Windows 8.1 may have a 'boot to desktop' option

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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22 Comments

1. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Ohhh, yeah. Good old desktop mode.

11. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

still love my XP

12. Dastrix unregistered

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?

19. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 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.

2. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

3. jedix

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 13, 2013

will windows 8 update into 8.1?

5. jsdechavez

Posts: 814; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

of course.

7. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

4. askbingask

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

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

6. TechBizJP08

Posts: 495; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

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

10. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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

8. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I love the startscreen on my Surface RT.

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

13. WinC76 unregistered

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

14. jlscott777

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

16. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

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

15. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 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.

17. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

18. recond9

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

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

20. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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...

21. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 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

22. tumchaaditya

Posts: 71; Member since: May 21, 2012

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

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