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How-to: Restore the Start menu in Windows 8

Windwos 8 conventional desktopAs predicted, there is a way to use Windows 8 with a traditional desktop – that is, without the Metro interface. So if you don’t like Metro, you can restore the more traditional desktop and start menu.

Launch the registry editor REGEDIT and navigate to:


Double-click the key RPEnabled, and change its’ value from 1 to 0 which removes Metro, the new Task Manager, Start menu and more.

Alternatively, you can set RPEnabled to 2 to remove the Metro Start screen and restore the Start menu but keep most of the other improvements.

Option may not be available in final version. AJS

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.


3 thoughts on “How-to: Restore the Start menu in Windows 8

  1. You could definitely see your enthusiasm in the postings you write.

    Posted by Huneke Vokes | May 24, 2012, 3:34 am
  2. You just know they’ve messed up on this one. Just as Windows 7 gains traction, they want poeple to go to Win8, different look, different operation. People are reistant to change my friends!

    Posted by Cassel Bohannon | May 28, 2012, 10:40 pm
  3. Or just stay with Windows 7. It’s another Vista moment, Redmond. Thank you and best of luck.

    Posted by Lavergne Borjas | Jun 4, 2012, 8:00 am

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