Computer Tips - How can I make Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 usable?

Date: 2013jan22 Update: 2016mar4 OS: Windows8, Windows8.1 Q. How can I make Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 usable? A. Replace Internet Explorer:
Learn these keyboard short cuts:
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 explorer
Add the missing start button:
Install Classic Shell
Metro 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 = 1
Disable 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 –online
Install a desktop PDF reader and associate the .pdf extension to it:
Stop windows from maximizing when you drag them (why would they do this?)
Turn off snap on
Keep 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 Start
Optionally, turn on delete confirmations
If you ever want to get the Metro start menu