RetroUI® Pro for Windows 8.1

What is RetroUI® Pro?


Thinix RetroUI® Pro is easy to use software that allows you to skip the Start screen in Windows 8.1, brings back the start button and start menu, allows you to block Windows HotCorners, and includes TabletView. RetroUI Pro makes Windows 8.1 far easier to use with features like allowing users to press the Windows key to return to the classic Windows desktop at any time. Multiple display users can easily span Windows 8.1 Apps across more than one monitor. Try a free 7-day trial of RetroUI Pro.


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RetroUI Pro brings back the features you need in Windows 8.1


  • Start Button & Start Menu that match the style of Windows 7 but include integrated features for Windows 8.1
  • Pin and Organize your favorites
    • Pin & Launch everything you need: Computer, Documents, classic Windows applications
    • Pin & Launch any Windows 8.1 App
    • Pin & Launch your favorite websites
    • Drag & Drop technology allows you to sort and organize your favorites your way
    • Integrated Search, allows you to search for things you need and quickly pin anything to your favorites
    • Right Click, context menus and advanced features
  • Integrated Windows 8.1 Features
    • Quick access to Shutdown features you need
    • Optionally block Hotcorners and still access the full functionality of Windows 8.1
    • Easy open the Charms Bar, Start screen, Search or Task switcher
  • Thinix RetroUI® Pro is easy to use software that allows you to skip the Start screen in Windows 8.1
  • TabletView™ exclusive technology allows you to pin your favorite Apps, software, websites and more, and view it in an iconic App-style similar to iOS and Android
  • Secure, enterprise class features, Multi-Language, Multi-Monitor but quick and easy to install and use

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Thinix RetroUI® Pro allows you to skip the Start screen in Windows 8.1, brings back the start button and start menu, allows you to block Windows HotCorners, and includes TabletView. RetroUI Pro makes Windows 8.1 far easier to use.

Windows 8 Users: this version of RetroUI® Pro is not compatible with Windows 8, Click here for a compatible version

Upgrading from Windows 8? The Enforce feature that was available in RetroUI 3.2 is not available in RetroUI 4.0 for compatibility purposes and our literature has not been updated to reflect this change yet.

RetroUI Pro version 4.0.1
  • Download 32-bit

  • Download 64-bit

  • Note:  Installers can be used as a fully functional 7-day free trial and for the licensed (purchased) version of the software. This version of RetroUI Pro is compatible with Windows 8.1 (and does not work with Windows 8). You must uninstall prior versions before upgrading.
  • Terms and Conditions (Updated 5-24-2014)
  • How to Uninstall RetroUI (Windows 7/8/8.1 Instructions)
  • Do I need the 32-bit or 64-bit version?

  • RetroUI Cleanup Utility
  • Having problems getting RetroUI to work? Uninstall, run cleanup utility, then re-install.

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Or download the free trial

RetroUI Pro is offered in a version for Windows 8.1 and a separate version for Windows Server 2012. The consumer licenses are not authorized for use in business, education, government, or military applications. Also keep in mind that the consumer licenses have a lower level of support, without access to email support or upgrades. Only the Windows Server licenses will work with the Windows Server 2012 version of RetroUI Pro.

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Consumer $4.95 Consumer $9.95 Business $9.95 Business $14.95 Education $6.95 Education $9.95
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License good for only (1) consumer-use PC. Support is available through forums and knowledge base only.

License good for (3) consumer-use PCs. Support is available through forums and knowledge base only.

License good for only (1) business-use PC. Support is available for 1 Year via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

License good for only (1) business-use PC. Support is available for 3 Years via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

License good for (1) education-use PC. Support is available for 1 Year via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

License good for (1) education-use PC. Support is available for 3 Years via email, and indefinitely via forums and knowledge base.

*Updates: Product updates refer to new versions to the existing major (reference release) version of software, and do not include upgrades to newer major versions. Updates generally provide fixes that enhance stability and compatibility. For example, an update would change RetroUI from version 2.2.0 to version 2.3.0
**Upgrades: Product upgrades refer to new versions that change the major (reference release) version of software. Upgrades generally provide new features unavailable in prior versions. For example, an upgrade would change RetroUI from version 2.4.0 to version 3.0.0

Note: more videos, documents, and collateral related to RetroUI® Pro v4 are coming soon

Learning about RetroUI Pro



Installing RetroUI Pro



Troubleshooting RetroUI Pro


Requirements

Windows 8.1 version 9600 or later. RetroUI Pro for Windows 8.1 works with the official release versions of Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro, or Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Please make sure you download the correct x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) hardware version. Windows 8.1 RT (for ARM based systems) is NOT supported

Classic Desktop

Microsoft included a traditional desktop which is similar to Windows 7 within Windows 8.1. However, they designed Windows 8.1 to require users to first go to the Windows 8.1 Start Screen (Metro UI) before anything else. RetroUI Pro eliminates the manual process of exiting out of the Live Tiles desktop and returning to the classic desktop every login. However, the classic desktop in Windows 8.1 does not include a start menu, RetroUI Pro includes and brings back the Start Button, and Start menu, as well as making the Taskbar visible when the Start Screen and Windows 8.1 Apps are visible.

Limitations

When returning from a Windows lock screen, if a Metro style application is running, RetroUI Pro will not close the Metro app. RetroUI Pro is designed and tested to work with Windows 8.1 RTM version - 9600.winblue_gdr.130913-2141, and later. RetroUI Pro will not work with Windows 8.1 RT (for ARM processors). RetroUI is not compatible and does not work with the developer and consumer previews of Windows 8.1. Registered users of RetroUI Pro will be able to download updates (commercial, educational, and non-profit licenses will also receive upgrades for 1 year) to RetroUI Pro. However, in the event that Microsoft removes the ability or somehow completely prevents RetroUI Pro from functioning by releasing future builds, service packs or patches, Thinix cannot control these things and therefore doesn't assert that RetroUI Pro will be compatible with other future versions of Windows 8.1. RetroUI Pro supports multiple users on a single machine and supports individualized settings for each user on the system.

Updates


Version 4.0.1 (Released on November 4, 2013)

  • Fixed RetroUI Free Feature Lock bug on Advanced Tab
  • Update Updated Windows Store Apps Database
  • Fixed RetroUI Free Upgrade Link

Version 4.0.0 (Released on October 31, 2013)

  • New Released RetroUI Pro version 4.0.0, which is now fully compatible with Windows 8.1
  • Update Integrated skip metro technology to be compatible with Windows 8.1
  • Update Removed Enforce™ to maintain compatibility with Windows 8.1
  • Update Updated Metro app icons and colors
  • Update Updated multi-user profile technology to be compatible with Windows 8.1
  • Update Updated the check for updates code to be compatible with Windows 8 / 8.1
  • Update Updated installer OS detection
  • Update Modified database schema to include OS version flag for Metro app icon cache
  • Fixed Updated Polish translation for "Close"