The simplest way to boot Windows 8 directly to Desktop … natively!


  1. Good Kapil, I am following your blog regularly and enjoying your great tricks here as well. Keep gud work up bro

  2. Simple yet ingenious tip! Lucky you stumbled upon it accidentally.

    LOL, I hope MS does not disable this option too! 😀

  3. Hi Kapil,
    Nice find… but if someone wants to see Windows Explorer after welcome screen… suggest them to stick with Windows 7.

    People are like forward block… they dont want Start screen in 8 but love to back-port in Windows 7.

    Avoid these kind of things… be smart and adopt new era of Windows PC.

  4. ‘BE ASSIMILATED’ says the Microsoft drone. We know what’s best for you and we’ve proved it to the world time after time. Now we’re going to OutApple Apple.

    Ramesh – Be Smart and admit MS is wrong…or simply watch the World React.

  5. it’s not effective if one uses login via the 4 digit pin rather than the local account password or Windows live password

  6. Thanks KapilA/TWC for great tip 🙂 Now I love to use Windows 8 more than previous annoyance.

  7. As far as power users are concerned, they are not interested in playing with Metro. Let us take an example:

    Suppose you want to access Registry Editor.

    Which way you’ll choose:

    Way 1 : Direct boot to desktop

    Press Win + R, type regedit. That’s it.

    Way 2 : Log in to metro screen.

    Press Win + Q. Type Run.

    Now type regedit.

    So basically you can reduce one step! If you don’t like the tweak stay with metro way. We’re not against Metro but we want that our PC should boot as shell mode so that everything can be performed. Metro should be optional, simply!

  8. have you tried to type regedit directly from start screen? it even saves you from pressing Win+R

  9. This will be the first version of windows i will not buy. i hate the metro interface its totally useless to me its ugly and a speed bump to my desktop which is where all the work is done. adding stuff to the taskbar is far more usefull then the total mess metro is. I don’t want top be forced to change something i really like so im not upgrading hopefully 9 will be much better.
    To me its just going to be ad hell OEMs finally getting the desktop space they always wanted along with all the spamming apps that will get there too.

  10. The Start Screen is really just a full-time, full-screen Start Menu (or a Desktop full of shortcuts).

    The keyboard functionality of the Start Screen has made the Run command and programs like Launchy redundant; for me the only jarring part of using Windows 8 is switching cognitively between full-screen-only Metro and the classic windowed Desktop.

    The mouse gestures for switching to Metro and interacting with Metro and its apps take some getting used to, but using touch in Windows 8 really unifies both interfaces (especially swiping in from the left, right, and top).

    These keyboard shortcuts make all the difference:

    -From the Start Screen, just start typing to find programs/apps, settings, files, Windows 8 Store apps, etc.

    -The Win key switches instantly between Metro and whatever was the last app/program used (Metro or Desktop).

    -Alt + Tab switches between all Metro and Desktop apps (in fact, if you run your legacy Desktop programs full-screen, Alt + Tab makes them seem almost like a Metro app).

    -Win + X brings up a useful menu. 🙂

    I’m still getting used to Metro, but I like it, and I appreciate the many subtle improvements over Windows 7.

  11. Displaying that hammer in association with KapilArya@TWC might be infringing on a trademark…. jus sayin’ 🙂

  12. Hey there KapilArya!!! This works perfectly for me and is simple beyond belief. Thank you so much for sharing this. It answered my prayers.

  13. Thank you TWC! I was searching for a way to be at desktop. Other sites want registry edits and other system edits to allow user to be at desktop on startup. Maybe there will be a fix in Window 8 update soon to be released.

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