Report: Windows 8.1 Update 1 defaults to desktop on startup has been leaking a number of screenshots in the past few weeks showing off some of the features that Microsoft is reportedly putting into Windows 8.1 Update 1. Today, the site is not only posting up some new images from a recent build, but it has also revealed that it makes a PC start to the desktop UI by default.

If the site's report is indeed accurate, this would be a complete 180 compared to the launch of Windows 8 in October 2012, when users had no choice but to start up a PC with the Modern UI Start screen. The release of Windows 8.1 allowed people to go into the operating system's settings after it was installed and change it so that a PC boots to the desktop UI. This new tweak for Update 1 means that Microsoft has now realized that most Windows 8 and 8.1 users prefer the desktop interface to the Start screen. has posted a few more screenshots from the latest build that show how the pull-down menus look for the Microsoft Account and Power icons in the upper right corner of the Start screen. Update 1 is expected to be released sometime later this quarter, with a recent report claiming it will be released to users on March 11.

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