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Windows 8 and 8.1 Reg Tweaks

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I remember this fix to Let "My Computer" icon be first on desktop, has anyone found a reg or tweak for windows 8.1 that could work?.

 

I found this http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/36944-make-my-computer-first-icon-desktop-5.html but it dont really say anything about windows 8/8.1 :/

 

I really hate that documents folder being first each time i reboot my machine since the 2nd monitor makes both monitors blink twice when they get into windows and icons have changed back, sooooo annoying.

 

You *could* just hide one or both of them, and make your own shortcuts to do just what you want.  Right-click on the desktop, choose Personalize, then click the Change desktop icons link near the upper-left of the Personalization panel.

 

As far as the desktop icons becoming reorganized, I don't personally see that because I have a desktop in which all the monitors are permanently connected, but here's an idea that comes to mind (if you've not already tried it)...  Arrange the icons the way you want them with both monitors connected, then log off or reboot with them connected.  Then disconnect a monitor, rearrange the icons the way you want them with just the one connected, then log off or reboot with the hardware still in that condition.  I'm thinking Windows should save each arrangement per the desktop size at the time of logoff.

 

-Noel

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                                              = METRO APPS TO WINDOWS DESKTOP CONTEXT MENU =

 

Metro_Apps_Menu.png

 


 

INFO:

For Windows 8 | 8.1, 32-bit & 64-bit.

ADDS 14 Of The Most Popular Metro Apps plus Task Kill Apps.

- Calendar  

- Finance

- Games

- Mail

- Maps

- Music

- News

- People

- Reading List

- Sports

- Store

- Travel

- Video

- Weather

 

- Includes Installer  and Uninstaller to the Systemdrive\Metro.Apps directory.

 

Enjoy, ~DP

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Is this better than Classic Shell in some way?  I'm probably missing something obvious.

 

-Noel

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Is this better than Classic Shell in some way?  I'm probably missing something obvious.

 

-Noel

I am with you Noel, I run Classic as well and can't see much difference.

 

~DP  :whistle:

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Is this better than Classic Shell in some way?  I'm probably missing something obvious.

 

-Noel

 

 

 

Is this better than Classic Shell in some way?  I'm probably missing something obvious.

 

-Noel

I am with you Noel, I run Classic as well and can't see much difference.

 

~DP  :whistle:

 

 

Its awesome because its portable & needs no injection into explorer, or a running explorer, & no need for taskbar, & works on a non-clickable desktop, & works with MY NEW TEST SETUP (Post #9). ;)

http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/172004-a-really-useful-win-81-desktop/#entry1079774

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I guess.  Such a tool might be helpful in an IT environment where people are not allowed to install anything they want.  Does it have to have elevated privileges to run?

 

If there was something wrong with installing Classic Shell - some problem that choosing to use it long-term causes - I'd be more concerned about those things.  As it is, it's a problem solved.  Completely.  And you can't beat the price.  ;)

 

-Noel

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I guess.  Such a tool might be helpful in an IT environment where people are not allowed to install anything they want.  Does it have to have elevated privileges to run?

-Noel

 

No. ;)

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2015 Windows 8 Mega Tweaks v 4.1 (SEPTEMBER UPDATE)

Tweaks_4.1.7z

 

I've uploaded more than 200 tweaks in HTML format to make it easier to see helper files and folder and file paths that need editing; just unzip the files and click on tweaks.html file. All the helper scripts are perfectly safe text files that you must change to a suitable file extension to work. Evidently, the rules on file size uploads were changed at MSFN so I've linked to the same file over at WinCert.

File: Tweaks_4.1.7zCRC-32: d9aed498   MD4: 6d77db24620b5aa2335c1192b142471a   MD5: 0b84ccc2e9a9be4a1d6fb58e4c66e678 SHA-1: 30d297906f09d103a4871b678fcc4d46eb6bfadf
  • Version 4.1 has smaller file size, couple of URL links fixed and more screen shots
  • Version 4.0 extensively revised to add dozens of privacy tweaks to combat Microsoft's telemetry updates
  • Installation of tweaks requiring administrative control of registry keys has been greatly simplified by using setacl.exe (443 KB).
  • Can install all tweaks using Windows Post Install using included config.js file
  • Automated "F8" Windows 8 Legacy Boot Install
  • Automate trim command on SSD drives with the correct commands through scheduled tasks
  • AutoIt script to automatically write the exact date of a Windows install on Windows System Property Page
  • The application of the privacy and custom context menu tweaks requires the separate download of setacl.exe (443 KB) and AutoIt (11.7 MB).
  • No other software is needed if you do not need context menus or privacy tweaks

  post-408903-0-01225900-1441996824_thumb. Guide Interface        System Tools Menu       Properrty Page

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Thanks Byte, does it also come with Uninstaller?

~DP

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No uninstaller. As I indicated in the HTML file that explains the tweaks, these modifications are mostly registry files, visual basic and AutoIt scripts with the extension ".TXT" appended to them so downloaders can examine the code before they execute the files. The legacy boot installer does have an "uninstall" routine for those that compile it and use the embedded registry file. For those who have accounts with the OP, there are more screens shots over there to show what the tweaks do.

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@page2pagepro Evidently, the rules on file size uploads were changed at MSFN so I've linked to the same file over at WinCert and amended the post. Hope that helps.

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Would this be the spot to post registry tweaks for getting Windows Mail (from Vista) to be FULLY integrated/associated with Windows 8?

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I'd always prefer a separate thread.  Otherwise discussion tends to go off on tangents not having to do with the overall thread subject.

 

But it's entirely up to you.  :)

 

-Noel

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OK.  It was to be more or less plagurized from the Windows 8 Forum that Brink runs, but I'll look and see if there's something duplicated first.  Thanks Noel.

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