Booting Directly To Desktop In Windows 8.1

Microsoft released their latest operating system, Windows 8 with a surprise in it, the Metro style user interface that is now widely found in the Windows Phone 8 devices. In this user interface, the programs and applications are shown as Tiles on the screen rather than as icons. However, the new user interface was not so well received by users all over the world as they found it rather intimidating and difficult to work with and this ultimately lead to the sales failure of the operating system.

Microsoft was not able to foresee this widespread hatred against their operating system and this hatred was fueled by the difficulties people faced when they tried to customize their computers. With no Start menu button present in the Windows 8 start screen, people were not able to edit programs installed in their system. One of the main Windows 8 problems was that even though it had a desktop mode in the system, when you start the system, you always have to go to the Windows 8 Start screen. However, with the introduction of the Windows 8.1 operating system after the failure of Windows 8 operating system, Microsoft fixed this issue and the users will be now able to directly boot to the desktop mode.

This move from Microsoft along with the inclusion of the previously removed Start menu is expected to help them increase sales. The Windows 8 problems associated with direct booting into the Start screen is also fixed with the Windows 8.1 update. Users who have updated their system to the latest Windows 8.1 operating system will be able to boot directly to the Desktop. There is no need for the users to click on the Desktop tile for going to the Desktop mode, which was the case in Windows 8. Here we discuss how to bypass the Start screen and directly boot to the Desktop screen.

  • When the system is up and running, right click on the Taskbar and then select the option named Properties. 
  • You will be now able to see the Taskbar and Navigation properties window on the screen. 
  • Now move on to the Navigation tab and then choose the option labeled Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in found under the Start Screen section. 
  • If you are using the latest version of the Windows 8.1 operating system, then you need to look for the option named as When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start Screen, as Microsoft has renamed the option in this version. 
If you follow the simple instructions given above, you will be able to directly boot to the Windows Desktop instead of the Start Screen.
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