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.
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.”
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.