<![CDATA[As someone who has been regularly using Windows Developer Preview as his primary OS, I can tell you that Metro can be a little daunting at first. My first impression was that it was an ugly unusable mass that shouldn’t even be bothered with. For those who are probably thinking that I’m the type of user who hates change, actually I was a switcher to Mac OS X in the mid-2000s, jumped right onboard with Android, and even loved Windows 7’ interface. The problem with Metro is that at first glance it seems unnecessary. In total defense of Metro, right now there are few real apps that show off what it can do and the ones that do exist have a bit of learning curb. Although it is a radical approach, Windows 8 offers an experience that is designed to merge your phone, tablet, and PC experiences into one without having to remember 3 or 4 different operating systems for every function in your digital life. Metro is about simplicity of design and conformity of style, and shouldn’t be dismissed as a horrible idea. That being said, my initial distain led me to look for ways to remove Metro and just make it a standard desktop OS. Eventually I did figure out what needed to be done, at the same time I quickly grew bored of Windows 8. Without Metro, there is no soul to Windows Developer Preview and it is simply Windows 7+. Eventually I put Metro back to my life, forced myself to use it, and now? I actually use the browser in Metro for most of my basic email checking functions and have learned to embrace it, even despite its little quirks. I recommend that you give Metro a chance, but if you are totally unwilling and want to play around on a Metro-free version of Windows Developer Preview I will show you how. Almost two months ago I ran into a post on Addictive Tips that let me in on the secret to disabling Metro, and now its my turn to show others. The great part about modifying Windows Developer Preview is that it isn’t permanent and if you desire you can always bring Metro back. If you aren’t comfortable doing some basic registry hacks, then this probably isn’t for you. That being said, if you took the time to install Windows Developer Preview than this should be a piece of cake.
- First, press Start +R buttons to open up the Run menu.
- From there, enter into “regedit”.
- Scroll to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” and double click to expand the folder.
- Now expand the “SOFTWARE” folder, search for “Microsoft”, and open it.
- Navigate to Windows>CurrentVersion>Explorer
- Look for the value “RPenabled” and change it from 1 to 0.