While Microsoft is still pondering about the name of the new user interface of the Windows 8 operating system after ditching the Metro name earlier this month, programs are created left and right that aid users in avoiding the interface altogether. We have reviewed several applications that let you skip past the operating system's start page with two of my favorites being Classic Shell and Start8.
Skip Metro Suite for Windows 8 ups the ante as it not only includes options to skip the Windows 8 startscreen on system start, but also to disable other new interface elements that Microsoft has implemented into the operating system.
Please note that SmartScreen Filter will kick in when you run the program installer, and that you need to click on the more info page to continue with the installation of the application.
You do not really need to configure the program after installation as it will have made the relevant changes right away on the system. So, when you restart the next time you will notice that Windows will boot right into the traditional desktop skipping the Metro user interface in the process. You can still access the startpage with a tap on the Windows key though.
Skip Metro Suite in addition disables the hot corners of the system. This includes both the Charms Bar that appears when you move the mouse over the top or bottom right corner, and the application switcher that is displayed when you move the mouse cursor to the top left corner of the screen.
You can however open the program settings to enable one or both hot corner features on the operating system if you want to have them enabled on the system instead.
If you want to skip the Windows 8 startpage or disable the hot corners, then it does not get easier than using this application to do so. You can use the settings to enable the functionality again temporarily or permanently.
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