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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Could Boot Directly to Desktop

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More Windows 8.1 rumors to chew on.

New rumors are beginning to emerge regarding the next update for the Windows 8 platform. They stem from a leaked build of Windows 8.1 Update 1, and show that Microsoft really has listened to feedback. Microsoft is expected to reveal Windows 8.1 Release 1 sometime in March before the BUILD conference a month later.

One of the leaked builds is Windows 8.1 Update 1 Build 9600.16606, which was acquired by Windows leaker WZOR. Now there's speculation that Microsoft partners are already testing Update 1. There's also evidence showing that Microsoft plans to allow users to boot directly into Desktop rather than load up the Start screen first.

As stated in recent posts, one of Microsoft's biggest mistakes in promoting the new operating system was to force the new interface down the consumer's throat. Many of us embraced the design, clicked on the desktop tile and went on with our lives. Many customers haven't been quite so welcoming; it was entirely too much change.

Okay, so maybe booting into the desktop isn't a big deal. But selling Windows 8 on a pre-built machine that's sporting the Modern UI may have hurt PC sales overall. Windows 8.1 is a step in the right direction, merging the traditional and the new together. But right now it may not be enough. Take a line of laptops sitting in Walmart or Best Buy, switch them all to desktop, and see if the sales increase.

In a screenshot stemming from the leaked build, you can clearly see an option reading "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start." This resides in the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box. If users want to see the Start screen, all they need to do is click the Start button.

There's also still talk about the Metro apps on the desktop. According to the new rumors, they not only sit pinned to the taskbar, but will actually run in the desktop environment. That little tidbit wasn't expected to arrive until Windows 9, but the word is that Microsoft wants this feature ASAP.

According to the leakers, Metro apps will have an "X" box for quickly shutting down the app. They also won't look like classic windows, meaning there may just be the single "X" box in the upper right-hand corner. Another feature in Update 1 is SkyDrive. Leakers claim that Microsoft has already re-named the service to OneDrive in the platform.

March 11 is supposedly the day Microsoft releases Update 1 to Windows 8.1 customers. Another update may arrive in October if Microsoft doesn't launch Windows 9 instead. The new platform was originally scheduled to arrive April 2015, but the company may be pushing to get into "9" territory as fast as it can to leave all that Windows 8 fiasco behind.

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    koga73 , January 31, 2014 10:35 AM
    This isn't news since the option to boot straight onto the desktop rather than the start menu already exists in Windows 8.1. In fact I use it every day at work.Proof. In 8.1 Right click on Taskbar > Properties > Navigation > "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start"
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    JamesSneed , January 31, 2014 10:35 AM
    "of us embraced the design, clicked on the desktop tile and went on with our lives. Many customers haven't been quite so welcoming; it was entirely too much change."It wasn't to much change for me. It was a total pain having the switches from desktop to "metro" applications. It made my PC experience feel like using an iPad. Which is why I installed classic start menu along with making my default applications the desktop versions of picture viewrs, files viewers etc. I found it a big waste of time to open a picture on the desktop to have it bump me out to the "metro" interface to then have to jump back to desktop mode. Microsoft simply needs to have the "metro" interface tweaked to be useful and run under desktop mode for those that want to work like that i.e. like an updated start menu. I'm running classic start up until the day they fix this time wasting experience.
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    koga73 , January 31, 2014 10:35 AM
    This isn't news since the option to boot straight onto the desktop rather than the start menu already exists in Windows 8.1. In fact I use it every day at work.Proof. In 8.1 Right click on Taskbar > Properties > Navigation > "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start"
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    irish_adam , January 31, 2014 10:49 AM
    yeah you've been able to do this since 8.1, the same as you dont have to sign in every time you boot either.2 minuites on google and problem solved
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    blibbi , January 31, 2014 10:52 AM
    Yeah, that "go to desktop instead of Start" thing is already there. Kinda weird that the author doesn't seem to know that.
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    carowden , January 31, 2014 11:01 AM
    i believe the article is saying that boot to desktop would be the default, rather than boot to "metro" or whatever you want to call it. i'm pretty sure he already knew that the option to boot to desktop was available with windows 8.1
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    Quarkzquarkz , January 31, 2014 11:20 AM
    Nope, still think Windows 7 x64 is the best since XP days. Will not be changing to 8 or 8.1 or 8.1 release update 1 or 8.1 blue or whatever it's called. Tried it before and it's just a waste of time, TRUST me~ =(
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    lp231 , January 31, 2014 11:40 AM
    Quote:
    i believe the article is saying that boot to desktop would be the default, rather than boot to "metro" or whatever you want to call it. i'm pretty sure he already knew that the option to boot to desktop was available with windows 8.1


    On a clean Windows 8.1 install, it will boot directly into Metro, and then the user can have the option to boot directly into desktop. If Windows 8.1 already have this feature, then what is the point of this update?
    If this update says to boot directly into desktop by default, well it won't help at all since this is just a update and when you do a clean install of Windows 8.1 it will still boot into Metro by default.
    Unless the newest revision of Windows 8.1 have this patch integrated into the OS install image and let users have the option of selecting boot to desktop or boot to metro during initial setup.
    For now this is noting but a misleading title trying desperately to collect click points.
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    voltagetoe , January 31, 2014 11:54 AM
    What is there in 8.1 that would make a person choose it over Win 7. Does it choke badly when there are many applications installed ?
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    Christopher Shaffer , January 31, 2014 12:52 PM
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    This isn't news since the option to boot straight onto the desktop rather than the start menu already exists in Windows 8.1. In fact I use it every day at work.Proof. In 8.1 Right click on Taskbar > Properties > Navigation > "When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start"
    This ^^^ 100%. I haven't used the Start menu more than 3 times since installing 8.1, and if it weren't for my password, it would boot directly to the desktop.
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    What is there in 8.1 that would make a person choose it over Win 7. Does it choke badly when there are many applications installed ?
    Multiple applications being installed isn't what slows down your PC. This is a misconception; it's usually multiple *active* programs that automatically load when Windows boots. The more active background processes, the more CPU and memory reserved for them, and in some cases even network resources.If you're having issues like this w/Win 7, I'd suggest posting in the forums and looking for assistance. We can help you optimize your OS, whatever it may be.
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    Anon12345678 , January 31, 2014 12:54 PM
    Who hired you? Boot to desktop came with 8.1. Get your facts straight.
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    Anonymous , January 31, 2014 1:02 PM
    I don't get the sour attitude towards 8 and 8.1. I have used both and find both to work well, just differently from 7. I have used my personal desktop on 8 and 8.1 - without resorting to third party software (same one I use on my Win7 computers. Not a big deal. I also like the very fast boot-up. The way some folders/files are hidden from the user is good to prevent system damage by removal. If you really need access to these files - use the God Mode. All this yapping for Win9 will only guaranty more profits for Microsoft and yet further planned obsolescence.
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    DarkSable , January 31, 2014 6:01 PM
    Mountain bill, I'm with you - the people who complain about it are people who can't be bothered to take 5 minutes to change default settings...Or those who are too ignorant to not use the desktop version of metro apps and so use the windows store and complain about how their programs are nasty.
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    egilbe , January 31, 2014 7:45 PM
    I'm happy to see that MS is finally listening to the Beta testers that complained about the startup on Windows 8 :)  Still can't stand the odd behavior in Windows 8, like how it randomly creates multiple temp user accounts.
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    pilsner , January 31, 2014 8:00 PM
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    Mountain bill, I'm with you - the people who complain about it are people who can't be bothered to take 5 minutes to change default settings...Or those who are too ignorant to not use the desktop version of metro apps and so use the windows store and complain about how their programs are nasty.
    Or those who think that Windows 8 looks incredibly ugly even in Desktop mode and that there additionally is no new feature which justifies forking over money for an upgrade from Windows 7. If I put Windows 8 on my machine right now, nothing in daily use would change (insert rant about why touch screens are not practical except for mobile devices), except that I would be annoyed every time I'd have to look at that ugly desktop theme. So why pay for it? Just for the nicer task manager? Think I'll use the money for a few beers instead.
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    mvl821 , January 31, 2014 8:17 PM
    Not big news. For five bucks you can go to Stardock.com and get their Start8 product that gives you a Windows 7 style start menu and boots you right to the desktop. For another 3 bucks you can get their Modern Mix app that allows you to run things like the App Store in a window on the desktop. So the features they are advertising on these updates are already available really cheap from a third party.
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    DarkSable , January 31, 2014 9:32 PM
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    ]Or those who think that Windows 8 looks incredibly ugly even in Desktop mode and that there additionally is no new feature which justifies forking over money for an upgrade from Windows 7. If I put Windows 8 on my machine right now, nothing in daily use would change (insert rant about why touch screens are not practical except for mobile devices), except that I would be annoyed every time I'd have to look at that ugly desktop theme. So why pay for it? Just for the nicer task manager? Think I'll use the money for a few beers instead.


    If you already had windows 7, then you're correct, there's not much reason to upgrade... but how many people upgraded from XP to vista? Or vista to 7? It makes sense, just like with the hardware, to skip a generation and buy every other generation. So if you have vista and need a modern OS, or if you're buying a new os ANYWAYS with a new computer, why in the world WOULDN'T you get 8.1?

    You can make metro completely dissipate, it has a better task manager, better file transfer, MILES better bluetooth support, a ridiculously improved search, slightly better performance than windows 7...

    Why exactly do you think the desktop is ugly? It's the same freaking desktop that windows 7 has, except the taskbar isn't SHINY and translucent, just translucent... Does it really make that big of a difference to you? If it just, just have the taskbar autohide itself. (And if you really don't like an operating system because you think it's taskbar doesn't look good, well.. come on.)

    And while I agree with you that there's no point in having part of the OS be built for touch so heavily, that mostly applies to the metro portions which, like I said, can be hidden very easily. To make up for it, windows 8 works with multi-monitor setups far better than it's predecessors, too... so there is some merit to having it on a desktop.
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    phatboe , January 31, 2014 10:56 PM
    So I guess it is safe to assume there will not be a SP2 for Win 7 anytime soon?
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    sirwriter , February 1, 2014 5:00 AM
    Nope, they're already working on the SP1 for Win 9. MS would like to quietly move into another Windows 7 type product, granted, with improvements. Which is what they did with Vista to Win 7. I personally believe they should develop a Windows 7.5, and give everyone who has a certified copy of Win 8 or 8.1 a coupon for a free copy. Do away with the numbering system. Stop having 4 or 5 versions of the same O/S all the time. Being a little less greedy and promoting consumer satisfaction would go along way toward building a more stable customer base. Oh, and to answer your question, there will most likely be an SP2, and possibly an SP3 to Win 7.Windows 7 is the only proven O/S that people believe they can trust out in the field, now that they have effectively killed Win XP. What we need is some more good old fashioned competition in Operating Systems.
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    dokonewski , February 1, 2014 6:07 AM
    Wow, I'm baffled by all the hate for Windows 8/8.1. Clearly those that hate it have never truly tried it. Installing it and already being upset because of internet reviews is not TRYING it. Everyone says that the only improvement is the better task manager. I suppose if you aren't a PC power user that may be all you see. Nevermind the ability to VPN into a secondary network BEFORE logging in, the ability to pause a data transfer across a network, better utilization of system resources, better bluetooth, better everything else than any version of Windows that came before it. Windows 7 was great just like XP was great ... for it's time. That time has passed and it time to move on, and get over it that things in the technology arena CHANGE! Don't like change, get a MAC!
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    dokonewski , February 1, 2014 6:12 AM
    Wow, I'm baffled by all the hate for Windows 8/8.1. Clearly those that hate it have never truly tried it. Installing it and already being upset because of internet reviews is not TRYING it. Everyone says that the only improvement is the better task manager. I suppose if you aren't a PC power user that may be all you see. Nevermind the ability to VPN into a secondary network BEFORE logging in, the ability to pause a data transfer across a network, better utilization of system resources, better bluetooth, better everything else than any version of Windows that came before it. Windows 7 was great just like XP was great ... for it's time. That time has passed and it time to move on, and get over it that things in the technology arena CHANGE! Don't like change, get a MAC!
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