Windows 8 Disable Metro UI

2017-12-11T14:38:03+00:00 October 12th, 2011|Windows|

If like many people have done, you have downloaded and installed the developer preview of the new Windows 8 operating system:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

You may have been confronted by the new Metro user interface:

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Microsoft has released this as an initial version in order to get feedback on improvements for the final version. A few of our users do not like the new interface and are longing for the original start menu of Windows Vista and 7.

The user interface can be easily disabled using a registry hack as below:

1. Load up Regedit

2. Browse to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionExplorer

3. Change RPEnabled to 0

Once you have changed the registry key, load up the Start Menu and you will be back to a more familiar Windows 7 layout for the start menu:

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To change it back simply set the value of RPEnabled back to 1. You may be required to log off and back on again for the change to take affect.

Hope this helps.

Paul