How do I disable the taskbar thumbnail previews in Windows 8?

I recent installed Win8 and I'm liking it so far (with some third party tools to make it usable).

One thing that I can't seem to fix is the taskbar previews. My eyesight's horrible so the preview windows just get in the way, and text would be more useful. I know this is fixable in Win7, but the methods used for that don't seem to apply here.

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Turns out the Taskbar Thumbnails Tuner link somebody else posted works by changing the following 2 registry keys:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
Create new DWORD: "ExtendedUIHoverTime" and set it to a really high number (it's in milliseconds) to delay the preview popup virtually forever (over 7 weeks, anyway). Apparently it doesn't like it if you set it to exactly 0xffffffff, I think it treats it as 0. But 0xfffffffe works just fine. Kind of weird.

and

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Taskband
Create new DWORD: "NumThumbnails" and leave it at 0 to switch the previews to a list when you actually click on a stacked icon.

You'll need to restart Windows Explorer for it to take effect, easiest way is from the Task Manager.

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