For users who don’t fancy booting into Metro super quickly, then there has been a hack for booting into the desktop environment. That’s gone in Windows 8, when it fully releases, along with bringing back the start orb.
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Microsoft is forcing you to use Metro in Windows 8, whether you like it or not
We detailed a hack earlier in the year that allows the start orb to reappear in the taskbar, in the desktop side of Windows 8. That’s gone in the upcoming operating system, it has been revealed.
The hack is a .scf hack, used in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. When booting up Windows 8, you’ll head to Metro. Despite it being the fastest boot time we’ve ever seen in a Windows operating system, a section of users just don’t like Metro.
Rafeal Riviera, a blogger at WithinWindows.com, revealed the fix in a question-and-answer session via e-mail. He is also the co-author of an upcoming book called Windows 8 Secrets, along with Paul Thurott.
The fix apparently got implemented before Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows 8 last week. Apparently, Microsoft has been removing legacy code (code from older versions of Windows) to prevent the start orb and boot-to-desktop hacks.
Is it really a big deal though? Well, it may be for environments where the desktop half of Windows 8 is mandatory. Such an environment is the enterprise. Forcing the area into using Metro, even for a few seconds, may not be the best idea.
Hate Metro? Don’t Upgrade
However, for regular users like us, it’s not a big deal. You might even like Metro once it’s being used.
Microsoft removed the start button from Windows 8 in a similar period: the Consumer Preview omitted the once customary Windows feature. Programs like Start8 replace the start button and boot the desktop in Windows 8, but we’ll have to see whether the programs work at RTM October 26.
Microsoft may have removed an exploit, but there will be numerous exploits bringing back the functionality. Microsoft will have to be monitoring the community to fix the hacks, but users will probably be aware of when to not update.
Ultimately Metro is a key part of the Windows 8 experience. If users don’t like Windows 8, then upgrading isn’t advisable.