Four ways to bypass the Windows 8 startpage

The startpage of the Windows 8 operating system and the new user interface that goes along with it is a fundamental change that many Windows users may have issues adopting to. If you take the time to analyze why that is the case, you will find out that there are  a number of reasons for this. The new startpage for instance that is forced on users of the system is heavily criticized for being not suitable for desktop work and too touch centric.

The option to customize the Windows operating system has always been a strength of the system, and that has not changed with the release of Windows 8. While Microsoft did its best to prevent users from bypassing the startpage to boot straight to the desktop, third party developers have created numerous ways to allow users to do just that.

The following five options to bypass the Metro / Modern UI startpage have all been tested in the final version of Windows 8.

1. Classic Shell

Classic Shell adds features to the Windows operating system that Microsoft has changed, altered or removed from newer versions of Windows.  The open source program not only adds a start menu back to the Windows 8 desktop but also offers to skip the Metro startpage when you boot the operating system.

2. Start8

Start8 offers a similar functionality on first glance. You can use it to skip the Windows 8 start page and load the desktop interface right away. It too adds a start menu to the desktop, but unlike Classic Shell, it adds a copy of the startpage there to give you direct access to apps and tools.

3. Skip Metro Suite

skip metro suite

Skip Metro Suite ships with two features. The first lets you skip the Metro startpage so that you can boot straight into the Windows desktop environment. The second feature disables the hot corners that Microsoft has added to Windows 8. It disables both Charms Bar corners located on the top right and bottom right of the screen, and the apps switcher that you find on the top left corner of the screen.

4.  4Desktop

4Desktop is a small program that you need to add to the startup or the Windows Task Scheduler so that it is always run on user log in on the system. It requires manual configuration with the instructions posted on the linked web page.

Do you have another program or feature to bypass the startpage of the operating system? Post it in the comments.



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