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[MOD] Disable "Metro" (aka go back to Win7 taskbar style)

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By fiinix, Retired Recognized Developer on 15th September 2011, 04:10 PM
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Some of you may have seen it on youtube/google/tech-sites, but i just wanted to show you guys how to disable this new "Metro", to be able to see the original "taskbar" as seen in Windows 7 (so you don't need to put effort into finding how to disable it)

Its as simple as making a Registry (regedit.exe) change.
This hack need's to be performed on each user (if u have multiple users under Win8), due the "HKEY" is "Current user".


Method 1:

Manual set:
Start "regedit.exe"
Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Curre ntVersion\Explorer
- Set RPEnabled to "dword" value "0" (zero)


Method 2:

Auto set (DISABLE Metro) (save as ".reg" file):
Code:
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"RPEnabled"=dword:0
Auto set (ENABLE (default)):
Code:
REGEDIT4
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"RPEnabled"=dword:1

Method 3:

CMD set (DISABLE Metro):
Code:
reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /f /v RPEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0
CMD set (ENABLE (default)):
Code:
reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer /f /v RPEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 1

Method 4: (as ref posted by agnard):
>Administrator mode needed

CMD set (DISABLE Metro):
Code:
ren \Windows\System32\shsxs.dll shsxs_disable.dll
CMD set (ENABLE (default)):
Code:
ren \Windows\System32\shsxs_disable.dll shsxs.dll
> Last but not least, restart Win8.


- Oh, and i almost forgot: FIRST THREAD @ dev & hack!!
lol
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15th September 2011, 06:38 PM |#2  
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But why? it's freaking sexy

btw isn't there an executable you can rename in /system32 to disable Metro?
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Sexy if you use a tablet, otherwise I think it is useless
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15th September 2011, 06:53 PM |#4  
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Thanks. BTW - the file should be saved as .reg not .bat
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i personally like the new metro ui. i hated win8 at first but once i got the hang of it and learned how everything works... lets just say i formatted my hard drive and this is now my daily driver. i havent had any issues. everything works.
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I don't really get why there is no normal setting to use the original taskbar layout as default. Working with the metro interface on a 27" desktop pc just feels as unnatural as using media center...
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I dont see what you're doing here... there's a normal taskbar in win8 without doing any crazy reg hacks. just click on the desktop tile on the start page.

as far as I can see so far, metro ui is only there to replace the start menu, and some system programs (like control panel, etc.)
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Sorry, but I just don't see it becoming popular in corporate environments and on desktops. It's the best interface I've ever seen on tablets though.
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Sorry, but I just don't see it becoming popular in corporate environments and on desktops. It's the best interface I've ever seen on tablets though.

TOTALLY agree. though i dont know how much of real dev work will take place. Just a bit skeptical
15th September 2011, 08:43 PM |#10  
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Well this is a developer preview so developers can build their new metro apps.

This isn't meant to be used in offices as a primary productive system. The Metro UI might very well be disableable (is that even a word?) in the RTM.
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Originally Posted by Lemcott

I dont see what you're doing here... there's a normal taskbar in win8 without doing any crazy reg hacks. just click on the desktop tile on the start page.

as far as I can see so far, metro ui is only there to replace the start menu, and some system programs (like control panel, etc.)

You need this hack to get the windows 7 start button to work like it should so you can quickly navigate your applications, otherwise the start button takes you back to the tile...and right now tiles are basically useless clumsy clutter links to applications...

and why can't you use the mouse to grab and move the tile screen is beyond me..you are forced to use the slide at the bottom of the screen
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