Spotted: Boot to desktop for Windows 8.1 settings pane

When Windows 8.1 arrives later this year, one of the features that was most requested is the ability to boot directly to the desktop. While we knew this feature was coming, the screenshot above shows all the options that you will have for perfecting your boot sequence.

This small change will likely appease many, especially those who use Windows 8 on non-tablet devices who traditionally live in the desktop space. Along with this new option, the Start button will be returning as well and when you combine both of these basic features, this should appease many of the critics on what kept them away from adopting Windows 8.

Windows 8.1 is already set to bring a boatload of new features and we suspect that it will likely be the re-booting of the platform. While Windows 8 may have gotten off to a rough start with brand perception, Windows 8.1 appears to address nearly all of the major complaints with the platform.

Microsoft will be releasing a preview of Windows 8.1 later this month at its BUILD conference (we will be there!) and the RTM of the platform is expected to occur in the August timeframe. If this holds true, expect a similar timeline for the retail availability, like Windows 8, to land in October. 

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Already boot direct to the desktop, have done since I started using win.8. Use a desktop shortcut to go the apps screen .... an as for the start screen, I have never used it, no use for it Deleted every single live when the system first booted, and unpinned the ones I use from the start screen, currently have only one tile on the start screen, the one that takes me back to the desktop.

Win 8.1 sounds like a minor improvement.

They need to do a little more... They must remove all Metro and touch-related bloat for desktop enviroment. Add the normal Start Menu back and just imporve things like Media Player, new flat icons etc.

PC EliTiST said,
They need to do a little more... They must remove all Metro and touch-related bloat for desktop enviroment. Add the normal Start Menu back and just imporve things like Media Player, new flat icons etc.

Translation: "Microsoft must stop innovating, and allow more of the same on the desktop."

Dot Matrix said,

Translation: "Microsoft must stop innovating, and allow more of the same on the desktop."

innovating means improving. Making the up and down arrows on the scrollbar in IE10 in desktop mode isn't improving, that is worsening!

PC EliTiST said,
They need to do a little more... They must remove all Metro and touch-related bloat for desktop enviroment. Add the normal Start Menu back and just imporve things like Media Player, new flat icons etc.

That's totally counter to the approach 7 took over Vista. Windows 7 is still fundamentally very similar indeed to Vista, but it addressed nearly all of the major issues it had by refining and improving the new functionality - not simply trying to revert to the previous generation.

Oh so s l o o o w l y, Microsoft is starting to recognize the needs of the business community. After all, they are struggling to make a profit in these difficult times. Why did it take so long? (Perhaps their pandering to the tablet set wasn't the slam-dunk they had hoped for.) Yes, I am somewhat older than the twenties-something crowd infatuated with their tablets--but hardly a troll.

An option to pin metro on desktop would be nice, Example would be metro tiles as desktop background instead of normal icons. Allow the metro apps to open like modern mix also, so taskbar is always present.

I'm wondering what the 'Always show Start on my main display when I press the Windows logo key' means.

If you disable that, then what happens when you press the Windows key, nothing? Meaning you could never get to the Metro Start screen after enabling this option. Does this only apply to the software Start button, the Start button on the charms menu, the start button on your keyboard, all of the above?

Also, does anyone notice the option above that says 'When I click the upper-left corner, switch to the last .....' I'm wondering if you disable that, will that disable the upper-left hot corner?

Will they also have this option for the charms menu?

Your first question is easy. It will appear on display with active window or metro app. Because 8.1 has support for metro applications on multiple displays, current behavior no longer make sense.

Uh You do realise this 8.1 release is aimed squarely at you. It brings Boot to Desktop(as the title suggests).. Simply Set all your Default programs to Desktop applications and you just forget the Start screen is even there since you dislike it so much. You're a Special case Lord Method Man. special indeed

I have to say, I wasn't too excited about Msfts initial Windows 8 release(I do like it now) BUT 8.1 has me excited once again at whats to come! and I'll be installing the Preview

Dot Matrix said,
WHy is this on the desktop? How am I supposed to use that with my finger? Are there options like this in the Metro CP?

You have got a point! Fortunately i don't have a touchscreen nor do i have sausage fingers

Well I give them credit in trying to make the Windows 7 fans switch. I will run this in a virtual environment and give it a go.

I'm now considering installing 8.1 preview on my craptop. 8.1 is a small improvement that does fix some important issues. Can't wait for the full release on my Surface RT!

Just started getting sort of used to the metro menu, but nice welcome feature still that's for sure. My biggest complaint about windows 8 is when i am using metro and want to open say notepad it boots into desktop and opens it,

When i want to open a picture or a video on the desktop it boots into metro by default.. It took a fair bit of tweaking "how this program opens" to get it to how i liked. Even now though i find myself being tossed between metro and desktop.

I hope windows 8.1 changes the above, and if you want to use just the desktop you stay in just the desktop, and if you want to use metro you stay in metro not get forced onto desktop. Lack of file explorer for metro is a biggie here.

My thoughts exactly. It makes no sense that the defaults for opening files from the desktop are Modern apps, when the desktop equivalents still exist, i.e. opening images, videos, etc. It would take very little to make the desktop experience feel first-class again; Windows 8.1 takes some steps in the right direction but there's still work to be done.

Zero21XX said,
Going to be hard to resist installing the release preview as my daily driver that's for sure.

it'll most likely be available as an ISO download so you can load it up in VMWare or VirtualBox

timster said,

it'll most likely be available as an ISO download so you can load it up in VMWare or VirtualBox

Why even do that when Windows 8 has support for booting VHD? Just create a VHD, install win8+ preview, and if it's not what you want or need to revert back to 8.0 or even do a reinstall, simply delete the VHD file.
Native hardware, so you'll know how it performs as a daily OS.

Yes I know, but I'm talking about my daily driver OS. Like using 8.1 RP as my primary system OS. Vbox, & VMware are great options for testing purposes, but I'm talking about using it as a primary OS. I'm not a fan of using alpha/beta software for everyday usage, but the new features really look tempting.

Most of the complaints are for a start menu and a more unified transition from Desktop to Metro. This is a good start but "old" Windows fans will still want the menu.

JHBrown said,
Most of the complaints are for a start menu and a more unified transition from Desktop to Metro. This is a good start but "old" Windows fans will still want the menu.

Agreed. This will only fulfill one of many common requests of the users.

JHBrown said,
Most of the complaints are for a start menu and a more unified transition from Desktop to Metro. This is a good start but "old" Windows fans will still want the menu.

From the video, it looks like if you set the start screen's background to use your desktop wallpaper, so it'll almost like a simply overlay of the desktop.

For me when I first started using the start screen, the constant flashing between my desktop and the start screen made me feel quite nauseous and took some getting used to. It was very distracting and stopped my flow of work, now its not so much of an issue, but it still throws me a bit when I have large white areas (such as these comments) open when I switch back to the desktop.

Still, I feel that most of the 'where's the start button' comments weren't aimed at getting the start button back, but what happens when you clicked it.

sagum said,

From the video, it looks like if you set the start screen's background to use your desktop wallpaper, so it'll almost like a simply overlay of the desktop.

For me when I first started using the start screen, the constant flashing between my desktop and the start screen made me feel quite nauseous and took some getting used to. It was very distracting and stopped my flow of work, now its not so much of an issue, but it still throws me a bit when I have large white areas (such as these comments) open when I switch back to the desktop.

Still, I feel that most of the 'where's the start button' comments weren't aimed at getting the start button back, but what happens when you clicked it.

Interesting! The exact feeling I get when having to transition from the desktop to the new Start screen.

sagum said,

From the video, it looks like if you set the start screen's background to use your desktop wallpaper, so it'll almost like a simply overlay of the desktop.

For me when I first started using the start screen, the constant flashing between my desktop and the start screen made me feel quite nauseous and took some getting used to. It was very distracting and stopped my flow of work, now its not so much of an issue, but it still throws me a bit when I have large white areas (such as these comments) open when I switch back to the desktop.

Still, I feel that most of the 'where's the start button' comments weren't aimed at getting the start button back, but what happens when you clicked it.

Similar to...

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wi.../en/3/3c/Lion_Launchpad.png

sagum said,

From the video, it looks like if you set the start screen's background to use your desktop wallpaper, so it'll almost like a simply overlay of the desktop.

For me when I first started using the start screen, the constant flashing between my desktop and the start screen made me feel quite nauseous and took some getting used to. It was very distracting and stopped my flow of work, now its not so much of an issue, but it still throws me a bit when I have large white areas (such as these comments) open when I switch back to the desktop.

Still, I feel that most of the 'where's the start button' comments weren't aimed at getting the start button back, but what happens when you clicked it.

Do you have any sort of condition? Unless this is a medically-accurate condition, I find it hilarious. PC users have always been labeled as dweebs, but this is just a new level.
The current transition is a very decent fade. Why not make the color of the Start page match your desktop to be less jarring?

Besides, the new option to go right into the All Apps screen and show Desktop apps first, also with the Desktop wallpaper as the background... this is basically the Start menu.

Mulsivaas said,
Do you have any sort of condition? Unless this is a medically-accurate condition, I find it hilarious. PC users have always been labeled as dweebs, but this is just a new level.
The current transition is a very decent fade. Why not make the color of the Start page match your desktop to be less jarring?

Besides, the new option to go right into the All Apps screen and show Desktop apps first, also with the Desktop wallpaper as the background... this is basically the Start menu.

Flicker vertigo, sometimes called the Bucha effect, is "an imbalance in brain-cell activity caused by exposure to low-frequency flickering (or flashing) of a relatively bright light"

It's not just PC dweebs, but highly professional and well trained people get it, it's quite common and well documented.

As for the transition, I'm more used to it now as I say but it's still there... as for your comment about chancing the colour of the start page... that's seriously your answer after setting a new level of PC users as dweebs ?
The brightest start screen colour you can have is light blue, with blue text. This doesn't help at all when the start screen zooms out (out in, the transition you speak of), and then you're faced with a mostly brilliant white comments section on a website, such as this. What next, I start using CSS styles for all my websites an applications I'm using, change the windows color themes? or as I've started to do naturally, blink when the start screen changes.

Nice! I appreciate that it's also in the desktop settings rather the Metro control panel, hopefully this will appease some users. I doubt I'll use any of these options though.

Exactly. Having to go into a Metro settings screen to limit / disable Metro functionality would have been irritating. Really the options should be available in both environments.

Fus10n said,
What a great feature!

lol - a standard paradym that has been in windows for 30 years, now becomes "great" due to Windows 8 mangling the desktop environment.

dvb2000 said,

lol - a standard paradym that has been in windows for 30 years, now becomes "great" due to Windows 8 mangling the desktop environment.

Just look at all the options. These innovations are hugely improved on the old Win9x/XP/7 horse.