Yet another tool that i have created for Windows 8. Its Ribbon Disabler for Windows 8.
Latest version is 2.5, a critical bug is fixed. Please update ASAP. See the change log below, I'll share the details
Ribbon Disabler is compatible with Windows 8 from Consumer Preview up to Windows 8 RTM. Ribbon Disabler will allow you to disable Ribbon in Windows 8 Explorer and preserve Paint and Wordpad working. Aslo it has an option to restore ribbon. There is no system files what will be modified by this tool.Since version 2 the Ribbon Disabler modifies your explorerframe.dll but makes backup. It is safe. Here is example of Explorer without Ribbon:
Please always use only latest version. v2.5 Fixed critical issue in the code. Every time you remove/restore ribbon in Explorer it causes wrong NTFS permissions to be set for some system files. It can cause other user accounts to be unable to work in Windows 8. This is fixed. v184.108.40.206 Command line options are implemented so you can use Ribbon Disabler in your scripts. v2.0 A new code base, with support for Windows 8 x86 and x64. v1.0 first release with Windows 8 x64 support only
Ribbon Disabler command line options
Ribbon disabler.exe /d - delete the ribbon silently Ribbon disabler.exe /r - restore the ribbon silently
For Windows 8 x64: Ribbon disabler x64.exe /d - delete the ribbon silently Ribbon disabler x64.exe /r - restore the ribbon silently
Ribbon Disabler is portable application and does not require to be installed.
FYI if you activate this as an Administrator and add an additional user to Windows 8, it will not execute after creating the account. So if you deactivate this, then the new account loads just fine. And then again - if you reactivate afterward, it disables the 2nd user account. I tried making the 2nd user an Administrator as well and turning of UAC all together and it still doesn't work. Can you fix this?
It is not possible without damage for Windows. Don't even try.
I would like to have no ribbon and no command bar at all in the explorer. So maybe you could build in an option to your program that you can choose between just removing ribbon and replacing ribbon with command bar. I have absolutely no use for both of them, shortcuts do everything for me i need. I hated the command bar in 7 and hate ribbon in 8, so I would be stuck between a rock and a hard place.
The themeee, we want that theme in the screenshots, omfg
ah, in the pictures is windows 8 release preview or RTM? It is possible to make the navigation bar background transparent using DWMGlass by BigMuscle?
Is there going to be a version that will work for Retail Windows 8?