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Boot to desktop Windows 8.1

If you want to boot to desktop on Windows 8.1 the way to do it isn’t immediately obvious.

To do it:

  1. Right click anywhere on the taskbar.
  2. Click on Properties.
  3. In the dialog that appears select the navigation tab and click on “When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”:

    Boot to desktop Windows 8.1

    Boot to desktop Windows 8.1

  4. Then click OK and reboot your machine, you will be taken directly to the desktop instead of the Start Screen interface.

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Jason Edwards