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  1. #1


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    windows 8

    What is the fix?


    I just downloaded Windows 8 Classic Start. It is a bit better but, I am really looking to make 8 as much like XP as possible. I would like the tiles gone and the icon filled desktop back. I know that I can put icons on the 8 desktop but the tiles and the Charms are a pain.

    Are there any downloads that can do this?

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  2. #2


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Yes, it is a pain.

    As far as I know, what you can do is somewhat limited.

    You could disable the hot corners with classic shell (under settings).

    You can get rid of the pointless "apps", just uninstall them all from the start screen thing, except the desktop.

    Then stop them from loading up with:

    Make8-aBit-LessGhastly.reg

    After reboot, you can rt click the c:\program files\windowsapps folder, select Take ownership, then delete the folder. ( You will probably need to show hidden and protected os files - under the View tab in folder options )
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  3. #3


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes, it is a pain.

    As far as I know, what you can do is somewhat limited.

    You could disable the hot corners with classic shell (under settings).

    You can get rid of the pointless "apps", just uninstall them all from the start screen thing, except the desktop.

    Then stop them from loading up with:

    Make8-aBit-LessGhastly.reg

    After reboot, you can rt click the c:\program files\windowsapps folder, select Take ownership, then delete the folder. ( You will probably need to show hidden and protected os files - under the View tab in folder options )
    And then this: Desktop - Boot Directy to using a Scheduled Task
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  4. #4


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Can you install Stardocks's Start8? That'll give you some kind of "orb" and a Start Menu
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  5. #5


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Classic shell already includes boot to desktop option.

    I think most of the start menus do now.

    Welcome to Classic Shell
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  6. #6


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Never used it, didn't know. Thanks for informing.
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  7. #7


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    Server 2012 / 8.0


    Quote Originally Posted by Vulcan View Post
    ... I would like the tiles gone ...
    A List Of Start Menu Replacements for Windows 8

    Then unpin all of them.

    Click image for larger version
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