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Windows 8: How To Boot Directly To Desktop Avoiding The Start Screen

Updated on February 7, 2013
The Windows 8 start screen with the tiles shortcuts.
The Windows 8 start screen with the tiles shortcuts.

The Windows 8 start screen is useful, straight forward and really good looking; however, many users prefer to have their system boot directly into the traditional windows desktop, bypassing it.
It is known that changing between start screen and desktop can be done with the press of only one button, the Windows button. When the system has booted, if the Windows key is pressed, the graphical interface will change to desktop; pressing it once more will change back to Start screen.

Nevertheless, many users want to bypass the start screen completely, without having to press this key every time. This setting can be adjusted easily through the Task Scheduler.

The Task Scheduler
The Task Scheduler

How To Add The Task

The task scheduler might not be a popular or commonly used application, but it has existed in previous Windows versions and can prove useful in particular circumstances; with Task Scheduler, the user can setup various tasks to start automatically at predefined time intervals, or start when something has been triggered.
It will be setup with the directions below in such way that it will run explorer.exe directly after the user log-on.

Click Start and type schedule. Choose Settings and Schedule Tasks. Locate the Task Scheduler Library and select Create Task. Name your task (so it is easily identified if you add more tasks later), then move to the Triggers tab where you need to select At Log-on. At Actions tab, set the program explorer by typing it, then press OK until the task has been added.

If ever you decide to go back to Start Screen, you can easily remove the task you created, thus letting the system boot once again to the initial tiles screen.

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