Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    How do I get Windows 8 to boot directly to desktop?

    How do I get Windows 8 to boot directly to the desktop? (I have eliminated the lock screen so it boots directly to start screen now) I googled this question and went to a site that "told me how to do this". I followed directions exactly, restarted my computer and it did not boot to the desktop AND it totally messed up my beautiful new computer. Dell tech support is telling me that I may need to reinstall the operating system Computer is working , but not as well as before I did this.

    I would very much appreciate help.

    Thank you very much.

  2. #2
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    23,592
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 1,059 Times in 928 Posts
    There are various third part applications that will let you do that. You can search this forum to find them. If you are OK with Windows 8 as is otherwise, you can just wait until the last half of October when Windows 8.1 is released. It will be a free upgrade for anyone with Windows 8. You can configure Windows 8.1 to boot directly to the desktop.

    Joe

  3. #3
    Super Moderator
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    New England
    Posts
    4,752
    Thanks
    171
    Thanked 650 Times in 573 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by anguslechat View Post
    I googled this question and went to a site that "told me how to do this". I followed directions exactly, restarted my computer and it did not boot to the desktop AND it totally messed up my beautiful new computer. Dell tech support is telling me that I may need to reinstall the operating system Computer is working , but not as well as before I did this.

    I would very much appreciate help.
    If you need help to undo what didn't work, you should tell us what directions you followed at which site.

    Did you try a System Restore?

    Bruce

  4. #4
    WS Lounge VIP mrjimphelps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    3,407
    Thanks
    447
    Thanked 405 Times in 377 Posts
    I installed StartIsBack, and now Windows 8 boots directly to the desktop. It also has a Windows 7 style start button and start menu.

    You can use it free for 90 days (I think), and after that, it is $3 for use on two machines.

    For me, Windows 8 with StartIsBack installed is like a more efficient version of Windows 7.

    There are other programs besides StartIsBack that you can install; that happens to be the one I use, and I am very pleased with it.

  5. #5
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Bruce-Just before I looked at your post, I thought about trying a system restore. The Dell tech people undid what I did. Apparently it messed up the registry. Naturally I can't find the site now. I did learn a BIG lesson. If you've never heard of the site before, be really cautious about going there!

    I have Dell XPS all in one, and their tech people are really good (They are not the regular Dell Techs.).

    I am going to try a system restore. Will I lose data?

    Thank you for your help.

  6. #6
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I think I will hold off on a shell until I see how Win 8.1 goes. My husband has Classic Shell on his computer, and I think it slows computer down (as does whatever I did to my computer). Is there any utility that can check my system and fix whatever I messed up?

    Thank you for your help.

  7. #7
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Joe-You are right. I ought to wait.

    Thank you for your help.

  8. #8
    WS Lounge VIP mrjimphelps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    3,407
    Thanks
    447
    Thanked 405 Times in 377 Posts
    StartIsBack won't slow down your computer, and it is extremely easy to use. It will take you about five minutes to install it, including the time it takes to go to their website and download it. I believe that it will resolve all of the concerns you currently have with Windows 8.

    Based on what I have been reading, you probably will be able to boot directly into the desktop with Windows 8.1; but if you're looking for more than that (i.e. the start button and the start menu), I don't think you'll get it with Windows 8.1.

  9. #9
    Silver Lounger
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Posts
    2,335
    Thanks
    13
    Thanked 267 Times in 260 Posts
    One should go into the Classic shell settings and disable checking for a new version all the time because that will cause a momentary pause sometimes when it checks. Otherwise I use it extensively and don't notice anything else affecting performance in any way.
    Sent from Windows ME thru Opera 10.63...just before they crashe

  10. #10
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I was initially looking for a start menu. I think I shall wait to see what 8.1 is like before I attempt any more changes.

    Thank you for your help.

  11. #11
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    From the short look I had at Classic Shell, I was truly underwhelmed. When I have more time, I shall give it another look.

  12. #12
    Plutonium Lounger Medico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    12,631
    Thanks
    161
    Thanked 936 Times in 856 Posts
    I use both Classic Shell and Start8 on our PCs. Both work very well, and both allow booting directly to the desktop. I believe Win 8.1 will also have this option although it is disabled by default.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


    Sony Vaio Laptop, 2.53 GHz Duo Core Intel CPU, 8 GB RAM, 320 GB HD
    Win 8 Pro (64 Bit), IE 10 (64 Bit)


    Complete PC Specs: By Speccy

  13. #13
    5 Star Lounger petesmst's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Posts
    790
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 43 Times in 33 Posts
    Classic Shell is GREAT for those who boot to desktop in Windows 8 or 8.1 and want to "feel at home" (just as they did with Windows 7 or earlier). To use it with Windows 8.1, you will need to use the Beta version of version 3.9.5 (or, of course, any later version).
    (My Setup: Custom built: 4.00GHz Intel Core i7-6700K CPU; MSI Z170A Gaming Carbon Motherboard (Military Class III); Win 10 Pro (64 bit)-(UEFI-booted); 16GB RAM; 512GB SAMSUNG SD850 PRO SSD; 120GB SAMSUNG 840 SSD; Seagate 2TB Barracuda SATA6G HDD; 2 X GeForceGTX 1070 8GB Graphics Card (SLI); Office 2013 Prof (32-bit); MS Project 2013 (32-bit); Acronis TI 2017 Premium, Norton Internet Security, VMWare Workstation12 Pro). WD My Book 3 1TB USB External Backup Drive). Samsung 24" Curved HD Monitor.

  14. #14
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Mar 2001
    Location
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
    Posts
    23,592
    Thanks
    5
    Thanked 1,059 Times in 928 Posts
    I recommend waiting for Windows 8.1. Get to know it. Learn how to customize the boot process and start screen to fit how you work. Then decide if you need a third party program.

    Joe

  15. #15
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    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.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •