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Windows 8.1 rumored to include option to boot straight to desktop

Published Apr 16th, 2013 8:30AM EDT
Windows 8.1 rumored to include option to boot straight to desktop

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Windows 8’s luddite-scaring Start Screen has managed to frighten enough people that Microsoft may be backing away from making the new view central to the Windows experience. According to a new rumor from The Verge, Microsoft’s next major Windows release will include an option to boot and log in straight to the desktop view, allowing users to bypass the polarizing tile-based Start interface that been the target of much criticism. The new option will be disabled by default in Windows 8.1, according to the report, but it will be simple enough to enable. Sadly for some, users will still need to download free third-party software if they want the classic Start button back.

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