RetroUI for Windows 8 gets new update; "Hot Corners" disabled

RetroUI from Thinix has received a lot of attention as an alternative for Windows 8 owners to accessing the "Modern" Start screen. The company released a major update to the program just a couple of weeks ago and today, just before Thanksgiving, Thinix has now released yet another new version that adds some more features.

The new 2.1 build of RetroUI allows Windows 8 users to skip the Start screen from a number of other situations, such as interactive logins, a login from locked workstation, and a login from a remote desktop. The new version now supports auto-logins as well.

The Enforce feature in RetroUI, which adds a taskbar and Start menu button to the Windows 8 Start screen, has also been improved to allow for more keyboard shortcuts for "Modern" Windows 8 apps. The new version also eliminates the so-called "Hot Corners" in Windows 8, which bring up menu features when you move a mouse or a finger close to one side of a screen. Thinix says that this new feature that disables "Hot Corners" still allows for the full use of the OS.

Finally, the new version has some performance and loading improvements as well as some updated theme colors. RetroUI costs $4.95, or $9.95 for a license to use it on up to three PCs. There's also a seven-day free trial available. We also want to point out that this program is for Windows 8 only and won't work on Windows RT-based hardware.

Source: RetroUI Pro website | Image via Thinix

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Wait, so they've removed the start screen and replaced it with... another full screen menu? Isn't the full screeniness what people wanted to get away from?

Damn... The capture looks like a stupid ipad UI. It's hard and sad see people wanting to stick to that old fashion UI and UX vision... instead of evolve to a more dynamic vision as Metro and Windows 8 UI is trying to drive us.

sigh.............

1. if you don't like w8, don't upgrade
2. if you get w8 on the new pc and don't like it, downgrade to w7
3. fixed it for you

I have to say I am a little biased...

Why would you disable the corners in this utility? perhaps the left bottom one that is replaced bt the start blob.

And why would you pay €40 (35 for the win8 upgrade, 5 for this) to get this ugly ui? just stay with windows 7 forever.

srprimeaux said,
Oh my. That's hideous. And people complain about Metro?

Can anything get more hideous than Metro on the desktop?

I kinda laughed at the video on the website...

Learn as you go with Metro.. really? Just click the damn tile!!! How simpler does it get???

I honestly don't understand the purpose of utilities like this. If you want the normal Start button menu stick with Windows 7. If you spend 99% of your time in the desktop then you do not need Windows 8.

daz411 said,
I honestly don't understand the purpose of utilities like this. If you want the normal Start button menu stick with Windows 7. If you spend 99% of your time in the desktop then you do not need Windows 8.

The desktop does have enhancements from Windows 7 as well.

daz411 said,
I honestly don't understand the purpose of utilities like this. If you want the normal Start button menu stick with Windows 7. If you spend 99% of your time in the desktop then you do not need Windows 8.

Enforce: start WinRT-apps in resizeable Windows...

Gaffney said,

The desktop does have enhancements from Windows 7 as well.

Nothing really significant. It's not like there's things you can do Win 8 that you can't in Win 7.

daz411 said,
I honestly don't understand the purpose of utilities like this. If you want the normal Start button menu stick with Windows 7. If you spend 99% of your time in the desktop then you do not need Windows 8.

DirectX 11.1 will be Windows 8 only. Your point is invalid.

On top of that, Windows 8 is my first legal copy of Windows in over 10 years.

MFH said,

Enforce: start WinRT-apps in resizeable Windows...

I hate the start screen but Windows 8 does provide other things such as storage spaces and file history which are great for replacing Windows Home Server functionality

daz411 said,
I honestly don't understand the purpose of utilities like this. If you want the normal Start button menu stick with Windows 7. If you spend 99% of your time in the desktop then you do not need Windows 8.

See, you really don't get it when it comes to Windows 8. Windows 8 isn't all about the interface. Performance perks were included as well. I have seen at least a 35% increase in File Explorer fluidity and the snappiness of the whole OS as well. Booting and shutting down even with startup programs and running services have been shown to not affect the face pace that Windows 8 has.

nvllsvm said,

DirectX 11.1 will be Windows 8 only. Your point is invalid.

On top of that, Windows 8 is my first legal copy of Windows in over 10 years.

That right there is something to be happy about. And the thing about buying Windows 8 legally for me is not about the cost; it's what it provides for me. It's cost effective and if they keep this up with the affordability, then I can almost bet that piracy will be down to those that know they can afford the Windows OS platform. For the young one or the spiteful ones as well; I can't really speak for them since they will never change or possibly think that it is easier for them to just take with out paying.

malball said,

I hate the start screen but Windows 8 does provide other things such as storage spaces and file history which are great for replacing Windows Home Server functionality


I'd argue the old volume shadow copy system is better than the new file history one but to each their own,

Bern@rd said,
Not only would I never buy this utility; you couldn't pay me to use it either.

Agreed. I did have a look at their website though, as horrible as the app on a whole is, I'd gladly see another app with the options of making the taskbar visible on the startscreen as well as running metro apps in windows.

I actually installed their trial and running metro apps in windows works just fine (makes you wonder why that couldn't be an option by default), only app I tried where it didn't work was netflix which just ran as normal.

Edited by Leonick, Nov 22 2012, 9:11pm :

Bern@rd said,
Not only would I never buy this utility; you couldn't pay me to use it either.

Haha I agree it looks terrible what possible function does this serve?