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disabling / removing Metro GUI (works for current developer release)

jimbo45

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Hi all

This is a copy of a post I made in the W7 Forums but I've been pointed to this Forum (never even knew there was a W8 one yet !!)

I've just been playing with the developer edition of W8 download
link in the news section of the Forum.

if you are like me and HATE those
horrible square tacky icons that make this OS look more like a mobile phone than
a desktop / workstation OS then this neat little trick gets back to the more
"Claassical UI" windows look.

Once I've disabled the Metro UI I actually
quite like W8 and it seems snappy enough on my system even as a VM.

To
disable the Metro UI and keep the ribbon, etc, simply rename
c:\windows\system32\shsxs.dll to something else and reboot.

This might
only work for the current developer build but it suits me for the
moment.

I always prefer totally uncluttered desktops with the minimal
information on them at startup.

I hate the android phone default start up
screens -- I'm using an HTC phone.

Nothing wrong with the phone but not
everybody wants or needs zillions of apps on their screen !!!.

To any MS
developers --remember this OS will also be used as a workstation / laptop OS so
please don't turn it into a tablet only or "Iphone" look alike OS. Some peole
like dynamically changing icons ("Metro apps" - why can't they just call them
MOBILE apps which is essentially what they are) but others don't want them
--leave some user choice. !!!!

Cheers

Jimbo45
 

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Tom

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Thanks for that tip, Jimbo. I'm sure that the GUI will be useful on a touch interface, but it's worse then useless in a workstation/desktop environment.
 

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mikedl

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Might as well stick with Win 7 then ...
 

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Tom

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From a GUI perspective, I agree. However, 8 is being promoted as offering improvements in performance, security, privacy and system reliability, along with a decrease in the the memory footprint needed and faster boot-up and shut down speeds. All good stuff for the desktop, and good news for laptops.

It's a new O/S, with - I hope - improvements, tweaks and changes that will make it useful for all sorts of platforms. If all I was interested in was the GUI, I would stick with XP. That's obviously a silly stance to take however.
 

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zx81

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I hope Microsoft will not overlook the fact that most people don't use or want to use touchscreen based computers.

Best regards,

zx81
 

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Angelo

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I found this batch script to work really good to remove the Metro UI without rebooting, while still preserving the new taskbar and the such. Save as KillMetro.bat and run as admin:

Edit: Uh, the below script doesn't actually turn off Metro, it enables the classic Start menu but ALSO allows Metro to be invoked. Anyone have a better script?

Code:
@echo off
ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll shsxs.dll.bak
tskill explorer
echo Wait a second...
ping -n 2 127.0.0.1>nul
ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll

Here's the same script, but to turn it back on:

Code:
@echo off
ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll
tskill explorer

The renaming in the above script is not really required if the KillMetro.bat above is used to disable Metro UI, it's more of a fail-safe.
 

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davehc

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I have created two specific users, one Metro and the other non metro. It takes seconds to logout and in again.
 

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Capt.Jack Sparrow

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I found this batch script to work really good to remove the Metro UI without rebooting, while still preserving the new taskbar and the such. Save as KillMetro.bat and run as admin:

Edit: Uh, the below script doesn't actually turn off Metro, it enables the classic Start menu but ALSO allows Metro to be invoked. Anyone have a better script?

Code:
@echo off
ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll shsxs.dll.bak
tskill explorer
echo Wait a second...
ping -n 2 127.0.0.1>nul
ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll

Here's the same script, but to turn it back on:

Code:
@echo off
ren C:\Windows\System32\shsxs.dll.bak shsxs.dll
tskill explorer

The renaming in the above script is not really required if the KillMetro.bat above is used to disable Metro UI, it's more of a fail-safe.

Here is a tool that does that Download Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 1.0 Free - A simple means of customizing the Metro interface of Windows 8 - Softpedia
 

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logicearth

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Turning Metro UI off per-user:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled set to 0
Then log off and back in.

Then for the rest of the system, login UI, etc:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\RPEnabled set to 0
Restart.

No changing DLLs needed...The registry (and Group Policy) is the supported way.
 

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whs

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I agree that the Metro UI is kind of "alien" for the PC. But if you cut it out, you are missing a lot of fun and end up with a lesser system than Win7.
 
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I have created two specific users, one Metro and the other non metro. It takes seconds to logout and in again.

Good idea !
 

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mikedl

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Try out Classic Shell.

I haven't tried it out on a single monitor (I use two) but, to me, it's the best of both worlds.

2011-09-24_161314.jpg
 

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DMHolt57

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I found this to be the best for laptop or desktop... be sure to set your user tile image before disabling, or you are stuck with the white generic user outline on the logon screen.
MetroController

http://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.17
 
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whs

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Hmm, may be an overkill to set the regkey from 1 to 0 or 2. Go to

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

Right click on the RPEnabled and click Modify

Set to 0 or 2 (with 2 you keep the new Task Manager).
 

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Shawn. my comment was not intended as a criticism of the tutorial. It was meant as an answer to post #16. I just thought that downloading a program for such a trivial operation is a bit heavy handed. But maybe some people are not comfy manipulating the registry and prefer some tool where they do not know what is really happening.

Btw: recently I noticed watermarks in your tutorials. Have people been "stealing" your snips? That once happened to me many years ago with one of my first tutorials on Shadow Explorer. Half a dozen forums and blogs (and very well known ones) used my snips to spread the news. Some even without the reference.
 

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Wolfgang,

Oh no mate. I didn't take it that way at all. No worries. Besides, I always welcome constructive criticism anyways. Anything to help improve the tutorials so that they may help better is always welcomed.

I wast just posting to let folks know that the tutorial was updated for what you pointed out to make it easier to do using the context menu addition from the tutorial. That's all. :)

I agree. I don't much care for using 3rd party programs when not needed to be able to use Windows 8 own built-in features or options to do it. The tutorial just uses a simple .vbs file to make the registry changes with when using the context menu.

Yep, I always use watermarks on our images at our VF, SF, and EF sites. This way, if any one uses the images at their site, everyone will know where they came from.
 

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