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

    Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8
    How to Go to Desktop or Start when You Sign in or Close Apps in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    03 Jul 2012
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    How to Go to Desktop or Start when You Sign in or Close Apps in Windows 8 and 8.1


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    This tutorial will show you how to go directly to your desktop or Start screen when you sign in or close apps in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.





    Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8 OPTION ONE Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8
    To Go to Desktop when you Sign in to Windows 8

    1. If you have not already, you will need to move (drag and drop) the Desktop tile to the top left corner on the Start screen like in the screenshot below.
    NOTE: By putting the Desktop tile at the top left corner of the Start screen, it will become the first tile and thus the default app that runs when you press Enter while in the Start screen.

    Click image for larger version

    2. When you are in the log on screen next, type in your user account's password, and press and hold the Enter key. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: Do not just press Enter or click on the "next" arrow as you normally would, or this will not work and you will boot to the default Start screen. Holding the Enter key at boot like this is workaround that allows Enter to pressed in the Start screen, and quickly runs the first tile (ex: desktop) on the Start screen without ever seeing the Start screen.

    Click image for larger version

    3.
    You can now release the Enter key as the desktop quickly appears without ever seeing the Start screen. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version






    Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8 OPTION TWO Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8
    Go to Desktop or Start when you Sign in or Close Apps using "Taskbar and Navigation properties" in Windows 8.1

    1. From your desktop, right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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    2. In Taskbar and Navigation properties, click/tap on the Navigation tab, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

    3. Go to Desktop when you Sign in or Close Apps in Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting in Windows 8.1 Update (April 8th 2014) for PCs without touchscreens.

    A) Check the When I sign in or close apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start box, and click/tap on OK.

    4. Go to Start when you Sign in or Close Apps in Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting in Windows 8.1, and for touchscreens in Windows 8.1 Update (April 8th 2014).

    A) Uncheck the When I sign in or close apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start box, and click/tap on OK.

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    Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8 OPTION THREE Desktop or Start - When Sign in or Close apps in Windows 8
    Go to Desktop or Start when you Sign in or Close Apps using .REG File in Windows 8.1


    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartPage

    OpenAtLogon DWORD

    0 = Open to desktop
    1 = Open to Start


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. Go to Start when you Sign in or Close Apps in Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting in Windows 8.1, and for touchscreens in Windows 8.1 Update (April 8th 2014).

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Open_to_Start_at_Sign_in.reg

    download

    3. Go to Desktop when you Sign in or Close Apps in Windows 8.1
    NOTE: This is the default setting in Windows 8.1 Update (April 8th 2014) for PCs without touchscreens.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Open_to_Desktop_at_Sign_in.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Good one Shawn!

    What if we use auto login?
    There also has to be something (maybe similar) that gets us to the desktop if we're using autologon enabled, but I didn't found anything yet.

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    Hello Hopachi,

    You could still go ahead and move the Desktop tile to the top left corner of the Start screen. This way when you startup to the "Start" screen after being signed in automatically next time, you could just press Enter to then go to the Desktop.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Ah yes, it works!

    Even even after that, anytime you press enter it goes to the desktop.

    Thanks for the reply.
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    You're most welcome.
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    Bahrain
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    Nice One Shawn! Keep up the Good Work!!
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    Thank you Shon.
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    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.
    Last edited by Mystere; 15 Nov 2012 at 00:33.
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    Thank you for the addition Erik.
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    One question I would have about pressing and holding the enter/return key would be when not having a password, pin code, or image assigned for the automatic logon. You don't see the login screen long enough to do anything without something assigned at installation to simply boot straight up.

    Solution: Press and hold enter/return key upon seeing the Windows 8 Welcome screen appear to avoid seeing the Start screen. I tried that out on the RP VM still running on VirtualBox here. But that also means you still have to be at the machine not simply clicking the power button and walking away for a few to grab a coffee in order to hold the enter key down at the right time.

    Note ff you did assign a password, pin code, or image but saw this tutorial, Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup you wouldn't be seeing the login screen but bypassing right to the Start screen at first sight unless pressing and holding the enter key when the Welcome screen arrives.
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Feb 2013 at 23:00. Reason: replaced link for the same here
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