Saturday, March 1, 2014

How to recovery files from a dead computer (+playlist)

Windows 8: How to bring the start button back

Windows 8 is a great operating system.  That's right, I said it: "Windows 8 is a great operating system."
Its just that the user interface sucks ;-)

With that said, I am going to show you:

  • how to bring the START button back and
  • how to boot into the desktop by default
Part 1: Update to Windows 8.1
Download the Windows 8.1 update from the Windows App Store.http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows-8/update-from-windows-8-tutorial

Part 2: Boot into Desktop mode by default
Switch to Desktop Mode (How to: 
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zxue/archive/2012/03/07/win8-howto-1-switch-between-metro-ui-and-desktop.aspx)
Once in desktop mode:
1. Right-click any open area in the taskbar, (the grey bar at the bottom) then click Properties.
2. Click the Navigation tab, then check the box next to “go to the desktop instead of Start” when I sign in.
3. Click OK, then reboot. Windows should plunk you right into Desktop.
Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2043243/how-to-boot-to-desktop-mode-in-windows-8-1.html

Part 3: Bring back the Start Button
Here is the best trick I can give you, hands down, to get the start button back just like in Windows XP or Windows 7.
Install a great free add-on called "Classic Shell":
Go here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/files/latest/download
(The download should start automatically)
Once downloaded, run and install "ClassicShellSetup….exe"
That will put a button like the old start button on your desktop.
That’s it. Now your Windows 8 PC should boot into the Desktop by default and have the old start button just like in Windows 7 / XP