Windows 8.1 boot-to-desktop option finally appears (screenshot)

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Fulfilling the promise to a big crowd, the ability to boot to desktop is already part of Windows 8.1. The option was spotted in a new screenshot that was originally posted in Win8Beta website, along with other options that I’m listing below.

This tiny change is significant and it will sure please many users. Microsoft has already unveiled many new features coming to Windows 8.1 this week, even the Start button popped up in the demo the company was showing off. The only interesting options left was the boot-to-desktop option and Microsoft calls it “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in” and it is part of the Start screen settings page in the Task Manager and Navigation Properties.

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Here is another close up screenshot

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Other options that the screenshot reveals are:

  • Show my desktop background on the Start screen
  • Always show Start on my main display when I press Windows logo key
  • Show the App view automatically when I go to Start 
  • List desktop apps first in the Apps view

Thanks for the tip @Windows4live!

Source Win8china

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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 Email him at [email protected].