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# 140622 15-Feb-2014 13:10
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Having got Windows 8.1 running in 'desktop mode' permanently I have largely forgotten about the 'Start' screen (Metro).  My question is, given that I am not using the Metro interface (as far as I know) is there anything significant that is costing me in performance and/or data use?  For example should I uninstall apps and/or disable live tiles that I don't use?



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  # 987775 15-Feb-2014 14:29
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You can easily uninstall most of them using powershell, run powershell as admin

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers | Remove-AppxPackage


Get-AppXProvisionedPackage -online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage –online

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  # 987982 15-Feb-2014 20:28
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Curious to know the things you like in Win8.1 instead of just running Win7

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  # 988017 15-Feb-2014 21:56
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The laptop I bought (boxing day special) came with Win 8.0.  I have upgraded it to 8.1 specifically to boot to the desktop.  I would never choose to upgrade Win 7 to 8.

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  # 988024 15-Feb-2014 22:11
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i would think (and I have) disabled all live tiles. not sure what else could parasite resources ...

Swype on iOS is detrimental to accurate typing. Apologies in advance.

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  # 988129 16-Feb-2014 10:21
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Does metro run as a seperate process or is it bloated into explorer.exe?

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  # 988179 16-Feb-2014 12:43
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WinRT is what you are referring to, it is just a bunch of COM objects. It means they are not running unless something calls them.

Out of interest, the same applies to IE.

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