Read an in-depth analysis in our professional review for Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8
As its name suggests, Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 is a simple and lightweight application designed to help you customize the Metro interface to meet your preferences and requirements.
Designed with simplicity in mind, the application comprises all its options and features into a clean, one-window interface. On the first run, it generates a folder called 'Metro UI Tools', where all the Power apps are stored. Deleting this directory might result in application errors.
Not all Windows 8 users like the new Metro start menu or the Windows Explorer ribbon, but that is where Metro UI Tweaker comes in. It can disable the start menu, the ribbon user interface or both. If you choose the latter alternative, the task manager UI and the lock screen are also removed.
If you changed your mind, don't worry, as you have the possibility to revert the modifications by choosing to re-enable the Metro UI components. For any of these options to take effect, a system restart is required.
The old Start Menu-based power management options are no longer available in the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen and they are confusingly located in the Settings pane (and here, only Sleep, Shut down and Restart actions are available). For those who cannot get used to these changes, Metro UI Tweaker offers the possibility to add accessible power buttons (log off, sleep, switch user, restart, lock and shutdown) to the Metro Start Menu.
In addition to this, you can customize the Metro Start Screen by adding any application or file to a different tile, for easy and fast access. However, you can also do this by accessing the designated option in the context menu of executables and other files.
Metro UI Tweaker for Windows 8 provides you with a simple method for changing the new Metro look and pin power buttons in the Start Screen. However, since it was designed for Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition, or earlier, some of the tweaks might not work on later versions of Windows 8.