The Start screen, which was first introduced with Windows 8 as a replacement to the Start menu, has been improved in the latest Windows 8.1 version and it now lets you have very small and extra large app tiles, comes with a separate app screen, and offers better customization settings.
Users who have used Windows 8 for a long time before upgrading to Windows 8.1 are probably happy with the new features and enhancements. But users who have started upgrading from Vista and Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 are installing third-party Start menu programs and looking for ways to hide or disable the Start screen and other Modern UI elements.
In Windows 8.1, Microsoft has included options to disable the charms bar that opens up when you move the mouse cursor to the upper or lower-right corner of the screen. So disabling the charms bar is fairly simple. You can access the setting by right-clicking on Taskbar, selecting Properties, and then switching to Navigation tab. But how to disable or hide the Start screen in Windows 8.1?
Metro Killer is a small utility originally designed for Windows 8 to disable the Start screen. The good thing is that it works brilliantly with Windows 8.1 as well. Metro Killer is designed to disable not only the Start screen but also the charms bar and hot corners. As Windows 8.1 includes options to disable the charms bar and hot corners, the option to disable the Start screen is only the useful for Windows 8.1 users.
The best thing about Metro Killer is that you can enable all disabled Modern (Metro) features by performing a system restart. Using Metro Killer is also very simple. Download, run the tool, and click Yes button to disable Start screen, charms bar, and hot corners.
Metro Killer is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 8/8.1 systems but doesn’t support Windows RT. And if you don’t like the new Start button in Windows 8.1, please follow the instructions provided in our how to hide or disable Start button in Windows 8.1 guide.