Tile-based Metro interface is one of the key features of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 8. It is similar to that used by Windows phone 7 that are designed for easier use on a touch screen. However, after using Windows 8 Developer preview, some users find trouble using the new start screen. For them, here is a simple trick to get the same start menu as in Windows 7.
However, before going to the subject, I think, it is interesting to know why Microsoft killed the old Start Menu. The answer in short, according to Microsoft, is ‘no one uses it’. Read it here to know more.
This is a simple registry trick meant for Windows 8 dev preview only, however back up your registry before applying the trick.
1. Open Run command box by using Win + R keys. In the Run command box, type regedit and hit Enter to open Registry Editor.
2. Now navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER – Software – Microsoft – Windows – CurrentVersion – Explorer.
In the right pane of the window, double click on RPEnabled and change its value to 0.
3. Close registry editor and restart your computer. Now you can see Windows 7 Start menu in Windows 8, there will not be Metro UI.
Note: To get back the Metro Start Screen, change RPEnabled value to its default 1.