Yesterday we published a helpful article on how to download and install Windows 8.1. Microsoft’s new offering is aimed at solving some of the most nagging problems that Windows 8 comes with. Two issues that many users complained about were the lack of a Start button, and no option to boot directly to Desktop.

Often these complaints fall on deaf ears but not this time. Microsoft is trying to lure users to Windows 8 by adding several features to the OS, and most importantly they are now addressing features that users have been requesting for a long time.

Windows 8.1 Introduces the Ability to Directly Boot to the Desktop

Windows 8.1 introduces the ability to directly boot to the Desktop, and skip the Start Screen. Previously, there have been many third-party tools for this task, but now there’s no need for any such tool as the functionality is built directly into the OS.

Before proceeding forward, make sure that you’re running Windows 8.1. Right click on an empty section of the taskbar and select Properties. This will open the Taskbar and Navigation properties dialog box.

Click on the “Navigation” tab and check mark on “Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in” and click OK.

Windows 8.1

Once you do this, you’ll be able to boot directly to the desktop instead of the Start Screen. This will take you one inch closer to how Windows has worked for ages, and now Microsoft is returning to the same original options.