When Windows 8 was first developed, Microsoft wanted every user to use the tiled interface instead of the default desktop. The tiled start menu is the face of Windows 8 and is handy if you use a tablet pc. But for us that use a regular desktop, or just prefer the desktop environment, Windows 8 has been a pain. There are countless third party apps to bring back the start menu, and even hacks to boot into the desktop. But these have problems at times. Luckily for use desktop environment user, Windows 8.1 kind of brings this back. Here is how to boot straight into the desktop in Windows 8.1.
Boot Straight into the Desktop in Windows 8.1
To make Windows 8.1 boot into the desktop environment we will need to change some settings. Head over to the desktop environment by clicking the Desktop tile on the start screen.
From the desktop environment right click on the taskbar. The right click content menu will appear. Click on Properties to go to the taskbar properties.
The Taskbar and Navigation properties will open. Click on the Navigation tab. This is where we will configure Windows 8.1 to boot to the desktop. Towards the bottom of the windows locate the Start screen group. Here we will want to check a few boxes in this group. The important one is the box next to When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start. When this box is checked we will be taken directly to the desktop instead of the start screen.
There are others we can check too, if you really want to. These are a few tweaks that will show certain information in a more presented format. We don’t have the start menu back completely but at least we can boot into the desktop.
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