Windows 8

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...

20 comments
bcscouse
bcscouse

I was fairly excited when I was invited to join the Windows 8 development preview but the whole venture has been pretty poor starting with a whole 24hrs to even get the system downloaded and working but that can be expected when it's the first version. What did make me mad was the rubbish Metro GUI which I still immediately disable before anything else. I have to say that I am definitely not a touch screen addict and hate the oily finger marks that it produces. The colour, icons and the whole setup just makes me go back to my older windows version after just a few minutes. I appreciate that Microsoft is trying to produce a "One for all" operating system but this just rules out desktops which seems to be downgraded to last in the line up. I use a tablet and smartphone but the desktop for me is my main tool and will be for quite some time. We should have the option of disabling Metro and for that matter IE10 without having to hack into the reg. Having used Windows 7 Ultimate for the couple of years making the jump from XP pro. I I can see the same thing happening with Windows 8 in its present guise and a vast majority of users skipping this operating system until a more useful one comes out which is what happened with Vista. I have worked on many systems running Vista and that convinced me to stick with XP on my own pc's and the same thing seem inevitable with Windows 8.

eye4bear
eye4bear

I have tried it and HATE it, for the first time since Windows 95 I am not going to upgrade to the new version of Windows when it comes out, why would I go to a interface I HATE?

WCarlS
WCarlS

Please. Kill the video and just provide a starting point, a synopsis, a conclusion, along with a WRITTEN registry edit. Think of the bandwidth - and server storage space, back up space, etc - saved. Why, you could even hype it as "going green".

carlsf
carlsf

Get what should be an option. As for the METRO interface one word "RUBBISH"

grayknight
grayknight

The Start Screen is actually a great replacement for the Start Menu, for everyone, business or consumer. They didn't have the screen working with mouse scrolling for the preview, so there has been a lot of complaints. But really the interface is a major improvement to the start menu.

Gisabun
Gisabun

Slow news week? Reporting on something that was originally reported 6 weeks ago?

sura.jan
sura.jan

I would prefer Windows 2000 Start Menu (classic one column) and no useless frills.

newwales
newwales

Unless Microsoft lets you resize the tiles, then I dont see many people liking them, just look at the store tile its massive & it is not even a live tile it needs to be resized to free up space for more tiles. The metro is only usefull on a touch screen with out a touch screen metro should be an option & not forced on the user when they press the start key & this should not be a hack it should be a standard option in the settings.

Paul R.A.
Paul R.A.

but a month in on a laptop using 8 as it is meant to be and no- it is keyboard and mouse compatible - not the same as native. what they have is a tablet and phone front end they are shoehorning onto the desktop. And the horizontal scrolling for the start menu! whoopee - apps on the desktop- not big for the enterprise or home users. I expect it will come to a separate build to the desktop with the ability to still transport to the tablet and phone- but I don't see this as One OS To Rule Them All.....

davebrik99
davebrik99

And why would i want to 'advance"? to Windows 8???? Just tell me why!!!

johnmpc94
johnmpc94

There's also a program called MUITW08 that will do all of the work for you, and gives you options for disabling just the Metro Start Menu, just the Explorer Ribbon, or both. It also has options for adding custom shortcuts to the Metro Start Menu. Just putting this out there as an alternative

wizard57m-cnet
wizard57m-cnet

as far as I know, all of the TR videos have a link to the transcripts...saves me a lot of time when I'm not on my highspeed access!

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

Why do you think the Start Screen is better than the Menu?

Lost Cause?
Lost Cause?

I Googled this program and found zilch. Where can I find it?

David Stratton
David Stratton

I'm a .NET developer who loves Microsoft. I really want to love Windows 8. I was excited to see it on the BUILD conference videos and couldn't wait to get my hands on it. Right now, I've got a copy installed on a standard desktop PC and on an Asus eee pad. Even on the Asus, I hate the metro interface. I wind up going to the desktop and using that version of IE to do anything productive. I've come to hate the "chrome free" version with a passion. I know I'm not an "average" user by any means, but given the choice between Metro and the "Standard Windows" interface , I'll go back to the old start menu and Chrome-filled interface any day. On a smartphone, it may be a different story, but for me, even on a tablet, I'm no fan of the Metro interface.

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