You can bypass the start screen in Windows 8.1 while booting. I mean you can directly reach to the desktop similar to the previous versions of Windows. In Windows 8, there were third party plugins available for this. But here in Windows 8.1, it is straight forward. I think direct log in to the desktop is one of the useful feature in Windows 8.1. But it may unknown to many as we have to set it. There is no visible option for this anyway. Then how to enable direct log in to desktop instead to the start screen in Windows 8.1. Follow the below quick tips to do this.
Steps to Enable Direct Log in to the Desktop in Windows 8.1
- Go to the Windows 8.1 desktop.
- Go to taskbar properties by tight click on the taskbar.
- On the navigation tab look for “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in”. It is under “Start screen”
- Check the box and click “OK” below.
That’s all. If you find your Windows 8.1 boot directly to the desktop instead of the metro tile start screen, then somebody has already set the above. You can uncheck it to boot directly to the Start screen in Windows 8.1.
In an MSN blogpost Randy Guthrie of Microsoft said about why they included this feature in Windows 8.1. Login or boot directly to the desktop was the much requested features by Windows 8 users. So this feature was included in Windows 8.1 release preview and available since. So if you don’t want to boot to the Windows 8.1 metro screen, you can follow the above tips. Log in directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1. It makes some of you comfortable with the traditional Windows use or impression. Do you like this feature? Let us know in comments.