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Old 28-04-2012
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How to boot directly to desktop in Windows 8

Windows 8 will always show the splash screen style Metro when you login. But if you prefer to work on the classic desktop, no need to click the Desktop tile every time you log onto your computer. In fact, Windows 8 can be started directly on your desktop with this quick trick.

This process is mainly helpful if you are using a third-party boot menu like the ViStart or Start8, but it is also useful if you just use the desktop in most of the time. We must remember also that you can quickly access the desktop from Metro with a combination of shortcut keys Windows + D.

Create a shortcut

First, start Notepad - you can do this by pressing the Windows desktop to access the Metro, type "Notepad" on the startup screen and pressing ENTER. Once that is done, paste the following text into a new file:

Command = 2
IconFile = explorer.exe, 3 

Command = ToggleDesktop

Save the file with the extension. Scf - name it something like ShowDesktop.scf.

You may remember the "Show Desktop" which was located at the Quick Launch on Windows XP - this is the exact same link.

Using the Scheduler

You can set your system to automatically execute the shortcut when you log in, planning properly the scheduler. Start the scheduler by pressing the Windows key, typing "Schedule", by choosing a category and selecting Settings then click the application "Schedule tasks". You can also find it under the Administrative Tools item in Control Panel.

Choose the "Task Scheduler Library" on the left side of the Windows Task Scheduler when it appears.

Right click mouse in the main panel and select "Create New Task".
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Old 28-04-2012
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Re: How to boot directly to desktop in Windows 8

On the General tab, name the task something like "Show Desktop".

Click on the Triggers tab and use the new button to set a new trigger. On the New Trigger dialog, set the task so that running at startup, select "At log on" and clicking OK.

Click on the Actions tab and create a new action. Set the action to "Start a program", use the Browse button to select the shortcut you created and click OK.

Finally, click on the Conditions tab and uncheck the checkbox "Start the task only if the computer is on AC power" under Power. If we do this, the laptop will not start on the desktop when on battery power.

Click OK and you're done. Windows 8 will start at the desktop, every time you log in, but the Metro-style boot screen is still available only with a single mouse click.

This method is not perfect - you will see the Metro user interface for a moment when you login. It also causes the appearance of a window of Windows Explorer on the desktop every time.
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