_^

    Thanks to everyone for the added information on this issue. ^_^
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  7. #17


    Are you going to share those batch files Bill2?
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by CPJames View Post
    Are you going to share those batch files Bill2?
    Oh, they're too simple. Ok, if you want you can try and see if this works for you.

    1) Open notepad and type

    ren c:\windows\system32\shsxs.dll shsxs.dll.old

    save this as shutdown.bat.

    Add this bat as a logoff script in gpedit (user config-windows settings-scripts (logon/logoff)-logoff).

    2) Make another batch with the command

    ren c:\windows\system32\shsxs.dll.old shsxs.dll

    name it startup.cmd.

    OK, now open task scheduler and create a basic task with the following characteristics:

    Give it any name, set it to run with highest privileges.

    Set trigger to logon with a delay of 1 minute.

    set Action to start startup.cmd

    if this is a notebook, uncheck power options.

    save.

    3) There can be variations- the batch file can be made more sophisticated, the timing can be changed etc. but this is the bare minimum.
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by CPJames View Post
    @WHS - Apologies if I was the one misleading you. I read on another forum that 2 disabled metro but everything else stayed. I tried it and it didn't work for me but thought it was my laptop not working right.

    @Bill2 - I have found renaming shsxs.dll crashes Explorer.exe at startup.
    No problem at all. For the time being most of us are still "mislead" - until we get the hang of it.
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  10. #20


    @Bill2 - Thank you for the instructions. I done as you said, the scripts run but I have no ribbon UI.

    Update

    I have now changed RPEnabled back to 1. I notice on every login now Explorer.exe restarts
    -I wonder why.
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