There should be two important options to choose from upon starting up Windows 8 from the very beginning that should say:
What device/equipment are you using?
o Desktop Computer
And then Start Screen or Start Menu (on Desktop boot) will be applied accordingly.
But personally I don't give a damn. I know there's always a way to make things work the way you want it.
I have difficulties to understand this hype. If it is so important to boot directly to desktop, simply use Task Scheduler to create a task to launch for instance Explorer.exe on logon and now every time you boot / login, Windows 8 goes to desktop with file explorer opened.
Personally I prefer to arrive on Start Screen. My Mail app live tile shows if I have some unread mail, People app live tile shows if there are any new messages and so on. If and when I want to I am on desktop in less than a second.
Been lurking here for a while and after using win 8 for a few weeks now that I purchased a new Lenovo T430 I think I have a feel for what I am linking and do not like.
First off about me, I am not a programmer or anything of the such, on the other hand I am pretty good with computers I would say an above average user and bad ass Googler of problems when I need to find the answer. My profession is that of Commercial Pilot. Primarily for work I use MS Office the majority of the time but the remainder is mostly just personal. I consider myself just an average MS customer and my positions are of that of just an average computer user. I am not able to debate with any of you the back workings or programming specifics of Win 8 to uphold any of my positions. With that said, time to vent!
First off, I think Win 8 is actually pretty good. I think its snappy, runs well, boot times are good and again the overall performance seems to be better than that I experienced in Win 7. I like the look of Metro, the weather app is pretty cool and I am still discovering what is out there app wise. I honestly think that MS is on to something here, they can make one single windows version that will run on a phone, tablet, desktop, whatever you choose and have everything tied together under a user name. In fact, I looked very hard at purchasing the Surface pro as my new computer. Problem for me is that the apps that I use for work are only created so far on IOS and Android so no Windows just yet. I have an Ipad for flying that I keep electronic charts on.
Now to the frustrating stuff. I have noticed in this thread that there seems to be a debate between whether or not the metro and desktop UIs are two separate UIs or one. As the average user to me they are very much two VERY annoying separate UIs. In my opinion we are a LONG way away from not using keyboards. I absolutely hate having to type a long email or really anything long on my Ipad or Smartphone without having a physical keyboard. In short, when I am using a non touch screen laptop I have absoloutly NO need for the Metro UI and forcing me to use it frustrates the hell out of me. Sure I can download a 3rd party app to avoid it but the point is MS does not want me to and is trying to force a new experience on me. It seems to me they knew this was a problem and created shortcuts or charms for me to memorize. Did we go back to the DOS age where I have to remember command prompts? Why can I not just drag an icon onto the desktop to create a short cut. Why so many steps to do so many things that in Win 7 could be accomplished so much easier with using common sense and without having to Google for the answer.
To me its simple, the Ribbon on Win 8 is cool IF I were using a touch screen, but when I am using my computer as a desktop or do not own a touch screen Laptop I would prefer to have two completely selectable modes to engage in. In my opinion as a regular average user if MS wants to grow this product they would offer such a thing.
As for the people who say I or people like me could go back to win 7 or just download a 3rd party app, remember descent is the best way to get a product improved. Hopefully MS will figure this out.
Hello, Darrel456. Welcome to EightForums. Welcome aboard flight 8.
8Lovers will laugh because the Start Screen is pointless here.
8Haters will laugh because you still take an extra step to go to the Desktop.
You get a piece from both worlds (half-start-screen/half-desktop) and not much.
First of all, I don't need the desktop to stream video, check my bank accounts, use the internet or shop online.
And I prefer to not use the desktop for these activities. So the desktop is not needed all the time.
Second, my preference, although no one asked, , is to basically not use any tiles unless I need them.
The start screen interface, so to speak, is a hot bed of hot keys. Press a key, select from a list. Big Wup.
So a blank start screen is not useless to me. Tiles are faster, and more informative, but I do not need them.
Press d, select desktop, if necessary. The extra steps are of no concern to me.