But I Don’t Want To Boot To The Start Screen In Windows 8.1

Windows 8 introduced a new way to open applications; through the Start Screen.  However, us old fogies liked the way Windows 7 did it.  We liked being able to go the the start menu and choose what opened.  We don’t need any flashy panels; and frankly we don’t want them!!!

There is a way to boot to the desktop again without having to download some third party tools.

So let’s get to it.  How to boot directly into the Desktop rather than the Start Screen.

Go to the Start Screen.


Open the Desktop by clicking the Desktop Live Tile or by typing ‘Desktop’ with the Start Screen open.


Right click on an empty section of the Windows Taskbar from in Desktop. It’s the translucent bar along the bottom of the Desktop that displays the current time and any Desktop applications you have open.


Click Properties.


From the Properties menu, click Navigation. It’s the tab second from the left inside of the Taskbar and Navigation Properties window.


Under the Start Screen options in the Navigation menu, click the check box next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”.


Navigation menu.

Uncheck the option that automatically pulls up recently used apps when you click on the top-left corner of the display.

Click the check box next to the option for show “Show Apps view automatically when I got to Start.” This will hide all the Start Menu’s Live Tiles and applications. Instead, going to Start will only show you a list of programs.

Click the check box next to “List desktop apps first in the Apps view when it’s sorted by category.” With this option, your desktop applications will be the first thing you see in the Start Screen, bringing its functionality in line with the old Start Menu.

Click Ok.


Now, when you boot your Windows 8.1 PC, it’ll automatically open the desktop, and hide the new Start Screen dependent Metro-style applications.


Yay Halleluiah!!!!!   I can stick to my old ways of doing things!!!!