Background: I have been intrigued by the idea of by-passing Windows 8's Metro UI by adjusting the Registry's Shell setting.
Location: HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Shell Explorer (Default)
I have experimented with appending /root /e and /Select. Upon booting many of my test options swerve the Metro UI, but none provide the usual Windows 8 desktop complete with Taskbar.
What I get is an explorer which I can 'Root' and 'Select', but there is no sign of the Taskbar.
Question: Is my objective possible using the shell setting and explorer switches?
Note: I don't want a 3rd party product.
For perfection I would like to be able to press WinKey and get out of the traditional desktop into the Metro UI.