Windows 8.1 will include boot to desktop option to bypass ‘Metro’ interface

We understand that the hot corner functionality, for access to the Charms and Start Screen, will remain intact if the boot to desktop option is enabled. References to a “CanSuppressStartScreen” option in early builds of the Windows 8.1 registry were recently discovered by members of the My Digital Life forum, but a UI to enable the feature doesn’t appear to be present.

It is a step in the right direction, but not far enough. I like some things about the Metro UI, but I also think that, overall, the insistence on it being the only “true” UI for Windows 8 has hurt Microsoft and Windows 8 immensely. There is a lot to like about Windows 8 (if you use Windows), but the UI seems to have scared people off.

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