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Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8

  1. #10


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Night Hawk,

    It really doesn't matter for timing. If you set the Desktop tile to the top left corner (1st tile), you can also press Enter at any point on the Start screen to go directly to the Desktop.

    When you are on the Start screen and press Enter, it opens the first tile automatically.

    When you hold down the Enter key after signing in, it's the same as pressing Enter on the Start screen, except doing it this way is a lot faster to where you the Start screen is only a quick flash before the desktop opens.

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  2. #11


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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    It was curious when going to try this out right when first starting up the 8 RP VM I still have on here and pressed and held the enter right as the Welcome screen appeared and instantly saw the desktop snap into the picture. The desktop button I always keep at the top left anyways since first installing the CP and RP builds.

    It's still a good find you had there however since all too often people had asked how to get past the Start screen! Keep up the good work!
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  3. #12


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    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 Enterprise Edition 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    There are a few other solutions to this:

    First, you can install a third party program. I believe most of the Start Menu replacements include the ability to boot to the desktop.

    There is also an app that will set this up: Josh Cell Softwares: StartOnDesktop - The Cleanest Solution to Start on Desktop

    Finally, if you don't want to install any software, then you can simply copy the Desktop.lnk file from the WinX directory to your startup folder:

    Copy
    C:\Users\(you)\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\WinX\Group1\Desktop.lnk

    to

    C:\Users\(you)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

    Log off or reboot, and next log on it goes directly to the start menu.
    This one it works on me. Later I found it appears from right-bottom side of my programs start menu after I scrolled.Thanks Mystere and for this thread.

    Oh i quoted wrong in a wrong thread!
    Last edited by Botard; 18 Feb 2013 at 11:11.
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  4. #13


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    64-bit Windows 10


    This boot directly to desktop tutorial has been updated for Windows 8.1 Preview.
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  5. #14


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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    It won't be doing me much good since the RP expired on VM already. In the recent drive wipe now I was found wasn't the main problem I was no longer with an 8 VM. I guess that leaves me out of the loop now.
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  6. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by Night Hawk View Post
    It won't be doing me much good since the RP expired on VM already. In the recent drive wipe now I was found wasn't the main problem I was no longer with an 8 VM. I guess that leaves me out of the loop now.
    Nar, you could do a clean install with Windows 8.1 Preview in a VM or on a blank drive if you like.
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  7. #16


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    1st W10 Professional x64/W7 Ultimate x64 - 2nd Remote system: W10 Insider Builds/W7 Professional


    I would be looking at an 8.1 VM here to see what changes have been made in comparison to 8 itself. I just got everything back running including the ISP problem for the previous and now seem to have room for a few VMs it seems.
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  8. #17


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    Windows 8 Core 64-bit


    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.
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  9. #18


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello reb3rd,

    If you like, you could also use the Show Desktop shortcut below that's the same to put in the Startup folder instead.

    Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  10. #19


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    Windows 8 Core 64-bit


    Hello Brink,

    I tried your Show Desktop link to replace the Show Desktop file in my post.
    It did not work to boot to Desktop on Restart.

    The thing is that your Shortcut is a (.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)

    I originally copied it from WinXP into Windows 8 and it worked. I deleted it because at the time I did not know if in it there was some weird WinXP coding that might mess up Windows 8.

    I found the document that I had saved a long time ago that showed how to create the "Show Desktop" command.

    I had found an article using the Task Scheduler but I could not get it to work with this Command. Then I figured out that it might be possible to use the Startup folder and Voila it worked.

    Hope this helps.
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