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    Desktop - Boot Directy to using a Scheduled Task

    Desktop - Boot Directy to using a Scheduled Task
    How to Boot Windows 8 Directly to Desktop using a Scheduled Task
    Published by Kari is offline
    15 Apr 2013
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    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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    Kari


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    Kari,

    Can I assume that this will work with other executables, such as iExplorer.exe, or Winword.Exe, or is it confined to actually running explorer.exe, would be useful for some to start-up in the application they use everyday.

    If it's limited to running explorer I suppose a second Task, set to run after this one and set to run the app of choice would work.

    Also it should be possible to add parameters to the task, maybe, have the OS boot straight into www.eightforums.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    Kari,

    Can I assume that this will work with other executables, such as iExplorer.exe, or Winword.Exe, or is it confined to actually running explorer.exe, would be useful for some to start-up in the application they use everyday.
    I have been testing with almost every thinkable application, seems Explorer is the only one which causes Windows to enter directly to desktop. All other applications, including browsers wait until the user has clicked the Desktop tile before executing the task.

    Just now I am playing with an idea to create two tasks. First to launch Explorer as told in this tutorial adding the /separate argument. As you know the command explorer.exe /separate launches a separate second Explorer instance, so we can kill this second instance without meddling with the first Explorer instance.

    Now the second task would then launch command C:\Windows\System32\Taskkill.exe /IM explorer.exe, killing our second Explorer instance launched with Task Scheduler, leaving a nice and empty desktop. The issue is timing: This Taskkill task must be delayed to let the Explorer task run first. If delay is set to 2 seconds I get it working on one vm and one physical desktop PC and not working on two vms and a laptop I have tested.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
    If it's limited to running explorer I suppose a second Task, set to run after this one and set to run the app of choice would work.

    Also it should be possible to add parameters to the task, maybe, have the OS boot straight into www.eightforums.com
    On Action tab (tutorial step 5.) you can add other actions, launch for instance your browser on Eight Forums. One scheduled task can include several actions. If you add actions here it is important to set delays for each action so the resulting application windows open in correct order, the one you open last will be on top of all others. Of course you can also set these other apps to open minimized, in Taskbar (create a shortcut > Properties > Run minimized).

    Kari
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    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu


    Thanks for the insight Kari,

    Will have to find some time to sit down and seriously play with eight, just don't get enough time at the moment
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    I followed the link from one of those debate-threads.

    Great work Kari! I'll give it a go on my laptop. I'm testing some speed scenarios (how fast I get to desktop/start, it's about loading)

    Thanks a lot.
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    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    You are welcome, Hopachi.

    I'm very keen to hear suggestions, I'm still testing how to boot to EMPTY desktop. At the moment this is the only solution I get to work on every PC, going to desktop with Libraries open.
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    Typing "task" doesn't take me to the task scheduler, only the task manager.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Typing "task" doesn't take me to the task scheduler, only the task manager.
    Sorry. My bad, a typo. It should say "Type Schedule".

    Tutorial edited.

    Kari
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    I don't think so. Maybe it works for your config, but for me, it will not work unless you have also enabled the Admin tools through the charms - settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    I don't think so. Maybe it works for your config, but for me, it will not work unless you have also enabled the Admin tools through the charms - settings.
    I really do not understand what's your purpose of this?

    To show you something, I just installed Windows 8 fresh on a test machine and recorded following using the Windows built-in Problem Step Recorder (Win + W, type PSR in normal Windows 8 machines, do not know what you need to type to find it).

    First, here are the steps I PSR recorded. Please keep in mind this is an absolutely new, fresh install, in fact this PSR was the first app ever launched in this setup as I installed Windows 8 now only to make this recording:

    Code:
    Recording Session: ‎16/‎04/‎2013 14:15:55 - 14:16:22
    Recorded Steps: 8, Missed Steps: 0, Other Errors: 0
    Operating System: 9200.16551.x86fre.win8_gdr.130306-1502 6.2.0.0.2.49
    Step 1: User left click on "Start Screen (list item)" in "Start Screen"
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Start Screen, Start Screen, ImmersiveSwitchList
    Step 2: User left click on "Settings (button)" in "Charm Bar"
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Settings, TouchButton, CCharmBarElement, Charms, NativeHWNDHost
    Step 3: User left click on "Tiles (list item)" in "Settings"
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Tiles, SettingsButton, ItemList, TouchScrollViewer, Settings, SettingsUI, Element, Charm window, FlyoutElement, Settings, Shell_CharmWindow
    Step 4: User left click on "Back (button)" in "Tiles"
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Back, BackButton, Tiles, Element, Charm window, FlyoutElement, Tiles, Shell_CharmWindow
    Step 5: User left click on "Close (button)"
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Close, Shell_LightDismissOverlay
    Step 6: User keyboard input on "Start menu (pane)" in "Start menu" [... Win-W]
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Start menu, CHostElement, Start menu, ImmersiveLauncher
    Step 7: User keyboard input on "Search (pane)" in "Search" [...]
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Search, SearchPane, Search, SearchPane
    Step 8: User left click on "Schedule tasks (edit)" in "Settings Search"
    Program: Windows Explorer, 6.2.9200.16384 (win8_rtm.120725-1247), Microsoft Corporation, EXPLORER.EXE, EXPLORER.EXE
    UI Elements: Schedule tasks, RichText, Schedule tasks, CFileSystemElement, Project to a second screen, GridGroup, GridContent, TouchScrollViewer, Grid View, GridRoot, Results List, UIExplorerBrowser, Settings Search, UIFileSearchApp, Settings Search, FileSearchAppWindowClass
    And the important screenshots created by PSR:

    Step 4: Clicking Tiles to show admin tools are disabled:

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    Step 7: Typing Schedule to Charms Settings Search clearly show Schedule Tasks as first search result > hitting Enter will open Task Scheduler:

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    Complete PSR recording with all screenshots: PSR.zip (You need to use IE to read the zipped .mht file)

    Keenly waiting your next move!

    Kari
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