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Windows 8.1 boot to desktop help made simple

If you are currently enjoying browsing around the Windows Store on your newly installed Windows 8.1, but wish that you could boot up Windows 8.1 straight to desktop on startup, we have some help for you. It’s actually not hard to do, but we think everyone will agree that this simple process could have been made a little more user-friendly by Microsoft.

Microsoft obviously wants users to embrace the Metro UI, but users obviously take a long time to get to grips with the word ‘change’ sometimes. Microsoft has set the default Windows 8.1 boot to show the Metro UI, but we can already see that many of you are requesting a fix to boot to the Windows 8.1 desktop straight away.

You’ll be pleased to know that it is possible. To do it, simply right click on the task menu below in an empty space and then click on properties. From there, you can click on the navigation tab and then tick the menu where it says “When I sign in, or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.”

You have to do then is click ok, restart your computer and you’ll find that it will now boot to the traditional desktop on Windows 8.1, rather than the fancy new Metro UI. Alternatively, you can solve the problem by typing ‘task’ into the search bar, to which the same taskbar and navigation menu pops up and you just repeat the steps as above.

It’s simple when you know, but you’ll be amazed at how many users are still looking for a fix on how to do this. Let us know if this short guide has helped you – should Microsoft have made it easier for those that prefer booting to desktop instead?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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