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How to boot Windows 8.1 straight to a familiar desktop

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The “Metro” tile interface introduced with Windows 8 hasn’t been a popular feature. With Windows 8.1 Microsoft made a change that allows you to boot directly to the desktop. This enables you to bypass the new start menu interface.

These are the simple steps you need to follow:

After booting up Windows 8.1 click on the Desktop icon to enter the desktop.

  • Right click in an empty area of the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop and select “Properties”.

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  • Click the “Navigation” tab.
  • In the “Start Screen” area make sure there is a tick in the box “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.

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  • Click “Apply” and “OK”

That’s all you need to do. Next time your start your PC you will be taken directly to the desktop.

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