How do I “Boot to Desktop” – Windows 8.1

Bryan Von Axelson 2010

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Recently I installed Windows 8.1 Preview on my Samsung Slate, in prep for questions at WPC – See J.J.’s Post -

Anyway I wanted to enable the “Boot to Desktop” capability, as we all know the hype on this enhancement ;), (Never really was an issue for me as WinKey+D is one of my favorite shortcuts) so I looked for it; and looked for it… in the cool new PC Settings, btw – love the new organization of those, and I agree with Paul Thurrott that “Oddly enough” it is not in the PC Settings.

‘Where is it ?’ you might ask – in the new “Taskbar and Navigation Properties”; formerly known as “Taskbar Properties” in Windows 8 – You can access it by going to the desktop – Did I mention WinKey+D? and right click on the taskbar, then select “Properties” from the dialog box.  You should see the following:



Notice under Start Screen you have several options, including “Go to the Desktop…”  Click the checkbox and any other options you wish to enable, then OK.

Meet the Windows 8.1 Preview -

Information on the download -

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ -


Paul’s post -

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