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.

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Go forth and multiply That’s how to set up Windows 8.1, to minimize those jarring trips into Metro hell.

Until Microsoft builds a better Windows -- see, for example, Galen Gruman’s proposal for Windows Red -- it’s the best we desktop-bound mouse-wielding touch-adverse dinosaurs can do. Not bad for five bucks and a few minutes of spelunking.

Whip Windows 8.1 into shape, and you may just forget that you’re running an operating system with a Dr. Jekyll persona.

It’s like watching "Dexter" but ignoring the bloody parts.

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