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:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer.

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

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

  1. Shaka says:

    Ok, so I don’t have this key on the registry editor on my Windows 8 installation, what kind of key is it? I’ll go ahead and create it

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