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Win Eight Metro UI Switcher Lets You Disable or Enable Windows 8 Metro UI

Microsoft Windows 8 has a new, intuitive Start screen called Metro UI. However, some users still like the old start menu of Windows. Previously we had published an article on enabling Windows 7 like start menu in Windows 8 developer preview, here is a new tool called Win Eight Metro UI Switcher that lets you switch between Metro UI and the Windows 7 styled Start menu in Windows 8 just with a click.

Win Eight Metro UI Switcher is a standalone application (no dependence on .NET framework) that brings Windows 7 like start menu to Windows 8. It can also give back the classic Task Manager to Windows 8 that can show CPU utilization history per processor or core.

To use this tool, download and install it. Click ‘Disable Metro UI’ to disable Windows 8 start screen, and click ‘Enable Metro UI’ to bring back Windows 8 start screen. For the changes made to take effect, you have to restart or log off your system after tweaking.

Note: when the Metro UI is disabled, Windows Explorer has the revamped Ribbon interface turned off.

Win Eight Metro UI Switcher can be downloaded free at software developer website.


  1. This freebie was updated on February 9, 2012, to the ver. 1.1. The changes are:

    * Translated the program into Deutsch/German.
    * Attached a digital signature to both the main exe and the setup program.
    * Improved handling of multiple instances against the Windows 8 UIPI mechanism.


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