Saturday, November 2, 2013

How to configure Windows version 8.1 to boot into the desktop

By default, Windows 8 did not allow an individual to boot directly into the desktop.  Windows 8.1 includes this feature.  To enable it, right-click on the Taskbar while on the desktop and access Properties.  Or via the Modern screen, search for “taskbar” and select Taskbar and Navigation.

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Click on the Navigation tab.  The option to boot directly to the desktop should be near the middle of the dialog box with the text of “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.”

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Another option within this dialog box is the feature “Show the Apps view automatically when I go to Start.”  This will display all of the existing applications in a list instead of the normal Modern start screen.

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