If you find Metro a bit too Chad Valley for you, I found this post:
Disable Metro UI & Start Menu in Windows 8 - Windows 8 Review
The post was made in November last year, so it's been knocking about for a while. I'm not sure if it works for the current release of Win8.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 7th March 2012 at 12:26 PM.
I think I can sum up my feelings about the design direction of Windows and Office in one sentence... I hate minimalism
Last edited by gshaw; 7th March 2012 at 02:22 PM.
tbh i dont like the developers preview of windows 8 i prefer windows 7 so much better.
I like minimalism (see sig) but it's got to be the right kind, preferably the type that mininimises: a) effort in doing things I do a lot (see also: RSI), b) having to remember what I've got running where , c) a discomfort that's much like moving between a normal and a large print book, d) the number of things off screen over on the right somewhere.
Not that anyone in their right mind will want this and don't tell Arthur, but there's a Luddite start menu recipe here - I just tried the vistart one and didn't have the overlap problem, don't know why not.
 Run a couple of desktop apps, maximise one, start a couple of metro apps, then go figure out what is what in the metro 'taskbar' assuming they haven't gone black for whatever reason they sometimes do that.
Last edited by PiqueABoo; 7th March 2012 at 10:27 PM.
This is probably the best article I've read about Win8.
Windows 8's desktop mode: Microsoft's 'Classic'
The desktop is Microsoft's temporary answer, much like Classic was for Apple. It allows users to run 'classic' applications in a way that, despite the jarring Metro-to-desktop switch, is still more seamless than Classic in Mac OS X (which required an entire boot-up of OS9 before applications could be launched). Until Metro has the features - in whatever forms - and applications users need, the desktop will be there as a fall-back.
well installed it on a vm but laptop too slow
swapped my boot ssd for old hdd in laptop and did proper install
so far I don't hate it its odd granted but replacing the start menu with metro kind of makes sense.
shutdown/logoff being akward fixed. the start menu is still in c:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu so 3 shurtcuts later I have
hey ie 10 has spell check yipee
Last edited by sted; 8th March 2012 at 06:30 PM.
Oh, God... Win8 has thrown me so much...
I installed Office, but it isn't available for anyone other than the local admin account. Other users, like the teachers who are going to test it in their classes, can't install things...
Also, I set a log on script to change to desktop mode. Which actually worked.
Have just got around to creating a VM in VirtualBox with Win8 on it .... apart from the cool lock screen which I just like looking at and slightly nicer looking Solitaire, where should I start poking around to see what's new?
I've installed it on a Hyper-V VM just to look at, but I can't send the Windows logo keypress to it, so can't do anything with it.
Is there a way of sending the Windows logo to the VM?
Last edited by OverWorked; 26th March 2012 at 01:53 PM. Reason: posted twice
One word: pants
I'm really disappointed by Windows 8 and although there's still a lot of development required, I cannot see this working in an education or business environment.
It's incredibly difficult to do the most simple of tasks, such as opening Control Panel, Shutting down and constantly requiring to press the Windows key. Itr annoyed me after 10 minutes.
If Microsoft don't make two proper versions - Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Tablet, then it will most likely flop and be Vista's little brother. I don't think Microsoft needed to completely re-design the GUI. Larger icons and a simpler interface and it would be ideal for Tablet use.
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