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Windows 8 and NinjaTrader

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Other Tweaks for Win 8.1?


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I have clean installed Win 8 Pro from Win 7 last night.
Despite of some negative reviews on desktop friendliness I like Win 8.

Here are few links to make look & feel like Windows 7:

Classic Shell | Free software downloads at SourceForge.net

WinAero: Downloads / Software / Tiny Windows Borders

WinAero: Aero8Tuner

WinAero: Close Threshold for Metro Apps


How to make Windows 8 look like Windows 7 | Reviews | CNET UK

One year later and with the advent of Window 8.1 meanwhile, is there are any other tweak in order to get Win 7 behavior and GUI with Win 8 rigs?

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A few tricks I use to have a Windows 2000 (no segoe)-looking Windows 8 computer


1. Metrics

Before upgrading to W8, export the HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\WindowsMetrics key
Reimport it in W8 (after having backed it up of course)

This will allow
  • To set the default font to something else than Segoe (I use Tahoma from the basic style in W7)
  • It will will set your windows borders to standard Windows size, not the huge W8 ones


2. Disable Segoe UI

I used to delete the font mappings in the registry but it has some side effects

Now I use MacType ( mactype - Ultimate font Rasterizer for Windows - Google Project Hosting ) to remap Segoe UI to Microsoft Sans Serif using font substitution.

It allows to substitute default font in applications allowing it (Office 2010), while keeping the font on the system for the apps needing it (task manager, Office 2013) etc..


3. Replace Explorer

I always felt that starting with Vista/W7, Explorer was being dumbed down (how to I find all source files named *.cs containing some text ????, impossible using W7 explorer)

I use Directory Opus as a replacement



Once you've done that you have a pretty decent W2000 experience on your W8 system


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Upgraded to Win 8.1


Win 8.1 has been installed for almost 3mos...

So far no troubles at all with NT7 v20....

I don't use Tuneup Utility anymore instead started using Iobit's Razer Game Booster
to disable some of window background applications to free resources without affecting to
the full function of NT7 and Chrome.
Also Advance System Care has been uninstalled but Auslogic Bootspeed V6 added.

With Game Booster You have options to disable Windows applications but to enable back
(such as print spool and Window language IME) you need system restart.

So all printing is done after trading or use Teamvierwer to print out from 2nd PC after transferring
files thru Teamviewer.

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Another cool thingy that was removed in W8 is the "Previous Versions" tab on files, that allowed you to access up to 63 previous of your files stored in VSS snapshots.

But you can still access the tab by using network access, ie \\localhost\c$

To create a snapshot, you can use vhsadow.exe too lfrom Microsoft.
in a script :
vshadow -p -scsf c:

And tada, new snapshot of c drive, accessible in Previous Versions tab....

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Win 8.1 -- Turn off monitor(s)

I've found Monitor Off Utility works in Win 8.1 .

Dekisoft - Downloads

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