21712 posts since 19/06/08
Google "Classic Shell" for a great free taskbar that also (I believe) disables the Metro UI, and it's pretty much Windows 7.
4823 posts since 22/12/11
8571 posts since 18/01/09
That Windows 8 UI sure is a piece of shit ain't it? I personally just pin what I need to the task bar and stay in desktop mode since I don't feel like modding it, and that's me with a touch screen laptop lol.
7486 posts since 28/07/07
Just stay in the Desktop as much as possible. You can't have both the new UI and the taskbar at the same time.
There is an new update called Windows 8.1 coming soon. Think of it like the old Service Packs. It should enable a few more Windows 7 like features but not all of them.
The rEVOLution is not being televised
4129 posts since 21/12/11
I will probably get a desktop this year and have to do this as well.
Before the PS3 everyone was nice to me :(
on 16 May 2013
Classic Shell or Start8. Most Metro apps either suck, are buggy, make you do more work than you would with a normal desktop app, or just plain a "Lite" version of a full-fledged app. If you're using Windows 8 on a desktop/laptop, there's little reason for them when you can get most of that stuff through desktop apps or browser add-ons anyway.
6347 posts since 15/10/08
isnt windows 8 kind of designed for pads or am i just being old fashioned,i mainly stay in desktop but it is not as if i have lots of media and photos and stuff on this laptop yet
7902 posts since 27/01/08
A comprehensive FAQ for Windows 8:
Q: (Insert any question here)
A: Uninstall Windows 8 and Install Windows 7
8179 posts since 11/05/08
I found a company that would sell me a Windows 7 laptop for exactly this reason.