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Windows 8 Consumer Preview Bypass Metro Start Screen and Show Desktop

  1. #11


    Europe
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    Win 7/Win 8/Android x86/iOS/OS X


    Just use the hack published here from a German guy (he exchanged the shell in Registry). Will launch windows exlorer after logon and forces Windows 8 desktop.

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  2. #12


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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Quote Originally Posted by gborn View Post
    Just use the hack published here from a German guy (he exchanged the shell in Registry). Will launch windows exlorer after logon and forces Windows 8 desktop.
    The "German" guy sorta copied that from me - or if not, he thinks very closely to how I do lol.

    I'm "German" too but the born in America type heh.

    Is there a way to boot and start with the desktop instead of Metro?
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  3. #13


    The delay irritated me. I found it quicker to click the desktop or, fingers on winkey d
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  4. #14


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    I get a similar effect by adding a shortcut to explorer.exe c:\ (minimized) in the following folder:

    C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    Last edited by fafhrd; 05 Apr 2012 at 18:19.
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  5. #15


    Europe
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    Win 7/Win 8/Android x86/iOS/OS X


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by gborn View Post
    Just use the hack published here from a German guy (he exchanged the shell in Registry). Will launch windows exlorer after logon and forces Windows 8 desktop.
    The "German" guy sorta copied that from me - or if not, he thinks very closely to how I do lol.

    I'm "German" too but the born in America type heh.

    Is there a way to boot and start with the desktop instead of Metro?
    @GMan: Hey cool - thx for that link (I stumled yesterday accidently over this forum - so maybe I missed some entries). I intend to write a short blog entry about that issue and will take your link also as a reference.
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  6. #16


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    Welcome!

    It's cool and suits me well, but other guys are itching for a complete disabling of Metro. MS really made that difficult if not impossible.

    In my efforts, I realized that it is possible (not completely sure) that MS hard coded the Metro into Explorer to open the Start Screen no matter what, under certain conditions. Certain reactions and non-reactions to my efforts made me feel this way.
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  7. #17


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    I don't have it in my PE build.

    It means pin to taskbar does not work - but explorer is ok - in fact almost everything is just fine.
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  8. #18


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


    Hi there

    Initially I thought -- what a good idea.
    Having now used W8 for some time now I can't see whats wrong in starting with the Metro Screen

    If you clear the zillions of tiles you DON't want and just keep the main ones you can start your application IMMEDIATELY without having to hunt for it in the START Menu.

    And of course if it's a NON METRO app you'll be taken into the Desktop application saving at least two mouse clicks !!! and possibly a search if your item is way way down in a sub menu.

    The only time you might actually need to click on the Desktop App first is if you want to start say IE as your first application in "Non Invasive" mode (I.e non metro mode). Even here it's possible to get round this problem too by creating a shortcut which launches I.E. The old way of working -- but the more I get used to it I'm actually quite liking the Navigation methods.

    I just wish the tiles could be customised decently.

    I know some people are used to a particular way of working but once you get used to this it's quite intuitive.

    I think MS have actually done their homework on this -- although getting people to change long established habits is never an easy task. I didn't like it at first either.

    cheers
    jimbo
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  9. #19


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    I still don't like it.

    That kind of thing is ok on a phone/craplet.

    I would rather bypass it totally.
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  10. #20


    I have found an interesing website which includes a download to bypass the Metro Screen.However, I haven't tried it myself but I would be interested to find out if it works (since I no longer have Windows 8 CP installed at the moment).

    Classic Start Helps You Skip Windows 8 Start Screen When You Log In [Update]
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