Everytime you login to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, Windows welcomes with the Metro-style Start screen. It is one of the most attractive feature in new Windows 8, but some may still find it boring. If you like using the desktop most of the time and want to boot directly to desktop on the tablet, laptop or PC here is the tip about how to enable Windows 8 Pro boot straight to Desktop and skip Metro screen with Task Scheduler.
- From the Start screen, open charms bar, type “task scheduler” and select Task Scheduler icon.
- Within Task Scheduler, click “Create Basic Task” under Actions (Local). The wizard will let you enter the name (Recommend using “BootToDesk”) and optional descriotion. Click Next button > check “When I log on” > Next > Select Start a Program “as the action > Next.
- Type %systemroot%\explorer.exe as the Program/Script > click Next
- Click on Finish button.
Once you reboot the device and log in, you will go directly to the desktop with an File Explorer window.
Now if you want to see what’s with Metro Style Start Screen and enable it again, you have to go back with what you just did, follow these steps to enable Start Screen on Windows 8
- Right-Click ‘My Computer’ icon and choose ‘Manage’
- Click on Task Scheduler and Expand it.
- Click on Tasks Library
- Now you’ll see BootToDesk task, or the one you named it as.
- Right-click on the task
- If you want to use it for later simply click Disable else choose Delete.
- Close the window.
This will help you to disable or enable Start Screen on Windows 8. I choose to go with Start Screen, in replace to old menu orb, Start Screen comes with the shortcuts to access app, settings and programs. It also has nice feature to search in Windows Metro UI.
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