Ex7forW8: Windows 7 Explorer for Windows 8 Hack


Here is an app for those who absolutely hate Metro in Windows 8, but are forced to use it. The select group of course includes those who want to develop for Windows Phone 8, which needs the Hyper-V feature to run the emulator.

Ex7forW8 is a wrapper for the Windows 7 explorer, which means the Metro start screen is completely abolished and not even loaded which means absolutely no RAM or cycles are wasted.

New Windows Explorer features like ribbon and file copying are however preserved.

The hack can be used on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 RTM or RP versions, really any Windows 8 version.

This program does not modify system files and system protected registry entries and you can switch back to unaltered Windows 8 UI any time. Windows 7 shell is enabled only to users which switched to it and other users can use Windows 8 shell without any problems.

WindowsPhoneHacker, who recommends the app, reports no significant issues, so if you truly want to kill Metro read more about the app here.

Via WindowsPhoneHacker.com

  • http://twitter.com/Tartarus116 Fred

    Sounds great!

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      I knowww! spend 40 dollars to replace Windows 7, with Windows 7…? oh wait. its stupid. i mean if someone doesnt like Windows 8, why upgrade then and spend money in something that they already have, if they have win7.
      we only need a xp start menĂº to make Windows 8 better /s

      • http://twitter.com/Tartarus116 Fred

        Windows 8 brings a significant performance upgrade but I don’t have the time to change my configuration and habit. And since I am a student I got it for free.

    • http://twitter.com/hurrdedurp123 s

      Agreed, the more choices people have, the better. It’s nice to see the Metro Nerd Dictatorship hasn’t succeeded in halting people’s ability to change their computer set-up to what is compatible with them.

  • inyourbase
  • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

    Lets stop this dumbass shit. Remember when people used to cling onto the classic (xp style) start menu? Time to embrace change, and rethink how you use your pc. Get new hardware if necessary,

    • TheOne2125

      The problem is the hardware is not coming really till next year. I like Windows 8 but I went back to 7 because of the hardware issues.

      • http://twitter.com/surilamin surilamin

        Understandable, I’m holding out for a Surface Pro too.

    • Jon

      I don’t have a choice. I support images in an educational environment. I have hundreds of shortcuts. The all apps page is unusable. Metro is not usefully configurable with the default settings, When I finally get through dealing with the endless point and clicking to set it up, Additionally, in this environment, every time a user logs in it is essentially the first time. Nothing like a 10 minute login for them so apps they aren’t going to use are installed! Eventually, after they scroll through several miles of icons, they spot and identify the word icon they need so that they can print the homework for the class that has, at this point, already started.
      Until Microsoft makes an enterprise relevant windows 8, fixes like this are the only way I can support my environment. Furthermore, get new hardware? Really? In an era where everyone is screaming for state budget cuts, you expect me to shit out the case for 12-15 hundred new PCs with touchscreens? Really?

      The “dumbass shit” is having an improved operating system rendered useless by a decision to make it look like America Online.on acid and adding features that require six left mouse-clicks and four-feet of mouse movement to accomplish what once took a right click, 1/4 inch of mouse movement, followed by a left click.

      I suspect Service Pack one with restore much the functionality they inexplicably removed.

  • Kruegerman

    Why? Get with the program, fucking Luddites.

    • http://twitter.com/hurrdedurp123 s

      Woah, take a look at big shot here. Dropping the F bomb on people customizing their computers.

      Step back everyone, things are going nuclear!

  • robertwade

    Bunch of losers, too incompetent to handle moving on. I hope they don’t breed.

    • http://twitter.com/hurrdedurp123 s

      Haha, considering you’re someone who gets so desperately upset at this news that they hope humanity no longer breeds … well, I’ll explicitly state it: You’re the loser.

    • sadiq

      The thing is that i love the stability and perfomance of windows 8.I dont hate metro ui but msft made a tradeoff that made me to install start8 for startmenu : they broke the integrated search .I usually fire up startmenu type app,settings or file i got the result in a nutshell which was fast and productive.Come to metro you have to take charge of mouse to select file or settings from start .May be their telemetry tells only apps are searched from startmenu frequently but for me its not certainly the case..But i strongly feel metro ui will be good for most users if OEM’s put touchscreen on Laptops.

      • Alex F.

        This is complete bs. New start screen in Windows 8 has better keyboard support than start menu in Windows 7! (but clearly you did not bother to find out before trolling)

        • sadiq

          Accusing me ! ,i am the one who has used windows 8 from milestone stages.Dont be like ifools ,try to digest constructive critisicm .Who said about keyboard support ,clearly i was mentioning they have broke the integrated search from start menu that i used most (may be u may not used to that sort of thing).For instance :For uninstalling a program i usually press winkey+ type add or remove programs + enter (practically i type ‘add or ‘ remaining search will pop up results) You get the window for add or remove programs but metro ui search is default to app ,you have to keep pressing down arrow buttons 2 times to reach settings and then additional key press for selecting result (certainly not productive) .I am power user and i know how to handle metro ui better : there are shortcut keys to this win+w win+f that directly take to isolated windows settings and files search options .But that is only workaround not a solution for instant productive work .So dont bash anyone with troll lol

    • http://www.facebook.com/duke.nukeem.7739 Duke Nuke Em

      STFU Homo!

    • http://www.facebook.com/duke.nukeem.7739 Duke Nuke Em

      Thank God queers like you can’t breed.

  • http://twitter.com/hurrdedurp123 s


    Anway, good on them for returning Windows to a normal experience.

  • W8 FTW

    I think the Apple/Google/Linux propaganda machines have brainwashed some people into thinking that they will get Cooties if they touch anything Metro.

  • Thoughtful

    You know, you can change your settings to always use the desktop browser under Internet Options >> Programs Tab. Problem solved. No hack or installation needed.

  • Alex F.

    Because of memory optimisations, updated shell of Windows 8 (even with start screen) is more memory efficient than old shell in Windows 7. So by using this shell you are actually wasting memory and CPU cycles – oops!

    • jamar0033

      Task Manager tells me otherwise, unless perhaps you have proof?

  • yanailahav

    This software is brilliant and it came just in time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/duke.nukeem.7739 Duke Nuke Em

    All these queers who love Metro so damn much should just STFU and go back to butt-ramming their buddies. Just because they enjoy a cock-meat sandwich being shoved down their throats by Microsoft in the form of Metro doesn’t mean the rest of us are going to stand for it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.blott Matthew Blott

      What has Metro got to do with gay sex?

  • Captain555

    Too bad. It doesn’t work in 8.1.