Microsoft wants you to know that booting to desktop is kind of a big deal in Windows 8.1

When Microsoft announced Windows 8.1, the update brought many enhancements to the platform, including the ability to boot to desktop. While this is a nice feature for those who need it, it's not something that is typically marketed by the company. Why? Well, for one thing, the boot-to-desktop feature should have been part of Windows 8 from the beginning and shows that Microsoft has backtracked away from forcing the modern environment on its users.

Don't get us wrong: We love the feature, but Microsoft made this the top item on their list. Coming in second place is that ability to pin apps to the taskbar and third item is the ability to easily switch between apps with your mouse thanks to the visible taskbar at the bottom of modern apps.

The video is exactly one minute long but we don't expect this video to make it to the cable networks; it's simply a video that they used to shove out on their YouTube channel.

Source: Microsoft via Winbeta

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mrp04 said,

Pretty much everyone just puts their computer in sleep when done using it.

Did it ever occur to you that people online whine about pointless ######?

[Citation needed]

And yes it did occur to me, right when I saw your post. ;)

Kaze23 said,

Correction: YOUR complaints, which are needless and annoying.

I opt for Neowin to disable the comments section and instead we form all of our opinions based on what you think it ìs best.

pmdci said,

I opt for Neowin to disable the comments section and instead we form all of our opinions based on what you think it ìs best.

What fun would that be? :)

burritodave said,

What fun would that be? :)

We don't need fun. We got the Oracle of all-seeing-truth with this guy.

Heck, if I remember correctly it was also a "feature" in Windows 8.0 - only one had to dig very deep to find it.

Now, Microsoft - I want to make Windows mine, so if you could please let me choose from a much more extensive color palette for my background, and even allow me to have my own background on Start Screen (one that would be different than the one on the desktop) and choose the tile colors for each individual tile that would be greeeeeaaatttt.

...Now if only they had allowed booting to desktop back when they released Windows 8.0, they would have never had to make an ad about it today.

A complete 180. You can trust Microsoft, they know where they are headed, they have a plan and they will look after their customers.

Yeah, its a big deal for some people, and I'm glad they have the option. I'm just glad I can turn it off, since a selection of programs to run is a more logical starting point to me.

DConnell said,
a selection of programs to run is a more logical starting point to me.

Personally, a logical starting point for me would be the state that I had left the system in when I shut it down, whether that's the Start Screen, the Desktop, a Metro app or one or more Desktop apps. Just get me back to where I was before.

Syrah said,

Personally, a logical starting point for me would be the state that I had left the system in when I shut it down, whether that's the Start Screen, the Desktop, a Metro app or one or more Desktop apps. Just get me back to where I was before.

Yes, thats cool, that Mac does that.

Windows does that. It's called hibernate. It saves your current state to the hard drive then shuts the PC off. Not only does it boot up faster but it goes right back to your original spot. Give it a try.

And while Hibernate has been in Windows since (believe it or not) XP, what has buggered it up has been poor hardware implementation, and especially in desktops; the sorriest example is the consumer-stable/corporate-stable Intel G41 chipset, believe it or not. The poor hibernate support is this chipset's second-biggest flaw; the biggest flaw is the lack of AHCI support. Windows 8+ has a hybrid state that actually partially does compensate for the poor Hibernate support to an extent; however, it doesn't fix it.

You can sort of turn it off. I've noticed on my desktop when I close a metro app, it goes to the desktop instead of Start despite checking the option in properties. I feel like I'm being forced back to old ways when I actually liked the new paradigm. I prefer to start from Start - that's where I can get a quick glance at recent email, news headlines, real-time weather, etc before I decide where I want to go next. The desktop is basically a blank space that can have shortcuts.

pallentx said,
You can sort of turn it off. I've noticed on my desktop when I close a metro app, it goes to the desktop instead of Start despite checking the option in properties. I feel like I'm being forced back to old ways when I actually liked the new paradigm. I prefer to start from Start - that's where I can get a quick glance at recent email, news headlines, real-time weather, etc before I decide where I want to go next. The desktop is basically a blank space that can have shortcuts.

Did you uncheck "Show Store apps on the taskbar"? That forces you back to the desktop for some reason as well.

I'm just glad they fixed the fatal errors with bluetooth. That was utterly ridiculous. Dolphin works great things to 8.1

I would like the option to boot the start menu, i know its a backwards thing but hear me out! My mum has a hp split tablet and uses the metro browser even when the screen is docked with the keyboard, so it would be nice to have the choice. Not the end of the world if she has to press the start menu in the bottom.

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