Turn off the Metrostyle desktop in Windows 8

I was testing the Developer Preview version of Windows 8 and I was not so happy about the new metro style desktop.

I immediately was searching for an option to turn it off and put it back to the normal old style of desktop icons. After a few hours of searching I didn’t find an option to turn it off.

Today I ran in to a Tweet with my solution of how to turn it off, see http://deploymentbunny.com/2011/09/18/windows-8-developer-server-preview-switch-to-classic-start-menu/

It turns out it’s a simple registry key that needs to be set to turn everything back to normal. Change the key: HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

change the RPEnabled value from 1 in to 0 and everything is back to normal again.

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Marco works for ViaData as a Senior Technical Consultant. He has over 15 years experience as a system engineer and consultant, specialized in virtualization. VMware VCP4, VCP5-DC & VCP5-DT. VMware vExpert 2013, 2014,2015 & 2016. Microsoft MCSE & MCITP Enterprise Administrator. Veeam VMSP, VMTSP & VMCE.