Bring Windows 8 Metro UI to Your Desktop
WinMetro is specially designed to bring the newly introduced
Windows 8 Metro UI to Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.
It offers an easy solution for old versions of Windows users to try and enjoy the tile based Metro UI. By displaying useful information such as weather, calendar, news, stocks, and frequently used programs, it turns your desktop into an informative and productive work station.
It also offers the option to boot to Metro Start Screen directly.
WinMetro V1.0 | / 7.38 MB
Supports Windows XP/Vista/7
I asked myself, why would I want this metro user interface (UI) to run on my Windows seven operating system (OS). With all the trash talk about Windows eight being UN-user friendly,
is this free software worth my time and how can it benefit me.
As long as it doesn’t harm my system, I said, what the heck at least I’ll give it try.
Since it is a product of IOBit.com, I trusted the program and installed it on my computer.
WinMetro didn’t harm my system.
Immediately after running WinMetro, I thought, “this is cool”, I’m getting a small experience of the real Windows 8 “OS”. I began to rummage through its settings -easy enough to understand- and then I began clicking tabs. My first tab I clicked on was the weather tab, the loading indicator began to rotate, I waiting for 10 minutes, I got nothing. I cancelled the effort to set my weather location.
Next, I click the twitter tab, a new full screen window revealed itself with the log-on interface to twitter. I usually copy and paste all of my user information and password in all text fields,
I couldn’t do that here. So, I manually input my information, logged on
and twitter opened my account. What I could do there was extremely limited,
I knew immediately this wasn’t a browser, so I wouldn’t be able to do
the things you can do what a browser has to offer.
Clicking the Facebook tab did nothing, a complete blank screen.
The SkyDrive, Bing, and the maps tab resulted in limited activity.
The Internet Explorer tab opened my default browser, in this case, Firefox.
The calendar, market place, news feed, sports, photo’s and desktop tab worked flawlessly.
The program’s tab loaded all of my installed software program’s and executing them,
worked just as they were intended.
After completing the review of the tabs, I began to think of what I would like WinMetro to have that it doesn’t possess. I noticed the big word START, I thought, “I want to get rid of it”.
I went searching for any .ini file that I might be able to edit manually.
I found none. The only .ini file is for settings and the weather tab (app).
Having the ability to cut, and or replace the word start would be a welcomed feature for this free product. And being able to add tabs and or remove tabs.
WinMetro does display the user name and the option to access the current user account, as well as being able to shutdown, restart, etc. your computer. And if you are running a low screen resolution, WinMetro will advise you to run a higher resolution for better results.
Another feature I like about WinMetro is you can search your computer for stored files, photo’s, video, etc.,… (see screenshot)
All in all if you want to have a Windows 8 like experience
on your Windows 7 machine without this little piece of software
burying it self deep into your “OS”,
then WinMetro is what you want.
Provided is a direct download link or you can visit IOBit
web site for more information.
Please feel free to comment and let me know if you have a different experience with this application.
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