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It is still possible to access the original style Windows Desktop if needed by clicking the Desktop tile on the start screen

 

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This will take you to the familiar desktop screen that you are used to seeing with previous versions of Windows

 

All programs not designed specifically for Windows 8 will still run in this desktop mode

 

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Boot To Desktop

If you prefer to boot to the desktop when you start Windows instead of the new Start screen, then you can do so as follows:-

N.B. If you are using a device without a touchscreen then this option will automatically be enabled for you by Windows 8.1 Update 1

From the Desktop, right mouse click on the Taskbar (as shown below) and choose Properties

 

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Choose the Navigation tab at the top, then select the option "When I sign in or close all applications on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start" as highlighted below and click OK to save your settings

 

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