Windows 8.1 update set to boot to desktop by default

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    1. hodg100

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      It's neither here nor there for me, ive gotten very used the start button going to the tiled view and I have customised it so I have easy access to most things I use including the standard desktop.

      Straight to desktop would be nice I guess but in reality it's just one click.
       
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      When Microsoft launched Windows 8 there were no tablets running Windows and the tiled interface seemed strange and unhelpful. But roll forward a few years, and not only are there now many Windows tablets, but an increasing number of laptops are touch-enabled and have detachable keyboards (so-called convertibles.) On these, the Windows 8 tiled interface works very well and the desktop starts to feel clumsy and antiquated.

      If the latest version boots to desktop on non-touch-enabled devices that makes sense. Even if it did it with touch-enabled devices, it's only an option. The user just sets it it back. Hardly a drama. But I doubt that it will set desktop by default for touch devices.

      Your claim that the tiled interface was a "false dawn" maybe is missing the trend that is going on. I think it will not be long before nearly all lap-tops of 10" or under have touch screens and detachable keyboards. I didn't understand Windows 8 when it came out but I am impressed now.
       
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      Same as Guns, it makes no difference to me now.

      The first thing I do when Windows starts is click on Outlook. From the Metro screen this is one click which takes me directly to the desktop and the program.
       
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      The Start Screen is a lot quicker to use than scrolling through a start button menu ever was. Besides I have windows 8 set to boot into the desktop anyway, so this won't make much difference to me. The mistake microsoft made was not having it boot into the desktop from the start and highlighted how easy the Start Menu is to use. Not just throw it at people and take away something as fundamental to windows as a start button.
       
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      Ever since buying my new Windows 8 Desktop machine, I have used the StartIsBack app which boots straight to a Windows 7 type desktop so, as far as I'm concerned, it really makes no difference what MS decide to do and, I guess, many people will be like the posters above who have become used to the new system.

      Having said all that, I do believe that MS got it wrong in the first place as Windows 8 was definitely designed for tablets and touchscreens which most users did not have at the launch time, although I do accept that the number of users who do have that facility is definitely now on the increase.

      That's my tuppence worth anyway. :)

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      The 'Metro' scheme pretty much killed PC sales.
      It's OK for some users but power users find a way around it.
       
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      Like the tiles dont wantn to get booted to desktop at startup :mad:
       
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      A question - are they going to force this on users or is there a choice?
      Having it show tiles after installation and an easy option to choose whether the desktop is the default would seem sensible.
       
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      I'm a Mac user and chose W8 for my VMware image. Metro makes a really nice App launcher and W8 is more fast and stable than W7 ever was. The only annoyance I see is having to use the Charms to shut down - on a multiple monitor VM setup, that's a nightmare :)
       
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      Odd, we use W7 all over the place without any problems.
       
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      Ive had the 8.1 update, still doesn't boot to desktop.
      The tiles are ok but i rarely use them, i find the altered UI for things such as explorer etc more of a problem as never being able to find the options etc is annoying as hell. Also i've had in some instances the new look explorer divert me to the desktop explorer as it was unable to run something a website needed.
       
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      Me too! I'd be happy to lose the desktop completely, as I never use it.
       
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      W8 good points are that its fast to boot into and hopefully will be as stable as W7. As for the tiles, there just dumb for a mouse and keyboard setup, how is dragging a window down to close it a better option than clicking the red box in the corner, MS really didn't think ahead with there design for desktop pc's. For surface i'm sure it works great but on my desktop its a flop
       
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      If I have read the article correctly, it's not the 8.1 update that boots to the desktop, but an update to the 8.1 update that does it, maybe called something like Windows 8.1.1 if you see what I mean. :)

      Cheers,

      Martin.
       
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      i have a lod o2 wireless box it is a thomson box iv i like to use it as a repeater with my sky router is it a way i can do that
       
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      With 8.1 you can right click on the new 'Start' button and it'll give you shut down options.

      If the Metro interface was as quick and unobtrusive as Launchpad on a Mac I wouldn't dislike it so much. I have it set up as one of the hot corners, so I can bring it up by just moving the arrow to the top right of the screen.
       

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