We have been saying all along that you can opt out of the tiles interface in Windows 8. Mark Kaelin shows you the registry tweak to make it happen.
The Windows 8 Developer's Preview version is our first good look at the Metro Interface and its tile-based theme. However, many of the initial reactions (overreactions?) have been anti-tile and pro-desktop. And, while there is a desktop view in Windows 8, it lacks one key feature that many users, anxious to keep their desktops, feel is a must-have: the Start Menu.
Well, there is no need to fret about that anymore. Thanks to a heads-up from okorsal, we can show you a simple Registry tweak that will restore the familiar Windows Desktop complete with the Windows 7-style Start Menu. (Thanks also to geek.com for publishing the tweak.)
Registry tweakNote: This is strictly a tip designed for the Windows 8 Developer's Preview build of the operating system. It is likely that this tip will not apply to the retail version of Windows 8.) First, start regedit. In Windows 8, if you are in the Metro Interface, you can just type r e g e d i t and that application will appear in the search, like you see in Figure A.
Just start typing in Windows 8, and the OS will assume you want to search for an application.
Inside the registry editor, navigate to this key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ExplorerDouble-click the key labeled: RPEnabled as shown in Figure B.