Metro7: Get Windows 8 Style Metro Start Screen In Windows 7

Since the release of the Windows 8 Developer’s Preview, there has been a lot of talk regarding the pros and cons of using the Metro UI (update: Microsoft has now changed the name from Metro to Modern UI due to some legal issues). If you are one of those users who are thinking of sticking with Windows 7 or just cannot upgrade to Windows 8, you can still enjoy the Metro UI with Metro7. It is a widget filled application that brings the Metro UI style interface to your Windows 7 desktop. It provides instant access to built-in widgets and a custom store from where you can install more applications. Obviously, the applications are not the ones that you would find in the original Windows 8 operating system, but some of them (like the weather app), come pretty close to providing you with the functionality of the real Metro applications.

After installation, Metro7 can be launched from a simple shortcut after which the Metro UI appears. The widgets of this UI provide time and date information, access to built-in metro store, weather application, and shortcuts to numerous websites like Facebook and Badoo. Clicking the arrow on the top right-side displays additional options, which allow you to pin any application as a metro tile, configure application settings and exit the metro interface.

Metro Ui For Windows 7

To receive weather alerts, click the weather widget, enter your city name, click search and select your city’s name from the search result. Once done, you will get instant weather updates from the metro interface (as shown in the first screenshot). You can also select the time interval after which you would like to check for weather updates.

Select City for weather updates

Clicking the main weather widget (once it has been configured) displays a five day weather forecast for the selected city.

Forecast


Similarly, you can go to Settings and enable/disable full screen mode, widget animation, windows taskbar and set Metro7 to automatically start with system startup.

Settings

To add more applications to the Metro UI, head over to the Metro Store and select an application.

Metro Store

Overall, Metro7 is a good application for emulating the Windows 8 MetroUI style interface on your Windows 7 desktop, however, it still seems to be under construction as some of the widgets simply lead to a blank page and many of the  website shortcuts on the main interface seem to be there to fill the main interface. Metro 7 has been developed for Windows 7.

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  • Kris

    Weak User Experience, looks nice but has nothing to do with productivity.

  • sadiq

    how to bring back metro ui after returning to desktop?

    • http://twitter.com/Batyuchok Yuriy Batyuchok

      You will have to launch it again or it will be back again after PC restart

    • http://phoenix-studio.net amirfazwan

      yeah..i found that this is the major problem

  • Ricaella

    MOSAIC

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  • Hamooz_99

    Why when i add an icon and exit then when i open it again i cant find it why ? ? ? ? ?

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  • Marcus

    Not compatible with x64 bit systems. Crashes regularly. Also…this is just another Newgen, which stopped being open source and is not likely to succeed as well as it did as open source, and it’s really rather pants when it doesn’t work.
    Metro7 does look good, but it just doesn’t work for me.

    • Raj Kumar Ramoju

      to prevent crashing,
      just go to task manager(Alt+Ctrl+Del), under process tab find metro7.exe, right click on it and select “Set Affinity” and choose any one processor.

      It can prevent the crashing problem

  • Bob

    How can I add some folders or folder locations?