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How to Boot to the Desktop in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1
Microsoft did not provide any support for setting Windows 8 to boot straight to the Desktop and skip the new Start screen. There was no registry setting available, no group policy and most of the hacks that worked with the test versions of Windows 8 do not work in the final version. Since many people want this feature in Windows 8, Microsoft gave in and, in Windows 8.1 is can be done with just a few clicks. Here’s how to set both Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, to boot to the Desktop.
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