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|Guest||Awesome! Maybe the Tablet OS Windows 8 will be useful even on PCs after all?|
|Guest||can you publish the Source Code Please?|
|Joe Bold|21 Aug|
|Guest||Nice idea, but there is one thing that should definitely be implemented: A Swipe-Menu to map the active edges to the mouse. Such a menu is often seen in todays games like Crysis 1 + 2 and more.|
So for example ...
... if one want to open the charms on the right side of the screen he could perform a right-click, holds and then a short swipe to the right and release the mouse button
... if one would like to open the start menu he performs a right-click, holds and performs a short swipe to the bottom
and so on.
It could be so simple, but sadly it isn't.
|Guest||It is a great program. |
Do you can change on the command line switch?
|Sergey |22 Aug|
|Comments: 377||Can you explain which command line you mentioned?|
It is not clean for me.
|Guest||"Disable Charms Bar" feature doesn't work on Windows 8 RTM x64 (90 days trial version)|
|Guest||No, It works!|
|Guest||Geen teen -1|
|Guest||Hi Happy Bulldozer.|
Thank you for the reply.
I want to set the disable or enable in the batch file command.
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Skip Metro Suite\ToggleDesktop.exe" +metro
"C:\Program Files (x86)\Skip Metro Suite\ToggleDesktop.exe" -metro
|Guest||Works perfect on Enterprise RTM. Thank you for your great work. Your skip metro is faster than Classic Shell's. Also Classic Shell way of disabling hot corners makes the desktop icons blink if you are running on VirtualBox. Your way does not, which I love. One problem is that we lose selecting icons on the desktop from the way top. We have to select all the way from the top right then go left.|
Can you share your source code with us?
|Sergey |23 Aug|
|Comments: 377||Can you tell me why you need source code?|
I would not like to open sources because my code style is bad and I am non-professional programmer (like Ivo with Classic Shell and so on).
I have no plans to open sources because i will feel shame.
|Guest||Can you add a option to disable drag and dropping of the desktop like a app?|
|Sergey |27 Aug|
|Comments: 377||Yes I can, but it also will kill drag and dropping for metro apps.|
I add this option on next week, stay tuned.
|Guest||No me funciona la version 2.0 en windows 8 rtm de 90 dias, pero la version 1.1 si me funciona a que se debe esto?|
|Guest||Version 2.0 does not work in windows 8 rtm 90 days, but the version 1.1 if I work at it is this?|
|Guest||This application is great! By disabling the annoying hot corners Windows 8 is suddenly a lot more usable. I do miss one feature though, you can still grab the top of the desktop and drag it like a metro app. Would it be possible to add an option to diable that too?|
|Sergey |29 Aug|
Sure it possible. I will release an update soon.
I don't know exactly what is happened in your case, but it it works for me in all Windows 8 installations. I will look closely at sources.
thanks for the app
I was just thinking: Windows Server 2012 boots to desktop until the user install "Desktop Experience", then it boots to Metro. So maybe there is the registry setting for this, which could be revealed by comparing two registry snapshots (before and after "Desktop Experience" installation)? If so, same setting will probably work with Win8...
|Sergey |29 Aug|
|Comments: 377||probably you are right. Let me to install the server and look on it.|
|Guest||@juanky| Version 2.0 works fine in Windows 8 90 days trial. I am using it now. I only wish there was a option to disable the drag on top of the desktop.|
|Guest||I have a bug report: On my Windows 8 Enterprise 90 days trail, "Remove All Hot Corners" only works if also "Skip Start Screen" has been selected, otherwise it won't. This did not occur in 1.2.|
|Sergey |01 Sep|
|Comments: 377||try with latest version.|
THis must help to resolve the issue
|Guest||OK, I now tried version 2.1 - two bug reports:|
1. If "Skip Start Screen" has been deactivated, and if the removal of all hot corners has been activated, you can still grab the top of the desktop. When you log out, and log back in, all hot corners are active again.
2. If your Windows account has no password set (*), and if "Skip Start Screen" has been deactivated, and if the removal of all hot corners has been activated, all hot corners are still active.
(*) you can do this via Computer management -> Local users and groups -> Users -> (click on your user name), More actions -> Set password..., and enter no password.
|Guest||Great utility! One problem: on multi-monitor setup, only corners on the primary monitor are removed.|
|Guest||thank you! working great on 90 day trial. love that it includes a picture of what we are disabling.|
|Sergey |01 Sep|
I tried to fix it. The top of desktop now removing properly.
Also i tried to fix this:
If your Windows account has no password set (*), and if "Skip Start Screen" has been deactivated, and if the removal of all hot corners has been activated, all hot corners are still active.
try please with multimointor configuration, it also must works now.
|Guest||Happy Bulldozer: Yup, it works now.|
|Guest||I get try to download this, i will be back to let you know if it works for me thanks|
|Guest||Could you add a way of updating straight from the program, without re-downloading the setup?|
|Sergey |02 Sep|
|Comments: 377||I can I will add it in future|
|Guest||If I use the "shutdown /s /t 0" command the skip metro does not work on next power up of the PC|
|Sergey |11 Sep|
|Comments: 377||Thanks, I will check|
This is the registry setting to switching booting to desktop and Metro in W2012Server (when "Desktop Experience" is enabled):
Permissions editation is needed to change the value to 0.
Maybe it will work in W8, when imported to the registry...
|Guest||Could you add the option to change that reg key to your tool?|
Could your tool display the info, if the service it uses, is running (because changing the reg value will not require the service)?
|Guest||Here you have to utility to enabled writting permission to that key:|
replace xx with tt and _ with backslash
replace _ with backslash
|Sergey |12 Sep|
In conclusion, without modifying protected system files, or otherwise modifying the system to trick twinui.dll into thinking we’re running on Windows Server, it’s currently not possible to have Windows 8 boot into desktop. There are several tricks and utilities that force Windows 8 into desktop after login, but a “native” way is currently not possible.
So, what you tried to show us?
|Guest||The latest version works fine but after some reboots is reset to the initial settings.|
|Sergey |18 Sep|
|Comments: 377||Who many users you have at your PC?|
|Guest||There's only my user.|
"Skip Metro Suite" working properly for a while but after a few reboots Windows start again with the "Metro" interface and all corners enabled.
If I try to reopen the software it is set up correctly, but I have to tap again on the "Save settings" button to make sure that everything returns to work correctly, but only for a while.
Sorry for my english.
|Guest||Just to let you know, although this may not matter too much, Remote dektop seems to reactivate the hot corners. I was remoting in to my laptop to move some files and noticed it had hot corners activated when I logged in. When I switched back to the actual laptop they stayed active until I logged out and back in. Would care too much, except I use Vistart and the start menu hot corner for the stupid "Metro" screen is invasive.|
|Guest||I found a bug, I use a multimonitor configuration and if I disable my secondary monitor, the drag to close hand icon reappears (I have it disabled via the program). Then I have to log out and log in for the icon to disappear.|
|Sergey |07 Oct|
|Comments: 377||Actually it is not a bug. I reduce amount of apps in memory, so SMS can't handle all your dekstop changes in real time. It works only at logon.|
|Guest||The latest version works fine but after some reboots is reset to the initial settings.|
sometime cannot Skip Metro
|Sergey |10 Oct|
|Comments: 377||How many users you have at your PC?|
|Sergey |11 Oct|
|Comments: 377||Hmm. Very strange|
It stores its settings in C:\programdata
I have no idea why they can be corrupted.
I will think.
|Guest||C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Skip Metro Suite|
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Skip Metro Suite\Skip Metro Suite Settings.lnk
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Skip Metro Suite\Uninstall.lnk
SET Skip Metro --- C:\ProgramData NO SMS_**.txt
SET Donot Skip Metro --- C:\ProgramData\SMS_853C6192.txt
I will try more
|Guest||maybe I update Skip Metro Suite|
I have not uninstall the older one
my english no good
|Guest||This if great!|
Only thing that stands out is the metro ui that opens when you press the "network" icon on the right of the taskbar.
Would it be possible to bypass this and use the Windows 7 style? If so, I will donate!
|Sergey |21 Oct|
|Comments: 377||baw1976, i have no idea atm :(|
whc, you are welcome
|what's needed|26 Oct|
|Guest||if you can make it so that any time a metro application tries to RAPE YOUR EYES WITH SIZE 96 FONT AND FULL SCREEN run in a smaller window instead, you really have something. for example, if click on the wifi or bluetooth icon in the corner, you get full-screen metro garbage. instead of that, have the metro run in a small window (with minimize and X buttons), ~33% window size, ideally near where you clicked. in this case, the bottom right.|
|Guest||When "Skip Start Screen" is enabled, it will sabotage the first attempt to open the start screen after you unlock your computer. Lock, log back in (to your desktop), then try to open the start screen and this program immediately boots you back to the desktop.|
|Guest||Skip metro doesn't work for me. I check all of the boxes but still get the start screen and the mouse still opens the charms bar when it moves. I have a Samsung Series 9 ultrabook.|
|Guest||What did you do to my start menu? I would assume the changes were reversible, but after checking away all the changes and uninstalling the program, the start menu hot spot only works a couple of seconds after boot.|
Now I have to go find registry fixes to clean after your program?
|Sergey |10 Nov|
|Comments: 377||you will be surpised but my program does not touch your registry! it works with hot corners by own way |
clean your pc from other stuff and tweaks before attacking me
|Guest||Thank you very much for Skip Metro Suite.|
Maybe there is a problem with Windows 8, when you log into your account sometimes Skip Metro Suite does not load at all and I have to log off and then starts correctly.
A Windows 8 bug?
|Dr. J.R. M|13 Nov|
|Guest||My antivirus says its a virus|
|Sergey |14 Nov|
|Comments: 377||That is false positive|
BTW, can you share your antivirus's warning message screen shot?
|Guest||Hi, you have some very nice stuff here - thanks :-)|
I'm wondering about this - here you say "completely disable" - on the page you link to with the registry tweaks, you say: "This does not mean that Switcher and Charms Bar will be completely disabled. You will still be able to show them using keyboard shortcuts." I like the idea of them still being callable via keyboard.
 Do the regristry tweak and this app work differently?
 does the one on this page work by changing the registry, or does it start with windows and disable on each startup?
|Sergey |17 Nov|
|Comments: 377|| Do the regristry tweak and this app work differently? |
Yes they are
 does the one on this page work by changing the registry, or does it start with windows and disable on each startup?
It start with windows and disable on each startup/log in
|Guest||THanks very much for your reply Happy Bulldozer !|
|Guest||it doesn't work after logoff/ logon!|
|Sergey |25 Nov|
|Comments: 377||thanks for report. I will look ASAP|
|Guest||What if you have multiple accounts - how does this works? Also, when you disabled metro in DP, task manager's new features were also disabled and only limited win7 style TM was available. Do those features still are available? Thanks!|
|Guest||Not working with my windows 8 32 bits, sadly : (|
(I use Classic Shell too)
|Guest||Ah sorry didn't realize that classic shell can deactivate the corners as well, i'll use that. I guess this software was paraziting yours.|
|Guest||Hi, I downloaded this and ran it on my new win8 laptop. It worked great for a couple of weeks, but now has reverted to the original startup blocks screen. |
I've downloaded again, uninstalled & reinstalled but still the same result. Any thoughts as to what I'm doing wrong?
|Guest||Does not work anymore.|
|Guest||I installed Skip Metro Suite. I have decided I want to experiment with Metro, so I opened Skip Metro Suite control panel and removed all the checks. However my machine will not boot to the Metro Start screen. I also tried uninstalling Skip Metro Suite with no effect. My machine still boots straight to the desktop. This software is a great effort and could be a useful tool once all the bugs are worked out. Looks like I will have to do a reinstall to get back to the original windows.|
|Sergey |23 Dec|
|Comments: 377||I am sorry|
I will try to redesign the software engine to rid off all the issues.
|Guest||Just installed Skip Metro on Lenovo lap top with obligatory Win 8. Have spent three days trying to figure how to disable the Charms bar swiping off the right side and the STUPID screen that comes up before login. I thought I had it with your software I installed. the only thing that changed was corners are dead now which is the one thing I might have kept. I did restart twice with all checks off so nothing should have come up. Is there something else I have to do?|
Is there ANYTHING I can do to stop that right edge charms bar CONSTANTLY screwing everything I type or do up, every time I move my finger from right to left? I am thinking of just disabling my whole touchpad and going back to a mouse - or if I can convince someone to help me, reinstall Win 7. I had no choice in this win 8 and am so upset about it! I want a laptop UI, not a phone/tablet one ;-)
|Guest||actually, no, am wrong. thought corners were disabled, but just went to go hit lower left and found Start pop up and they are all working. Just an FYI. I sure wish this would work though. I don't like messing with the registry and like that. am a big "user" but not into the code stuff....|
|Guest||Skip Metro Suite has a bug where, at least in Windows 8, it will continuously minimize every window you have open, making it impossible to continue working. |
I have yet to find out what's causing it (you have to log out and back in - you can't even get into the task manager, because the Skip Metro Suite will fight against you). However it is extremely irritating. Had it on two computers so far, happened when I had to go to Metro to change a setting, and then switched back to the Desktop tile.
The minimizing doesn't happen immediately - the whole thing seems to be on a one-second timer. Which makes me wonder how efficient this is, polling windows every second, instead of hooking into one of the Windows events ....
Anyway: Throwing it out there for anyone else who has the same problem. If your windows continuously get minimized every second or so, this is caused by the Skip Metro Suite. If you uninstall it, it goes away.
|Guest||Okay, I checked back here in case any solution was posted, but Skip Metro Suite was doing it again, so it pretty much forced me to uninstall it.|
Kind of funny: After locking the computer and logging in again it stopped minimizing, but as soon as I brought up its uninstaller, it started minimizing everything again. I had to position the mouse correctly, and then Alt+Tab to the uninstaller (even the alt+tab task switcher was closed, thankfully the uninstaller was the first option, so I was faster than Skip Metro Suite) and quickly hit "Uninstall" before it minimized again.
Then finally, the haunting stopped. Shame that now I will get the hot corners back.
Unless you can absolutely confirm this was fixed, I will not install this again, cannot recommend it, and will remove it from any computer I maintain.
Shame, because it seemed to work, but I cannot have my computer fight against me.
|Guest||I just installed skipmetrosuite - thanks a lot.|
It has not removed the charms bar on the right side. others features seem to be working correctly.
|Sergey |30 Dec|
|Comments: 377||please try with latest version|
|Guest||Charms bar is still there..... Even with the new version of Skip Metro|
|Guest||Great software. Can you please tell us what the program changes or what to do if I lose the file and don't know which places/entries are changed?|
That was the advantage of the old versions, there was always need to have an install when you use it and if you remove it you have the old settings.
|Guest||Was the "try with latest version" addressed to me, ie did you fix this and want me to try again, or to Rob?|
|Guest||V3 not working for me on Win8 Pro (MCE) x64. When I try to run it, the wheel turns for a few seconds, then nothing happens. Same whether I run the app as Admin or not.|
|Sergey |11 Jan|
|Comments: 377||Do you have .NET 4.5 disabled/uninstalled?|
|Guest||Yes, I uninstall .NET 4.5 and then the charm bar is removed. What will happen, when some software need .NET 4.5?|
|Sergey |14 Jan|
|Comments: 377||It will not run. Skip Metro Suite uses .net framework 4.5 too.|
|Guest||I used the last version on skip metro suite. I want to go back and have metro on windows start.|
But even if i uncheck the option windows starts on desktop.
How can i restore the old metro screen?
|Guest||Nuno, uncheck "Enable Skip Metro suite"|
|Guest||I unchek "enable metro suite" and save settings but the sistem still starts on classic desktop.|
|Sergey |17 Jan|
|Comments: 377||Please check that you do not have previous version of this software installed.|
Like Skip Metro Suite 2.x
Go to Control Panel - Uninstall a program - uninstall all Skip Metro Suite lines there.
Also, some other apps like Startdock Start8, Classic Shell and many others can provide such behaviour.
Check their options too
|Guest||the charm bar seems to re-enable itself on my system, I think it happens when I RDP into the PC.|
|Guest||I never installed previous version of Skip Metro Suite nor other similar programs!|
|Guest||I think you have a bug: If I have the "Skip Start Screen" option enabled and lock my computer, when I unlock it everything gets minimized (and sometimes I can't bring them up for a while too as they instantly get re-minimized)|
|Sergey |22 Jan|
|Comments: 377||digi1, I will try check it. However, it is truth that charm bar can recreate themself|
Nuno, I have no idea. Please run regedit.exe and post here your userinit value at
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. It must be something like
I think you have a bug: If I have the "Skip Start Screen" option enabled and lock my computer
I will try to repeat the issue and fix it. This is unexpected behavior of Skip Metro Suite in any case.
|Guest||This disabled the charms for me, but I am still able to press Windows Key + C and it opens the Charm on the right side. Is there anyway to disable that?|
This doesn't seem to work anymore after the update. The bottom left start button is still there. I've uninstalled every instance of the program and the files in programdata/appdata etc.
Do I need to change something in the registry?
|Sergey |24 Jan|
|Comments: 377||nope, you should not change anything.|
Which update you have installed?
What happens when you tick "enable skip metro suite" checkbox?
is there any way to disable the "Hot Corners" and skip the Start screen with a batch file?
|Guest||I'm using the 3.0 update without the installer. Yes enable skip metro suite is checked. The weird thing is that the app switcher at the top left is still disabled even if I turn off the program. There must be something left over from the 2.xx version.|
|Sergey |25 Jan|
|Comments: 377||I will post detailed clean up manual to make sure that all old compoments was removed|
|Guest||Doesn't work for me. How can I uninstall it?|
I still see the Metro UI for some seconds and it seems to slow down the boot process.
However, there's no Windows uninstall and I can't delete it manually.
Is there a clean solution to remove it? Thanks for help.
|Guest||unfortunately, this seems to no longer work, the whole reason i installed skip metro was because of how insane the charms bar was acting, it was really getting beyond a joke, i first tried the old reg hack, no go, tried this, and again, the charm bar is still active and disruptive, looking for something else to kill it once and for all.|
First off: thank you for your coding and determination in bringing about so many useful programs. They certainly come in handy.
In Skip Metro Suite (now at v.3.0) when placing a check mark in the lower left hand corner box ("Start Button") it also disables the mouse activated Win + X menu: the key combination still works, but now that Win + X menu can no longer be opened by the right mouse button when placing its pointer in the utmost lower left hand corner of the desktop.
Any chance of leaving the mouse activated Win + X menu active/enabled? But for those who have no use of accessing the Win + X menu via the mouse, possibly adding just one more setting that would disable it?
Thanks again. I keep coming back to your site to see what you are now working on and making available.
|Guest||I installed v.3.0 on my new windows 8 HP laptop. It worked great for the first 6 start-ups/logins then It started taking a minute to disable charms bar and now it will not disable it at all. if I drag at the corners it doesn't pull the charm bar up but I drag the pointer across the screen anywhere and the bar pops up annoyingly every time. I was going to try to uninstall/reinstall but when I go to programs in control panel I cant find it. still starting on regular desktop after login tho. please help.|
|dave k|23 Feb|
Acer v3 771 new laptop.
Im afraid Im not comp literate so everything is a struggle and windows 8 has NOT helped!
trying to dispose of charm bar but have problem same as guest 20th Feb charm bar pops in at will (even as Im writting this) but not from corners? drives you crazy! tried v3 down load but no metro in programmes list, so can not uninstall! any help would be appreciated
Any assistance needs to be in real laymans terms
|Sergey |24 Feb|
|Comments: 377||@dave k|
"enable Skip metro Suite" - uchecking this check box equals to uninstall. This is portable software, it means it does not require to be even installed, so it does not require to be uninstalled, That's why it is not presented in programs list.
|Guest||Very useful for windows8|
|Guest||How do I only install Skip Metro and not any other weird stuff? I've tried three times and it keeps trying to get me to Accept installing stuff that I don't want. Where is one, clean, download link?|
|Sergey |19 Mar|
|Comments: 377||This: http://winaero.com/request.php?33|
The same link as at download page.
No other "weird" stuff there, I can't understand what you are talking about.
|Guest||after march 2013 updates it won't open|
|Guest||after some time charm bar and other stuff that i disable - enables again.|
Win 8 prof
|Guest||Hi Sergey, I noticed some bugs even in the new 3.0 version.|
1) For me, the program DOESN'T work when "Skip Start Screen" option is DISABLED.
2) The drag to close option works, and I noticed that the top 4 pixels are finally available for the mouse, and I can even drag the "mouse selection" from there (creating a "blue rectangle" as it was till Windows 7. I love this feature!.
However, after a reboot, those pixels became no more available, until I open any Windows Store app.
Then those pixels work till the next shutdown.
3) If I disable only one of the two charms-bar hot corners, sometimes the other one doesn't work (I solved it with a reboot).
Can you have a look at it please? Thanks!!!
|Guest||Moreover, Sergey, I'd like to post a comment about "Users list enabler" but it is impossible to post anything... Error ---> Http 400|
|Sergey |27 Mar|
|Comments: 377||Hello chrisbax|
I promise I will look on all those issues as soon as possible. Thank you very much for such good bug report, it is very helpful.
Moreover, Sergey, I'd like to post a comment about "Users list enabler" but it is impossible to post anything... Error ---> Http 400
I have no idea why and can't reproduce it. Use my email hb860[animal here]live.ru, I am always open for communications.
|Guest||Sergey, if [animal here] should be replaced to @ , I sent correctly an email|
|Guest||Tried to download, I got two executables, x64 and x86. Which one should I use? I have a Samsung Windows 8 laptop. Thanks.|
|Sergey |29 Mar|
|Comments: 377||Try x64.|
If it will not run, use x86 one.
|Guest||Installed and I'm so happy the "charms" are gone. How do I get the old version (not Win8) of Start back? I don't know how to open anything up unless it's already on my desktop. And I want to see Recent documents and stuff. Thanks!|
|Guest||One more thing: I have no idea how to shut down without a Start and I got rid of the charms. [Really glad those giant start screen squares are gone - those were so stupid.]|
|Guest||Goldy: the perfect start program you need is Stardock Start8. There are free alternatives, like Classic Shell.|
|Guest||A dozen cheers for your life-saver. I was reaching the point where I thought I would heave the PC over the railing. Those idiot/morons at Redmond can't do anything right in my book. No substance. Nothing but gimmicks and never-completed apps.|
|Guest||Using 3.0. Disable Charm Bars feature still doesn't work on Win8 x64|
|Guest||Hi, I don't think you should be ashamed of your own code, since you did manage to skip the metro and disable the hotcorners. People, including me, wish to know how you did manage it. They could learn the technique behind it. Besides, we want to know what such tool exactly does to our computer.|
|Guest||Is there any way to stop bypassing Metro Suite manually as unticking "Skip Start Screen" does not do anything.|
|Guest||Something goes wrong since a while ago. Once you enable the Skip metro and turn down the computer, the system automatically seems to disable the app again, so, when you run the PC again, the Metro screen is not skipped anymore, you have to press on the "Desktop" button. And if you check Skip metro again, it appears with the button "Enable" unchecked.|
|Guest||I guess Windows, on one of its updates, included some "defense" measure...|
|Guest||Dear WinAero friends: SkipMetro does not work anymore, Windows 8 has found a way to skip it. Any solution planned? Thank you.|
|Guest||Lost effect if restart explorer.exe|
Thanks for your share.
I want all the users skip Metro suite in windows 2012 when they first time login.
Is it possible to run with command line or any other feature I can set to make it real?
|Guest||I think it's great to be able to switch off charms. Thanks but now having got it installed how can i tweak it to allow the start screen back. If I need to uninstall how do I do it. I can't find it in my list of programs. Maybe I just ran it instead of saved it. It doesn't appear when I search for metro. Many thanks for lall your work.|
|Sergey |14 Jun|
|Comments: 377||You can do the following:|
Download skip Metro suite again and tick/untick checkboxes you need.
|Guest||Hello Sergey.. thanks for your hard work..|
Can I know where Skip Metro Suit keeps the application setting?
Is it in the Registry or in a file somewhere?