Windows 8: Optimize Settings with Free Metro UI Tweaker

If you’re on a desktop, the new Windows 8 Metro UI  takes some getting used to. But this free utility can help a lot.

Note: Windows 8.1 has reached the end of mainstream support. According to Microsoft:

Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.

Metro UI Tweaker

If you’re on a desktop, the new Windows 8 Metro UI  takes some getting used to. And it can be slow. We’ve already explained how to revert to the Windows 7 style UI via a system registry hack. If you’re not comfortable with the registry, here’s how to use a free utility that lets you tweak the Metro UI how you want it.

Start by downloading the Windows 8 Metro UI Tweaker. The download comes in a zipped archive. Use a program like 7Zip or another tool built-in to Windows to decompress the download.

extract the muitw8 zip archive

Once extracted, launch Metro UI Tweaker.exe.

launch metro ui tweaker.exe

When Windows 8 prompts you to enable Microsoft.Net Framework 3.5.1, click Accept changes.

Note: Depending on your Windows 8 install, the system will prompt you to download and install several updates before launching the Metro UI Tweaker.
accept changes to framework 3.5.1


Once the Metro UI Tweaker opens, configure the options to customize your Windows 8 UI. Here’s what each option does:

  • Disable Metro Start Menu – Removes the Metro Touch UI and returns your PC to the legacy Start menu Windows 7 style, but will not affect the ribbon.
  • Disable Explorer RibbonReturns Windows Explorer to the Windows 7 style but still keeps the Up button and retains both the Metro touch interface and Start menu at default.
  • Disable Metro Start Menu and Explorer RibbonDoes both of the above.
  • Enable Metro Start Menu and Explorer RibbonReturns the Metro interface and ribbon to Windows 8 style.
  • Power OptionsAdd additional options to the power button in the Metro touch interface.
  • Add any ApplicationLets you bypass default limits to put any program you want in the Metro touch tile interface.

run metro ui tweaker for windows 8

Saving and applying changes made with the tool requires a reboot. After saving your new configuration to reboot your system, hit Yes.

adjust metro ui tweaker settings

Now you can tweak and configure the Metro UI according to your preferences. Play around with it and see how it works for you. Let us know in the comments.



  1. John

    Have you noticed now, when you install this and/or do the hack when the desktop comes up there is a confidentiality warning from Microsoft

  2. Ovidiu

    This trick works for Windows 8 Consumer preview ?

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