Disable Windows 8 Start Screen [How To]


So far we covered many aspects of the upcoming Windows 8 Consumer Preview but today we’d like to let you know how to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen, once you install it on your computer. The new operating system from Microsoft will come with a brand new user interface called Metro, which will replace for the first time in history, the classic start menu with a Start Screen.

In Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the Metro UI Start Screen plays an important role as it is the center piece that Microsoft is building the user interactivity with the operating system. The Start Screen in Windows 8 will contain a lot of widgets called Live Tiles, for both Windows and third party software, like social networks, media playback programs, weather and so on.

Disable Windows 8 Start Screen [How To]

Disable Windows 8 Start Screen

In order to know how to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen you must first understand what the new Start Screen from the Windows 8 Consumer Preview Metro UI is all about. In the new Start Screen you will be able to pin to a live tile folders that you use often, internet websites and many more objects. If you would like to search your computer for a software, all you have to do is to type in the Start Screen to start the search.

If you wonder why one would like to know how to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen, well it is because the new Start Screen feature from Metro UI in the upcoming Windows 8 Consumer Preview is not for everyone’s taste. It has already been reported that a lot of users will want to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen once the new Windows operating system is released.

In case that you find yourself in a similar situation, this guide will help you to know how to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen. As soon as you install Windows 8, it is very likely that you will not like to use the Start Screen from Metro UI so you have to do a little bit of tweaking and file editing. I’m saying this because Microsoft have apparently not foresee a disable feature in the Control Panel.

We know that editing Windows files is not an easy task for everyone so this article will show you what you have to do to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen, using a third party software.

How to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen:

-      Download the Metro UI tweaker that lets you disable or enable various features in Windows 8. Once you download the archive, you need to extract its content because you will have to run the Tweaker.exe that you find in the folder.

-      Before executing the tweak, you must first give it admin access. You will have to right click on the tweaker.exe file and chose to run it as administrator. If you did not disable the User Account Control, click on yes when prompted.

-      The Metro UI Tweaker application should now open. In order to disable the Windows 8 Start Screen you will have to click apply on the ‘disable metro start menu’ button that you can find in the main window of the application. As with any other tweak, the application will advise you that a reboot is required in order to complete the action so click on Yes when prompted.

-      Restart your computer and that’s it. This is how you disable the Windows 8 Start Screen.


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  1. Nope, the old methods of disabling the Metro Interface on Win8 Developers Preview DO NOT WORK on the new Win8 Consumer Preview

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