I've been hit by a lot of Windows 8 related questions over the past few hours. I'll do my best to answer a few of them in this post.
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Q #1 - Is there an option to allow you to boot direct to the traditional Windows Desktop and bypass the Metro UI stuff?
A - Nope, there's no 'official' toggle that I can find anywhere. It can be done via a registry hack, and there's an unofficial third-party app for disabling the Metro UI (which just seems to implement the registry hack), but nothing official.
Q #2 - How integrated is the antivirus solution? What does it look like?
A - It's all part of Windows Defender. There's an entry in Action Center in Control panel:
And there's the Windows Defender application:
Q #3 - Can you get to the old-school-style Start Menu?
A - Not by any official means other than by digging through hidden folders in the file system. If you disable the Metro UI (see answer to Q #1 above) then it reappears.
Q #4 - What happens when you install an old-school-style application?
A - A link to the application appears as a new tile in the Metro UI.
Q #5 - Can you organize tiles?
A - Only by dragging them about. There does not seem to be any way to logically group them otherwise.
Q #6 - Other than launching an app, what can you do from the Metro UI tile screen?
A - You can:
- Drag them about
- Right-clicking on an app from the Microsoft Store brings up the option to unpin, uninstall and, in some cases, resize the tile (only two settings, larger and smaller)
- If you right-click on an application tile, you get the option to unpin and an advanced option which brings up a set of options