If you are one among the million people who downloaded Windows 8 Developer Preview build, then this simple tool might help you. Metro UI Tweaker allows you to tweak Metro UI in Windows 8 such as enabling classic Start menu, etc. It allows you to do the following, Disable Metro Start Menu: Disables only Metro Start Menu Screen. This function requires editing a System File. It does not remove the file. Disable Metro Ribbon: Disables only the Metro Ribbon UI. This function I discovered myself. It requires Taking Ownership of a System File. It does not remove this file. Disable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Disables the Metro Start Menu UI, Ribbon UI, MetroTask Manager UI and the Lock Screen. Enable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Re-enables all available Metro UI options. Add Power Options to the Metro Start Menu Screen: Logoff, Switch User, Lock, Sleep, Restart and Shutdown Add any Application/File to the Metro UI ...

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As BUILD conference got over, some(most??) of you might have missed many sessions, because the four days have been packed full of no.of great sessions. Topics from “Create experiences that span devices” to “Connecting printing devices to Windows using v4 printer drivers” and lots more.. Almost 250 sessions took place and the cool thing from Microsoft is that all of those sessions are now online for our viewing pleasure in variety of different formats. You can download them to view on your Windows Phones or stream them as high quality videos on your PC’s. Even the slides used by speakers are available for download. How cool?? Spend your free time this week to watch all these stuff. There are many great stuff in these sessions. ...

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Neowin forums user  Panda X  have developed a tutorial to change background image of x64 builds of Windows 8.Why only x64? x86 tutorial is still under development ! ! Tutorial: How to get started with customizing the Metro Start Screen | Panda X 1. Download a hex editor. I chose HxD (http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd/) 2. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\ 3. In the Ribbon click File > Open Command Prompt > Open Command Promt as Administrator 4. Type the following in CMD; takeown /f uxtheme.dll icacls uxtheme.dll /grant Administrators:F 5. Copy uxtheme.dll to the deskop. 6. Open your hex editor and open uxtheme.dll 7. Go to the hex location as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ by hitting Ctrl+G (Might be different in your program) 8. Make sure your hex editor is set to OVERWRITE and NOT insert. 9. Replace the colors as shown in ‘Metro Customization – Hex Table.txt’ with your own. ...

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We have seen hints of Metro around Windows 8, most strongly in the start-up screen and the set up pages, but this above video of the Windows 8 Settings page is the fullest implementation so far. It does still however fall short in providing the full multi-panel look, but hopefully this is just an early stage of the development of the OS. via Compixels.com ...

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Some new screen shots of the M3 build of Windows 8 has popped up at Windows8beta, and it shows a lot more of the Metro in the installation screen than previously, including the flat buttons and typographical elements. See more screen shots at www.chris123nt.com, and also see the new high contrast theme at Windows8beta here. ...

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This is a repost from my personal blog. Just thought many readers may be interested to see how Windows applications will look if it was designed under Metro Design after the recent Office 15 image leaks. The images posted under are just concepts. Microsoft recently announced their final version of Windows Live Essentials 2011. There were no significant changes apart from Photo Gallery Navigation bar, Windows Live Sync renamed into Windows Live Mesh. All the applications of the suite have been Ribbonised. How about Metro Inspired theme for Windows Live Essentials? MML has posted few concepts found on Deviant Art. They are simply Awesome. Take a look at these.. The man who made all these.Even his profile display is inspired by metro.. ...

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It is sometimes difficult to imagine Metro in a complex user interface such as Office.  That task is no longer necessary, as a screenshot leaked by fivestar at Hotfix.net showing Office 15 Outlook looks pretty great running the Metro user interface, and shows perfectly Metro is good for more than a simple minimalist UI. Do our readers like the look? Let us know below. Edit: We have received information that this is in fact not a real product yet, but an internal Microsoft mock-up. Hopefully Microsoft was convinced by the very positive reaction to make this real. via Liveside.net. ...

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winfuture.de has posted a number of screenshots and video of Windows 8. They claim that its Windows 8 Build 7955. The above video shows Windows 8 logon screen designed on Metro. Also the screenshots posted by them shows the ribbon interface, updated new taskbar, smartscreen filter, metro design theme on window’s etc.  Here is one of them. As usual the UI remains in flux, but it is apparently from this version Windows 8 will both be familiar to Windows 7 users and also include many small improvements which will make it worth the upgrade. Via: Neowin ...

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At MIX 11 Microsoft also showed of some new user-interface controls for the upcoming Surface 2.0 SDK.  Like most of Microsoft’s new properties, the user interface shows clear Metro design inspiration, acknowledged by Luis Cabrera, from the Surface team. The Metro UI also extends to the new “ElementMenu”, which consolidates menu items into a block of tiles, rather than the radial menu used previously. The new Surface 2.0 SDK will be available in summer of 2011. Read more at iStartedsomething.com here. ...

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New above, old below. Click for full-size. Agha has written to let us know that he noticed a new look to the Bing result page which only lasted a few minutes. He did however manage to take a screen shot, and the changes appear concentrated in the header. The new design appear to feature the starker boundaries and lack of gradients more typical of the Metro design, and moves the Bing logo to the right of the screen rather than top left. Agha notes the design was pulled soon after, and it is not clear whether we will see this rolled out to everyone eventually. Microsoft is pretty famous for their A:B testing, where they roll out competing changes to a random selection of users and see which one results in the best performance. What do our readers think of the new look? Better or worse? Let us know below. ...

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