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Naming the groups on Start Screen in Windows 8

Windows 8 arranges the application in their own groups. If you want you can arrange the group as expected and even rename the groups. You can create your own groups just by dragging an app's tile to an empty space on the Start screen it'll create own group. To rename the group as shown in below image click at the small (looks like minus) button in the bottom right corner of the start screen. 
Now once you click on small button the application icons will become smaller and allow you to choose to the group. Right-click on any group will brought up the options available as shown below. 
Now click on the name group and name the application group you want.

How to disable switching between the recent apps on Windows 8

Microsoft has done many usability enhancement in Windows 8. One of which is ability to quickly switching between recent applications by clicking on left top corner of the open application.
Recent app thumbnail is shown in image below.

If you want you can disable the turn off the switching off between the recent applications using the group policy editor.
You can launch the local group policy editor by executing command "gpedit.msc" on Run windows or command prompt. 
Once the Local Group Policy Editor is open, on the "Local Computer Policy" tree traverse(expand) to:
User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Edge UI 
Now double click the Setting "Turn off switching between recent apps" and set its value to Enable, and click Apply and OK.

How to enable Start Screen Animation on Windows 8

Note: This post describe the method which involves changing and creating the registry keys. So in order to keep your computer away from any damage, please take the backup of  registry before going ahead.

Windows 8 Start screen supports animation. By default the animation is disabled. You can enable by setting the value of registry key. 
Follow below steps to enable the start screen animation:
Start the registry editor. You can start it by executing command "regedit" in run  prompt or command prompt.Now in registry editor traverse to the folder (key)   HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid.Under Grid folder (Key) create the DWORD value  "Launcher_SessionLoginAnimation_OnShow" and set its value to 1. This will enable the animation immediately. Now go to start screen by pressing start button to see the animation.
You can also control animation with some additional values :

Launcher_SessionLogin_Icon_Offset - Use this DWORD to set th…

Enabling God Mode in Windows 8

Like Windows 7, Windows 8 also has a hidden “God Mode” that displays all of the admin tools and control options at single place.
To use the God Mode, create a New Folder on desktop or anywhere on the hard drive. Rename the folder with any name ending with ".{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}" just like "GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}". 
Once you have renamed the folder icon for the folder will automatically will get changed as shown below. 

Now double click the GodMode icon, it will open control panel displaying all of the admin tools as below.




How to shown hidden system files in Windows 8

Windows 8 has many user interface changes than Windows 7. The file explorer also has tool bar similar to Outlook Ribbon style. To  view hidden system file in the folder you just have to select View toolbar from explorer window. On View toolbar, click Options button as shown in image below. Clicking Options will display menu for "Change folder and search options".
Clicking "Change folder and Search options", will launch the "Folder Options" dialog as shown below.  Now on"Folder Options" dialog un-check "Hide protected operating system files" option, and press Apply & OK.

Now once you go back to explorer it should display the hidden system files as well.