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I just installed Windows 8.1, but I can't locate the setting to disable the Metro start screen, and boot directly to the desktop instead.

So how do you configure Windows 8.1 to boot straight to the desktop?

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marked as duplicate by Tog, Moses, Mokubai, Simon Sheehan, Shekhar Oct 28 '13 at 13:56

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You should update the title of the question to better reflect you want to boot directly to the desktop because its not possible to "disable" the Modern UI/Start Screen/Metro interface. – Ramhound Oct 17 '13 at 17:30
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  • Right-click on the Windows 8.1 taskbar, then choose Properties.

  • Click on the Navigation tab, then under the Start screen section, check the box next to "Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in."

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For completeness, if you literally have to boot to the desktop without user intervention you may also have to skip the login screen. – Alexandre Jasmin Oct 17 '13 at 23:14

Just right-click on the taskbar and head to Properties → Navigation → When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start. This will also bring you back to the desktop whenever you close a Modern app, which is handy if you use one every once in awhile.

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