Microsoft included the ability to boot directly to the Windows desktop instead of the Start menu, as part of the Windows 8.1 Update.
1. You need to have “Update 1” installed for this tutorial to work. The easiest way to know that your Windows 8.1 system has installed it is by looking in the top right of the “Start Screen”. If you see the “Power” and “Search” buttons to the right of the user name, then you have it installed.
2. Open the desktop by clicking the “Desktop” tile, or by using the keyboard combination of “Windows Key + D”. Right-click on the Taskbar and select “Properties”. The “Taskbar and Navigation properties window opens to the “Taskbar” tab.
3. Let’s click on the “Navigation” tab. Under the “Start screen” section we have the setting “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.
As part of the Windows 8.1 Update 1 this option is enabled by default on PC’s with a keyboard and mouse, and not enabled on devices with touch as the primary mode of operation. With this enabled the computer will go directly to the desktop when you sign in instead of the “Start Screen”. This is the new “Boot to desktop” option.
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