How to boot to desktop mode in Windows 8

Windows 8 boot desktop

Microsoft introduced the brand new Start screen in Windows 8, which is great for the tablet users, but could be a little frustrating for the desktop users. Moreover, there are several people who don’t even use it. For them, the PC experience is a lot better if Windows can boot directly into the desktop mode after start up (sign in). Fortunately it is easier to achieve that.

While in desktop mode, right-click on the taskbar and choose “Properties”.


In the “Taskbar and Navigation Properties” dialog box, click on the “Navigation” tab. Check the option “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start” in the ‘Start screen’ section.

boot into desktop

Click OK. Log off or restart to let Windows boot into Desktop.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.