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Windows 8.1 update to bypass the Start screen, boot to desktop

Microsoft continues to go back from its modern Metro user interface to the good-old classic in a bid to lure customers to its latest operating system.

Many traditional Windows users got annoyed with the boot up process of Windows 8 since it led them not to the familiar desktop, but to the Start screen with the controversial Metro user interface. In Windows 8.1 the software maker implemented an option that booted PCs directly to the desktop. Yet another update for Windows 8.1 reportedly skips the tiled Start screen by default and boots to desktop.

Wzor, a well-known Microsoft-dedicated blog with a good track-record, this week revealed that Microsoft’s partners are already testing the new build of Windows 8.1 2014 update and unveiled some details about it.


The update, in addition to returning the classic desktop as the default starting point, brings a number of other improvements related to usage of the operating system using traditional devices, such as a mouse. Furthermore, apps designed for Metro UI will get a minimize button, which confirms rumours that eventually they will just run in windows.

Yet another important update the patch will bring is support for 250% – 500% scaling for desktop and desktop applications. This is an important thing for ultra-high-resolution displays (e.g., 3200*1800, 3840*2160 and so on) that should improve their usability by scaling sizes of the user interface’s elements.


The final Windows 8.1 2014 update is expected to become public on the 1st of April, 2014.

KitGuru Says: Looks like Microsoft understands that users of desktops and notebooks do not want tiled user interface, but prefer traditional Windows. Therefore, expect the Windows 8.1 2014 update to gain more classic Windows features and be generally more user friendly than the current OS. Of course, Metro UI and other disadvantages of the Windows 8 will not leave without a trace, but they will clearly annoy much less than they do today.

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  • Sam

    Aren’t these features available to 8.1 from the start? Not too sure bout 500% scaling but I’m pretty sure I’ve been using boot to desktop ever since the .1 update.

  • Edo

    “The final Windows 8.1 2014 update is expected to become public on the 1st of April, 2014.”

    Really? 1st of April? It won’t be another April Fool’s Day joke will it?

  • Kevin Senez

    I don’t get as to why people think Windows 8/8.1 isn’t user friendly… i believe it’s perfectly fine with the performance boost it has, and it’s very easy to understand when you understand it… People seriously only think windows 8 is made for tablets, you guys just don’t know how to use it to it’s fullest abilities

  • Rasmus

    This sounded almost too good to be true and then I looked at the release date and went “…yeah right…guessed as much.”
    I’m currently using win 8.1 with almost all of the features, except the horrid metro feature forced upon you (which I disabled through the registry), and I have no complaints, except for the whole apps and touch interface syndrome that has stricken the latest windows version – wth went through their heads? otherwise, win 8.1 is rather good when you first get used to it.

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