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Metro Tweaker

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    Metro Tweaker


    Try this folks:

    Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 Released | The Windows Club

    This is a metro tweaking tool that CLAIMS it can disable metro UI, and add apps and files that windows does not let you add natively. I tried it on my machine and this is what I found:

    1) It disables metro UI but DO NOT use this tool to disable metro, it may do wierd things to the Task manager.

    2) I managed to add the windows defender .exe to the metro Start menu using this app, which wasn't working natively.

    3) The app lets you add Shutdown/restart/lock/logoff/switch user buttons to the start menu which saves you some clicks.

    4) Folders cant be added with this app.
    Last edited by Bill2; 18 Sep 2011 at 03:33.

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  2. #2


    Thanks, I'm just reloading again and will give this a try shortly.
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  3. #3


    I've just given it a try and after disabling the start menu my task manager is now just a blank box
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  4. #4


    Try restarting. And did you try disabling the metro also?
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    The only option I selected was "Disable Metro Start Menu"

    After a reboot my task manager still looks like this......
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    Lol, enable metro again with the same tool. Just use this to add apps, files and the shutdown etc. buttons to the start menu. I'm going to edit my first post to avoid more brickbats.
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    Posts : 520
    Windows 8, x64, DP8102 - Win7 Ultimate x64, Dual Boot


    Cool, Bill, thanks! I just used it to add defender and restart to the Metro UI.

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    Again, thanks!
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
    Posts : 3,030
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Added restart and shutdown to the Metro start page, thanks Bill.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 Professional RTM


    Joined to say Thanks Bill for posting our app.

    Before a ton of negative comments starts to accumulate:
    This disabling of Metro Start Screen is a generic tweak used by everyone by renaming your shsxs.dll to shsxs.dll.old, nothing else is changed so it is not specific to this app if you have issues when disabling Metro. I haven't had an issue with Task Manager but I have seen small oddities when disabling Metro.

    Though I wrote the app. I am still a firm believer of, if your going to use Windows 8 use Windows 8, if your going to Disable the Start Menu.............. then why not stick with Windows 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Whittington View Post
    Joined to say Thanks Bill for posting our app.

    Before a ton of negative comments starts to accumulate:
    This disabling of Metro Start Screen is a generic tweak used by everyone by renaming your shsxs.dll to shsxs.dll.old, nothing else is changed so it is not specific to this app if you have issues when disabling Metro. I haven't had an issue with Task Manager but I have seen small oddities when disabling Metro.

    Though I wrote the app. I am still a firm believer of, if your going to use Windows 8 use Windows 8, if your going to Disable the Start Menu.............. then why not stick with Windows 7.
    Hello Lee, don't worry. I think everybody understands DP's pretty buggy and somethings may work, others not. But your app works quite well to add apps. As for the other things, tinkerers must tinker lol. Hopefully in the beta MS'll provide an official way to choose/switch UIs.
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