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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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.

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

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.

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

...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.

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.

Windows-9 will be the real test as to whether or not Microsoft listened to customer complaints have responded to them. Ignoring or failing to heed them would be a most risky move. Peoples' and businesses' patience will last only so long. (Windows-7 will "carry" them only so long. In the meantime, more and more alternatives will be presenting themselves.)

TsarNikky said,
Windows-9 will be the real test as to whether or not Microsoft listened to customer complaints have responded to them.

Don't need to wait that long to see they're listening, already made some changes and with the new start menu, etc coming in 9.. it's pretty obvious.

Yes, they are finally listening to complaints two years after the launch.

People were telling them about this stuff during the pre-release versions after Build in September 2011. Sinofsky did not want to listen, shoved the new UI down everyone's throat, and eventually worked himself out of the company just after the launch date.

Max Norris said,
So in other words, they are listening to complaints, contrary to what a lot of people like to say.


Microsoft completely ignored their customers beginning with the windows 8 preview, it wasn't until the failure of windows 8 was realized and people were being fired did they decide to listen.

Yes I know, I was one of the complainers. What I'm saying is that they obviously learned "Well crap, we should listen more often." Everybody makes mistakes, but they're learning from it.

Max Norris said,
they obviously learned

Well, yes, in the same way that a child learns not to put her hand on the hot stove top by doing exactly that *once*. It's easy to learn when it hurts if you don't.

Yup, even if the complaints are really stupid and minor ones. How often are people booting up their computers? I don't know about everyone else but I reboot maybe 1-2 times a month? Not booting to desktop isn't something I would get my panties up in a bunch over.

mrp04 said,
Yup, even if the complaints are really stupid and minor ones. How often are people booting up their computers? I don't know about everyone else but I reboot maybe 1-2 times a month? Not booting to desktop isn't something I would get my panties up in a bunch over.

Did it ever occur to you that different people might have different usage patterns to you?

Athernar said,

Did it ever occur to you that different people might have different usage patterns to you?

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 ######?

Max Norris said,
So in other words, they are listening to complaints, contrary to what a lot of people like to say.

They needed to listen to that feedback when they got it from everyone who saw Windows 8 before the public betas, etc. When they still had time to fix it.

Listening after years have gone by and billions have been lost by OEMs is only worthy of faint praise.

TsarNikky said,
Windows-9 will be the real test as to whether or not Microsoft listened to customer complaints have responded to them. Ignoring or failing to heed them would be a most risky move. Peoples' and businesses' patience will last only so long. (Windows-7 will "carry" them only so long. In the meantime, more and more alternatives will be presenting themselves.)

Correction: YOUR complaints, which are needless and annoying. Where are the alternatives? OS X and Linux aren't exactly world beaters in market share.

Kaze23 said,

Correction: YOUR complaints.

Actually the complaints of millions of windows users everywhere, you do realize that windows 8 has failed, right?

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.

Wow it boots to the desktop! I've never seen any version of Windows ever do that before!

Edited by Andre S., Aug 11 2014, 8:23pm :

Ostronyx said,
Then you have no idea how much people have been crying for this option when Windows 8 was released.
It was sarcasm. My point was that not booting to desktop was a short-lived, ill-designed idea; Windows had been doing the right thing since its inception.

Alvin Nukman said,
and they even called it a feature.. sigh

This ^^

Similar to how Microsoft equates supporting the keyboard and mouse properly in Windows 8 to innovation. They have really lost the plot.

simplezz said,

Similar to how Microsoft equates supporting the keyboard and mouse properly in Windows 8 to innovation. They have really lost the plot.

Yes. And if you dare to criticise it... You are a Luddite. How many logical fallacies can one count in one argument? ;)