Desktop - Boot Directy to using a Scheduled Task

How to Boot Windows 8 Directly to Desktop using a Scheduled Task

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Personally I like the new Start Screen. For me it is more logical to use allowing more customization options than the Start Menu on previous Windows versions.

I like to see the Mail app live tile telling me about unread mail messages, the People app live tile notifying me when I have new messages on social media, my selected news app live tiles giving me brief summary of today's news.

However some users want to get directly to Windows desktop. This tutorial will show you how to boot Windows 8 directly to the desktop using a scheduled task to bypass the Start screen.

Tip   Tip
In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, see OPTION TWO in the tutorial link below instead now.

How to Go to Desktop or Start when You Sign in or Close Apps in Windows 8 and 8.1



Here's How:

1. Press Win + Q key to open Charms App Search or Win + W to open Charms Settings Search, type Schedule and hit Enter to start Task Scheduler. Alternatively press Win + X to open Windows Tools menu bottom left and select Computer Management, select Task Scheduler in the left pane

2. Click Create Task on Actions pane:
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3. Name the Task as you wish, select Configure for: Windows 8, click OK:
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4. Select the Triggers tab
- Click New
- Select At log on from Begin the task drop down list​
- Select Enabled
- Click OK
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5. Select the Actions tab
- Click New
- Select Start a program from the Action drop down list​
- Type C:\Windows\Explorer.exe to Program / Script text field​
- Click OK
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6. Laptops / Notebooks only: Select the Conditions tab
- Unselect Power: Start the task only if the computer is on AC power
(this takes care of that the task is run also when logging in using battery power)​
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That's it. Now every time you log in to Windows, it bypasses the Start Screen entering directly to Desktop, with File Explorer open showing your Libraries.
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To again boot to Start Screen instead of Desktop, open the Task Scheduler as told above (step 1.), select Task Scheduler Library, right click your task and select Disable:
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Can't find my task

I created the " Boot to desktop" task. The only thing I did different was I had it run from the "Start up" instead of after the Log-on. Now I would like to edit it, but when I go to the schedule task it is not listed there. Any ideas where to look for it?
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4790
    Motherboard
    GA-Z87X-D3H
    Memory
    G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire ATI Radeon R7 250
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC892
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung UN32EH5000, Dell 1703FPT
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD5003AZEX
    WD10EZEX
    Samsung HD103SJ
    Samsung 128 GB 840 PRO
    PSU
    SeaSonic M12II SS-500GM
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R4
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900ALED
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    16 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    Bose Companion 2 Multimedia Speakers
I don't understand, can give me a little more info. The task actually works like its supposed to ( start the computer, boots up immediately to the desktop). After thinking about it, I would like to edit it and make it run after the log on screen. But I'm not able to locate it for editing.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
I created the " Boot to desktop" task. The only thing I did different was I had it run from the "Start up" instead of after the Log-on. Now I would like to edit it, but when I go to the schedule task it is not listed there. Any ideas where to look for it?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
I don't understand, can give me a little more info. The task actually works like its supposed to ( start the computer, boots up immediately to the desktop). After thinking about it, I would like to edit it and make it run after the log on screen. But I'm not able to locate it for editing.

I'm don't know what happened to your task, but it's obsolete in Windows 8.1.
See Option 2.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self built
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-4790
    Motherboard
    GA-Z87X-D3H
    Memory
    G.SKILL 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 F3-10666CL9D-8GBNT
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire ATI Radeon R7 250
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC892
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung UN32EH5000, Dell 1703FPT
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD5003AZEX
    WD10EZEX
    Samsung HD103SJ
    Samsung 128 GB 840 PRO
    PSU
    SeaSonic M12II SS-500GM
    Case
    Fractal Design Define R4
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900ALED
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech M705
    Internet Speed
    16 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Avast
    Other Info
    Bose Companion 2 Multimedia Speakers
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