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Start Screen Alternatives

While many are trying to get used to the new Start screen, viagra others immediately want to get the classic Start menu back.

The list of alternatives for the Start screen can be found here and is maintained by forum member hoak.

Windows 8 UI Internet Explorer

Even after installing the Desktop Experience feature, the Internet Explorer tile in the Start screen still runs Internet Explorer on the classic desktop. This registry hack will make Internet Explorer run as Windows 8 UI application when started from the Start screen.

Download MetroIE.reg and import it into the registry. Next time you click the Internet Explorer tile in the Start screen, it will start with the Windows 8 interface. Make sure you also followed the Windows 8 Apps and IE Enhanced Security Configuration steps. The classic Internet Explorer can still be accessed by starting Internet Explorer from the classic desktop.
Metro Internet Explorer in Windows Server 2012


Continue to install dll’s required for some games and applications…

Windows 8 Apps

After installing the Desktop Experience feature, the Store will appear in the Start screen. However, if you try to open it, it will notify that it is not possible for the Built-in Administrator account to open it.

Cannot open Store using Built-in Administrator account.

There are two methods which can be used to enable the Windows Store for the Built-in Administrator account.

Method 1

(Thanks to Lotusisrael. Will be changed to a visual version later)

Enable the User Account Control for the Administrator account: Open Local Security Policy, go to Local Policies –> Security Options –> User Accoumt Control: Admin Approval Mode for the Build-in Administrator Account, and click Enabled.

More info at the forum.

Method 2

We will create a new user, assign Administrator rights to this user and finally disable the Administrator account. This way we have configured the user security configuration just like Windows 8 with as result that we can use the Windows 8 AppStore and Windows 8 (Metro) applications.

1. Open the Start screen, type lusrmgr.msc (with as first character an L, not a capital i) and press Enter to open the Local Users and Groups management console.
Open "lusrmgr.msc" via the Start screen

2. In the management console in the left pane, click the Users section and then in the right pane right click in an empty spot and choose New User.
Create new user via the Local Users and Groups management console

3. Enter information for the new user. If you do not want to use a password, first follow the Password Restrictions instructions to disable enforcement of strong passwords. In case you do not want the password to expire, uncheck User must change password at next logon and check the Password never expires checkbox. This option is also checked by default when you create a new account via PC Settings in the Windows 8 Charms bar. After you finished filling in the fields, click Create. The same window will reappear to create another new user, but click the Close button.
Enter information to create new User

4. Now double click the newly created account, go to the Member Of tab, click Add and type Administrators in the Enter the object names to select text field. Finally confirm the group selection by clicking OK and save the settings by clicking OK again in the user properties window. We have now added the newly created user to the Administrators group.
Add user to Administrators group

5. Sign out the Administrator and login with the newly created user.
Windows Server 2012 login screen

6. After logging in, again go to the Local Users and Groups management console by typing lusrmgmt.msc in the Start screen and pressing Enter.
Open "lusrmgr.msc" via the Start menu

7. In the left pane click the Users section, then double click the Administrator user to open its properties. Finally, check the Account is disabled checkbox and click OK. You now successfully disabled the Built-in Administrator account so it won’t show up again in the logon screen.
Disable Built-in Administrator account

8. Now you can open the Windows 8 Store or any other Windows 8 App without problems!
Windows Server 2012 Store


Continue to get the default applications from Windows 8 installed in Windows Server 2012…