Boot directly into Windows 8 Desktop using Explorer script

While our Metro UI Tweaker allowed you to tweak Windows Developers Preview to boot directly on to the Desktop, disabling the Start Screen, it does not work in Windows 8 now. This is because Microsoft does not probably want users to bypass the start screen – maybe they want users to get used to the Windows 8 Start Screen.

I recently came across a post on LaptopMag, which showed a way to boot directly on to the Windows 8 desktop using a script. Well – while I may not personally prefer to use this method – it indeed is very useful for someone who just does not want to see the start screen first as soon as Windows 8 starts.

You can avoid Metro Screen at start-up by forcing the desktop mode application to load as soon as you log-in. Here, basically, you overlay the Metro screen with Desktop mode, by creating an Explorer Script file that launches the desktop.

To do this:

  • Open Notepad and enter the following text,
Command =2
  • Save the file as showmydesktop.scf to a suitable location
  • Then, access the Windows 8 charm bar and select the ‘Search’ option.
  • Now, locate ‘Task Scheduler’ using the ‘Search’ option. Alternatively, you can find the ‘Task Sceduler’ by accessing ‘Control Panel’ and then navigating to ‘Administrative Tools’.
  • Next, choose ‘Task Scheduler Library’ option present under ‘Task Scheduler (Local)’.
  • Right-click in the right window pane and select ‘Create New Task’ option.
  • Enter a name(example – ShowDesktop)under the ‘General’ tab.
  • Now, make the task  trigger at start-up by clicking ‘New’ in the trigger tab and selecting ‘At log on’ under ‘Begin the task list’.
  • Turn the script into an action by clicking ‘New’ on the ‘Actions’ tab, selecting ‘Start a program’ from the Action menu, and entering the full path of showmydesktop.scf (eg: C:\myscripts\showmydesktop.scf) in the Program/script field.
  • Now, under the ‘Conditions’ tab uncheck ‘Stop if the computer switches to battery power’ option.
  • Finally, click on ‘OK’ and close the ‘Task Manager’.

Now, when you log in to Windows 8, the next time, you will see the Start Screen for an instant, after which the Desktop will appear.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in bio-technology and has an immense interest in following Windows, Office and other technology developments. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software, and being careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware is recommended.


  1. luis matoso

    quite like the Metro Screen at start-up but i’m happy for your script. Thank you.

  2. Abdullasuliman

    Thank you.

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