Tweak Your Windows 8 UI Using Metro UI Tweaker

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,

  1. Disable Metro Start Menu: Disables only Metro Start Menu Screen. This function requires editing a System File. It does not remove the file.
  2. 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.
  3. Disable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Disables the Metro Start Menu UI, Ribbon UI, MetroTask Manager UI and the Lock Screen.
  4. Enable Metro Start Menu and Ribbon: Re-enables all available Metro UI options.
  5. Add Power Options to the Metro Start Menu Screen: Logoff, Switch User, Lock, Sleep, Restart and Shutdown
  6. Add any Application/File to the Metro UI Start Menu Screen: Some Applications/Files may not be available to you to add to the Metro Start Menu Screen. This program allows you to add those Applications/Files which would otherwise be unavailable.
The tool was developed by Lee Whittington for The Windows Club.  You can find more details and download the tool here.
  • Christoffer Lundberg

    I hope this will be updated to support changing of wallpaper on the Metro Start screen :)

  • Anonymous

    Step 7: Just freaking use Windows 7 instead :)

    Seriously though, looks like nice utility.

    But, I have joined the Metro cult and I’m not looking back.

    • Anonymous

      I like your comment, but I will respectfully disagree.  I think Microsoft should probably include an easy way of defaulting start up to the traditional desktop.  That would help get the people who are afraid of Metro to buy Windows 8.  Aside from initial sales, I think in the long run, a lot of those skeptical people, once they have Windows 8, will give Metro a try.  In time, I think you will see more people buy Windows 8 and learn to like Metro.  But trying to force everyone to use Metro from the start may present a roadblock to broader adoption.

      • Anonymous

        My guess is that Microsoft will have a user policy setting to turn off Metro screen for businesses. BUT I doubt this will be a control panel setting that Joe Blow consumer can easily change himself. If Microsoft did that, they would be undermining Metro adoption. MS wants to throw users in the Metro “pool” and force them to swim 😉

  • Pieter Snyman

    @Christoffer, I have seen a blog entry about the wallpaper change on the Twitter stream recently.  Can’t find it now, but it’s definitely out there…

  • Robert Wade

    I’m with you, @Truthhz.  If you folks want to get stuck in the old sea-of-icons meme (you’re probably an Android user–ahem) then just stay with Windows 7.  It’s certainly stable enough and will be supported long enough for you to get with the new.  In the meantime, bring on the Metro-only apps!  Make these apps as hub-compatible as possible.  I’m spoiled with how apps on Windows Phone 7 just talk to each other, and pass information across.  I see Windows 8 is heading that way.