How to skip the Start screen and boot directly to Desktop in Windows 8.1

I decided to write this article, because lots of people are still trying to use my Skip Metro Suite, which was not designed for Windows 8.1 and isn't actually required on Windows 8.1 any more. Windows 8.1 already offers you a native way to skip the Start screen and boot directly to Desktop!  Let's see how to activate this useful feature.

To enable the Boot to Desktop feature, right click on the taskbar and choose "Properties":


Tip: Here's how to tweak your PC to ensure top performance for a specific type of task, be it gaming, document work or something else.

taskbar properties

In the next window, switch to the navigation tab, and enable the When I sign in or close apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start option:

Taskbar and Navigation - Boot to Desktop

That's it! You don't need any third party apps to skip the Start screen.

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2 thoughts on “How to skip the Start screen and boot directly to Desktop in Windows 8.1

  1. nobs

    I am trying SkipMetroSuit for 8.1 and it’s not working it just crash my task bar. i can’t even shutdown now

    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Windows 8.1 does not require SMS. It has all features natively.


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