Restore Start Menu in Windows 8 Developer Preview (or how to disable Metro)

If, like me, you do not really like the Metro-styled Windows 8 start menu, you can restore the Window 7 classic style menu with a simple registry tweak, as follows

  • Runregedit‘ from your WIN+R dialog
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
  • Set RPEnabled to 0
  • Reboot :)
The inverse (setting to 1) will restore your metro-styled ui.
Do note that this will disable Metro!

4 thoughts on “Restore Start Menu in Windows 8 Developer Preview (or how to disable Metro)

  1. Microsoft removed the Start Menu and the Start Button completely. If I wanted to do all my office work on a tablet, I would have gone and bought myself a new iPad (which I still might do, if I’m forced to choose between a Windows tablet and an iPad). Why can’t we just leave the tablet market to Apple and the PC market to Microsoft? Don’t get me wrong, I like Windows 8 in general, but what happened to freedom of speech and choices. In Windows XP we had the choice to switch back to the Classic Start Menu and in Windows 7 we have XP Mode.

    It looks like in Windows 8, the only choices we have are to tablet or not to tablet. Rizonesoft started a petition to ask Microsoft to at least give us a choice between the interfaces and bring the Start Menu back. Go here: for more information about the petition. Please help Rizonesoft accomplish this almost impossible task by signing and sharing this petition.

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