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Can I disable exloper.exe and use only Metro on Tablet?

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Can I disable exloper.exe and use only Metro on Tablet?


    Hi to all,

    i buyed a HP Stream 7 with Windows 8.1 with Bing. It is really good and i'm satisfied at moment.
    But there is something that is "annoying" me: i don't want to use explorer.exe ( not the browser ) interface and desktop feature, and i want to use only Metro UI, because i think that is more touch friendly than explorer interface.
    Is there a way to use only Metro UI in Windows 8.1?


    Thanks in advice.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 179
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    Killing explorer will remove access to start, metro ui and metro apps. Just set your metro apps as the default programs and just think of explorer as the file manager app.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    uncheck the check box that is checked and you will be taken to the apps screen instead of desktop by default
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    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    As alluded to, File Explorer is pretty much the core of Windows 8 and 8.1, without it there is nothing working. Same goes for Windows Explorer in Windows 7 and earlier versions. Both versions use the explorer.exe executable file, just the name changed.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 740
    Windows 8.1


    You can set it so that it defaults to the Start instead of the desktop, but you will still have to deal with the Desktop until Windows 10 is released.
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Can I disable exloper.exe and use only Metro on Tablet?
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