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I was wondering how do I disable the Metro UI completely I use WinToolKit latest Version I do not know how to delete the metro UI?

Does anyone know thank you?


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this is not possible.

You must use the Win7 Explorer:

http://www.msfn.org/...-for-windows-8/

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The latest version of "Classic Shell" does not actually disable the Win-8 UI, but it politely bypasses it and allows a boot to go right to the desktop, which then can be customized to look pretty much like you want it.

My own desktop, under the Classic Shell, looks just like my windows XP desktop.

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

I highly recommend it!

Andromeda43 B)

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I was wondering how do I disable the Metro UI completely I use WinToolKit latest Version I do not know how to delete the metro UI?

Does anyone know thank you?


this is not possible.

You must use the Win7 Explorer:

http://www.msfn.org/...-for-windows-8/

Actually it is possible, however there are some essential Windows control interfaces, like recovery options that are Metro only that you'll loose access to... To boot directly to the Desktop use a little app called Skip Metro Suite for Windows 8 to do the obvious thing... You can also use Classic Shell and a few other apps but they don't skip Metro they still load it and switch to the Desktop or disable the hot corners (yet, but Classic Shell will soon).

Then to avoid any inadvertent interference from Metro (for reasons like these), the Author of Skip Metro Suite posts these registry tweaks to disable the Metro panels...

:)

Edited by hoak, 26 August 2012 - 04:52 AM.


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Actually it is possible, however there are some essential Windows control interfaces, like recovery options that are Metro only that you'll loose access to... To boot directly to the Desktop use a little app called Skip Metro Suite for Windows 8 to do the obvious thing... You can also use Classic Shell and a few other apps but they don't skip Metro they still load it and switch to the Desktop or disable the hot corners (yet, but Classic Shell will soon).


My version of bypassing Metro UI after logon doesn't require any tool or programm and does it in a nativ way. - You won't see Metro at all while login. - Also not the 1-2 sec. right after the login.



You can skip to 2:45.

Edited by KNARZ, 17 September 2012 - 11:48 AM.


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My version of bypassing Metro UI after logon doesn't require any tool or programm and does it in a nativ way. - You won't see Metro at all while login. - Also not the 1-2 sec. right after the login.


Unlike Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 won't install Desktop Experience by default, that might be the cause Windows Server 2012 directly boot into desktop. May we should uninstall Desktop Experience from Windows 8 if possible?

I guess you port the Windows Server 2012 startup thingy to Windows 8?

Anyway I'm looking forward to your script or tutorial for disable Windows 8 start screen after logon.

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I guess you port the Windows Server 2012 startup thingy to Windows 8?

Anyway I'm looking forward to your script or tutorial for disable Windows 8 start screen after logon.

Seemingly more details are here:
http://www.neowin.ne...rver-2012-like/


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Where do we find the script knarz ?

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Where do we find the script knarz ?

AFAIK not yet released, try PM ing him for a beta-test:
http://www.neowin.ne...#entry595193539

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Right. Not yet... It will be ported to an exe for better Errorhandling.
I guess a release will be available this or next week. - I will keep the neowin post and youtube description up to date.

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KNARZ has published this method to boot natively to desktop like Server 2012 by modifying the System Policy: http://www.wesnext.c...ypass-metro-ui/ . Evil has been defeated!! Posted Image

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It's very nice, but still modifies system things as i see. I'll make free tool which skips metro w/o system modifying after finishing StartIsBack. :rolleyes:

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It's very nice, but still modifies system things as i see. I'll make free tool which skips metro w/o system modifying after finishing StartIsBack. :rolleyes:


you can contact me if you want.. - it seems you have also a very nice approch as i tested you startisback tool. ;)
looks like mine.. - contact details on the website. would be nice to hear from you. - i also will provide details of my methode to you if you want/need.

I'm actually not really patching or modifing any system files.

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I'll make free tool which skips metro w/o system modifying after finishing StartIsBack. :rolleyes:


Thanks. Looking forward to it as well. :w00t:

Edited by xpclient, 17 October 2012 - 05:48 AM.


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I'm actually not really patching or modifing any system files.

I guess you're changing registry with license capatibilities key. That's only approach which does not require any files to implant into system, so it's very cool! In StartIsBack i planned to hook license functions too, but found how to work Metro around without this.

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Right. Not yet... It will be ported to an exe for better Errorhandling.
I guess a release will be available this or next week. - I will keep the neowin post and youtube description up to date.

KNARZ,

We are maintaining a list of applications to restore/create the Start Button and Start Menu in Windows 8. An application or technique to bypass the Start Screen would also qualify under the rules (as the OP, I make the rules for that thread ;) ). May I add Bypass Modern UI to our list?

I ask because at the bottom of your post, you specify that...

You’re not allowed to change this application or post it anywhere else.

...so I'm playing it safe by asking for permission.

Thanks, and good luck.

--JorgeA

Edited by JorgeA, 20 October 2012 - 05:10 PM.


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KNARZ has published this method to boot natively to desktop like Server 2012 by modifying the System Policy: http://www.wesnext.c...ypass-metro-ui/ . Evil has been defeated!! Posted Image


Bypassing metro that way in Windows Server 2012 (and perhaps in 8 too) has a small issue - you loose access to "Change PC settings", with boot to desktop enabled this setting is gone:

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I'd prefer Ex7forW8 to get rid of metro.

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^ Nothing is broken for me. PC Settings works. Maybe something else you did broke it.

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KNARZ has published this method to boot natively to desktop like Server 2012 by modifying the System Policy: http://www.wesnext.c...ypass-metro-ui/ . Evil has been defeated!! Posted Image


Bypassing metro that way in Windows Server 2012 (and perhaps in 8 too) has a small issue - you loose access to "Change PC settings", with boot to desktop enabled this setting is gone:

Posted Image

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I'd prefer Ex7forW8 to get rid of metro.


I also can't confirm this. And please don't use this for Server 2012. You can easily disable Modern/Metro with a registry key!
The policy for Server 2012 is default to load straigt into desktop.

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The policy for Server 2012 is default to load straigt into desktop.


No, the default policy for Server 2012 is to load metro first. Quite a surprise for many people because it implies you wanna equip your server with a touch screen as in tablets and cell phones. :rolleyes:

I installed Server 2012 recently and can confirm it doesn't boot to desktop by default:

http://www.win2008wo...php?f=54&t=2215

http://www.win2012wo...lassic-desktop/

http://www.techrepub...erver-2012/5850

Great if boot straight to desktop works without issues in Windows 8.

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But this can be easily disabled with a registry entry. I thought this Desktop Experience Pack thing is not installed by default?!

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correct. DE is not installed by default and in this case it boots directly to the Desktop.

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But this can be easily disabled with a registry entry. I thought this Desktop Experience Pack thing is not installed by default?!


Indeed, Desktop Experience feature is not there by default, neither are a few other features that are installed in Windows 8 by default (such as backup, bit-locker, etc). There's no new Aero theme, no WMP, no sound, no snipping tool, no widndows defender, no disk cleanup, no .net framework, nothing that makes your desktop comfortable and fully functional. So if you really interact with your server, be it 2003/2008/2012, Desktop Experience is a must, not an option. Without various features, windows server is not ready to use.

With Desktop Experience on, Server does not boot straight to desktop. You can enable it, but then you loose "Change PC Settings" in your metro-style control panel, and currently there is no fix,

http://www.win2008wo...php?f=54&t=2215

Instead, I use Classic Shell with StartIsBack to bypass Metro. But it's pretty weird still that Metro is available in Server OS, it would have been way more rational to keep the start menu in Server 2012.
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Indeed, Desktop Experience feature is not there by default, neither are a few other features that are installed in Windows 8 by default (such as backup, bit-locker, etc). There's no new Aero theme, no WMP, no sound, no snipping tool, no widndows defender, no disk cleanup, no .net framework, nothing that makes your desktop comfortable and fully functional. So if you really interact with your server, be it 2003/2008/2012, Desktop Experience is a must, not an option. Without various features, windows server is not ready to use.

I think that it's all about personal preferences. For you these features may be a "must" but I'm sure that there are others who consider most of them bloatware :P

Among those I myself would only only need two (sound & .NET Framework) to have a "fully functional" desktop experience.

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Sure. Most of us (power-users) prefer the classis startmenu. But when I change the system from W7 to W8 I guess I will use my methode in combination with classic shell.

Edited by KNARZ, 23 October 2012 - 05:22 AM.





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