Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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Why even bother with metro apps?
by nej_simon on Sat 10th Nov 2012 09:36 UTC
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When I install Windows 8 on a computer I always chose to make a local account instead of using a Microsoft account, then I purge all metro (or Windows 8 style) apps.

The only apps that can't get rid of is IE (it can only be uninstalled as a whole, and you need it to download a better browser) and the store but at least you can hide them. You'll have to go to "all apps" to uninstall the reader app as it's not shown on the start screen by default. Otherwise it will launch when you open a pdf in explorer.

Some apps, like google chrome, comes with a metro version but at least for chrome there is a register hack to disable it.

After you've done this metro will only be like a launcher for applications and it works quite well for that, even if it's a bit limited compared to the start menu.

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