How To Banish Metro From Your Windows 8 Pc Forever
Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:43 AM
I still have Vista as my OS on my desktop (Win 7 on my laptop) even though I know many of its faults. I considered upgrading to Win 8 until I realized I would be facing Microsoft's Brave New World of touch and lack of flexibility to make the OS cross-platform compliant. Great for MS. Not so hot for me. I have tried several Linux versions but always gravitate back to Windows.
This article gives me the workarounds to take advantage of all the under-the-hood improvements in the OS that makes the switch worthwhile and still allow me some flexibility.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 05:58 AM
I immediately installed "classic shell" & "start 8" as a first step, simply because my older system is not touch capable. The result...great.
I kept my Vista on the older HDD, but I never really use it now that I've experienced the benefits of Win 8 64 bit.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:12 AM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:22 AM
The "Father knows best" attitude (arrogance?) is reminiscent of Sony's BetaMax VCR tape format, IBM, GM, and other companies who thought they could dictate an entire industry. Yes, you can get away with it for a while; but then, when users wise up or get fed up....(not pretty).
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:35 AM
Contribute to making a better world, avoid MS products whenever possible. The day may come that they actually have to LISTEN TO THEIR CUSTOMERS instead of foisting upon them things that just work for Microsoft. Like Windows 8, an attempt to muscle their way into the tablet/phone marketplace all while making the consumer pay the price.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:40 AM
I have Start8 on one PC and Classic Shell on another. They both pretty much do the same thing, although I prefer Start8 slightly. A lot more settings are exposed via the GUI such as booting directly to the desktop. Can't imagine why anyone would need both Start8 and Classic Shell installed on the same PC at the same time. Does it give you two start buttons? Just curious.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:42 AM
But then again I just use OSX more anyway...
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:49 AM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 06:55 AM
/me tips hat. They've been invaluable to me, as well.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:11 AM
The design of the ribbon in Office was I think a genuine attempt to come up with a different mechanism and navigation to get to the specific command/function you need, for software that is increasingly complex and has more and more options. As such, it tries to group things together into sections and provide a means to access them. The problem the Office ribbon had was some of these groupings are not intuitive. To give an anology, the correct thing to do with a tomato would be to group it with Fruits, but in fact, virtually everyone considers it a Vegetable so that's intuitively where it should go. Microsoft tried to rewrite the grouping rules and failed to do so. But, the visual paradigm of tabs (top level menu), sections, and then items/buttons within (with a way to expand to assess all options via the bottom corner square) gives a potential of several layers in a relatively compact space. It requires less mouse movement than fly-out cascading menus and is therefore more efficient.
The problem with Win 8, is that it was butchered for entirely marketing reasons to serve Microsoft's own ends. It isn't more efficient for desktop users. It assumes a default method of interaction - the finger - that is much less precise than that it replaces - the mouse cursor. When there is a lot of complexity in the UI, most get around that by presenting more options in a smaller space, requiring more dexterity/accuracy. The mouse provides that. By contrast, the finger and tiles design requires more swipes and events, and thus, its inherently less efficient when the application itself is complex. It only works when the application is not complex, or when the complex features are only used occasionally.
The other problem with Win 8, is that it completely ignores past practice. I talk here about the installers. These typically place multiple entries in the start menu - the program itself, a web site link, a help or readme, uninstall, and settings. I've seen some games with up to 8 things. In the Win 8 UI, this becomes a complete mess. You are forced to modify the default as-installed tiles created (one for each) in order to come up with an efficient navigation, and your manipulation breaks uninstallers leaving a mess. Simply put, it wasn't completely thought through.
It is so easy for Microsoft to fix this mess; add back the start menu, allow people the choice of UI to log into. They refuse to do it. They'd rather have people kicking and screaming, possibly for years, in order to get what they want - which is a forced adoption of this paradigm. The problem is, the paradigm is flawed at a fundamental level. No amount of papering over it, as this article tries to do, fixes the stupid.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:44 AM
What I didn't realize would be a huge benefit from OS X are the multiple desktops. Wow! It took me several months to figure out their value but they are a huge work flow benefit.
If you have several projects going at once then just create a desktop for each set of applications and swipe between the desktops. Your apps are waiting for you. This feature means you have multiple monitors with only one screen.
VMWare Fusion will assign a desktop for Windows if you need to keep a few Windows programs in action as I do.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 07:58 AM
Ctrl+Alt+Del still works.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:01 AM
Forgot Win Key + I also.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:03 AM
It's still nice to know that for those who REALLY hate metro, they can do away with it for good using a combination of third party apps. Just goes to show how many loathe the new interface if they go so far to abolish every aspect of it.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:04 AM
Its simply if you want to bannish metro from your pc dont install it on your pc.
the problem is when consumers buy this crap they allow manufacturers to believe they did something right.
dont buy windows 8 if you have to fiddle with it to get it to work like windows 7.
just like people that wont eat meat do everything they possibly can to eat fake meat that tastes like real meat?
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:07 AM
1) Consistent, easy to use menu structure. I love that unified search, unified settings, and unified share is built into the new interface. Basically, I love the charms. While the drag to the right corner methodology took a bit of time to develop muscle memory, it really grew on me. I can quickly search or adjust settings, or share really anything I find to Facebook, twitter, or email.
2) content-first approach. The reason I chose chrome over IE initially actually had less to do with the faster script rendering and more to do with the clean, lack of "chrome." I always found the name wonderfully ironic. Metro/whatever takes that a step further to really hide away everything you don't need. Whether on a small screen or a large screen, I hate wasting space with all of the needless UI elements. I want the UI to disappear. The only reason I don't do autohide on my task bar is that it pops up when I don't want it to. Win8's slightly delayed approach to their popup elements, while maligned for making things "slow," is actually great for me. I rarely if ever pop up something I don't want to. The charm icon may appear when I'm trying to close something, but unless I drag down, it doesn't stay up, nor does it get in my way of closing the windows. Not always true for my top-aligned task bar, if I set it to autohide.
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:17 AM
Posted 18 February 2013 - 08:34 AM