In pictures: The desktop lover's guide to supercharging Windows 8.1

Don't like the Metro interface? Here's the best way to banish it and boost your productivity.

Go forth and multiply That’s how to set up Windows 8.1, to minimize those jarring trips into Metro hell.

Until Microsoft builds a better Windows -- see, for example, Galen Gruman’s proposal for Windows Red -- it’s the best we desktop-bound mouse-wielding touch-adverse dinosaurs can do. Not bad for five bucks and a few minutes of spelunking.

Whip Windows 8.1 into shape, and you may just forget that you’re running an operating system with a Dr. Jekyll persona.

It’s like watching "Dexter" but ignoring the bloody parts.

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