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How to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 desktop

The Windows 8 Start screen is a good starting point for Windows 8 devices with touch screens, but on PCs with standard screens, you might prefer to boot directly to the desktop. Previously, you could bypass the Windows 8 Start screen with Start8, but Windows 8.1 now lets you do it natively. Here's how:
Step 1: Right-click on the Windows 8.1 taskbar, then choose Properties.
Step 2: Click on the Navigation tab, then under the Start screen section, check the box next to "Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in."

Windows 8.1 navigation settings

The next time you boot Windows 8.1, you'll go straight to the desktop without ever seeing the Start screen.

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