Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Apr 2013 13:43 UTC
Windows This is interesting. "Microsoft is planning to change the way its Start Screen operates with the release of Windows 8.1. Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans have revealed to The Verge that the company is currently testing builds of Windows 8.1, known as codename Windows Blue, that include an option to boot directly to the traditional desktop. We're told that the option is disabled by default, allowing users to simply turn on the functionality should they want to avoid the 'Metro' Start Screen at initial boot or login." This won't disable Metro; the hot corners, task switching, and everything else that makes up Metro is still there. All this does is load up the classic desktop as the first application upon boot. Update: The Start button might be returning too.
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RE: Not a solution
by ilovebeer on Tue 16th Apr 2013 16:25 UTC in reply to "Not a solution"
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

This would only be a solution if they restored the old Start Menu as well because booting directly into the classic desktop was already available with hacks like start8.com. If people want to boot to classic desktop directly they sure as hell want a start menu as well and not Metro.

So please MS add an option to re-enable the start menu and to disable those annoying hot corners and I'm statisfied.

They keep missing the point in Redmond...

I'm willing to bet that very few of the hundreds of millions of Windows desktop users think sticking something designed for mobile/touch on a desktop is a good idea -- much less actually want it.

Microsoft is definitely on a roll...unfortunately going in the wrong direction in most cases.

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