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Metro UI Tweaker: Make Windows 8 Look Like Windows 7

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  1. qubit

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    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.


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    [​IMG]Win7 Start menu on Win8

    [​IMG]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
     
  2. arterius2

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    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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    sweet now no reason to upgrade
     
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    That horse has been beaten before
     
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    Couldn't have said it better myself :rockout:
     
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    I Still like the look of Win 7, Win 8 looks too Xboxish, aka very annoying.
     
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    I have been running the below for a while. Called Omnimo.

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    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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    Win8 and metro does look nice. Although I would love a "windows classic" option ;-)
     
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    Your post title should be "My latest attempt at trolling."
     
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    Link for the Caboose please.
     
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    personally i dont like win8 metro interface.
    why dont microsoft use something that normal, like docking than fill the whole desktop with it
    [​IMG]
     
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    i'm running the same thing, and prefer it greatly over the metro screen.
     
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    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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    Probably dont have all the functions or they are disabled for public use till the OS goes online fully
     
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    http://omnimo.info/

    Easy to configure, make it as Windows 8 or 7 as you like.
     
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    Have it now thanks:)
     
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    Thanks for the link. Looks interesting. I'm going to try that on my win7 system.
     
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    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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    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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