Undoubtedly, if you’re working on a traditional PC or laptop without touchscreen capability, you’ll want to get to the desktop quickly. But how do you avoid the Start screen which displays the tiles of the modern apps? Believe it or now, it’s actually quite easy.
The ability to skip the start screen and boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1 is one of the features Windows 8 users wished they could do natively. Bypassing the start screen wasn’t possible in Windows 8 without installing a third-party app like Start8 or Classic Shell. This feature is one of the most welcome changes to the new OS.
Enable boot to desktop
From the desktop, right-click the taskbar and select Properties. The Taskbar and Navigation Properties screen will open. Alternately you can get to these setting by hitting Windows Key + S and start typing: taskbar and navigation and click the result in the results list.
Select the Navigation tab and under the Start screen section check “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.”
Click OK and the next time you restart your computer and log in, you won’t see the Start screen — only the desktop that you’re used to.
I enable the boot directly to desktop option on traditional computers with a keyboard and a mouse. But on a touch-enabled device like the Microsoft Surface, I leave it off. The modern start screen makes sense on a tablet or hybrid computer, but not so much on a traditional computer.Tags: Software,Technology