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Windows 8.1 Update: 5 Essential Facts
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Cyber Senior
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4/9/2014 | 7:46:30 PM
Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
Wondered why my laptop was booting up to the desktop!! However, it does not seem to be possible to change the option so that it boots up to the Windows start screen. It appears that it boots to the desktop whether or not you have this option selected under Navigation Options.
IvanT592
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4/10/2014 | 3:52:26 AM
Re: Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
Steal 3GB of space in my SSD and I saw NO changes that justify this
Li Tan
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4/10/2014 | 4:43:04 AM
Re: Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
This is something I like. As an old Windows user, booting directly to destkop looks more convenient. Now I used Windows 8 and the first thing I do after booting up is turning to desktop. But I encountered the same issue after upgrading to Windows 8.1 - I am not able to find the option to choose whether or not I want to boot to desktop?
moonwatcher
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4/10/2014 | 8:48:50 AM
RE: Windows 8.1.1 update - finally they "get it"
This is FINALLY moving in the right direction. How dumb that a multi-billion dollar company like Microsoft never did any consumer testing when developing Windows 8, except in house with a bunch of fan boys. If they had, they could have corrected many of these design mistakes BEFORE pushing it out the door and alienating millions of desktop users. If they will add back in the the honest to goodness, tried and true START button in Windows 9, eventually perhaps that disasterous roll out will become a distant memory. Only time will tell.
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4/10/2014 | 8:53:25 AM
Re: Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
Here is how to do it: 

1. After booting Windows 8.1, click the Desktop tile to enter Desktop mode.

2. Right-click any open area in the taskbar, then click Properties.

3. Click the Navigation tab, then check the box next to Go to the desktop instead of Start when I sign in.

4. Click OK, then reboot. Windows should plunk you right into Desktop.

And that's all there is to it.

Of course if you get the 8.1.1 update, it ought to do it automatically.
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4/10/2014 | 11:31:13 AM
Win 8 update
Logically I believe that the 8.1.1 tweeks fix most of my beefs with Win 8. What Microsoft cannot fix is the bad taste this fiasco has left in my mouth.   Win 7 won Microsoft a lot of consumer goodwill, which it promptly destroyed with Win 8.  Then made it worse with Win 8.1 by not addressing consumer complaints. 

Arrogant, out of touch, ***holes, tone deaf, idiotic, top heavy, takes its customers for granted, condescending towards its customers.  Did I leave any adjectives off?
Michael Endler
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4/11/2014 | 5:50:59 PM
Re: Booting to Windows start screen after Windows 8.1 Update 5 installed
Thanks for listing the steps, moonwatcher. Incidentally, for those who haven't done much tweaking in Windows 8.1, the Navigation tab is also where you can activate or deactivate hot corners, among other useful things.

Oddly, though, some important controls are elsewhere. As mentioned in the article, the Surface Pro we updated didn't have the Windows Store app pinned to the taskbar at first. To enable this feature, we went to PC Settings via the Charm, then PC and devices, then Corners and edges-- but not the Navigation tab.
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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4/11/2014 | 5:54:37 PM
Re: Win 8 update
I think a lot of people feel that way-- but remember: A lot of the decision-makers who worked on the original Windows 8 are no longer with the company. That might not wash the bad taste out of your mouth, but if you haven't already jumped to a non-Windows platform, I think it allows for some optimism. Seems like Terry Myerson knows the stakes facing him.
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4/12/2014 | 5:08:40 AM
Pinning
Thanks for mentioning pinning in this article. As a new to 8.1 user, I was both alarmed and annoyed by a bunch of the live pre-installed apps by Windows. The mention got me to look into how to not only unpin them from my start screen, but how to also turn them off. I don't want to really uninstall them but not having a bunch of unused apps constantly updating unwanted info is a big relief.
Misterdevers
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4/13/2014 | 5:16:48 AM
Go to Start Screen after closing apps involves disabling more optional features
Aparently you have to disable the "show Windows Store apps on the task bar" option for Windows to give you the Start screen after closing your apps, even if you have the "when I log in or close all apps on a screen, show the desktop instead of the start screen" option unchecked. This makes no sense. I like the tighter integration of the task bar, but I have become accustomed to the new Start screen. Plus this means users who wish to be brought back to Start cannot have the task bar appear in the modern apps. This is frustrating. 
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