Windows 8 registry tweak gives you Windows 7 Start Menu

Bill Detwiler shows you a quick registry tweak that makes the Windows 8 Start Menu work like it does in Windows 7.

Windows 8 marks a significant shift in the operating system's development. As more people use tablets and other touchscreen devices as their primary computer, Microsoft wants an OS interface that work's as well with your fingers as it does with a mouse and keyboard. With it's tile-based Metro Interface, Windows 8 is that operating system. And in September 2011, the Microsoft gave the world it's first good look at Metro with the release of the Windows 8 Developer's Preview.

The new Metro interface may be perfect for tablets, smartphones, and even touchscreen PCs, but it can be a real pain for those who use a keyboard and mouse. So during this episode of TR Dojo, I'll show a quick registry tweak that makes the Windows 8 Start button work like it does in Windows 7.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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