If you are using a tablet or smart phone this wont be a problem for you, but if you are on laptop or desktop computer this Start screen may not be that much useful so that's why I will show you which changes you need to make inside Windows 8 in order to login directly to classic desktop.

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When you login into Windows 8, you wont see a classic desktop as the one in Windows 7 or later, but you will see a new Metro style Start screen. If you are using a tablet or smart phone this wont be a problem for you, but if you are on laptop or desktop computer this Start screen may not be that much useful so that’s why I will show you which changes you need to make inside Windows 8 in order to login directly to classic desktop.


The method which we will be using involves of creating a small .scf file with notepad. To get started follow below steps.

Step 1: Open you Notepad and then add following code inside

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

Step 2: Save this Notepad file naming it classic-desktop.scf (it’s very important to use .scf extension)

Step 3: Next press Win+C on your keyboard and choose search. Type control panel and press Enter on your keyboard

Step 4: From Control Panel choose small icon view and click on Administrative Tools

Step 5: Double click on Task Scheduler and then select Task Scheduler Library

Step 6: Inside middle pane right mouse click on empty space and from context menu choose Create New Task

Step 7: Give your task a random new name

Step 8: Now choose Trigger tab and then click on New button located at bottom left

Step 9: For Begin the Task drop down menu select At log on and click OK to save your changes

Step 10: Now click Actions tab and then again on New button

Step 11: Click Browse and locate the script we create in Step 1

Step 12: Now click on Conditions tab, uncheck the option Start the task only if the computer is on AC power and save your changes by clicking on OK

Step 13: Now close your Task Scheduler, restart your computer and next time when you login into your Windows it should lead you straight to classic desktop.

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