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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Metro Start wallpaper The next choice on the Navigation Properties list says Show my desktop background on Start. If you check that box, a darkened and faded version of your old-fashioned desktop’s wallpaper appears as the background (sometimes called a “tattoo”) on your Metro Start screen

Microsoft says that’s supposed to make the transition between desktop and Metro less jarring. Personally, I don’t like it. I turn my Metro wallpaper into a solid, drab gray -- just to warn me quickly and visually if I’ve strayed to the Dark Side.

In general, you can’t use any old image as your Metro Start screen wallpaper: You’re stuck with the built-in options, plus a copy of your desktop wallpaper.

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