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IObit WinMetro 1.0 FINAL

Get the look of Windows 8 without having to upgrade your OS

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Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 25 January 2013
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Much has been made about the new look of Windows 8 – formerly known as the Metro interface – and for many people this is going to be the reason they choose to upgrade. But there are a large number of Windows users who are perfectly happy with the way Windows 7 works, or can’t afford to upgrade just at the moment. If you fall into either of these two camps, WinMetro could be the utility you have been looking for.

This simple free utility enables you to bring the look of Metro to Windows 7 so you can reap the benefits of some of the interface changes to Windows 8 without the need to upgrade. The app has been very well implemented, and while it is not a perfect replica of how things are in Windows 8, it is certainly close enough. The redesigned Start menu is home to all of your shortcuts and these looks very much the same as in Windows 8.

The Start menu is access just like in Windows 8, by moving the mouse to the lower left of the screen and a copy of the charms bar can also be accessed at the right hand side. There are a number of widgets built into the Start screen such as a news ticker, weather forecast, and social networking elements, but there is little scope for customization here.

In some respects, it could be argued that WinMetro makes things slightly more awkward to get to, but at the same time this could just be because of the fact that the way Windows 8 works is mimicked so well. The search feature of the Start menu has been nicely implemented and this is sure to proof to be a great time-saver as well as working in a very pleasing way.

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Not perfect, but not too much to complain about, WinMetro brings one of the biggest features of Windows 8 to older versions of Windows with style.

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This is the latest version of Windows May 2019 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

Apps now work much more like regular desktop programs. They have minimise, maximise, restore and close buttons, and can be resized (to a degree) and organised however you like.

If you've still lost track of a program in the mass of open windows, a new Task Spaces feature can help. Click its taskbar button and you'll see thumbnails for everything running now, a little like OS X's Mission Control - just click something to switch to it.

Better still, Task Spaces also supports virtual desktops. Add extra desktops as required and it'll display thumbnails of each one, making it easy to identify whatever you're after and switch to it.

There's also smarter snapping, new customisation options, and even a bunch of experimental additions to the command prompt.

May 2019 Update brings a whole host of new features for Windows 10. See the Microsoft Blog for more information.

The Windows 10 ISO will give you build 1903 which is the May 2019 Update.

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