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Don't like the Metro desktop?

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    Don't like the Metro desktop?


    Press Ctrl+Esc and you'll get the traditional desktop.

    And yes, you can install Windows 7 themes and gadgets with no problem.

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    erm thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Press Ctrl+Esc and you'll get the traditional desktop.

    And yes, you can install Windows 7 themes and gadgets with no problem.

    the Windows key do the same
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    No sarcasm to the op. It is something very noticeable on the few dedicated Windows 8 forums at the moment - repetition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    No sarcasm to the op. It is something very noticeable on the few dedicated Windows 8 forums at the moment - repetition.
    Dave, you are correct. I keep finding this problem posted in different threads. Also, I installed a Windows 7 theme on the desktop today, and it activated the "Desktop" block on the Metro interface. When I click on that, it switches me to the classical desktop.

    Elsewhere on the forum, I'm finding complicated methods of switching.
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    There is a thread where people are looking to go direct to the main ui without clicking anything or pressing anything - and preferably without seeing the kids screen at all.

    If you have found a way of doing that - it would useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Press Ctrl+Esc and you'll get the traditional desktop.
    the Windows key do the same
    "Ctrl+Esc" and "Windows key" only work if Desktop was started once before.

    After a new boot these keys don't work.

    But "Windows key + D" works always.

    So I think "Ctrl+Esc" and "Windows key" is only a switch between Metro start menu and Desktop.
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    So I think "Ctrl+Esc" and "Windows key" is only a switch between Metro start menu and Desktop.

    NiFu, you are correct. There are several complicated ways to switch back and forth, and there are a couple of easy ways. 8 starts with the Metro desktop by default. So if you don't like it, press the Windows key, and the problem is solved. But as I work with 8 , I'm liking the Metro interface better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Press Ctrl+Esc and you'll get the traditional desktop.

    And yes, you can install Windows 7 themes and gadgets with no problem.

    CTL+ESC is a toggle key. Win+D always gets you to the desktop.
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