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How to disable or remove the "Metro UI on Windows Server 2012

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I have looked online and the Windows 8 version of disabling or removing the Metro screen does not work on Windows Server 2012. Is it possible to get a Windows 2008 desktop equivelant. The entire Metro screen is a big step backwards and frustrating. If possible please provide a method using Group Policy.
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by:comfortjeanius
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Did you try the group policy  check out this link Disable Metro UI by using Group Policy (theoretically)
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by:hatcherb1234
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No sir. I wasn't able to find the references the author wrote in Group Policy or in the registry. Both categories are there, but not the syntax to do the job.
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by:comfortjeanius
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What registry entries you have in this location HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer ?
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by:hatcherb1234
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I don't have anything below Windows never mind Explorer.
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by:comfortjeanius
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What about this location
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
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[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"ExplorerStartupTraceRecorded"=dword:00000001
"ShellState"=hex:24,00,00,00,34,28,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
  01,00,00,00,13,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,62,00,00,00
"SIDUpdatedOnLibraries"=dword:00000001
"LastClockSize"=hex:3d,00,00,00,0f,00,00,00,3a,00,00,00,0f,00,00,00,49,00,00,\
  00,0f,00,00,00
"link"=hex:16,00,00,00
"Browse For Folder Width"=dword:0000013e
"Browse For Folder Height"=dword:00000148
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by:comfortjeanius
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******Make sure you backup the registry first******

Can you add a registry value in this location:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

 New ----> DWORD (32-bit)Value

Name it RPEnabled

Set value to 0

Restart and see if this helps.
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by:hatcherb1234
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backed it up...I put this in, rebooted and no change. I went back into regedit and what I put in is there.  I am still required to go to this metro screen to sign off etc.
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by:McKnife
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>  am still required to go to this metro screen to sign off etc
Sorry, you are not. I use several servers with 2012 and I don't see that screen at all. To signout (=logoff) , click the desktop and then press alt-F4.
For what other things will the Metro UI show for you? Tell me, I think I can show you to avoid it.
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by:hatcherb1234
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never heard of it. I read the blog on it, but I can't download this as my company's firewall stops it. I'll have to download it from home and bring it in to try it out. Will get back to you.
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by:nobus
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ok -post results
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by:hatcherb1234
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I did some more poking around and was able to download via C-NET. I installed it and it works great. Thank You.
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by:hatcherb1234
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Not directed at you, but why isn't this more common knowledge? Whoever makes it needs to spend some ad money to make it available for anyone.
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it is common knowledge - but that was not what you were asking, so you got other answers
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