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WinMetro - Windows 8 Start screen for Windows 7 and older versions
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Switching to a different operating system just because it looks different is a waste of money. Windows 8 may have some better features, but its new looks alone would not justify the costs. A cheaper solution is to use a specialized application to make your current Windows platform look like a later one. WinMetro brings the new Windows 8 Metro user interface to older Windows versions. It gives you the possibility of launching your favorite applications and web services by clicking large icons on a Start screen.

WinMetro was developed for Windows 7, Vista and XP. It is offered free of charge and you can have it up and running in no time. Due to its low hardware requirements, the application will not slow your computer down. Moreover, you don't have to install any prerequisite tools or services.

If you are not familiar with Windows 8 Metro interface, you should know that it is a replacement for the classic Start menu. Instead of clicking a Start button to reveal your applications in a system of sub-menus, you have to click the lower left corner of the screen, to display your applications on a full screen menu, called a Start screen. This is the functionality that WinMetro provides for Windows 7 or older versions.

The Start screen can be accessed just like in Windows 8. Besides that, WinMetro won't disable the Start button, so you can still run your applications the traditional way. Besides recently accessed applications, the Start screen displays a series of widgets for news, weather forecasts, Facebook, Twitter, SkyDrive and other online services. You can also display all applications which have Start menu entries, on the entire screen. Besides the Start screen, you can also bring up an options panel, on the right side of the screen, by touching the screen's edge.

WinMetro comes with shutdown options as well and you can set it to run automatically when Windows starts up. It is also possible to set the application to show the Start screen automatically, when you turn on your computer.

You can access the Windows 8 Start screen on Windows 7 or older versions. It has the same appearance and functionality. You can set the application to run automatically and to display the Start screen at startup.

You may have difficulties accessing the options panel on the right side of the screen.

If you find the Windows 8 Metro interface interesting, you can use WinMetro to bring it to Windows 7 or to an older version, without any kind of difficulties.

You can download WinMetro free here.
About the author: Frederick Barton
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WinMetro has been reviewed by Frederick Barton on 02 Dec 2013. Based on the user interface, features and complexity, Findmysoft has rated WinMetro 5 out of 5 stars, naming it Essential
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