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Initially HATED Metro, now I made my system great with it!

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    Initially HATED Metro, now I made my system great with it!


    Yeah, hear me out dudes. I tried the original 8 DP release and hated it. Deleted in 10 minutes. I now have Consumer Preview. I originally hated Metro more than ANY of you - even the SW dude.

    It really is faster than the old start menu. The trick is only to put a small amount of items on it and use Rocket Dock for the rest.

    In my Rocket Dock, I have all major apps and then also a folder with tons of minor apps. It all works lovely now and like I said, things are definitely faster here than no Metro.

    I leave you with 2 screenshots to give you an idea of what I mean with all this:

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    I initially thought MS was crazy but if you delete ALL the included Metro apps, do NOT use ANY Metro apps and copy or set similar to how I do - it IS faster than legacy Start menu.

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    How did you get all those small icons on the bottom right into the Rocket Dock ??
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    Hrrrmmmm...not entirely sure what you mean. I didn't do anything special with it. I just dragged and dropped the shortcuts to the dock then deleted the shortcuts from the desktop. I'm talking about where Malwarebytes is. Is that what you mean?

    If you mean directly in front of the watermark, that is not icons. It is part of the Windows 7 theme/skin for Rocketdock.
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    Thanks, I think I understand.
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    How is this any different than not using Metro at all. Just create short-cuts, for the same applications, on the 'legacy' desktop, then you've got one less layer - Metro - to think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    How is this any different than not using Metro at all. Just create short-cuts, for the same applications, on the 'legacy' desktop, then you've got one less layer - Metro - to think about.
    Ah yes, agreed.

    In Windows 7, I have the things I've shown in my Metro screenshot in the Start Menu and they are the only things I go for there.
    I missed it in Windows 8. But now that I DID put them in Metro and when I do go to start those particular items, I am easily able to do it quicker than before.

    The reason for that is because the tiles are much bigger and I don't have to use the mouse precisely as I do when the start menu has smaller lines or icons like in 7. I can just click wild lol.
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    Who is the SW dude?

    Glad you have found your workarounds.

    I think many will find their own ways of avoiding the included metro stuff - perhaps dropping a handful of their own shortcuts in there- - then using something as a kind of start menu alternative - you chose rocketdock.

    Seems like a very usable solution.
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    Heh heh yep I meant you because I've been reading the site here and there since the install. Believe me - I was completely agreeing with all you said about Metro.
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    Actually, I think there is some fantastic stuff in win8.

    What I don't like is the insistence on forcing people to use metro - fine for simple stuff on a portable - but it would be better if they gave the customers a choice.

    You have in fact confirmed that.

    From what you posted , it doesn't seem that you really like metro.

    What you seem to be doing is largely avoiding it.

    You have created a few shortcuts that you use straight from the metro start screen - often you will use rocketdock . In effect, you are using it as a replacement for the classic start menu.

    I think many will do just that - they will find their own preferred ways of doing it, of course.

    Thanks for posting it up - I am sure lots will give your solution a go.
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    I think we were doing the same in Win7. Who really used the Start menu for starting programs. At best it was used to search, and that is the same with the Metro Start. The whole page is a search field. The other use was to make shortcuts from All Programs (I always hated rolling thru all of those). That task is a lot easier now in All Apps. Even getting to the program Properties is easy by opening the file location.
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