How to Set Windows 8.1 to Boot to the Desktop

With an upgrade to Windows 8.1, you can now set the operating system to boot to the Desktop instead of the Start screen. Just follow these steps.

You can upgrade to Windows 8.1 by visiting the App Store. It’s not available via Windows Update like you would think. The update can take quite a bit of time as it is over 3 gigabytes in size. On an average Wi-Fi connection and an Intel Quad-Code processor, it took me about two hours to complete.

Once you have upgraded, you can follow these steps to set Windows 8.1 to boot to the Desktop.

1. From the Desktop view, right-click the Taskbar and select Properties.

Taskbar Properties

2. Select the Navigation tab.

3. In the Start screen area, check the box next to the “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” option, then click OK.

Note: If you like the Windows 7 interface, you might want to check all of the options under the Start Screen section. It makes the Start option as close to Win7 as you can make it in Windows 8.

Windows 8-1 Boot to Desktop

You’re all set. Now your Windows 8 system will boot to the Desktop instead of the Start screen.

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