Windows 8 may not let users boot past Metro to desktop

Windows 8 has two interfaces, Metro UI and the traditional desktop. Many people don’t like Metro and hence opt to use the desktop interface for Windows 8. Until now, Microsoft has had a setting in Windows 8 that allowed users to go straight to the desktop when booting their PCs. It has emerged Microsoft has removed this setting in the latest iterations of Windows 8, thus preventing users from bypassing Metro whenever they boot their devices.

Of course we will only know for sure if Microsoft indeed has decided to no longer allow users to boot past Metro when the final version of Windows 8 hits stores in October. However, it is seeming increasingly likely that this is the case seeing as the latest versions of Windows 8 don’t have this capability anymore. While this may annoying home users, it will surely scare away the few business users who were considering the upgrade to Windows 8. For what it is worth, though, there might be a workaround: Rafael Rivera from Windows 8 Secrets claims that creating a shortcut to the desktop (not on the desktop) and scheduling it to run automatically at boot will allow users to, more or less, boot past Metro and straight into the traditional desktop. Touche.

[via Engadget]

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  • glen

    @michel: what he said.those aussies love government interference,more so than the yanks.

  • michel
  • Rob (Down Under)

    If you post your address, and leave your car out in the street, I will get a team to come and innovate your car for you, without your permission ( gears, clutch, brakes, steering, instruments, etc).
    If you get to work late the next morning, or have an accident, maybe the government should re-evaluate who should be allowed to drive.

  • @Rob (Down Under):
    I don’t think the government should force Microsoft to do anything; that is purely ridiculous. After using “new ui” or whatever it is being called now, it’s not that bad. It bothers me that you can’t see the desktop when in the “start menu,” but all the functionality is still there. If an employee can’t figure out how to use something new, maybe the company should re-evaluate who it hires. There should be little to no need to retrain IT since Windows 8 is basically an enhanced version of Windows 7. It’s like Vista -> 7 instead of XP -> Vista.

    It’s also not feasible to expect Microsoft to not innovate. How do you expect them to enhance their products when the format of the files produced doesn’t support new features. The doc format existed all the way back in Word 97 (maybe farther back). The way they implemented it might not have been the best, but there are ways of easily fixing the problem.

    There are methods of forcing Word to use the old format by default changing a registry key. That can easily be applied through an automated system in a corporate environment. Office 2003 has a compatibility pack that allows it to open 2007-10 files.

  • Tex Jay

    The latest Classic Start Menu, a free app, will allow you to set Win 8 RP to go directly to the desktop.

  • chuck (detailer)

    Funny when you read this PC Mag article
    >,2817,2408042,00.asp <
    Sooo,will we now boot to a BSOD?

  • Rob (Down Under)

    MS for a long time now has become a standard for businesses.
    That has been a great benefit for MS.
    With such a great benefit, there should be responsibilities, to ensure that businesses do not bear excessive costs –
    – Not forced to upgrade Office, because MS decided to introduce docX xlsX
    – Not forced into extensive retraining or excessive IT support, when MS decides to wank around with Ribbons, Aero, Lucky Dip Start Menu, Metro.

    I believe that the governments should insist that MS go back to their Windows NT strategy.
    Not go back to that version, but for businesses to have a separate simple / rugged / no wanking version of Windows.
    If they need an analyst to guide them how to have a simple / rugged / bullet proof startup, I can assist.

    They are really starting to annoy me.

    PS I was a Qualified Chartered Accountant and auditor.
    Then I was in Quality Assurance in the IT development area of one of our largest banks for 4 years.
    Then I was a Business / Systems Analyst for15 years in one of the worlds largest Telecommunications companies.
    I reckon I know what I am talking about.