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Bypass Start Screen, Boot To Desktop Directly In Windows 8.1 [How To Guide]

Microsoft has introduced my subtle changes in Windows 8.1 since the launch of Windows 8. With the initial launch of Windows 8, some things didn’t go well with the end user, things that asked the user to change, things that drifted them away from the usual windows experience. Introduction of Start Screen is one such change which didn’t really went down well with the windows users since for the past decade users are being greeted with Desktop screen the moment they log in to their PC’s.

Fortunately Microsoft realized what went wrong and is slowly catching up. Though it has made amends to rectify the exclusions but for some reason the option of doing so has been buried deep into settings not really accessible for an average user. I have put on a concise guide which lets you change a small setting thus allowing you to bypass the initial Start Screen and boot directly to the Desktop in Windows 8.1. All you need to do is just follow the steps given below!

  1. Open This PC (previously called My Computer) and go to Control Panel.
    Step 1
  2. Go to Appearance and Personalization.
    Step 2
  3. Click on Taskbar and Navigation (a new window will open).
    Step 3
  4. Visit the Navigation tab located at the top of the new window.
    Step 4
  5. Now just check the “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” and click on Apply.

If in case you are still confused then I have created a very small video which highlights the entire procedure. Watch the video and work accordingly.

That’s about it! From now on whenever you are going to login or boot your windows PC, you’ll see the Desktop instead of Start Screen.

Note: Please keep in mind that this is valid only for Windows 8.1 users. Windows 8 does not have this functionality.


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