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Is there a way to boot and start with the desktop instead of Metro?

  1. #41


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    Win7 & 8 64bit / Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    This thread is not about those who like metro.

    It is about trying to find a way to boot direct to main ui - avoiding playschool along the way.

    No point in trying to tell people they are right or wrong - let each use their own machine the way they like.

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  2. #42


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Yeah, bypass is the raison d'etre for this post after all. I am still cruising the web for hits but nothing 'cept a way to end up in libraries instead of desktop. Amazing how many hits end up back to this site! I will keep searching, there is a lot of smart people out there...
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  3. #43


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am really puzzled. Can someone explain to me where the big problem is. It cannot be the one extra click on the desktop tile that gets everybody so up tight.
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  4. #44


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    I am really puzzled. Can someone explain to me where the big problem is. It cannot be the one extra click on the desktop tile that gets everybody so up tight.
    Not that big of a deal but I, like most posters here, ENJOYED turning off Metro in the Developers Preview. I turned it off on the first day and did not use it once during the whole time I ran DP. Why boot and paint an entire extra screen that I simply click through if there is a way to bypass it? Someone will figure it out before long...
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  5. #45


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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Someone will figure it out before long...
    That's ridiculous for you to say that.

    C:\Windows\explorer.exe, explorer.exe

    Edit the Shell DWORD value above at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
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  6. #46


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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    I like this value better. It opens Computer view instead:

    explorer.exe, explorer ::{20D04FE0-3AEA-1069-A2D8-08002B30309D}
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  7. #47


    Solo.
    Posts : 2,159
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit


    I also did it in silly way.
    Putting any shortcut in startup menu folder will just make it appears at the end off booting routines.
    This is my shortcut target box "d:\Documents"
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  8. #48


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Before I fuss with this stuff, are you saying that you have completely bypassed the Metro screen, that it never shows up? If the desktop is not up at the end of the automated process, that is NOT the solution to the issue as it also involves more clicking to get to the desktop.
    Right now I automatically boot into the desktop without intervention on my part as I have turned off password protection and done a desktop shortcut in my startup folder.
    All I want is to not see the Metro screen.
    I also want to have no time penalty for booting directly into the desktop. DP was much faster booting because of this.
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  9. #49


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Before I fuss with this stuff, are you saying that you have completely bypassed the Metro screen, that it never shows up? If the desktop is not up at the end of the automated process, that is NOT the solution to the issue as it also involves more clicking to get to the desktop.
    Right now I automatically boot into the desktop without intervention on my part as I have turned off password protection and done a desktop shortcut in my startup folder.
    All I want is to not see the Metro screen.
    I also want to have no time penalty for booting directly into the desktop. DP was much faster booting because of this.
    I think you got the idea. The boot to desktop is a pain. I had originally set my system that way, but the desktop was only showing up after a delay. That disrupted what I was already doing. This whole thing is some 'geek's play' with no practical use. In fact it is counterproductive.

    I also set up the automatic login. That really helps (I hate to type passwords). Saves me a lot more time than what I could possibly lose by one click on the desktop tile.
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  10. #50


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    That is because the desktop - main o/s if you like - will obviously take longer to load than Metro - my phone boots pretty quick for example.

    Even when we find a way of bypassing the children's drawings, we will either get a blank screen for a few secs - or have to put up some kind of wallpaper.

    I am using a scheduled task at winlogon - seems to suit best so far - still get a bit of the kiddie screen.
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