How to avoid the tiles in Windows 8.1

Moving to Windows 8 can be a frustrating experience.  People that grew up on earlier versions of Windows are confused by the Metro screen (the tiles that show up when you boot).  Fortunately there’s a 2 minute fix for that which came with Windows 8.1.

  1. Screenshot 2014-08-03 12.07.00From the Windows 8.1 desktop, right-click on the taskbar and choose Properties.
  2. In the Taskbar and Navigation Properties box that opens, click the Navigation tab.
  3. In the options in the “Start screen” area, check the box next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.”


From now on you’ll boot directly to the desktop, making the experience feel much more “normal”.

You still won’t have a proper start button.  If you want that you will have to install a free 3rd party program like Classic Shell.  Do that and you can almost forget that you ever upgraded.





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