Modern UI, officially named "Windows Store" apps, is how we refer to the new design language and style used in Windows 8 (and Windows Phones); which through guidelines lays more emphasis typography and less on graphics, resulting in a more simplistic UI.

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How do I turn off Modern UI and get the old Start Menu back in Windows 8?

I just bought a new Windows 8 laptop, but I want to get rid of the new "Modern UI" Start Screen, and get the old Start Menu back. How do I do this?
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How do I exit a Modern UI app?

So I downloaded and installed Windows 8. I'm very impressed, except for one thing. I don't have touch, and I have this running in a virtual machine. How do I exit one of these full screen Modern UI ...
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Is it possible to use the IE10 App without making Internet Explorer the default browser?

Windows 8 comes with two versions of Internet Explorer: the normal desktop version, which looks just like IE9, and the Modern UI version, which is a full-screen tablet-style app. By default, links ...
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How can I have Windows 8 go to the desktop by default?

I've played around a smidge with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a VirtualBox VM and I think the improvements under the hood may be worth tolerating the Metro UI crap. I don't like that the entire ...
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How can I make full-screen desktop applications only cover the snapped desktop?

In Windows 8, you can "snap" two apps next to each other, and one of those apps can be the legacy Windows desktop environment. A convenient application for this (or so I thought) would be to snap a ...
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How to log out from skype app?

I have installed the Skype-App for Windows 8 and a friend logged in first with his account. Now I want to log him out to log in myself with my account but there is no Logout option. I tried to ...
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How to boot to the desktop in Windows 8.1? [duplicate]

I just installed Windows 8.1, but I can't locate the setting to disable the Metro start screen, and boot directly to the desktop instead. So how do you configure Windows 8.1 to boot straight to the ...
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How do I restore the desktop tile?

I'm using Windows 8 and have managed to lose the Desktop tile. How do I put it back?
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What happens to Modern-UI apps when they aren't in the foreground?

If I start a Modern-UI app and then switch to a different app or a normal program running on the desktop, what happens to the first app? I've heard something about the first app being suspended, but ...
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How to customize tiles (change/bigger icon, change color) for desktop applications in the Start Screen?

In my start menu have I have tiles (/shortcuts) to different desktop applications. They all get the same background color, a small icon etc. and don't look very nice compared to Modern UI app tiles. ...
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Where exactly are stored the apps shortcuts in the Windows 8 Start Screen?

I'm trying to mess around with starting up modern UI applications from the desktop and various other weirdness. While I've been digging, I can't seem to work out where exactly the shortcuts to windows ...
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Hide Win 8.1 “tip” about “Switch between apps”?

I've just installed Win8.1 and I'm trying to set up IIS. When I open Add remove programs from the start menu I get the pc-settings app. In the pc-settings app I get a "tooltip" or whatever we should ...
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How to create a desktop shortcut to a Windows 8 Modern UI app?

I am using Windows 8 at the moment and I was wondering if there is a way to make a shortcut to a Modern UI (formerly known as Metro UI) application on my desktop.
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How can I revert back to the old Start menu in Windows 8 Preview?

I don't like the new Metro UI. Is there any way to get rid of the new Metro UI in Windows 8 Preview and go back to the old Aero UI with its' Start Menu?
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Windows 8.1 search charm slow, with explorer.exe CPU usage at 100%

Since upgrading to Windows 8.1 this weekend, the Search feature became pretty useless. When I start typing, it sends my CPU usage to 100% (Task Manager shows Windows Explorer as the main offender), ...
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Force Windows 8 Metro apps to run lower resolutions below 1024x768?

I have installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Samsung NB30 netbook. I was very excited to try it on this little box cause it has a touchscreen and Windows 8 is supposed to be optimized for ...
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Enable click-and-drag scrolling in Windows 8 / Metro?

In Windows 8 (Metro interface) I find myself trying to click and drag the background to scroll again and again, which does not work (I'm using a mouse, not touch). Also, scrolling with the scroll ...
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Run Windows Store Apps in a Window on the Desktop in Windows 8?

Is it possible to run Windows Store apps in a window on the desktop in Windows 8? For example, I think the Finance app is awesome, I just don't want it to occupy dedicated space on my screen (either ...
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Metro apps crash on startup, driver or permissions issue?

After installing Win8 x64 RC, Metro apps worked correctly, but desktop OpenGL apps were slow and unresponsive. I installed the latest Win8 nVidia drivers, and the OpenGL apps started working ...
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How do I group icons in the Start menu of Windows 8?

I love the new start menu of Windows 8 but I would like to be able to organize my icons into sections. How do I organize my app icons in Windows 8?
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How to remove apps from my list in the Windows 8 store?

I installed Windows 8 on my laptop to play around with it. I downloaded quite a lot of apps, even ones that I don't like. The ones I didn't like I uninstalled. Now, I installed Windows 8 on my ...
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How do I enable an auto download of newly installed Metro Apps?

I have multiple devices running Windows 8, and would like to sync up the apps that I install on one between the others. Is there a way to enable auto download and installation of apps purchased ...
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How do I get Google Chrome back to desktop mode on Windows 8

The Windows 8 version of Google Chrome seems to have been updated to support the UI formerly known as Metro. However, this seems to be the only option now, which means that I can no longer use Chrome ...
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Add programs to start menu search without adding a tile

In Windows 7, I had many portable software programs like KeePass, PDF X-change, or Chrome application shortcuts that I used the portable version rather than full install. With these I was able to add ...
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In Windows 8, can you use a different default browser for Metro/WinRT apps than for normal desktop apps?

I want a different default browser setting for tiled WinRT apps than I do for app in the legacy desktop environment. Is this possible? I'm playing with windows 8, and one thing I've noticed is that ...
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How do I get the Modern UI of Firefox in Windows 8?

Mozilla mentions Elm is the experimental repository where most of our Metro development work has been happening. Now, I grabbed the latest nightly from the Elm repo, installed it & then ...
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How do I change the tile image of a Modern UI application?

Let's say I want to change the icon of the Weather application, how would I do that?
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Can I select which folders the Photos live tile chooses from?

The built-in Photos app in Windows 8 has a live tile on the start screen that shows photos from your pictures library. It's a cool little visual, even if it's not particularly useful. The problem is ...
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Adding custom shortcuts to Modern UI

Is it possible to add a shortcut (for example launching a program with custom parameters or to run a command line command) to the Modern UI start page?
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How to change Windows 8 Start Background Image and Color Scheme?

I want to change the style of the Windows 8 Start Screen: Under Charmsbar > Settings > More PC Settings > Personalize > Start Screen you can choose out of 20 predefined background ...
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Windows 8 Stuck on Start Screen File Search

I have been searching someone else having the same issue but I couldn't find any. Here is my problem: I'm using Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. File search screen does not close itself after I make ...
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Change Windows 8.1 Metro Search Provider

Windows 8.1 is a great improvement over Windows 8. But the one thing that irks me is the deep integration of Microsoft services into the new Metro/Modern interface. Bing is now integrated into every ...
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In Internet Explorer 10 Metro, how do you change the home page?

There appear to be two copies of Internet Explorer in Windows 8; the Metro version, and the normal version. The Internet Options settings do not appear to apply to the Metro version of IE; and the ...
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Lost the Modern UI Internet Explorer?

I accidentally removed the Modern UI IE Icon. Is there any way to get it back? I'm able to run the normal Internet Explorer, but not the Modern UI one, please help.
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Is it possible to put Metro-style apps side-by-side in Windows 8 without a touchscreen?

Supposedly it's pretty easy to put Metro-style apps side-by-side using touch gestures in Windows 8. I can't seem to figure out how to do it using just the mouse and keyboard though. My screen is ...
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Remote Desktop app can't connect through VPN or through RDP load balancer

Using the regular Remote Desktop Client (in the desktop environment) I can connect just fine to remote servers when connected through Cisco VPN or when accessing a server behind a load balancer. When ...
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Install a Windows 8 Modern UI app without the Windows Store

How do I go about installing a Modern UI/Metro app without using the native Windows Store app on Windows 8? I don't know if it's even possible or if it is, how the app even gets installed from the ...
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Windows 8 via VirtualBox - Metro apps won't open when clicked

When running the Windows 8 developer preview via VirtualBox, Metro apps don't seem to open when I click them. Has anyone encountered the same issue? Additionally in the traditional UI mode, I can't ...
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How do I switch users or log off from Windows 8? It's not under the shut down menu

In every previous version of Windows, the "log off" option was in the same menu as the power options. In Windows 8, when I click the "power" button in the charms bar, there's no option to log off -- ...
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Is there any way to resize the tiles in MetroUI in Windows 8?

Well I really love the MetroUI in Windows 8 but is there any possibility to resize the tiles ?
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Show latest notifications in Windows 8?

There is a way to show past notifications in Windows 8? If for example I was away from keyboard for 30 minutes, I want to see what happened, in a glance. Or I have to watch the "alert bubbles" in ...
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Can I put documents onto the Windows 8 Metro Start Menu?

You can search for a document and click to open it, but is there a way to put a document you are working with on the Start Menu (Metro UI) for quick selection?
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How can I differentiate between pure Modern UI and Desktop Applications in the start screen?

The Modern UI menu shows now both Modern UI and Desktop Applications, the only difference so far is that the built-in Modern UI Apps have a simple white icon instead of a colored. But already my ...
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Make the task bar visible at all times

With the recent Windows 8.1 update we are able to run "Metro" apps inside the desktop view, but when so, the task bar fades away (hides) and it is very irritating to click twice and some times more to ...
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Can Windows Server 2012 run all Metro (/ Windows Store) applications?

I plan to use Windows Server 2012 Standard on my PC as my primary OS. Can Windows Server 2012 run all Metro (/ Windows Store) applications or are there arbitrary limitations or edition checks that ...
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Metro Apps on Windows 8 aren't working with static IP behind auth proxy

In Windows 8 Professional, Metro Apps and Windows Update do not work with static IP settings behind authenticated proxy server. They work with DHCP on the same proxy settings (we have DHCP for wifi ...
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Where to find Windows 8 Modern UI apps source code?

Or Metro UI As an amateur web developer I'm intrested in building native apps for windows 8 with HTML5 and CSS. But It would be nice to see the source code of the apps that I have and which language ...
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How to add a shutdown tile to the start screen?

How do I add a tile on the Windows 8 Modern UI that allows me to click that tile to start shutting down the computer?
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Named Group of tiles (Applications) in Windows 8? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I group icons in the Start menu of Windows 8? The tiles in Windows 8 ModernUI are just all on that scrolling page (the new "Start Menu"). Like the old iOS had ...
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How to see what changed in Windows Store apps?

Is there any way to see "change logs" of my Windows Store applications when they come up as available for updates? I can't seem to get any information about what actually changed in several of my ...