Sunday, September 25th 2011

Metro UI Tweaker: Make Windows 8 Look Like Windows 7

For those of you trying out the Windows 8 developer release who already hanker for the old Windows 7 look, help is now at hand! Enter Metro UI Tweaker from The Windows Club. From the screenshots below, you can see that things like the Explorer Ribbon and the Metro Start menu can be turned off. It can do a lot more, however.

Win7 Start menu on Win8
The various power options
enabled in the Metro UI Start menu


Note: This application requires the enabling of .NET Framework 3.5.1 on the Windows 8 developer preview as follows:
1 Fire up Control Panel then click on More Settings and go Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off
2 Select .NET Framework 3.5.1 from the listing and click OK
3 Windows will connect to Windows Update to download the required files
4 When that’s done, you’re good to go


The tweaks currently being offered are:

1 Disable Metro Start menu: Disables only Metro Start menu screen. This function requires editing a system file. It does not remove the file
2 Disable Metro Ribbon: Disables only the Metro Ribbon UI. It requires taking ownership of a system file. It does not remove this file
3 Disable Metro Start menu and Ribbon: Disables the Metro Start menu UI, Ribbon UI, Metro Task Manager UI and the lock screen
4 Enable Metro Start menu and Ribbon: Re-enables all available Metro UI options
5 Add power options to the Metro Start menu screen: Logoff, Switch User, Lock, Sleep, Restart and Shutdown
6 Add any application/file to the Metro UI Start menu screen: Some applications/files may not be available to you to add to the Metro Start menu screen. This program allows you to add those applications/files which would otherwise be unavailable

When first run, the program will generate a folder in your Windows directory labelled Metro UI Tools. This folder is there to keep your power option apps in place without worrying about them having to be moved. Once generated and the files are unpacked from the program, do not remove the folder or the power apps from this folder as these options will no longer be available and may generate errors. The program works on 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. It's constantly being refined, so check the Windows Club website regularly for updates.

Sources: ZDNet | The Windows Club | Microsoft Developer Preview Intro | Windows 8 Developer ISO download page
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32 Comments on Metro UI Tweaker: Make Windows 8 Look Like Windows 7

#1
arterius2
Just stick with Windows 7 if you don't like the layout of Windows 8

I for one, don't mind trying out the metro UI for refreshment sake, not that I would use it on my workstation, but trying new things is fun for me.

the same people who whine about win8 are the ones who did for win7 while still holding onto the dinosaurs that is winxp.
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#3
Drone
That horse has been beaten before
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#4
15th Warlock
by: arterius2
Just stick with Windows 7 if you don't like the layout of Windows 8
Couldn't have said it better myself :rockout:
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#5
eidairaman1
I Still like the look of Win 7, Win 8 looks too Xboxish, aka very annoying.
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#6
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
I have been running the below for a while. Called Omnimo.

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#7
pr0n Inspector
Thread title should be: How to Fix Yet Another Windows Regression Brought On By The Never-ending Infighting Between Microsoft's Groups
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#8
Completely Bonkers
Win8 and metro does look nice. Although I would love a "windows classic" option ;-)
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#9
DanTheBanjoman
Señor Moderator
by: pr0n Inspector
Thread title should be: How to Fix Yet Another Windows Regression Brought On By The Never-ending Infighting Between Microsoft's Groups
Your post title should be "My latest attempt at trolling."
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#11
micropage7
personally i dont like win8 metro interface.
why dont microsoft use something that normal, like docking than fill the whole desktop with it
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#12
dorsetknob
anyone got any TV cards working yet been trying for a while.
while installing drivers is not a problem getting software to show digital Tv aint so easy
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#13
TheMailMan78
Big Member
I dunno about Win8 honestly. I rely WAY to much on my desktop for work flow. I mean the desktop has been a staple of all OS's for years. Both Apple and Windows. How do you just dump 20 years of work flow habit ya know?

It kinda looks as if Microsoft is going a little TO off base with this jump.
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#14
digibucc
by: arterius2
the same people who whine about win8 are the ones who did for win7 while still holding onto the dinosaurs that is winxp.
that's simply untrue, and you only highlight your own ignorance by saying that. I jumped to win7 in RC, and never looked back. I gladly got away from XP. Win 8 simply does not market well to power users.
I spend 15 hours a day on my computer, the extra time metro ui alone takes is simply ridiculous. the fact that you need a third party software to remove it is even moreso.

just because your limited imagination doesn't provide you with adequate reasoning as to why some people dislike win 8, doesn't mean your theory holds any water. so continue to insult others even though you have no idea what you are talking about, as that seems to be the goal of the majority of windows 8 defenders!
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#15
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: TheMailMan78
I dunno about Win8 honestly. I rely WAY to much on my desktop for work flow. I mean the desktop has been a staple of all OS's for years. Both Apple and Windows. How do you just dump 20 years of work flow habit ya know?

It kinda looks as if Microsoft is going a little TO off base with this jump.
I tried it for the first time on my laptop last night and erm... god no. :shadedshu

It's not obvious how you do basics such as shut down the PC and run your programs via the desktop. If this is the future of Windows I don't like it. This is why it's bad when restrictive products like the iPad are wildly successful. :mad: The Apple influence here is obvious.

This little utility is a godsend.
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#16
NdMk2o1o
by: PVTCaboose1337
I have been running the below for a while. Called Omnimo.

http://i.imgur.com/YwEqj.jpg
That's very nice looking and I could quite easily get used to something like that as opposed to covering the whole screen with big stupid buttons :toast:
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#17
digibucc
i'm running the same thing, and prefer it greatly over the metro screen.
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#18
xaira
where is the revert to windows 7 boot manager option?

ps anyone tried using win 8 as an ics router? it made me go back to win 7
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#19
eidairaman1
by: xaira
where is the revert to windows 7 boot manager option?

ps anyone tried using win 8 as an ics router? it made me go back to win 7
Probably dont have all the functions or they are disabled for public use till the OS goes online fully
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#20
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
by: H82LUZ73
Link for the Caboose please.
by: NdMk2o1o
That's very nice looking and I could quite easily get used to something like that as opposed to covering the whole screen with big stupid buttons :toast:
http://omnimo.info/

Easy to configure, make it as Windows 8 or 7 as you like.
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#22
PopcornMachine
by: PVTCaboose1337
http://omnimo.info/

Easy to configure, make it as Windows 8 or 7 as you like.
Thanks for the link. Looks interesting. I'm going to try that on my win7 system.
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#23
u2konline
I have no plans to buy win8, unless win7 shuts down for good. They should just focus on win7 and improved on it instead of bringing out win8 which looks and sounds like crap.
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#24
arterius2
by: digibucc
that's simply untrue, and you only highlight your own ignorance by saying that. I jumped to win7 in RC, and never looked back. I gladly got away from XP. Win 8 simply does not market well to power users.
I spend 15 hours a day on my computer, the extra time metro ui alone takes is simply ridiculous. the fact that you need a third party software to remove it is even moreso.

just because your limited imagination doesn't provide you with adequate reasoning as to why some people dislike win 8, doesn't mean your theory holds any water. so continue to insult others even though you have no idea what you are talking about, as that seems to be the goal of the majority of windows 8 defenders!
for some strange reason, majority of the win8 whiners fails to remember that win8 will include a classic mode(win7), and you can keep on using win7 if u don't like win8.

In fact, the metro layout is designed for ARM and touch based tablet devices(which makes sense due to lack of KB and mouse), I've used WP7 and i thought the metro interface is quite intuitive, like i said, I wouldnt use it on my workstation, but I have no reason not to try it on my HTPC! life is about choices, and varity of them, you can very much run your win8 the same way as win7 if you choose. i would probably too on my workstation. this is not my "theory" so stop pointing fingers like you've got some sort of grudge against anyone who would give a chance to experience the final product before making judgement.

oh, and one more thing. Quit complaining.
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#25
digibucc
are you serious? you have no argument. you're whining that people who don't like windows 8 are whining. grow up.

if you can run win 8 in win 7 mode, what is the purpose of this third party software? if there is a simple option in win 8 that does the same thing, why does this even exist?
gates has already said he expects the touch interface to be used by everyone. he thinks touch monitors should be ubiquitous - despite the fact that they are ridiculously tiring to use for any extended period of time.

i like a lot of the features windows 8 offers. i don't like the metro screen. it is locked in unless you use third party software(or edit core files), and classic mode is still win8 with metro, unless hacked.

thanks for schooling me kid, but i know the variety out there and the chance was with the dev preview. of course i will try rcs as well, but with gate's own comments they don't plan to change anything.
in fact, the only way it WOULD be improved is by feedback from people like me, who actually care - rather than people who simply want to insult and demean others just because they have a different point of view. again, grow up.

and please, answer this: do you all really think the only valid comment about windows 8 is a positive one? you people attack everyone who doesn't have something nice to say - no matter how valid their negative feedback. that doesn't hint of intellectual honesty.
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