If you are using Windows 8 as an OS for your music
server you might find some of the following tweaks to be useful.
Turn off Live Tiles
When using a computer as a Music Server we suggest turning
off all Live Tiles. You'll know which ones are live, (for
instance Sports, Stocks, or Weather), because the data from
the internet is changing the way a live tile looks.
Right-click on each live tile.
A settings bar on the bottom will pop up with an option
to turn the Live Tile off.
Uninstall Modern UI
On the “Modern UI Screen” (formerly called Metro)
right click near the bottom of the screen.
Click on the all Apps button.
Uninstall all of the apps that you don't want.
Among the ones that you uninstall you might wish to get rid of the music
and video and picture apps. This will stop your system from being taken
over by any of these apps when you click on files.
Remove all the tiles you don't want off the Metro Screen.
Note: When you install Desktop Applications they
will appear on the Modern UI Screen. However you can also just use the
desktop and never use the Modern UI screen.
Put the “Computer Icon”
and “Control Panel Icon” on the Desktop
Right clickon the Desktop
Then selectChange Desktop Icons and
the Computer Icon and a Control Panel Icon are there to be selected and
put on your desktop.
Disable the Lock Screen
First find the Group Policy Editor. You can
do this by searching via Modern UI by clicking on Settings
which is on the right and then just type Group Policy Editor
anywhere) and head to: