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Old 23-06-2013, 20:10
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I've just got a new laptop with Windows 8 on it and the metro interface is driving me mad, so any way to disable it, turn it off or remove it?

I've got classic shell running and have a start button, but even so moving the mouse the wrong way or clicking at the wrong time launches an app and the only way back to the desktop is through the metro interface and then launch task manger to kill the app - its pissing me off - I wanted to highlight some text on a web page to copy it and every time I tried holding the left-button and dragging this bloody app launched instead even though there's no shortcut assigned to it.

Cheers

Happened 3 times while I was trying to type this post.
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Old 23-06-2013, 20:16
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No, it can't be disabled.

If you go to settings then 'Change PC Settings', is 'When I swipe in from the left edge, switch to my most recent app' under 'General' enabled? If I'm understanding you correctly, turning that off should stop the app from launching all of the time.
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Old 23-06-2013, 20:22
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This is a common problem in W8. Check if there's an option in Classic Shell to disable the charms. If not, or if it doesn't work, then try Googling for:
disable charms
disable charm icons
disable charm bar
(etc)
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Old 23-06-2013, 21:16
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No, it can't be disabled.

If you go to settings then 'Change PC Settings', is 'When I swipe in from the left edge, switch to my most recent app' under 'General' enabled? If I'm understanding you correctly, turning that off should stop the app from launching all of the time.
Cheers, that sorted it.

This is a common problem in W8. Check if there's an option in Classic Shell to disable the charms. If not, or if it doesn't work, then try Googling for:
disable charms
disable charm icons
disable charm bar
(etc)
Cheers, I'll do that.
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Old 24-06-2013, 04:04
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This is a common problem in W8. Check if there's an option in Classic Shell to disable the charms.
There is!

Glad he sorted the swipe issue too!
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Old 24-06-2013, 07:58
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This is a common problem in W8. Check if there's an option in Classic Shell to disable the charms. If not, or if it doesn't work, then try Googling for:
disable charms
disable charm icons
disable charm bar
(etc)
MS should make one, too:

disable moaning about charms
disable moaning about startscreen
disable moaning about start button

and a power option

love Windows 8 (current user only/all users)
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Old 24-06-2013, 11:41
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MS should make one, too:

disable moaning about charms
disable moaning about startscreen
disable moaning about start button

and a power option

love Windows 8 (current user only/all users)
You should rename yourself msnbcwatcher
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Old 24-06-2013, 12:55
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You should rename yourself msnbcwatcher
That bad?
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Old 24-06-2013, 13:01
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It would be nice if MS would let people choose if they want a tablet interface on their computer. It would certainly silence all the critics.
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Old 24-06-2013, 13:17
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It would be nice if MS would let people choose if they want a tablet interface on their computer. It would certainly silence all the critics.
I think they want people to use apps and marketplace, maybe buy something, watch ads, even if only by mistake. That would not be possible if they removed the metro part completely from view.
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Old 24-06-2013, 14:55
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I think they want people to use apps and marketplace, maybe buy something, watch ads, even if only by mistake. That would not be possible if they removed the metro part completely from view.
All not having that option does for me (and I suspect many others) is make me more determined not to use Metro OR any Microsoft tablet, and to consider alternative operating systems to Windows in case they disable the Classic Shells of this World. The words foot, in, the, shooting and themselves come to mind, not necessarily in that order.
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Old 24-06-2013, 14:57
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I think they want people to use apps and marketplace, maybe buy something, watch ads, even if only by mistake. That would not be possible if they removed the metro part completely from view.
It would be possible if they created a winforms equivalent of their App Store. Or maybe an official means of running RT apps within a tradition winform (it can be done.. there's already 3rd party software which does just this).
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Old 25-06-2013, 15:29
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There's an interesting screenshot in this article with some W8.1 settings

http://www.theverge.com/2013/6/24/44...orner-controls
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Old 25-06-2013, 17:41
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Yet another Win 8 thread. I wonder how many replies this one will get?
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Old 25-06-2013, 18:02
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Being harder to avoid, it is a much bigger issue than IOS maps ever was.
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Old 25-06-2013, 18:46
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Yet another Win 8 thread. I wonder how many replies this one will get?


Why can't people just avoid reading threads they are not interested in? Especially when the subject is obvious from the thread title!
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Old 26-06-2013, 12:18
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Yet another Win 8 thread. I wonder how many replies this one will get?
I am more interested in the number of defenders this will get?
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Old 26-06-2013, 14:30
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I am more interested in the number of defenders this will get?
Because it's wrong to be allowed to like Windows 8?
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Old 26-06-2013, 14:43
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Metro is like a rapist with a knife, it forces you to embrace it, even if you don't want to.
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Old 26-06-2013, 15:35
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Why can't people just avoid reading threads they are not interested in?
Oh, I'm still interested in it - more out of amusement though.
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Old 27-06-2013, 23:52
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I'm running Win 8 and Classic Shell gets rid of 90% of the Metro nastiness - I never see it now that I have uninstalled the (cr)apps.

I set WMP to handle all music, Windows Picture and Fax viewer or whatever it's called for pictures and installed Foxit Reader for PDFs.

I set CS to disable the hot corners and skip the Metro screen etc. I then Googled how to uninstall the crap apps and it was just a couple of lines to enter into the command prompt. I haven't noticed any ill effect from uninstalling them but YMMV...
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