While the Windows 8 beta has not been released yet, there was a Developer Preview version which was received quite good by the public. Microsoft say that the Windows 8 beta will be released somewhere in February, while the version with all the features is scheduled in the fall.
Users should expect the full version of Windows 8 to bring lots of new features compared to Windows 8, like the new Ribbon from Windows Explorer, the all new Start Screen and a redesigned Task Manager. Some sources also claim that it will have lots of customizable features, unlike the previous versions of Windows.
As you would expect, any tweaks for Windows 8 will be done using specific registry modifications so in this article we are going to cover what are the 6 Free Tools To Tweak Your Windows 8. Please take into consideration the fact that as Windows 8 is still in testing phase, so are these tools. You can expect to have more features added in the final releases and many of the issues fixed.
1. Metro Controller
This Free Tool To Tweak Your Windows 8 lets you disable or enable the new features that we talked above and which come by default in Windows 8. With Metro Controller you will be able to completely customize the brand new Metro interface as you like. From what we know, the tool works without any issues on Windows 8 developer preview.
2. Metro UI Tweaker
The 2nd Free Tool To Tweak Your Windows 8 that we are going to describe is called Metro UI Tweaker and it allows you to add your own shortcuts to the Windows 8 Start screen, similar to the live tiles features from Windows Phone 7. With Metro UI Tweaker you can also disable the new Task Manager or any other new feature that Windows 8 comes with, if you please to do so.
3. Windows 8 Start Menu Switcher
Another interesting Free Tool To Tweak Your Windows 8 is the Start Menu Switcher, which obviously gives you the possibility to switch from the new Start screen to the Start menu, that you were used to in Windows 7.
4. Windows Start Tweaker:
With Windows Start Tweaker you can change the default background of the Windows 8 Metro Start screen, into a wallpaper. With the 4th Free Tool To Tweak Your Windows 8 you can also change the color of the Start screen background. As we know so far, the Windows Start Tweaker works only on the developer preview version of Windows 8 but you can expect another release once the full version of Windows 8 is released.
5. Windows 8 Developer Preview Tweaker
As its name says, this Free Tool To Tweak Your Windows 8 is available only for the Windows Developer Preview version of Windows, allowing you to change the background of the Start Screen and to switch to the old Windows 7 start menu. With this tweaker you can also enable the snap feature in Windows 8 Dev Preview version.
6. Metro Colors Changer
The last Free Tool To Tweak Your Windows 8 that we’d like to talk about is the Metro UI Colors Changer that lets you change the color of the new Metro interface from Windows 8. With this tweak you can change the color of background in the Start and logon screen. With Metro Colors Changer you can also change the Start screen tiles font color and for other elements of the Metro 8 interface.