How to Bypass Start Screen and Direct Boot into Desktop in Windows 8.1?

UPDATE: When we posted this tutorial using Windows 8.1 Preview version, the option mentioned in this tutorial was used to boot into Desktop only. Now a new functionality has been added to this option in final version of Windows 8.1. Check out the information given below to learn more about the changes.

When Microsoft released Windows 8, they added Windows Phone style Start Screen to the OS which shows live tiles of installed programs. But the addition of Start Screen didn't get good response from users as Microsoft expected. Windows 8 users didn't like the new Start Screen and they asked to bring back the good old Start Menu. Actually Microsoft replaced the Start Menu with Start Screen in Windows 8.

One more thing which many Windows 8 users complained about was the direct boot into Start Screen. Whenever a Windows 8 user logins, the Start Screen is shown at first not the Desktop. If the user wants to go to Desktop, he needs to click on the Desktop tile to switch to traditional Desktop. Although Microsoft added a similar Start Screen to Microsoft Office 2013 suite but they provided an option to disable or bypass it as mentioned here.

But in Windows 8 Microsoft didn't provide any built-in option to bypass or disable Start Screen so that the user can direct boot into Desktop. We had to depend upon 3rd party software such as Classic Shell to bypass Start Screen and boot into Desktop in Windows 8 as shown in following tutorial:

How to Skip Metro Start Screen and Boot Directly into Desktop in Windows 8?

Now the things have changed in Windows 8.1. Microsoft has put a new option in Windows 8.1 to bypass Start Screen and direct boot to Desktop. If the user enables this new option, he'll go directly to Windows Desktop after login screen and the Start Screen will no longer show after sign in.

If you are using Windows 8.1 and want to bypass Start Screen and want to direct boot into Desktop, check out following steps:

1. Right-click on Taskbar and select Properties option.

2. It'll open Taskbar and Navigation properties window.

3. Go to "Navigation" tab and enable "Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in" option present in "Start screen" section.

UPDATE: In final version of Windows 8.1, Microsoft has renamed the option to "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start". Now this option comes with an extra functionality. It shows the desktop instead of Start Screen as soon as you close a running metro app.


4. Apply the changes and now whenever you'll login to Windows 8.1, Start Screen will not be shown and you'll direct go to Desktop.

NOTE: If you want to make these changes using Registry Editor, check out following tutorial:

Registry Tweaks to Customize Taskbar Navigation and Start Screen Settings in Windows 8.1

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Posted in: Troubleshooting, Windows 8 / 8.1

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