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How to log in directly to the Windows 8 desktop with Start8

Start8 can help you bypass the Windows 8 start screen and go directly to your desktop.

By Jul. 20, 2012


How to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 has some new features, including bypassing the Start screen at log-in, so you can go straight to the desktop. We'll show you how to enable it.

By Jun. 27, 2013


Miss the start button in Windows 8? This app will bring it back

Microsoft decided to jettison the familiar desktop start button in its upcoming OS, but a utility from Stardock offers a promising alternative.

By Mar. 22, 2012


How to delete your Windows 8 personal settings from the cloud

Remnants of your Windows 8 sync settings remain in the cloud, even if you turn off sync. We'll show you how to delete your personal settings from Microsoft's cloud servers.

By May. 31, 2013


How to add administrative tools to the Windows 8 Start screen

You can find administrative tools in Windows 8 by search, but if you prefer to see them as tiles, a quick setting will place them all on the Start screen.

By Nov. 2, 2012


How to run Windows 8 apps on the desktop with ModernMix

Windows 8 apps are limited to running in full-screen mode, but a new program by StarDock allows you to run apps on the desktop like any other desktop program.

By Mar. 8, 2013


Pokki Windows 8 Start menu grabs half a million downloads

Pokki's 500,000 downloads show that many Windows 8 users still want the good old-fashioned Start menu.

By Dec. 21, 2012


How to create a custom refresh image in Windows 8

Using a custom refresh image in Windows 8 allows you to recover your PC back with your preferred programs and apps.

By Mar. 9, 2012


How to change default programs in Windows 8

Windows 8 chooses its default players to run your music and video, but what if you want different programs to open your files? Here's how to change them.

By Aug. 1, 2012


No booting straight to desktop in Windows 8, apparently

Leaked builds of Microsoft's Windows 8 are providing more clues as to what kinds of user behaviors will and won't be permitted. Skipping Metro is right out.

By Aug. 6, 2012