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Old 16-05-2013, 07:30
Andy Birkenhead
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I've just got a Windows 8 laptop.
How do I stop the Start screen and the screen with the strip down the right hand side and date from popping up when I don't want them ?
This so annoying
When the Start screen appears, I have to press the Windows key, then click the Explorer tile
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Old 16-05-2013, 07:52
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By not going into the corner of the screen. that is the only way as far as i know, what you are seeing is the Charms menu,

You can get software to give you a start menu and button, they will also be able to stop the charms menu as well. that is if you want to have a start menu.

i am not sure if there is any software that just stop the charms menu.

i must admit, I found it annoying and the top left hand corner.
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Old 16-05-2013, 08:17
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Here's a list of third-party utilities which revert various aspects of Windows 8's user interface to the conventional design:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of..._for_Windows_8
Most of these utilities have options to boot in desktop mode, restore the Start button and its menu, and disable the charm icons.
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Old 16-05-2013, 08:17
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You can turn off 'edge swipes' if that's what is causing it.

Go to the settings for your trackpad (which is most likely under the mouse settings) and you'll see the option to enable or disable edge swipes. That should stop you getting the charms bar when you are trying to move the slider on a maximised window.

The Start menu needs a third party plugin to remove...
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Old 16-05-2013, 08:40
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Step 1. Learn and understand how they work
Step 2. Use that understanding to change any user behaviour as necessary to avoid unintended triggering of these UI
Step 3. Change settings and install applications to help you with Step 2 as necessary.

Step 1 is important.
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Old 16-05-2013, 10:11
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Installing Windows 7 works for me. All the crappy problems related with Windows 8 disappear.
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Old 16-05-2013, 12:16
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Install Windows 7 or use this: http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2013/05/...pair-tool-pic/

It fixes all known W8 problems
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Old 16-05-2013, 12:24
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Win-Key + D is your friend. It gets you back to desktop whenever Metro hijacks you from it.
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Old 16-05-2013, 13:57
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I have just had a morning of working with Windows 8. I have to say that it is a good OS, but the Metro Start thing shouldn't been on a laptop or computer. I have a windows phone which I am use to tiles etc, but anybody without experience of using windows 8 is going struggle.

I ended up downloading classic start just to get the start button back and it boots straight to desktop.
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Old 16-05-2013, 15:49
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the start8 package does what you want, and you feel you are back in windows 7 mostly.

But even then, the metro still kicks in from time to time and grabs control from desktop mode. It sometimes happens when I try and access a file not associated with any package (especially media files).

I
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Old 16-05-2013, 15:57
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i dont want my pc or lap top looking like an xbox -
windows 7 dose me
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Old 16-05-2013, 16:55
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the start8 package does what you want, and you feel you are back in windows 7 mostly.

But even then, the metro still kicks in from time to time and grabs control from desktop mode. It sometimes happens when I try and access a file not associated with any package (especially media files).

I
You can change your file associations.

search for "set your default programs" in the start screen.
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Old 16-05-2013, 17:44
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I find it very annoying too. I'm not very computer savvy, but someone has suggested to me that I get rid of it and install windows 7. Any advice on whether this is a good idea or not? I've been told that I would need to back up anything I wanted as the laptop would be wiped.

Any advice much appreciated
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Old 16-05-2013, 17:47
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Getting rid of Windows 8s is defiantely the reccomended option for fixing the problems with it!
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Old 16-05-2013, 17:58
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I find it very annoying too. I'm not very computer savvy, but someone has suggested to me that I get rid of it and install windows 7. Any advice on whether this is a good idea or not?
It's the only complete solution, although installing one of the utilities which reverts the Windows 8 user interface can provide nearly as good an alternative, with far less cost (unless you have a legal and unused copy of Windows 7 to hand) and without the complexity of having to install a complete new operating system which is not something I'd advise for a non-technical user.
I've been told that I would need to back up anything I wanted as the laptop would be wiped.
Yes, that's true. (But I hope you make regular backups anyway.)
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Old 16-05-2013, 18:02
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Getting rid of Windows 8s is defiantely the reccomended option for fixing the problems with it!
So is buying a Mac, but not everyone wants a Mac so I didn't suggest it. You can, of course, run Windows on a Mac but that would defeat the purpose of escaping W8, wouldn't it?
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Old 16-05-2013, 18:18
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thanks for your advice guys. I'm definitely going with that - removing windows 8.
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Old 16-05-2013, 18:33
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Keep the product code. W8.1 is coming soon, upgrade from W8 is gratis, from earlier versions not.
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:25
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thanks for your advice guys. I'm definitely going with that - removing windows 8.
It wasn't necessarily good advice......
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Old 16-05-2013, 19:50
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It wasn't necessarily good advice......
Let him punish Microsoft.
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:44
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Let him punish Microsoft.
By shelling out for a copy of Win7?
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Old 16-05-2013, 20:53
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By shelling out for a copy of Win7?
Exactly. Do those people who glibly say to go back to Windows 7 realise that they need to purchase another licence? There is no automatic downgrade rights from Windows 8 to 7.
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Old 16-05-2013, 21:06
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thanks for your advice guys. I'm definitely going with that - removing windows 8.
Don't be too hasty, give classic shell a try first and if that does not suit then go ahead with your plan.
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Old 16-05-2013, 21:31
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thanks for your advice guys. I'm definitely going with that - removing windows 8.
Have you got a copy of Windows 7 handy?
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Old 16-05-2013, 21:47
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Getting rid of Windows 8s is defiantely the reccomended option for fixing the problems with it!
No it isn't. Installing the free Classic Shell is IMO the recommended option. Windows 8 is a good O/S once Metro is hidden, as it can be with Classic Shell.
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