TechSpot: Bypass Metro and Boot Directly to Windows 8's Desktop Interface

I've been running the Windows 8 Consumer Preview for a few months and although I'm okay with Metro replacing the Start Menu, I hate seeing the new interface by default every time I reboot. When Windows 7 starts, you hit a login screen (assuming it's enabled) and then you're brought straight to the desktop.

When Windows 8 starts, it displays a lock screen that you have to move out of the way before entering your credentials, and then you have to dismiss the Metro interface before accessing the desktop. Like I said, I'm cool with Metro, but I have no desire to see a full-screen Start Menu when I log into my PC.

Hopefully the retail version of Windows 8 will make it a little easier to force Metro into the background, but it's entirely possible to do this on the prerelease builds if you have five minutes to spare. Likewise, it's easy to disable the lock screen and have Windows automatically log you in for hassle-free reboots.

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i'm so sick about reading all this anti-Metro/-win8-bs.

honestly: WHATS YOUR PROBLEM?!?!

if you prefer the desktop ("much better with a mouse") -> just use this!!!!
if you prefer metro ("only great for touch") -> just use that!!!!

why should Microsoft seperate metro and desktop into two versions?!?
this way you have best of two worlds!!!
especially usefull for the upcoming device generations....

so again: whats your point here win 8 haters?!
is it that you have to click one more time to get to the desktop?! -> there will be a fix for that
is it that you have the new start Screen?!? -> get used to it, its way better than the old one!
desktop only?!?! -> great improvements over win 7!

SO?!?!

yves707 said,
i'm so sick about reading all this anti-Metro/-win8-bs.

honestly: WHATS YOUR PROBLEM?!?!

if you prefer the desktop ("much better with a mouse") -> just use this!!!!
if you prefer metro ("only great for touch") -> just use that!!!!

why should Microsoft seperate metro and desktop into two versions?!?
this way you have best of two worlds!!!
especially usefull for the upcoming device generations....

so again: whats your point here win 8 haters?!
is it that you have to click one more time to get to the desktop?! -> there will be a fix for that
is it that you have the new start Screen?!? -> get used to it, its way better than the old one!
desktop only?!?! -> great improvements over win 7!

SO?!?!


the pc or the os is not about how pretty it looks, it's all about performance! can windows 8 handle games? and also will it support apps? can industry trust it's OS?

I think desktop should hav something diff to metro. since most people like me used to see gadgets, startmenu or maybe a few icons on the desktop.

i mean come on, let ppl to choose what os they want. if you like metro that grate, if you like the old startmenu, then 'well done' to you. and i'd personally don't care which i run as long as the os meets the requirement i need then i'll prob by windows 8.

and what so HARD?

I am Not PCyr said,
OMG you made me laugh so hard my butt plug fell out !

Oh noes! Hopefully you didn't loose it, that would really stink.

Windows Nashville said,
Anyway ... good article. Now let's figure out how to remove Metro altogether and turn off the useless, CPU-hogging "service".

That is what ultimately needs to happen!

Windows Nashville said,
Anyway ... good article. Now let's figure out how to remove Metro altogether and turn off the useless, CPU-hogging "service".

already done..
i have seen (but not used) torrents spreading windows 8 with the metro crap removed

I am Not PCyr said,

already done..
i have seen (but not used) torrents spreading windows 8 with the metro crap removed

Metro really doesn't take up that much CPU or ram. I have a Phenom II X4 and 4 gigs of ram and I'm only using 1% of my CPU, 1.3 gigs of ram...

rhianntp said,
no worries...windows 8 will fail worse than Obama ;-)

seriously? do we need to bring politics into every freaking thing?!

Some people just love to bitch. Guess what no matter how much you bitch about it. Metro is here to stay. Learn to adapt.

MDboyz said,
Some people just love to bitch. Guess what no matter how much you bitch about it. Metro is here to stay. Learn to adapt.

yup and i like to bitch about people like you who bitch about people bitching

Anarkii said,
Windows 8 = Windows Millenium Edition

Anarkii = Grumpy Old Person

WinME failed by trying to implement technologies the Win9x monolithic kernel and a limited FAT32 FS were never designed to handle.

It was a failing in the core OS technology trying to perform features even Linux or OS X would have trouble doing.

WinXP has essentially the same 'new' feature set that WinMe introduced (and many more), but because of NTFS and journaling and the NT object based kernel and architecture, it was seamless.

WinME was a good effort, but couldn't handle the features like 'restore' and the new search, etc. This made is flaky, underpowered, and a mess.

Strap the WDM/WDDM technologies with GPU virtualization and scheduling on OS X or Linux and they would work about as well as WinME. There are some technologies and features that unless the OS model/architecture can handle are wasting CPU time and resource tying to get the technology/feature to work.

In contrast Windows 8 has more core technology than any version of Windows NT before it, so the chance that it will not be able to handle the features or technology is already proven moot. It can do anything Windows 7 can do, and do it faster, with less RAM and also while do other seamless background new features.

Why do you need to go to the desktop app first? Just start the app from the start screen. If it is a desktop app, the desktop will start, along with the app.

Make things more difficult. Nice going.

What about unattended or console based PC installs? PCs that usually say boot straight in and run an application.

This sort of option is needed.

Wait i don't understand what the problem is... currently you boot in to the start screen, hit the programme you want, it loads. That's three easy steps.
In the past the OS booted in to desktop, you hit the programme you want, it loads... three easy steps. Or am i missing something?

MikeHellstone said,
Wait i don't understand what the problem is... currently you boot in to the start screen, hit the programme you want, it loads. That's three easy steps.
In the past the OS booted in to desktop, you hit the programme you want, it loads... three easy steps. Or am i missing something?


If you don't use Metro, don't care about Metro and only use desktop applications, why should you have to see this launcher? It doesn't make sense

If I want to use a desktop application, I'll launch it using the icon pinned on my taskbar.

myxomatosis said,


If you don't use Metro, don't care about Metro and only use desktop applications, why should you have to see this launcher? It doesn't make sense

If I want to use a desktop application, I'll launch it using the icon pinned on my taskbar.

You don't have to look at it, in fact you can put tinfoil on the side of your head to not be distracted by the subversive images of the world too.

It REALLY isn't a big deal with way. It is just the freaking start menu, but full screen.

And you are right, we all like to use the computer differently, but you will find the people complaining the most, don't grasp the concepts of Metro or are the people that still miss File Manager and don't understand why 'hierarchical folders' are not the best storage mechanism.

Which I feel bad for the ones that get caught in other people's mindsets and won't give Metro a try, cause it truly is a productivity tool for 99.9% of the people out there and they are getting cheated by a few vocal people convincing them it is bad. (Take Vista for example, was it Win7, no, but was it better than WinXP, very much so, and not only brought in new stacks and revamped mid-level layers, but has 100 times the features assisting the user than WinXP. Yet even today, there are a few people caught in the mythos that think Vista was 'worse' than WinXP, when even in a simple performance metric like gaming, Vista scores higher.


The bigger point...

The thing is that Windows 8 is not 'locked in stone'. Just like Windows 7, we can mod the hell out of it to do just what we want. We can even change the freaking shell and avoid Metro and Explorer all together if we want. (There will be an embedded version for things like ATMs and it will have a custom single purpose shell application. Any user can do this as well.)

People have so gotten caught up in 'changing' code from the FOSS movement, that they forget about OS offered features than can be easily configured and changed without having to write a new WM. (And there is also the people that understand assembly language, and can write modded binaries for Windows, like a lot of us have been doing for 20 years. Higher level C/C++ Source code is irrelevant when you understand machine/assembly code. (Again FOSS and false need for a higher level language source code has made this generation dumber.)


So change Win8 to do whatever you want... I wish people would give Metro a chance and the new start screen a chance as there is some brilliant technology in it. However, if you have no time or care to do so, alter it however you want - it is possible and easier than what people realize.

(And no you don't need StarDock or other crap software, just flip the shell settings or replace the shell. It really is that simple.)

myxomatosis said,


If you don't use Metro, don't care about Metro and only use desktop applications, why should you have to see this launcher? It doesn't make sense

If I want to use a desktop application, I'll launch it using the icon pinned on my taskbar.

The thing is, what actual difference does it make. Click the icon on your task bar click the icon on your start screen? There's no difference.

I don't want to boot directly to desktop. Give me Metro so I can check updates on my tiles before I start applications. That was also one of the purposes.

Oguz said,
I don't want to boot directly to desktop. Give me Metro so I can check updates on my tiles before I start applications. That was also one of the purposes.

Then don't read the article? Clearly it doesn't apply to you...

Anyway... the way Metro/WinRT/Launch Screen seem to be "pinned" over Windows means that soon or later, it will probably be posible to completely remove it, and make a "Metro-less" installation ISO (like nLite and vLite that allow to remove every single module in XP and Vista/7). For example, I got a small Windows XP installation image that is ~200mb, without all the crap (Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, etc.)

Modders will make a good job, I'm sure, so people loving the new desktop enhancements will be able to use Windows 8 without having to deal with all the Metro/WinRT stuff. I just can't see myself dealing with the Launch Screen on the computer I use at work. My computer is a tool, not a family entertainment center. I don't need a weather app, a limited mail app, a "Travel" app and a limited calendar app on this computer. And I don't need Angry Birds

Edited by myxomatosis, Jul 13 2012, 8:20am :

myxomatosis said,
Anyway... the way Metro/WinRT/Launch Screen seem to be "pinned" over Windows means that soon or later, it will probably be posible to completely remove it, and make a "Metro-less" installation ISO (like nLite and vLite that allow to remove every single module in XP and Vista/7). For example, I got a small Windows XP installation image that is ~200mb, without all the crap (Windows Media Player, Windows Movie Maker, etc.)

Modders will make a good job, I'm sure, so people loving the new desktop enhancements will be able to use Windows 8 without having to deal with all the Metro/WinRT stuff. I just can't see myself dealing with the Launch Screen on the computer I use at work. My computer is a tool, not a family entertainment center. I don't need a weather app, a limited mail app, a "Travel" app and a limited calendar app on this computer. And I don't need Angry Birds

Wow, having a Tile with a Number of your Unread emails, and a Calendar Tile with the date and your appointments, and a stock ticker, and a news feed on your industry.

Ya, those sound EXACTLY like a 'family entertainment center'...

You don't get it do you?

thenetavenger said,

Wow, having a Tile with a Number of your Unread emails, and a Calendar Tile with the date and your appointments, and a stock ticker, and a news feed on your industry.

Ya, those sound EXACTLY like a 'family entertainment center'...

You don't get it do you?

I'll be there to remind you how of a fail Windows 8 is in business, don't worry

already done. i seen modified disc images on torrents sites
with the metro crap removed from the disc.
How do you feel about that Windows 8 Cheerleaders ? LOL

If it weren't for the fact I still need to manually start a few programs I don't want pinned to the taskbar, I'd go for it

Neobond said,
If it weren't for the fact I still need to manually start a few programs I don't want pinned to the taskbar, I'd go for it

Have you heard of the Task Scheduler? It is a 'cron' like feature that has been in Windows NT for over 20 years.

There are numerous ways to fire various types of software at startup and NEVER freaking look at the start screen if your mind can't grasp it is just the Start Menu, but full screen.

(If you notice, it is more like the current start menu than people realize. Search, Apps, same concepts, keystrokes, etc - oh it has Live 'Pinned' Tiles. Yet people get distracted by it being full screen instead of 1/4 screen so it must be 'bad/evil/different/insidious/etc')

Seems pointless. Instead of wasting energy whining about something that won't change all you Win8 bashers need to either learn how to use it effectively, or go back to Windows 7 and STFU.

It really is that simple.

SharpGreen said,
Seems pointless. Instead of wasting energy whining about something that won't change all you Win8 bashers need to either learn how to use it effectively, or go back to Windows 7 and STFU.

It really is that simple.

I'm OK with that... but it must apply to you too, so next time you're not happy with a decision and come complaining on Neowin, I will say to you "Shut the **** up". We got a deal

SharpGreen said,
Seems pointless. Instead of wasting energy whining about something that won't change all you Win8 bashers need to either learn how to use it effectively, or go back to Windows 7 and STFU.

It really is that simple.

you don't see the fact that windows 8 UI was design for touch and they go and screw up the desktop UI...simple as that!

Master of Earth said,

you don't see the fact that windows 8 UI was design for touch and they go and screw up the desktop UI...simple as that!

"fact" That is your opinion and actually is the direct opposite of current facts using any scientific model.

It is not just a touch based UI concept, it is a multi input model that works well with other input models like voice, so much so that it will be replacing Sync in cars in a couple of years.

Do you think if it was 'touch only' as ignorant and myopic people see it, that it would work well in a freaking car where the user doesn't have to look at the screen?

Really?

thenetavenger said,

"fact" That is your opinion and actually is the direct opposite of current facts using any scientific model.

It is not just a touch based UI concept, it is a multi input model that works well with other input models like voice, so much so that it will be replacing Sync in cars in a couple of years.

Do you think if it was 'touch only' as ignorant and myopic people see it, that it would work well in a freaking car where the user doesn't have to look at the screen?

Really?

He's right, it's touch based.

You don't have to "Move" it out of the way. Just starting typing your password or press a button and it moves on it's own.

The same number of key presses as pressing "Enter" on my user name on Windows 7.

Oh how I wish the Metro whining would stop already. If you don't like it don't use it, simple as that? (The entire OS, metro is and probably will be a part of it so stop finding ways to disable it, put the old start button back and much more bull*hit that people are trying.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Oh how I wish the Metro whining would stop already. If you don't like it don't use it, simple as that? (The entire OS, metro is and probably will be a part of it so stop finding ways to disable it, put the old start button back and much more bull*hit that people are trying.

No, it's not as simple as that. Not when hundreds of millions of people use Windows every day.

King Mustard said,

No, it's not as simple as that. Not when hundreds of millions of people use Windows every day.

About 10% of them whine. My 50 year old mother got used to metro in couple of weeks and now some powerusers can't? Meh.

Secondly, Microsoft doesn't have to "fix" anything, when people build their own multi-billion dollar business then they can give suggestions until then they should either cope with it, stay on Windows 7 and hope the next one will be somewhat different or find a new OS.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

About 10% of them whine. My 50 year old mother got used to metro in couple of weeks and now some powerusers can't? Meh.

Secondly, Microsoft doesn't have to "fix" anything, when people build their own multi-billion dollar business then they can give suggestions until then they should either cope with it, stay on Windows 7 and hope the next one will be somewhat different or find a new OS.

Well I guess if you live in your mums basement then you may enjoy Metro but maybe think about the businesses that have to deal with it.

Now all these Metro apps ping their respective services when they start and constantly throughout the day, great but who pays for the bandwidth ? On a single machine not a problem but 1000's of machines trying to log into Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail etc every morning at 8am adding extra bandwidth strain is a royal PITA.

There is also going to be a HUGE gap between Metro apps arriving for business users so its just wasted time for staff and a training issue.

So when you say don't moan (which you ironically are doing) maybe think that your not the only person using Metro and each have differing needs.

Depicus said,

Well I guess if you live in your mums basement then you may enjoy Metro but maybe think about the businesses that have to deal with it.

Now all these Metro apps ping their respective services when they start and constantly throughout the day, great but who pays for the bandwidth ? On a single machine not a problem but 1000's of machines trying to log into Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail etc every morning at 8am adding extra bandwidth strain is a royal PITA.

There is also going to be a HUGE gap between Metro apps arriving for business users so its just wasted time for staff and a training issue.

So when you say don't moan (which you ironically are doing) maybe think that your not the only person using Metro and each have differing needs.

I'm guessing most businesses aren't going to deal with it, at least not yet. Not everyone will be upgrading to 8 on launch.

Depicus said,

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Nice try to insult me but you can use that on your own kind, doesn't work on me and no, I don't live neither with my mom nor in her basement.

Secondly alot of companies haven't even adopted 7 yet so I'm kinda missing your point. Also, alot of companies actually work what doesn't include twitter and facebook, get a life maybe?

Where did you see me moaning? I'll stick with 7 anyway as I don't see the need to switch to 8 (Even tho I am going to buy the licens for 40 bucks)

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

About 10% of them whine. My 50 year old mother got used to metro in couple of weeks and now some powerusers can't? Meh.

Secondly, Microsoft doesn't have to "fix" anything, when people build their own multi-billion dollar business then they can give suggestions until then they should either cope with it, stay on Windows 7 and hope the next one will be somewhat different or find a new OS.

It's not that the Metro interface is too intricate for our "feeble power user minds", it is that the interface is inefficient for our daily usage, whether used to it or not.

This may not be a big deal for the normal user (Though i'm sure they'd actually appreciate being able to do stuff quicker), but it is a big deal for other people.

I'm not getting it..

Is someone holding a gun to your head and saying you need to use it? No.

Is Windows the only OS out there? No.

Use Linux or OS X or keep using Windows 7, people who like Windows 8 will use that. If MS will see the sales dropping (Which I doubt since the price for the upgrade) they'll fix it in the next version to be more userfriendly (Doubt they'll let metro go entirely but they'll change it somewhat maybe)

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

About 10% of them whine. My 50 year old mother got used to metro in couple of weeks and now some powerusers can't? Meh.

Secondly, Microsoft doesn't have to "fix" anything, when people build their own multi-billion dollar business then they can give suggestions until then they should either cope with it, stay on Windows 7 and hope the next one will be somewhat different or find a new OS.

So basically what you are saying is "If you don't like Windows 8, shut the **** up"

Am I right? I guess you're the kind of person who can't stand people that have different opinions?! Sad

myxomatosis said,

So basically what you are saying is "If you don't like Windows 8, shut the **** up"

Am I right? I guess you're the kind of person who can't stand people that have different opinions?! Sad

I can stand it..to some point but since the DP came out there has been nothing but moaning about it, enough is enough already. You either like or you don't.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Oh how I wish the Metro whining would stop already. If you don't like it don't use it, simple as that? (The entire OS, metro is and probably will be a part of it so stop finding ways to disable it, put the old start button back and much more bull*hit that people are trying.

Oh how I wish the Metro whining whiners would stop already. If you don't like it don't listen, simple as that?

TheLegendOfMart said,

Oh how I wish the Metro whining whiners would stop already. If you don't like it don't listen, simple as that?

That's kinda a tow way thing ain't it now

You don't like that I whine and I don't like that they whine.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Oh how I wish the Metro whining would stop already. If you don't like it don't use it, simple as that? (The entire OS, metro is and probably will be a part of it so stop finding ways to disable it, put the old start button back and much more bull*hit that people are trying.

I think you'll find that it's commonplace for people to alter, tweak, and adjust certain things to make it better suit their needs and wants.

This is an tech enthusiast site, so if you're against such things then you're better off not posting your lame rants.

Depicus said,
Now all these Metro apps ping their respective services when they start and constantly throughout the day, great but who pays for the bandwidth ? On a single machine not a problem but 1000's of machines trying to log into Facebook, Twitter, Hotmail etc every morning at 8am adding extra bandwidth strain is a royal PITA.
Actually, you have by default much more control over WinRT applications than over Win32 applications:
-As those applications are really sandboxed, you can remove them completely if you don't like them.
-the task manager let you control precisely the bandwidth used by any of them.
-you can control the way these applications are working refusing background task and deactivating live tiles.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

About 10% of them whine. My 50 year old mother got used to metro in couple of weeks and now some powerusers can't? Meh.
.

What all does your mom do on her computer? I mean if she browses the internet, email and facebook then yes Metro wouldn't be that hard to get us to.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Oh how I wish the Metro whining would stop already. If you don't like it don't use it, simple as that? (The entire OS, metro is and probably will be a part of it so stop finding ways to disable it, put the old start button back and much more bull*hit that people are trying.

If you don't like it, don't reply. Simple as that.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Oh how I wish the Metro whining would stop already. If you don't like it don't use it, simple as that? (The entire OS, metro is and probably will be a part of it so stop finding ways to disable it, put the old start button back and much more bull*hit that people are trying.

People like you are just as bad as those you're constantly ranting about. Why do you have such an obsession with people that want to make an OS work the way they want?

alwaysonacoffebreak said,
Oh how I wish the Metro whining would stop already. If you don't like it don't use it, simple as that? (The entire OS, metro is and probably will be a part of it so stop finding ways to disable it, put the old start button back and much more bull*hit that people are trying.

Oh I wish the metro zealots would stop whining about the metro whiners already. If you like it so much great! You win!