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Skip Metro Suite 3.0

Bypass the Start screen when you log on to Windows 8

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 8


Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 15 March 2013
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Downloads To Date: 27732
Developer: WinAero
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Skip Metro Suite 3.0
Configure which options you want via Skip Metro Suite’s configuration window.

Microsoft really doesn’t want you avoiding the new tile-based Start screen in Windows 8, but it's reckoned without the sheer bloodymindedness of both its user base and developers in finding ways to get around it. For those of us who will still spend a lot of time at the traditional desktop, the need to manually click the Desktop tile (or press [Win] + [D]) to access it after first logging in might seem like an unnecessary waste of time. Which is where Skip Metro Suite politely coughs and introduces itself.

Skip Metro Suite does three things, all of which can be selected or unselected with a single click Its primary focus is to allow you to boot direct to the classic desktop after logging on, but it offers more tweaks, all allowing you to disable the various hotspots on the screen, from task switcher and Start screen to Charms bar and ability to close apps by clicking and swiping down from the top of the screen. The hotspots remain accessible via their respective keyboard shortcuts: [Win] for the Start screen,  [Win] + [Tab] for the task switcher and [Win] + [C] for the Charms bar – and any or all of these tweaks can be switched on or off at will.

It’s a bit of a fudge – Skip Metro Suite doesn’t so much bypass the Start screen as simply launch the desktop from the Start screen automatically. Nevertheless, it’s still more convenient than doing it manually, and the hot spot disabling works perfectly without requiring reboot too. For these reasons it's worthy of your attention.

Version 3.0 is a major new release, with the following changes:

· Installer and Windows service are removed - Skip Metro Suite is now a fully portable app.
· Skip metro engine is rewritten to solve all previous issues.
· Settings are rewritten to resolves all issues with corrupted/non-working settings.
· New checkbox added to disable Skip Metro Suite, the equivalent of uninstalling it.


Does what it says on the tin, although the functionality is also present (along with a replacement Start menu) in Classic Shell too.

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