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Disable Metro And Enable Desktop Mode In Windows 8

    If you want to disable metro mode and enable desktop mode in windows 8 then Congratulations, as you can do this.Windows 8 metro mode has been liked by many of the users but still there are few peeps who abhor this newly included mode by windows. So as a key, Laptop Mag presented a solution that will let you run your windows 8 in desktop mode instead of metro by abiding to the following instructions;

    Boot Your Windows 8 In Desktop Mode

    Firstly, you should force the desktop mode to load on start up instead of metro mode. You can do that by following few simple steps;

    • Create an explorer script file – open up note pad and type in the given code,

    [Shell]

    Command=2

    IconFile=Explorer.exe,3

    [Taskbar]

    Command=ToggleDesktop

       Once done with that, save the file by name ‘Showmydesktop.scf’

    • Launch Windows Task Scheduler – you can find it by searching through windows 8 built-in search tool or by going to the administrative tools section of control panel
    • Select Task Scheduler library which would appear in the left window pane once you will launch the task scheduler
    • Once having done with that, right click on the Task Area, appearing in right window-pane of the launched task scheduler  and then, create a new task
    • Enter name on the ‘General’ tab
    • Then, Click ‘New’ on the ’Trigger’ tab and select ‘At Log on’ from ‘Begin Task’ list
    • Click new on ‘Action’ tab, select ‘Start a program’ from the action menu and then enter the full path of ‘showmydesktop.scf’ in the program/script field
    • Toggle off ‘Stop if the computer switches to battery power ’ on the condition tab because you would like your device to work whether its plugged in or not
    • Lastly, click ok and close the Task Manager

    Stop Media Files Launch From Metro Mode

    To prevent your media files launching from metro mode all you need to do is associate the appropriate files to your Microsoft’s desktop media player & photo viewer. To do this,

    • Open Control Panel
    • Select Default Programs
    • Click on ‘Set your Default Programs’ – a two pane window will show up
    • Select ‘Windows Photo Viewer’ in the left-pane menu and select ‘Choose Defaults’ for this program. A list of file extensions will appear
    • Toggle on the ‘Select all’ button then click SAVE. After this, all your photos would be associated with the desktop photo viewer
    • To associate music & video files with windows media player, you should repeat step 4 to 5

    Install Third Party Start Menu Utilities

    For your information, there is not any way by which you can bring in old-start-up menu in your windows 8. However to overcome this, there are few utilities that are equally good and can be used as a solution

    • ViStart – this is closest to windows 7. A similar windows start up orb would also appear in the bottom-leftmost corner but it will not allow you to drag and drop shortcuts or change their properties rather could break few of the built-in keyboard shortcuts and accidently lead you to launch metro start screen. However, you can get your Vistar for free from ‘LeeSoft’ software. Make sure you select decline when the installer attempts to load “RegClean Pro”
    • Start 8 – it lets the Windows 8 metro “all apps” menu to appear in the lower left corner of the screen as a start-up menu, when you click its start button. It will also let you see the actual metro start screen view without losing contact with desktop. Moreover, it will also prevent you from accidently launching metro screen view near start button. You can download a beta of Start8 from Stardock’s website
    • Start Menu7 – looks like traditional windows 7 but aesthetically, it looks a bit outdated as the start up menu appears slightly above the start button orb, moreover, it will not allow you to drag and drop options like ViStart but will keep you from accidently activating the metro start screen view, on clicking the lower left corner of the screen. A customizable version of StartMenu7 is available for $19.99, but you can download the basic version for free from StartMenu7.com

    Create a Custom Toolbar Program Folder

    If you don’t feel like going for third-part utilities mentioned above to create your start menu then as an alternative you can also create it by using a built-in solution. It will help you creating a custom toolbar where start orb would not appear but a menu will definitely show up along with programs, when you will click the button;

    • Right click on the taskbar and click on new toolbar from the toolbar menu
    • Navigate from there as follows, C:UsersMyUserNameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStartMenuPrograms, Where MyUserName is your actual username and C: is your system drive letter. Now click select          folder, the Programs menu will appear on the right side of the taskbar, next to the tray.
    • Drag the borderline to left to make it look bigger provided if you want to make it bigger
    • Right click on the task bar and lock it from unintentionally roaming around. Unfortunately, the toolbar will only show programs that get installed into the current user’s Start Menu/Programs folder. A few applications install into the default user’s Programs folder at C:UsersDefaultAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWindowsStartMenuPrograms, but you will need to create a second toolbar if you want easy access to those shortcuts.

    Create Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows 8 Apps

    Though, you can not have the old start menu in windows 8 but that does not mean, windows 8 has taken away your ability to create shortcuts for frequently used programs/apps. To do so;

    • Locate the app’s shortcut icon
    • Select properties by right clicking the shortcut icon
    • Enter combo key into the shortcut key field. Bare in mind it must be like Ctrl+Alt+’any other key’
    • Click ‘OK’

    This is how you can mold your windows 8, you can follow all the procedures or trade off between them according to your need and desire to change onto desktop mode.

    • Anonymous

      Too bad this has been disabled in RTM and Gold version of Windows 8. You’re a few weeks late with this article