Windows 8.1 tuning (to look and behave like win7)

Use Windows 8.1 in default configuration as developer machine is hell on the earth. So, here are the steps how to turn Windows 8.1 back to classic…


  • Configure your user as TRUE administrator (link)
  • Replace metro by classic start menu (link)
  • split monitor to more areas (WinSplit revolution, alternative ownload link)
  • Windows firewall extension to notify about outgoing connections (link)
  • Disable local http server on port 80 (after visual studio installation!!) (link) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\HTTP\start =  4
  • Enable administrative sharing for c$,d$, … (superuserHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System\LocalAccountTokenFilterPolicy=
  • Disable top left/right corner clip HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\MouseCornerClipLength=0