In pictures: The desktop lover's guide to supercharging Windows 8.1

Don't like the Metro interface? Here's the best way to banish it and boost your productivity.

Desktop lover's guide to supercharging Windows 8.1 True confession: I hate Windows 8.1. The dual personality drives me nuts. Metro may be great for people with tablets, tiny fingers, and even tinier expectations. For people like me -- all thumbs, no touchscreen on my main PC, and tons of work to churn out -- Windows 8.1 doesn’t make any sense at all.

But -- here’s the confession part -- I use Windows 8.1 all day, every day. Ever since Microsoft released the “final” RTM bits on September 9 (and, yes, leaked builds before that) I’ve been eating Microsoft’s dog food, as it were.

There are tricks to staying sane in a Window 8.1 world. You can make Metro back off, most of the time. Here’s how.

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