Windows 8 Thread, How to enforce the classic start menu on Windows 8 Developer Preview in Technical; I've just spent an hour looking though various W8 menu options before Googling gave me this from NeoWin: Windows 8: ...
16th September 2011, 02:27 PM #1
How to enforce the classic start menu on Windows 8 Developer Preview
I've just spent an hour looking though various W8 menu options before Googling gave me this from NeoWin: Windows 8: How to re-enable the classic start menu - Neowin.net
It's a registry entry and to quote NeoWin:
It was only posted yesterday, so good timing there!
To get back the old start menu, open regedit, goto
change value of RPEnabled
from "1" to "0"
close regedit, you get your old start menu......the catch is, no more metro UI because you just disabled it. To get back the Metro UI, change the value back to "1"
16th September 2011, 04:02 PM #2
I'm sure someone here posted this yesterday or the day before, as I remember seeing it and thinking "oh good, I can still revert to my safe place if I want "
Although this does doesn't just change the startUI interface, its also the windows explorer ribbon, and also the task manager look and feel
16th September 2011, 04:06 PM #3
One wierd thing I have found is that the metro IE shell does not play Flash video, even when you update to the latest client. The 'classic' IE still does though. I had found referance to this here: Microsoft bans all plugins from touchable IE10 ? The Register but didn't expect the classic shell to still work with it.
16th September 2011, 07:50 PM #4
@Dos_Box. You may want to try Metro Controller...
Some users want to disable Metro Start Screen but not the Ribbon Explorer. If you are one such user, Metro Controller is a tool for you. It can disable all new features or can disable only Metro features while keeping the Ribbon Explorer. (Source
3 Thanks to Arthur:
Dos_Box (16th September 2011), LosOjos (16th September 2011), nephilim (16th September 2011)
16th September 2011, 09:57 PM #5
The Metro Start Menu is dire with a mouse and keyboard.
Also, how the hell do you properly exit a program? Random combinations of CTRL, ALT and ESC seem to do the trick depending what you're using, but I can't figure out a definitive method (such as the all powerful 'X' in every other operating system since Windows first began!)
16th September 2011, 11:11 PM #6
You should try it with a touch screen!
16th September 2011, 11:27 PM #7
just about runs on my Samsung Q1, but dont like metro at all...may go back to linux on this and stick with W8 on my laptop (which is currently drying in an airing cupboard)
16th September 2011, 11:56 PM #8
Yeah I get the feeling this isn't designed for mouse and keyboard. The lock screen smacks of touchscreen.
This may be a response to the booming tablet and smartphone markets but for a family of Operating Systems running on a majority of desktop PC's in the world, this isn't a smart move. Not unless MS are trying to get us all on tablets and small touchscreen devices.
17th September 2011, 12:22 AM #9
There WILL be a desktop version, so please don't panic. What Microsoft really need to do now is to get people developing mobile applocations for W8 as anything written for W7 and Vista will already work, and please remember, we are over a year before any launch will be considered for W8, so there is plenty to come yet. This version is like one of those concept cars they whell out at the Geneva Motor Show. It looks real, but is far, far from it.
I like Metro, and I really like how it performs on the RM Slate given it's relatively low spec, and as it allows me to use Outlook, IE, Skype and Messenger without issue, so I'm happy. Mind you, the Flash thing is a bit of a bugger!
19th September 2011, 10:22 AM #10
Totally agree, it looks like it'd be fantastic on a touch screen device. I just hope you're right that there is a desktop version in the works! I must say I was relived to see that the traditional desktop can quite easily be called back up, it's just the initial shock of the Metro Start Menu - when it was there upon login, I thought that was it!
Originally Posted by Dos_Box
My monitor is starting to show it's age now mind you, and with Windows 8 not all that far away perhaps a touch screen upgrade is in order... anybody want to place bets on me convincing the missus I need a new monitor this close to christmas?
26th September 2011, 08:14 AM #11
Oh thank God, lifesavers. I installed W8 on my laptop and found it absolutely horrific to use with metro and that nerfed start menu.
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