Windows 8.1 Quick Tip: How To Boot Directly to Desktop


On Windows 8, you will have to make quite a bit of effort to make your computer skip the Start Screen and boot right to the Desktop. But now on version 8.1, you can easily do so with a simple setting change.

Here is what you need to do:

1. Switch to Desktop, if you haven’t.

2. Right-click Taskbar, and choose Properties.

3. On Taskbar and Navigation Properties window, go to Navigation tab, and check the option called “Go to desktop instead of Start when I sign on” (Figure 1).

Windows 8.1 - boot to desktop option
Windows 8.1 – boot to desktop option

4. Click OK, and you are done.


  1. Thank you for this tip, I’ve waited for this feature on Windows 8 and now it’s available. Your site is really cool on sharing windows experiences 🙂
    By the way, i think it’s a mistake on your description picture 😀


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