Windows 8.1 tips and tricks: Boot directly to the desktop rather than the Start Screen


Windows 8.1 boot to desktop setting

As we approach the general availability of Windows 8.1 on October 17th for Windows 8 users, we’re going to go over some simple tips and tricks for the operating system update until the day its released. In today’s tips and tricks feature, we will talk about an improvement Microsoft has added to Windows 8.1 in terms of booting directly to the desktop rather than the Start Screen.

Booting directly to the Start Screen was one feature that many users hated in Windows 8. Microsoft has addressed this feature in the new Windows 8.1 update, allowing users to boot directly to the desktop upon sign-in. All you have to do is enable one setting and you are good to go!

Right click on the taskbar, select Properties. Under the Navigation tab, look for the setting that says, “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.” Check-mark this setting to enable this feature. Now you will no longer boot directly to the Start Screen.

This feature is great for those who are still uneasy about the Start Screen or simply prefer to be on the desktop instead of the Start Screen. The free Windows 8.1 update is set for general availability on October 17th for Windows 8 users. 

Will you be using this feature or do you actually prefer the Start Screen over the desktop?