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How to disable the Windows 8.1 Charms Bar

OK. I am now officially annoyed by the charms bar that keeps appearing on the right side of my screen when I am trying to scroll down. For those of you who are also bugged by this feature here’s how to disable it:

  1. Open Registry Editor (press Win+R, type regedit.exe in the Run dialog and press Enter) and go to thiskey key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell
  2. Now create a new key here named “EdgeUI“. This key might already be created if you have already tried disabling the charms bar by switching it off when pointing top-right with the mouse.
  3. Select the EdgeUI key in the left pane and create a new DWORD value in the right pane of the Registry Editor named DisableCharmsHint – Set it to 1 to disable the Charms bar when using the mouse. It will not appear when you move the pointer to the top-right or bottom-rights corners. If you move the pointer to the top-right corner and then move it down along the right edge of the screen (or from the bottom-right corner up to the screen center along the right edge), it’ll appear again.
    Regedit
    So, this setting prevents the Charms Bar panel from appearing accidentally. It should take effect immediately –  you do not need to restart Windows Explorer or log off. You will still be able to show them when you actually want to use them by simply pressing Win+C.

If you want to enable the default behaviour of the Charms Bar again set DisableCharmsHint value to 0 or delete it completely.

Don’t Forget the Windows Key

Windows 8 seems to have caused a stir since its release in October last year. What appears to cause the biggest problems for users is the Start screen and the Desktop. It may be timely to remind everyone not using a tablet PC that to switch between the Start screen and the Desktop is as simple as pressing the Windows key (that is the key between CTRL and ALT on your keyboard). The Windows Key + D will also show you the desktop, even if you are in a normal program at the time.

Not sure about upgrading to Windows 8

So you’re not sure about upgrading to Windows 8?

If you are using Windows 7 then if you are happy with how the operating system is working then wait. Microsoft is happily supporting Windows 7 and is supporting it, supplying security patches and fixes for now.  Mind you Windows 8 is more robust than Windows 7, it boots quicker and with some training you can gain productivity in daily tasks.

What if you are still using Windows XP? Then you have until 8 April 2014. On that date Microsoft will stop supporting both Windows XP and Office 2003. This will be the time that hackers and cyber-criminals will really start to benefit as any security holes and bugs after that date will not be fixed by Microsoft.

So now is the time to consider upgrading, as you may have to consider upgrading your hardware too. Microsoft has produced a Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant that you can download and scan your PC to see if it is suitable for upgrade to Windows 8.