Boot-to-Desktop and Start Button Coming to Windows 8

Paul Thurrott has just confirmed that the next big update to Windows 8 -- known as Windows 8.1 or "Blue" -- will contain two major features that users have been asking for.

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When it comes to Windows sources, Paul Thurrott is about as solid as they get. On his SuperSite for Windows, Thurrott has just confirmed that the next big update to Windows 8 — known as Windows 8.1 or “Blue” — will contain two major features that users have been asking for.

First, the Start button will return to Windows 8’s Desktop mode. Says Thurrott: “When you hover over [the] Start button, the button changes color, with a black background and the accent color used on the flag logo. Yes, it looks exactly like the Start Charm, with similar animations.”

If you’re expecting the resurrected Start button to itself resurrect the tried and true Start menu found in Windows 7 and several Windows versions before it, there have been no indications that the Windows 8 Start button will launch anything but Windows 8’s “Modern” (formerly “Metro”) tiled interface, at which point you can choose the app you want to run.

For those complaining about the tediousness of switching back and forth between Windows 8’s Modern and Desktop modes, Thurrott has good news about the much-requested Boot-to-Desktop option: “Yep, it’s in there. And it’s off by default.” So if you’d rather work solely in the comfort of a Windows 7-like experience, you’ll apparently be able to boot right into Desktop mode and stay there — until the resurrected Start button kicks you into Modern mode to choose any programs you haven’t pinned to your desktop, that is.

In Blue: Start Experience Changes [Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows]

10 comments
SeanBarrett
SeanBarrett

I'll stick to start is back.  Thank you.

WindowsFanboy
WindowsFanboy

Great news, they are listening.

And we all should be visiting the Windows Store more often .Having boot to desktop selected off helps us do this.

AsokSmith
AsokSmith

No restored Start Menu = Microsoft is lying about listening to their customers. If the restored Start Button just takes a user back to Metro, Microsoft has pretty much just spit in the face of their users and has indicated that it no  longer has any real interest in remaining in business, because the outrage that will be engendered by such a move will make the anger triggered by the original Start Menu removal look trivial.

People are waiting to see if 8.1 shows Microsoft is listening or not. If not, then the current stall out in PC sales will be nothing compared to after a non-responsive 8.1 is released.

Given what's coming down the pike with 8.1 and Xbox One, Steve Ballmer seems absolutely determined to kill Microsoft.

kenrich213
kenrich213

I don't get the big deal. The only real difference between Win 7 and Win 8 is the start menu, and you use it less than 1% of the time. People cry that there's no Windows button on the task bar when there's two on their keyboard they never use. It could have had some more instructions like right clicking in bottom left, or win+x.

yellowfaceboul
yellowfaceboul

holy crap, I've been saying this for a year now! MS must have read my comments! Now pay me.

SMP
SMP

Now all they have to do is get rid of Metro completely.

WindowsFanboy
WindowsFanboy

@SMP 

No , we are been trained to liked metro and visit the Microsoft  market place more often.

Let's not cause them to many problems and just do what we are told to.

luscus111
luscus111

@ggSolutions123 @kenrich213 I use the start button every single time I sit at my computer often more than once. If I have to press something that I never had to before to get the same thing, I question why take it ot to begin with? furtehrmore I try using the keyboard less and less not more and more, i like the mouse, i like tactile screens, so how do i get to the start menu with a windows Tablet? you see where I'm coming from. And I do like the new desktop in win8 better than win 7, I dont ever see the RT side, I installed an aftermarket start button that boots me right into desktop, never stopping at go (or RT)