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Windows 8.1 may have a 'boot to desktop' option

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Windows 8.1 may have a 'boot to desktop' option
The new Windows 8 is very cool and modern, but there's just one problem with it - it seems to be favoring consumers a bit more. While it's not that hard to understand why this is so, it could have been useful if Microsoft had left some options in there to allow professional users, or simply those who aren't into the new Modern UI, to set the traditional desktop home screen as the default UI for their device.

In addition, many are also complaining of the absence of the traditional Star Menu, but while it isn't known if this one is going to return, there may actually be a chance for us to enjoy the good old desktop UI without always having to go through the process of booting into Modern UI and then making the switch. While some enterprising devs were examining the twinui.dll file in a build of the upcoming Windows 8.1, they found some pieces of code hinting at the possibility of setting the desktop UI as the default home screen. What's more, The Verge also reports that Microsoft is currently testing the feature.

While the Modern UI is easily the much more comfortable one when it comes to touchscreen devices, this isn't really true as far as non-touchscreen PCs and notebooks go. That is why it would be much-appreciated if users are given the option to boot directly into the standard desktop mode.

via: Neowin

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posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:44 18

1. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Ohhh, yeah. Good old desktop mode.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:32 4

11. akki20892 (Posts: 3611; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


still love my XP

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:59 1

12. Dastrix (Posts: 612; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Agreed. Loving the good old desktop too! As much as I like Windows 8, I don't know how to feel about it though. Wouldn't switching back defeat the purpose of innovation that the Metro UI brought?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 14:04 1

19. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


I think it would give more options to more people I think. I personally enjoy the new Metro UI, but some people are not ready for that change. Having boot to desktop will allow them to learn the differences at their own pace, instead of forcing them into it.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:50 2

2. pongkie (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


I hope so, the start screen kinda pops out all the time and it starts to annoy me

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 08:52 2

3. jedix (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Apr 2013)


will windows 8 update into 8.1?

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:03 1

5. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


of course.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:04 1

7. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Positive man, all windows platform running on the windows 8 OS. (WP,Windows Pro and also Windows RT)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:01 6

4. askbingask (Posts: 22; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


i like w 8 start screen all the apps are sitcked to it

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:03 1

6. TechBizJP08 (Posts: 495; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)


Dude you have to option to remove or to retain it. So you don't have to worry.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:22 2

10. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


i'd still prefer the modern UI.
Of course, it wont be that nice if you are using a non-touch desktop unit...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:10 5

8. Credo (Posts: 695; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


I love the startscreen on my Surface RT.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 09:21

9. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Oh yeah! I'm waiting for the update! :)

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:03

13. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


If they do that, I'll have no complaints about Windows 8 anymore.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:36

14. jlscott777 (Posts: 45; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Now if they were really smart they would do the same thing to WP8, more customer choices never hurts.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:44 1

16. pookiewood (Posts: 623; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


WP8 Desktop mode? HUH? WHY would they do that? Unless you mean docking it.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:40

15. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


For current Windows 8 and RT users. You can have a kinda start menu now without any form of jailbreak. Keyword on the "kinda." In desktop mode if you right click or long press the toolbar and go to where it says "toolbar" there will be an option there that says "desktop" if you click on that a "desktop" button will appear on your toolbar with two arrows that will allow you to have a similar start menu feel where it has the menus and you can access all your files.
You can also jailbreak it and install all the start menu apps that are available. But if you don't want to do that you have that option until this update comes out. I will be honest that I haven't used it as much as I would have thought. But it I out there.

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 10:49

17. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1119; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I give thanks to Microsoft CEO MR Ballmer and the rest of the Windows 8 Team if they will do this because a lot of Microsoft customers want this.. A lot of com[plaints about Windows 8 will go away.
I will not use this option because i am used to using the Windows 8 start screen. I have been using Windows 8 on my old IBM M51 since the Developers preview version and have full Windows 8 pro on my old desktop that has a standard color monitor and mouse and keyboard.
i will buy a touch screen monitor someday but i am in no hurry to get one. microsoft should also put a modified start button back on the desktop to totally make Windows 8 backward compatible. the advantage i like about windows 8 is access to use all of those free Modern UI apps a Person would have to be a fool not to use at least a few of them like the weather app.
folks free programs is a good thing about windows 8 Take advantage of it

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 12:15

18. recond9 (Posts: 49; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)


Finally,my laptop can now get rid of Windows 7 :D

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 15:07

20. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)


Metro UI makes perfect sense with a touch screen and/or touch pad, but not so much using keyboard and mouse. Besides, I use my monitors for photographic editing, and cannot be touching the screen and getting it dirty. Windows desktop and the start button still have their place, and Microsoft is simply trying too hard to force people to switch.

I say they should leave the Metro for smartphones and tablets, or touchscreen laptops, and desktop mode for everything else. In other words, don't attempt to fix what isn't broken...

posted on 16 Apr 2013, 16:57

21. vandroid (Posts: 292; Member since: 04 Sep 2012)


I hope they add an option to turn of track pad gestures so annoying how an accidental swipe will take me back to a previous app

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 01:49

22. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)


The day this feature launches, I am taking the leap from 7 to 8...

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