Let’s face it, the Windows 8/8.1 Start screen has not exactly been universally applauded by computer users.
Thankfully, if you use Windows 8.1, there’s a simple way to make your computer boot directly to the desktop – here’s how to do it.
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First, when you’re at the Start screen, type the word “taskbar”. One of the results that appear should be called “Taskbar and Navigation”. Click on this result.
A window should appear titled “Taskbar and Navigation properties”. Click on the Navigation tab.
The fourth option down, under the subheading “Start screen”, should read “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start”. Click on the checkbox next to this option.
Finally, click on OK. The next time you boot your computer or close a full-screen app, you will be returned by default to your desktop.