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Windows Blue May Restore Start Menu Button with ‘Boot-to-Desktop’

Windows Blue Start Menu

Microsoft is planning to allow users who aren’t so fond of the new start screen interface, to switch back to the Start screen via Windows Blue or also known as Windows 8.1.

With PC sales dropping, Microsoft may introduce a “Boot to Desktop” mode in the next update to Windows. A version of the new update was leaked out last month, and someone who examined the code discovered that it includes a line of code for suppressing the Start screen.

According to Winbeta, after examining the code in twinui.dll, there is a line that is “responsible for disabling the Start Screen” and after disabling or modifying the code it makes the system “go to the desktop automatically.”

It’s not 100 percent confirmed that this option will be available in the final Windows Blue release, which is expected to be released to manufacturing August 2013.

Bob O’Donnell, IDC Program Vice President, Clients and Displays, explains, “At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market. While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market.”

One thing is for sure, trying to change a user interface so quick is hard to grasp for anyone. Unless that is, you start with this new interface and know nothing different but touch screen.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols with ZDNet explained it as, “Changing too fast for the user-base was what turned many former Windows fans into Windows 8 haters. Some people think I’ve put too much emphasis on Windows 8’s dismal Metro interface for why Windows 8 has failed. I don’t think so. This isn’t a matter of judging a book by its cover; the user interface (UI) is everything for computer users. If the UI alienates users, you lose them. It’s as simple as that.”

While the Metro interface works well with a tablet or a smartphone, it may not be user friendly or appealing to those using a keyboard and mouse PC, whether that be a desktop or laptop. I believe, the metro interface needs to stay on the touch screen systems.

With PC sales already suggesting users are rejecting the Windows 8, it’s time Microsoft to re-examine their approach to the new UI.

What are your thoughts? Do you like Windows 8 Metro interface? If Windows Blue came with a ‘Disable’ option to skip to the old Start screen, would you?

Start Menu in Windows 8 and Windows Blue

How to get the Start Menu in Windows Blue and Windows 8.

Windows 8.1 | Start Screen Customization

Windows Blue Start Screen Customization.

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