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Windows 8 Start Menu Toggle

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    Windows 8 Start Menu Toggle


    It allows you to toggle between the Metro Start screen and the Classic start menu in Windows 8 Developer Preview.

    WINDOWS 8 ONLY.

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    Yes. Problem is peeps want the old start menu AND the new goodies like explorer ribbon and the new task manager. Go figure.
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    Who knows what kind of underlying havoc these Metro disabling hacks do to other unknown parts of the OS.

    Don't be surprised if there are multitudes of users complaining about this or that doesn't work because of it.



    No one seems to even mention that as a possibility.

    They just say: here, here's the hack x+y......
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    Best to leave the hacking to MS right now, they need to do some serious hacking.
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    My post here is probably a safer way. No files are hacked, it just involves renaming a file so that the extensions which are required for the Metro UI are not loaded (by default, if not present the UI is the classic Windows 7 style).


    Windows 8 Developer Preview release
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
    My post here is probably a safer way. No files are hacked, it just involves renaming a file so that the extensions which are required for the Metro UI are not loaded (by default, if not present the UI is the classic Windows 7 style).


    Windows 8 Developer Preview release
    There are really no major hacks to speak about really. Only 2 documented ways- renaming shsxs.dll or setting a key in the registry to 1/0. In my experience, renaming shsxs.dll slows down desktop composition at start and also the old task manager takes a while to launch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
    My post here is probably a safer way. No files are hacked, it just involves renaming a file so that the extensions which are required for the Metro UI are not loaded (by default, if not present the UI is the classic Windows 7 style).


    Windows 8 Developer Preview release
    That's the point. Not talking about files getting hacked, but that certain things aren't loaded. No one knows how they might be tying into other things and what effects it will have.

    Kind of like the turning off/disabling of UAC on Vista/7. Many did it, and still do it, but it also caused other problems doing so. Certain things disappeared, other things got affected (remembering gadgets not installling for some), etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
    Who knows what kind of underlying havoc these Metro disabling hacks do to other unknown parts of the OS.
    Don't be surprised if there are multitudes of users complaining about this or that doesn't work because of it.
    No one seems to even mention that as a possibility.

    They just say: here, here's the hack x+y......
    Nobody doing mission-critical work needs to be warned not to tinker under the hood. Early adopters are in it for the experience and experimentation--even when the consequences are not well-understood, one accepts the inevitability of unexpected results.

    Unless you see users being pressured to undertake levels of risk that are not appropriate to their circumstances--or you anticipate hardware being damaged as a result of excluded code--there is no reason to expect a hack of preview software to engender an epidemic of regret or recrimination on these forums.

    Even now--over a year later--Windows 8 is still an unfamiliar operating system, and users of factory-fresh, untouched code accept the possibility of unexpected results every time they use it. Anticipating hysteria serves only to de-marginalise irrational behaviour.

    Quote Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
    No one knows how they might be tying into other things and what effects it will have...Kind of like the turning off/disabling of UAC on Vista/7.

    Many did it, and still do it, but it also caused other problems doing so. Certain things disappeared, other things got affected (remembering gadgets not installling for some), etc.
    After my brief experience with Vista, getting rid of UAC was the first thing I did upon installing Windows 7--on all three Windows machines in the house. I have never experienced negative consequences--but then I don't turn my brain off when I surf the web. I would never install software that is designed to misbehave in the absence of UAC.
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