Saturday, January 5, 2013

Windows 8 Tip: Boot Directly to the Desktop

I just got a really nice tip from Paul Thurrott over Twitter about how to get Windows 8 to directly booth to the traditional desktop UI using a free tool called Skip Metro Suite.

While I urge people to learn the new Windows Modern UI patterns, controls and short cuts, I know that skipping the modern interface completely and booting to the desktop is required under certain conditions.

One case is when you have an application that must run in Kiosk Mode, where the computer is required to boot directly into the desktop, run and remove the ability to switch to the Modern interface. I have developed many interactive apps for Windows falling into this category, so I know this will be quite handy when running on Windows 8 environments.

So, if you missed Paul’s twit of his article, here you have it (and I’ll have it for reference later on). Hope it helps, and thanks to Paul for sharing.

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