Windows 8 is a grower: you’ll be frustrated with it at first, seemingly moving things around just for the sake of it, but give it time and you’ll find it a pretty comfortable progression from Windows 7. For many though, that “Metro” Start screen is still an issue, with plenty hoping to be able to just jump straight to the standard desktop view after booting.
With a leaked version of the Windows Blue update now in the wild, Russian Blog Microsoft Portal are suggesting that this feature may indeed soon be offered by the Redmond company.
They’ve spotted a revamped twinui.dll file that will check either a registry key or policy setting to set whether or not a user wants to see the divisive Start screen, with the value tagged CanSuppressStartScreen within the DLL.
So why would Microsoft perhaps be thinking of offering the option to skip entirely the most-publicised addition to their latest operating system? It seems it will be to appease enterprise users, who need to milk every working second they can get, rather than getting to grips with a new interface. IT Administrators may be more open to upgrading systems to Windows 8 if the Start screen can be skipped.
Even without a simple UI option to implement the Start screen skip, it’s still possible to jump straight to the desktop view in Windows 8. Users need only add the Explorer.exe to the CurrentVersionRun registry key.
The Windows 8 Blue update is expected to land before the end of the year, with a public preview likely following Microsoft’s annual developers conference in June.