Go straight to Windows 8 Desktop bypassing the Start screen

Windows 8 desktop mode

In a previous article I covered how to bypass the new Start screen in Windows 8 by simply re-arranging tiles and hitting a keyboard key. Well now I want to show you how to automate things a little bit better.

While disabling the new Metro style design in Windows 8 isn’t an option, a simple script that runs at the start-up every time can help you to go straight to the Desktop skipping the Start screen.


1. Copy the code below and paste it into a text file and save it as windesk.bat (make sure you change the file extension from .txt to .bat).

_echo off

C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-11D9-BD98-0000947B0257}


2. Store the script on C:\ — don’t ever delete this file –. Now you’ll need to create a Windows task that will always run at the log-in. You’ll do this by creating a new task in the Windows Task Scheduler.

Creating a schedule task

1. Go to the Start screen, type and open the Schedule tasks.

2. From the Actions menu on the right, click Create Basic Task.

3. Name the task anything you want, and click Next.

Task Scheduler - Windows 8

4. On Task Trigger, select When I log on and click Next.

Task Trigger

5. In Action, select Start a program and click Next.

6. At the Start a Program, browse and select the script you created earlier, click Next and then Finish.

Bypass script

Now with the script created and attached to a new Windows task, you won’t have to resource to manually bypass the Start screen at log-in.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me. Email him at [email protected].