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If you dont like metro, you could do this.

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    If you dont like metro, you could do this.


    I hate the metro ui but like windows 8 overall.

    This is what i did to disable the metro ui.

    First start up regedit

    then go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Down the list a ways there is the shell entry.

    I changed mine to cmd:


    Now when you restart windows when you log in you will no longer be greeted with the start tiles. But with a cmd window lol.

    IMO this is tons better than metro, been using it like this for a day. No wallpapers, and no watermark.

    But what this also means, is that if someone wrote a full replacement shell for windows we would also have no metro. So someone get on that. Or someone should try to get window 7's explorer.exe to work on windows 8, i've tried it doesn't work.

    Also like this windows explorer browsing files works as normal too. Running explorer.exe doesn't start back up metro and everything, just brings up the file explorer. There are also no more hot corners metro is completely gone .
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    Nice idea - people are already working on it.

    In the meantime: Metro disabler
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Nice idea - people are already working on it.

    In the meantime: Metro disabler
    Yeah but odds are that microsoft will patch that before RTM.

    This i HIGHLY doubt they will remove.

    But one more side effect of this, it screws with the window color changer.

    The color changer for windows doesn't work right anymore. It doesnt work period. Only way to change color of windows is to switch to a premade theme that has a color saved in the theme file and not set on auto, Like the basic themes.

    I was also thinking about making me some sort of simple application launcher with python at some point that will get started on startup.

    Edit worked on that some, so far i have it displaying the wallpaper(location taken from Registry) on all monitors, behind all windows.

    Last edited by dfanz0r; 20 Jun 2012 at 03:33.
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    fxxkmetro is not going to be perfect yet, it is early days. It is a great attempt and works well overall.

    Keep at it - lots of people are looking for ways to avoid the metro infection.
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    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by dfanz0r View Post
    I hate the metro ui but like windows 8 overall.

    This is what i did to disable the metro ui.

    First start up regedit

    then go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    Down the list a ways there is the shell entry.

    I changed mine to cmd:


    Now when you restart windows when you log in you will no longer be greeted with the start tiles. But with a cmd window lol.

    IMO this is tons better than metro, been using it like this for a day. No wallpapers, and no watermark.

    But what this also means, is that if someone wrote a full replacement shell for windows we would also have no metro. So someone get on that. Or someone should try to get window 7's explorer.exe to work on windows 8, i've tried it doesn't work.

    Also like this windows explorer browsing files works as normal too. Running explorer.exe doesn't start back up metro and everything, just brings up the file explorer. There are also no more hot corners metro is completely gone .
    image:
    So can you directly boot to Desktop without seeing that Metro Start Screen???
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    But one more side effect of this, it screws with the window color changer.
    No it doesn't.

    It works fine for me.

    You might have caused that by the other mucking about you are doing.
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    Windows 7 Pro / Windows 8 Release Preview


    hmm thats weird, i might have a look at it again see what the issue is.


    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post

    So can you directly boot to Desktop without seeing that Metro Start Screen???


    There is no desktop this way. You boot into a command prompt. I might try to get this little program i'm working on to clone a lot of the features of the desktop though.

    you can still start programs and everything but you just don't have the desktop interface at all. It doesnt just remove metro but the whole desktop as well.
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    Windows 7/8


    That Shell= entry has been there since forever. But sadly noone ever really made use of it. There are like a dozen desktop shells (+Window managers) for linux but not many (if any true shell replacements) for windows.

    Would be nice if this forces someone to see commercial interest, not just in add-on tool bars or hacked theme changers but a TRUE and FULL Windows shell replacement that really kicked ass

    It would be a bit daunting but... Win8 may create a market for it for real.
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    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by dfanz0r View Post
    hmm thats weird, i might have a look at it again see what the issue is.


    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post

    So can you directly boot to Desktop without seeing that Metro Start Screen???


    There is no desktop this way. You boot into a command prompt. I might try to get this little program i'm working on to clone a lot of the features of the desktop though.

    you can still start programs and everything but you just don't have the desktop interface at all. It doesnt just remove metro but the whole desktop as well.
    If you can resolve that, it would be so good for try. Actually the Metro is shared with classic shell (as I think so), so there is a problem in eradicating them.

    Quote Originally Posted by FSeal View Post
    That Shell= entry has been there since forever. But sadly noone ever really made use of it. There are like a dozen desktop shells (+Window managers) for linux but not many (if any true shell replacements) for windows.

    Would be nice if this forces someone to see commercial interest, not just in add-on tool bars or hacked theme changers but a TRUE and FULL Windows shell replacement that really kicked ass

    It would be a bit daunting but... Win8 may create a market for it for real.
    I got a shell entry in Windows System 32 folder, i.e. twinui.dll.mui . That's is responsible for almost all metro stuff. Once when I replaced it by a file I've just tweaked , Windows lost all the metro, and it comes to same scenario that this thread states initially.
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    Windows 7/8


    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post

    I got a shell entry in Windows System 32 folder, i.e. twinui.dll.mui . That's is responsible for almost all metro stuff. Once when I replaced it by a file I've just tweaked , Windows lost all the metro, and it comes to same scenario that this thread states initially.
    Exactly, WIth a single change and the proper installed software, the ENTIRE desktop/toolbar/startmenu "shell" can be replaced by anything else, if such anything else's existed. Linux has always had many to chose from (generally all worse than windows though) Windows has always had that ability, just nothing to choose from. The standard windows desktop was generally good enough and hackable enough that no one has really gone through the effort of doing a complete replacement. But if Win8 is hated enough on release, it could actually open up a real market for one

    I would even love to do my part for such a project. We could end up with a really nice power user desktop for windows in the end. Something staring with the current windows desktop but moving in the complete opposite direction of Metro. Or maybe some else ?completely new" but also in the opposite direction of metro
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