Windows 8 Release Preview Bypass Metro UI Boot Directly in Desktop

Wiz Techie Pinoy Tech Blog – Computer Problems Frequently Ask Question (FAQ) Q&A: How can I bypass the Windows 8 Release Preview Metro UI and boot directly in to the desktop? Is it possible to skip the Metro UI and go right into the Windows 8 desktop? Is there a way without using any third party apps and softwares that needed to be installed in the machine? I just want a quick access to the desktop, as being a Windows 7 user for years I’m not quite used to the Windows 8 Metro UI functionality.

Question:  I just need some help. I wanted to know if there is a way to bypass the Metro UI and boot directly into the desktop? I am using the Windows 8 Release Preview. I remember back in the Windows 8 Developer Preview edition that there is a registry hack to do this. Is this still valid in Windows 8 Release Preview? What would be the best way to skip the Windows 8 Metro and go directly to the desktop? I do not want to install any additional softwares, I just need a quick solution for this.

Answer:

First, the regedit hack to disable the Metro UI in the Windows 8 Developer Preview won’t work anymore. The regedit trick was already removed during the Windows 8 Consumer Preview edition. In your case, if you just wanted to bypass the Metro UI and boot directly to the desktop, we have a Windows 8 Release Preview trick for that. Note that this method will show the Windows 8 Metro UI for a couple of seconds, and then proceed directly to the desktop.

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Windows 8 Release Preview Bypass Metro UI Boot Directly in Desktop Solution

In this method below, we are going to teach you how to use an Explorer script to skip the Windows 8 Metro UI and load the desktop automatically.

Create a Windows 8 Show Desktop Shortcut

1. Open notepad, and type the following lines:

[Shell]
Command=2
IconFile=Explorer.exe,3
[Taskbar]
Command=ToggleDesktop

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2. Save the file as “Desktop.scf” or “start.scf“. (You can always change the name “Desktop” or “start” to other names, but take note that the extension needs to be “.scf“)

3. Open the folder “C:/Users/username/AppData/Roaming/Microsoft/Windows/Start Menu/Programs/Startup“. (“username” needs to be the name of your Windows 8 account.) To do this quickly, just press Windows key + R, then type the folder location.

4. Move the “Desktop.scf” to the folder location above.

5. Reboot to test.

The method above will let you bypass the Metro UI and go directly to desktop in your Windows 8 Release Preview. By using the above method, you need not to install additional apps and softwares just to skip the Windows 8 Metro UI and proceed directly to the desktop. Hope this guide helped you somehow and solved your problem on how to bypass Metro UI and boot directly in desktop in your Windows 8 Release Preview.

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