How to Boot Directly to the Desktop in Windows 8

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The first change that a new user to windows experiences  is that it takes you right to Start Screen instead of Classic Desktop. This may be annoying to many users who stay on the old classic desktop layout which has now been replaced by start screen in windows 8.

To solve this problem, a tweak was introduced which was ultimately blocked by Microsoft in it’s final release of Windows 8. But do not worry we still have some other methods for you that will help you boot right on to your desktop in windows 8.

Method 1:

This method will show File Explorer windows with your Libraries open as the windows 8 boots up. For this, you need to go to your registry editor. You can go to Registry Editor in widnwos 8 by typing regedit in the Run box.

Once the registry editor is open, navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Now edit the value of the Shell and set it to following:

 %windir%\explorer.exe, explorer.exe

Save your changes by clicking OK. Note that changes will not take effect untill you reboot your PC.

Method 2:

If you do not want to boot up into your Libraries folder, you can alternatively open the Profiles folders as the windows starts.

For this, you need to open Registry Editor and navigate to the following path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Now edit the value of the Shell and set it to following:

explorer.exe /select,explorer.exe

Save and reboot your PC to see the changes taking effect.

If you do not want to play with registry settings, there are still some other methods by which you can install alternate start menus in Windows 8.

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