Thursday, October 24, 2013

How to boot to classic desktop in Windows 8.1

One of the new features of Windows 8.1 is the option to boot directly to the classic desktop interface, making it a lot less "painful" for all those that want to keep using Windows 8.1 just like they did all the previous Windows back to Windows 95. However, Microsoft didn't make it easy for you to find how how to do it. But that's exactly what we're here for.

To enable the boot to classic desktop option, you need only to follow these five easy steps:
  1. start by going into the classic windows desktop
  2. right click on the taskbar at the bottom of the screen
  3. select "Properties"
  4. go to the "Navigation" tab
  5. In the "Start screen" section, check the option: "When I sign in, or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start."

And that's it. I don't know why MS didn't name this option in a much more simpler "Use classic desktop instead of new Start", but what matters is that the option is there and it will be useful for all those that still spend most of their time running programs in the classic windowed environment.

Enjoy it while it lasts, because the way things are going, a couple year from now we might not even have any classic interface left!

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