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Date: 2013jan22 Update: 2016mar4 OS: Windows8, Windows8.1 Q. How can I make Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 usable? A. Replace Internet Explorer:Windows-D go to the Desktop Windows-C open the Charms bar (Metro menu on the right) Windows-X open a menu of several handy things. Windows-R open Run - so you can enter an program name to run Ctrl-N open a new window in explorerAdd the missing start button:Install Classic Shell http://classicshell.netMetro interface keeps butting into desktop:Right-click on Classic Shell start button for its settings > Select Advanced settings > Windows 8 Settings > Disable active corners > All Tweak the registry: Windows-R > regedit In HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell make a key called EdgeUI in there make: DisableCharmsHint:DWORD = 1 DisableTLcorner:DWORD = 1Disable Charms bar (Only available in Windows8.1+)Right click on task bar > Properties > Navigation > Corner navigation Unclick all items in there.Stop edge swipes:To avoid the charms bar appearing "randomly" when using my trackpad I had to go into the Control Panel > Mouse > Elan And disable edge swipes.Change file associations to avoid Metro apps starting. In Powershell:Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –onlineInstall a desktop PDF reader and associate the .pdf extension to it:Turn off snap on http://www.davekb.com/search.php?target=turn+off+snap+onKeep Desktop programs off Metro start screen:Sorry, I don't know how to do that.If you every want to go back to Metro:Move mouse around bottom-right corner until charms bar shows Click on StartOptionally, turn on delete confirmations
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