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Boot direct to desktop & bypass start screen

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    Boot direct to desktop & bypass start screen


    Boot Direct to Desktop
    I found this in a Windows 8 book in the Start Screen Store.
    If you want to boot directly into the desktop without passing thru the Start Screen

    Go to the start screen & type in schedule to search for Schedule Task in Settings.
    Click on Task Scheduler Library in the left pane, and select Create Task in right pane.
    Name your task something like Boot to desktop.
    Now select the Triggers tab, choose New, and use the drop-down box to select starting the task At log on.
    Click OK and go to the Actions tab, choose New, and enter explorer for the Program/Script value.
    Press OK, save the task, and restart to test it out.

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    Cool. Thanks for the info.

    I have a better option, I have Stardock "Start8" and it restores the start menu and the Windows 7 looks on the desktop. I boot directly to the desktop.
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    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Click OK and go to the Actions tab, choose New, and enter explorer
    Surely that will just launch the Explorer window every time you boot?
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    Brink posted this info 7/3/12 https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html

    he also mentioned: holding Enter key down after typing logon password will bypass start screen and go direct to desktop
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    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by ARC1020 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pcRat View Post
    Click OK and go to the Actions tab, choose New, and enter explorer
    Surely that will just launch the Explorer window every time you boot?
    No, the desktop *IS* a copy of explorer. The way it works is that the first copy of explorer to run creates the desktop. When you first boot, there is no copy of explorer running, so when it starts one, it opens the desktop.
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    Mystere▬ Thanks for clearing that up. I think ! It really confused the heck out of me for about 20 minutes til I broke it down in steps. And neither of us knew I was confuzed.

    No, the desktop *IS* a copy of explorer.
    The way it works is that the first copy of explorer to run creates the desktop.
    When you first boot, there is no copy of explorer running,
    so when it starts one, it opens the desktop.
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Core 64-bit

    If you have not upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet.


    If you have not upgraded to Windows 8.1 yet.

    Boot To The Desktop - For Windows 8 and 8 Pro

    Make sure you have "Hide extensions for known file types" unchecked in Folder Options. Just for file verification purposes.
    Re-check it afterwards if you want.

    Create the "Show Desktop" file:

    Open a text editor like Notepad. (not Word or Wordpad)
    Copy and Paste or type the following into the text editor:

    [Shell]
    Command=2
    IconFile=explorer.exe,3
    [Taskbar]
    Command=ToggleDesktop

    Do not have any extra spaces at the top and do not "Carriage Return" (enter) to next line at the end.

    Save the file as - Show Desktop.scf (actually any name you want, just remember it)
    When you see the file it will have the Desktop icon but it will not have .scf at the end even with "Hide extensions for known file types" unchecked. Right click the file and go to properties. It should have "Type of file: File Explorer Command (.scf)" and the name should be just "Show Desktop" with no extension.

    Copy the file to the "Start Menu\Programs\Startup" folder.
    There are more than one "Startup" folders in Windows 8 and 8 Pro. Put it in this one:

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    Close everything down. Restart your computer.

    When it boots up, it will pause at the "Start" screen until it reads the contents of Startup.
    It will then go to the Desktop with nothing opened up.

    Side note: If you want something to open automatically when you boot up, put it in this same Startup folder after Show Desktop.
    Last edited by reb3rd; 02 Dec 2013 at 13:18.
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    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    Right. And, actually, you don't even have to create a "Show Desktop" icon, because there's always at least one buried somewhere among the system folders.

    In my system (8.0) I found it in two places:

    "C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch"
    and
    "C:\Users\(UserName)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group1"

    (These "AppData" folders are hidden.)
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    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 Core 64-bit


    Hello Dragon Drop,

    I tried the Show Desktop link you referred to. It does not work to boot to Desktop on Restart.

    It is a Shortcut (.lnk) which is a true shortcut. It has to be clicked on like a button. My post uses the old "Show Desktop" from Windows XP which is a Windows/File Explorer Command not a Shortcut (.scf)

    Right click on the file to see if it is (.lnk) or (.scf)

    I originally copied it from WinXP into Windows 8 and it worked but I deleted it thinking at the time there might be some WinXP coding in it and I did not want to mess up my Windows 8 install.

    I found the document that I had saved a long time ago that showed how to create the "Show Desktop" command. It is the one I use in the Startup folder.

    Hope this helps.
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    Posts : 308
    64-bit Windows 8


    Thanks. I knew it was only a "LNK" but I thought it would work the same as the "SCF."

    By the way, if you put in the Startup folder a shortcut to any Desktop item (folder, file, or program) it will run or open that item on startup, which includes switching to the Desktop mode. At least I used to do that and it worked for me then. But I'm not sure now if that was Windows 8 or an older version.
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