Tweak the settings in the navigation menu to keep the modern interface elements off the desktop
Making files open in desktop programs saves you from the full screen Metro-style annoyance
Classic Shell is a free Start menu replacement for Windows 8.1
ModernMix from Stardock allows you to run metro-style apps on the desktop
Windows 8.1 allows you to uninstall multiple apps at the same time
Here's how to make the Windows 8.1 Metro-style interface stay off your desktop
The Metro interface in Windows 8.1 makes sense on a touch-enabled device, but on a traditional computer, it's only an afterthought. In the first iteration of Windows 8, it was hard to get around on the desktop without the Start screen, hot corners, app switcher bar and other elements of the touch interface getting in your way. Windows 8.1 has been improved and includes features that let you boot directly to the desktop and keep Metro elements out of your way. If you prefer to stay on the traditional desktop as much as possible, here's a look at how to do it.
Other Images from this Gallery