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Windows 8 Tips and Tricks

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  1. newtekie1

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    Now that Windows 8 is starting to become available in preview form, I figured a thread on some tweaks we are using would be nice.

    Disable Metro UI
    The Metro UI is nice for tablets, but IMO it is useless on a desktop/laptop computer. So I like to disable it.

    1. Open Regedit
    2. Navigate to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer"
    3. Change the RPEnable key from 1 to 0
    4. Close Regedit
    5. Reboot the PC

    or

    Download the zip file attached to this post and run the registry files to enable or disable the Metro UI. Then reboot the PC.

    This is a user specific setting, so disabling it when logged in as one user will not disable it for other users of the computer.
     

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    Right - that was the first thing I disabled when installed Win Eight :)
     
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    nice, i hope on the next version the Microsoft will place the option to disable it
     
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    Windows 8 + MSI Afterburner =

    :( Your computer had a problem it couldn't handle.

    After it restarts we will assist you in find the the cause.

    You might also search the web for " bal bla bal bla error code string:

    Restart in xx (countdown)


    Its still a bluescreen.

    Yep, Afterburner doesn't work in Windows 8 64bit.


    I will try to allow unsigned drivers and see if that helps, and ATI CCC causes a black screen and I have to hard shutdown. 11.9 Windows 7 drivers.
     
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    To add to newtekie1's post, here is a nice explanation with a tool for the procedure:
    Enable classic start menu on Windows 8

    Here is some info on a tweaking tool in development:
    Windows 8 Power Toys - An ultimate tweaker for Windows 8

    If you installed the DEV tools version of Windows 8 you can simulate touch features with a mouse: Windows 8 Simulator to simulate touch features of Windows 8 with a mouse

    Here is a listing of tips and trick info at MyWindowsClub.com


    Also, over at TheWindowsClub there is: Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8
     
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    There are alot of new features in the new builds. I got my copy of it just last week and finally installed it by USB last night.

    I have already read the new build documentation on it, and started beating it up. I was hoping that I could get overclocking tools to work in it so I could use it for tuning my new 1100T when it arrives this week. So far no luck with the drivers, as the ATI drivers for Win 7 cause issues, as does Afterburner.

    AOD and a few other tools will be tried tonight, and then when my 1100T shows I will have to try some other tests, like Prime. Then to see if F@H will work on it.
     
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    not entirely true though, they've changed the way windows looks for drivers (it managed to install the drivers of my network printers and all my accessories by itself, which is much better then XP, Vista or 7 have ever done, it's also much faster and a lot lighter on resources
     
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    As far as I can see they haven't changed the way it looks for drivers at all. It checks local driver folders for the driver, if it doesn't find it, then it checks Windows update. And since Win 7 is pulling from pretty much the same driver repository in Windows update, it finds and auto isntalls the drivers just the same.
     
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    Come on people, post me some "Windows 8 Tips and Tricks".

    I sub'd this thread for "Windows 8 Tips and Tricks", not a comparison/re-hash of past OS version likes and dis-likes.

    I want my MTV tips and tricks!:)
     
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    Just as well you added that zip folder, i couldn't remember how to open regedit without searching for it in the start menu:eek:
     
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    Windows 8: Troubleshoot, restore, repair, reset, refresh

    Nothing new but still someone can find these tips useful. Let's start:

    a) System File Checker (sfc).​
    From command line.
    You can scan and verify the versions of all protected system files after restart.
    sfc /scannow Scans integrity of all protected system files and repairs files with problems when possible. You can try other switches:

    /VERIFYONLY
    Scans integrity of all protected system files. No repair operation is performed.

    /SCANFILE Scans integrity of the file with full path <file>. Repairs file if problems are identified.

    /VERIFYFILE Verifies the integrity of the file with full path <file>. No repair operation is performed.

    /OFFBOOTDIR For offline repair specify the location of the offline boot directory

    /OFFWINDIR For offline repair specify the location of the offline windows directory


    b) System restore

    From Metro:

    Control Panel -> More Settings -> Recovery -> Advanced Tools -> Open System Restore

    From classic interface start menu or control panel:
    Start -> Control Panel -> Recovery -> Advanced Tools -> Open System Restore

    Shortcut:
    Win+R -> rstrui -> ok

    Can get this before Windows boots:
    press F8 -> Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> System Restore

    c) Refresh

    As you noticed in Control Panel in Recovery section there are Reset and Refresh options.
    here's Refresh:

    You can get it through the shortcut

    Win+R -> systemreset -> ok and click the Next button

    [​IMG]

    d) Reset

    If you want to give your computer away with Windows 8 on it (product key will be deactivated don't worry), you can run this option.
    Like above it's in the Control Panel in Recovery section. After that you can use some software to wipe the traces, just in case.

    Of course you can use this option just to get Windows 8 to its initial state to get the clean system.
     
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    Hit the Windows button, then type regedit and hit enter.
     
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    Software that requires low level access to drivers in a beta OS, is unlikely. Just saying from a decade of beta testing experience :)
     
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