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#1 efjay

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 22:50

I am enjoying the CP of Windows 8 but would like a way to make the desktop experience more Metro-like. I came across this tweak which worked in Windows 7 but doesnt work in Windows 8 http://zetro-vs.en.uptodown.com/ so I though I would post this to get ideas for Metrofying the desktop with any tweaks or programs. Thanks.


#2 jakem1

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 23:04

I hope that the RTM version of Windows 8 will include a Metro theme for the desktop by default. They could leave Aero as an option for people who like it but I think most of the complaints about Windows 8 would disappear if the switch between the Start screen/immersive apps and the desktop wasn't so stark.

#3 Muhammad Farrukh

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:14

Looks nice but ain't working in 8 as you said.

#4 Stoffel

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:19

I really hope they do come out with a Metro Theme for the desktop.
It would tie everything together nicely.
Knowing MS, they will **** it up by not including something like this :(

Other then that I am enjoying the CP a lot

#5 techguy77

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 04:24

Metro looks flat and plain compared to Aero.

#6 migo

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:37

That's the idea.

#7 HawkMan

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 06:42

that's not metro and no.

#8 Wyn6

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 08:50

If it's not too late to tweak the UI, I would like to see Metro as the default look for all things desktop. For example the new MS device software they released. The menus and such are pure Metro.

http://microsoft-new...-for-windows-8/

I'd also like to see, if it's not too late, when you click the individual app thumbnails for the desktop, which appear in the preview pane, that it takes you directly INTO that app as opposed to the desktop. As it stands now, when you do that you have to then click the app to go into it. I think that would also go along way toward a more seamless integration.

#9 migo

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:30

The issue with a pure metro look is some apps would have some graphical glitches as they're designed with Aero in mind.

#10 jakem1

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:36

The issue with a pure metro look is some apps would have some graphical glitches as they're designed with Aero in mind.


That's true but the developers of those apps would just have to redo their UI. The same thing happened when Vista came out and lots of apps with custom GUIs designed for XP looked out of place but they've (mostly) been upgraded to work better with Aero.

Also, it shouldn't really be a problem for apps that use standard controls which will be the majority of desktop apps.

#11 Osiris

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 10:41

They must have considered it but yeah the metro start screen on the actual desktop itself probably would have been a nice 3rd way for desktop users. Tablet version should still have the full overlay.

Would be interesting to see something come of this.

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 11:27

The issue with a pure metro look is some apps would have some graphical glitches as they're designed with Aero in mind.


Metro apps designed with Aero in mind ?

Do you mean non metro programs that use the normal win 7 shell ?

Surely they will work just like they do when you install a custom theme

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:15

and the people at realnetworks are hating windows 8 even more now. realplayer is gonna stick out like a sore thumb... LMAO

#14 jakem1

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:18

and the people at realnetworks are hating windows 8 even more now. realplayer is gonna stick out like a sore thumb... LMAO


I haven't heard anything about realplayer for about a decade now. Do people still use that?

#15 lalalawawawa

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Posted 07 March 2012 - 13:22

and the people at realnetworks are hating windows 8 even more now. realplayer is gonna stick out like a sore thumb... LMAO


Real Player? :laugh: Who uses that thing anymore?



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