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.

Show All Apps The last four settings in the Navigation Properties dialog control when and how the Metro Start screen gets swapped out for the All Apps list.

Microsoft touts the All Apps list as being the second coming of the Windows Start Menu. I think that’s a crock -- there’s no multi-level organization, for example, so the “dead” tiles just keep going and going -- but for desktop mousers, I don’t think there’s any doubt that the All Apps list is better than the Metro Start screen.

Check all four of the boxes, unless you have an overwhelming reason not to do so.

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