Windows 8.1 Boot to Desktop – Blog

This article shows you how to boot to desktop in Microsoft Windows 8.1.

One of the major setbacks of transitioning to Windows 8 for most standard users seems to be the representation of the Windows 8 default Start screen. Everyone sees the “Metro” style buttons and feels lost compared to what they know and love with their Windows XP/Windows 7 PCs.

Good news! It seems Microsoft has been listening and has made it possible to boot directly to the regular style desktop with Windows 8.1. This is fairly easily to accomplish.

1. Make sure your Windows 8 device (Desktop/Laptop/Tablet) is upgraded to 8.1. To verify this, go to the Start screen and start typing PC Info. The search box will come up, this is where you will select PC INFO in the search results. Under WINDOWS > EDITION it will simply say Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. If it does not say Windows 8.1, go back to the Start screen and go to the STORE button. You should have the option immediately to download Windows 8.1. This is a rather large download, so be patient. Once it is done, install and reboot.

2. Once you have verified Windows 8.1 is indeed installed, click the DESKTOP button on the Start screen while logged in.

3. Now, right-click in an empty space on the bottom taskbar and hit Properties. Then go to the Navigation tab.

4. You want to make sure “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” is checked. The other options can be checked per your preference, but the one I underlined is the important one.

5. Now, Reopen Outlook and try viewing the messages in the Outlook preview to make sure it opens correctly now.

Now you have the full desktop experience with Windows 8 and it will feel more like home!!

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