Skip Windows 8 Start Screen & Go Directly To Desktop On System Startup

With Windows 8, Microsoft has let go of the iconic Start Orb and replaced the Start Menu with Start Screen. Now, instead of clicking the start orb to access installed software, users have to use the Start Screen and search for the items stored in their computer. It would be safe to say that Windows has seen, effectively, a replacement of the Desktop with the Metro Start Screen, and now Desktop is also just another app. By default, there is no option to make Windows 8 go to the Desktop app when the computer starts. Previously, we have covered a couple of ways that allow you to skip the Start Screen and go directly to the Desktop; however, since both methods work using the Show Desktop shortcut in Windows, the Start Screen does come on for some time before going to the Desktop. Today, we have an application that does not let the Start Screen appear at all during startup, and the system goes directly to Desktop. In this post, we will explain how to use the tool in Windows 8.

The Start Screen lists all the apps installed on the computer, each with its own Tile that can be used to start the program. Some apps, including the Desktop, are installed by default, and can be seen as Tiles on the Start Screen.

To avoid the Start Screen and directly open the Desktop upon system start, download Classic Starter (download link provided below) and extract its contents to your desktop. Then, run the program in Administrator mode. To do that, right click the program icon and select Run As Administrator from the context menu.


The application has only one button named Logon to metro Desktop. Click it, and click Exit to close the program.


Now, the next time you log on to Windows 8, the Start Screen will be bypassed and you will be taken directly to the Windows Desktop. The tool works without any glitches; however, there is some lag before the Desktop appears. The screen stays black for a couple of seconds before the Desktop is loaded. Classic Start works on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8.

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About Kelli Smith

Kelli Smith
Kelli runs customer support and creates content for Skillcrush, a digital skills training and education platform with friendly instructors, an active student community, and laser focus on helping you achieve your career goals with technology. She has an MBA and successfully ran an international company and her own freelancing business before pursuing her passion for tech by taking advanced web development classes. Kelli loves listening to tech podcasts at 2x speed, looking for cute Corgi photos online and teaching and performing country line dancing—as a true Texan living in Finland would do. Say hi on Twitter.

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