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One of the new features in Windows 8.1 Preview is the much requested option to boot directly to the traditional Windows 7-ish desktop instead of to the Windows 8 Start Screen that features the tiles. In other words, when your computer starts up; after logging in the first screen you see can see this:
instead of this:
Changing the settings isn’t hard, but it’s not something you’ll find just searching for it. Note: this only works with the 8.1 preview; it is not part of the production version of Windows 8.
Go to the Desktop, then right-click in the taskbar, and select “Properties”, then click on the navigation tab to open up this menu:
Check the box in the Start Screen list that says “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in”. Then click the “OK” button. Next time you start up you’ll go to the desktop first. incidentally, the navigation part of the properties menu is new; some of the other options look interesting. I may end up un-checking the “search everywhere” option since the results are sometimes too broad and include Internet search results as well. I’ll have to play with that one and see.
When I first heard about this feature I enabled it on one of my laptops since I use it primarily as a desktop computer connected to a large monitor. It doesn’t have a touch screen so I figured going to the desktop would save me a step. It turns out that more often than not, once I log in, I hit the Windows Key on the keyboard and go to the Start Screen to launch the apps that I want and then go back to the desktop. Yes, I can pin the Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. ) and Visual Studio icons on the taskbar and not have to go to the Start Menu, but more often than not I end up wanting to go to the Start Screen first. I like the live tile notifications that appear on my favorite apps, so for the way that I use the computer now, it works better for me to launch to the Start Screen instead of the Desktop, even though I don’t have a touch screen in front of me. I am starting to think that the Windows UX designers may have been right all along, and that over time this option will end up being one of the most requested and least-used features in the new release.
What do you think?
On the contrary, I am in the same situation as you but I keep to the desktop icons. I also have switched to using "Apps View" instead of the start screen. Only modern-style apps update information; and I only use the weather one. so it is not really worthwhile. Not to mention tiles and full screen apps are a bit overwhelming on larger screens. I use the start screen on my Surface RT and love it, but it has a specific place and that is with a tablet or other small device. I really like the ability to have an "apps view" instead of a start screen because I feel as if it is an update to the beloved start menu for people who have a mouse and keyboard environment.
I agree with you but I think most people who enable this option will probably install a Start Menu replacement utility also so they won't go the the Start Screen, they will just open a Start Menu on the desktop.
I am staying with the start button approach: Win7 Is just fine. Classic Shell is saving me on the single small laptop that I have that shipped with Win8. Metro is too touch centric, and I am NEVER going to use a large touch screen at my desk. I don't want to sit that close, and I abhor fingerprints all over my screen. It is fine for a phone, a nightmare for a desktop. No wonder businesses are avoiding this paradigm shift, although I am sure MS will eventually force them to change. I will reserve further judgement until I see a shipping version of 8.1.
@Dimsdale: I agree with you totally about a touch screen on the desktop. I bought one last year when 8.0 came out and never used it. However, I donated it to my church's computer lab and it is great for showing someone how to do something because you don't have to commandeer the mouse. I also have a Lenovo X1 Carbon ultrabook with a touch screen and there are times when it is faster to use touch. I was in a meeting with a professor yesterday and had some reference materials queued up on my notebook and as we were talking, it was much easier and faster to use the touch screen to scroll through the document than to use the touch pad. Some of my colleagues agree with me, that in some scenarios, if you have a touch device, some actions are more natural and efficient using touch. No cure for fingerprints though :( .
I agree completely. It is more convenient to be able to find things on the new Start Menu or Metro like screen. By pinning frequently used apps there, you don't really need desktop shortcuts. More often then not I just type in what I want to run anyway. It does depend on what you want to do though and it is a change to the way things were done in the past. People don't like change, and thus the negative reaction is the result.
Just want to use the Desktop with Start Menu like Windows 7 and older version. because it is much quicker and easier to find apps directly from start menu in desktop.
no matter how MS says about the new UI, it is a confusing system when you have Metro UI and desktop UI mixed all together. if MS are brave enough and if they can have all apps running in metro, they can remove the desktop and run everything as a metro app. but now, you will have to jump between metro and desktop. even you open MS office-word from START screen (metro UI), you will find your self land on the desktop when the word program actually starts. moreover, after you are done with Word and close it, you stay on the desktop. want the new UI? go to click start button. but why we need to jump between these two? Win8 is a half-cooked pie......
How do I do this if I do not have an 8.1 I just have 8???
Windows 8.1 2014 Update Build Leak screenshot's :Boot to desktop option selected by default
There are more baby boomers still using Windows 7 that like me will NOT switch to Windows 8. As had been stated Windows8 is for phones and tablets. My mother is 82 and threw her new Toshiba satellite in the trash..this took place after speaking with Toshiba rep for 2hrs giving the poor girl a good reason to change her occupation. In the end I was forced to rebuild her HP Windows 7.
Old post I know but I'm really confused as to how the new Windows 8 Start menu can be seen as anything other than a replacement desktop that has some nice features (live tiles) but is essentially just a desktop with less functionality than the other desktop.
Why not just have live - monstrous - tiles on the actual desktop that open the applications. Essentially these tiles are just shortcuts to executables, the same as the shortcuts on my desktop.
I still just pin my most commonly used applications to a custom toolbar to the right of the start button just as windows XP did it. They are always there - never change location and should I want to open multiple applications at one I can quickly and easily do so.
Some people say people are just resistant to change, but I tried windows 8 for 9 months, about 3 months in I installed Start8 to put my start menu back but eventually found that the Metro Apps directory was locked to the C drive and virtually impossible to clean up (remove old apps) so rebuilt my PC and went back to Windows 7.
Would work great if there were actually such thing as a "Navigation tab"
The tiles were just another example of Microsoft's UI incompetence and hubris in pushing their customers into the mud while trying to teach them to not use the path they prefer. Windows 8 was SO bad that they won't name anything Windows 9 - just go to 10 to avoid the Vista-like stink of 8.
@Bill D, IMO the tiles weren't the problem, the lack of affordance was. There was no way to figure out how to use Windows 8 if you were a Windows 7 user. I am seeing more and more "tile" type designs everywhere, including iOS and Android, so the concept of tiles was actually leading edge. Windows 10 fixes the affordance issue pretty well from what I have seen in the technical previews. My wife struggles to use a computer (her brain visualization and wiring is very different from mine) and I upgraded her computer from Windows 7 to Windows 10, and she has had almost no trouble (she hates having to learn Outlook but that is another issue not relating to the UI) using it, and it has the tiles on the Start Menu in a way I really like.
It would be better if you could go straight to the sign in screen instead of having that useless screen that you have to click on an icon to go to sign in, and then go to the desktop.