Since its first release, Windows 8 has been heavily criticized for its interface. Microsoft has made some improvements to the user interface in Windows 10.
Most users seem to consider the Windows 8 boot screen as a problem . Microsoft has tried to calm the rage in Windows 8.1 by giving the ability to boot from the desktop.
Before Windows 10 … Windows 8.1
For those who have never activated the boot function from the desktop, it’s really easy to do. Just right-click on the taskbar and choose the Properties command from the context menu.
When Windows displays the Properties dialog box of the taskbar and navigation , open the Navigation tab and check the box “Access the desktop instead of the home, when I log in or close all applications to the screen “.
Since Microsoft has removed the “Metro / ModernUI” home screen in Windows 10, we can reasonably assume that the ability to boot from the desktop will also be removed (since it is the only option on Desktop) .
However, there are other options to configure the behavior of Windows 10 at startup.
The screenshot below shows the Navigation tab of Windows 10. The dialog box has been renamed Taskbar Properties and Start Menu . You will notice that the home screen part of the tab still exists, but that most of the options have been removed.
End of the story ? Not quite. The screenshot above was taken on a Windows 10 running on a VM in Hyper-V. But Windows 10 is designed to run on various types of devices, including tablets and smartphones.
By creating such a versatile OS, Microsoft realized that the system must behave differently depending on the type of device it was running on.
For example, most PC users want the interface to behave more like Windows 7 than Windows 8. However, the home screen is probably more appropriate for touch-only devices such as smartphones.
Windows 10: an interface consistent with the form factor
Instead of forcing users back and forth between desktop and home screen – as was the case in Windows 8 – Microsoft wanted the Windows 10 interface to behave the same way appropriate for each type of device.
To do this, Microsoft has added a feature called “Continuum” .
This feature automatically chooses the UI best suited to the circumstances. For PCs, this means a systematic boot from the Desktop (which now has a Start menu).
On tablets and convertible devices, when Windows 10 starts, it checks for the presence of a keyboard. If no keyboard is detected, then the device starts in tablet mode, which is very similar to the Windows 8 home screen. If a keyboard is detected, Continuum starts the operating system from the desktop.
Continuum does not run until boot. The feature constantly monitors the state of the system and makes changes when necessary. For example, if you connect a keyboard to a tablet, Windows will instantly switch to desktop mode.
For beginners to Windows 8 …
Of course, this raises the question of what happens if you do not like the way Continuum forces you to use.
The first preview of Windows 10 gave the possibility to use the Start menu of type “Metro” instead of the desktop home screen. You could actually disable this option and use Windows 10 in a similar way to Windows 8.
This option has been removed in the following pre-releases. If you like Windows 8 home mode, you can still access an ersatz by opening the Start menu in Windows 10 and clicking on the icon that looks like four arrows. This option displays the full screen home menu (see below).
Curiously, the Navigation tab always contains a gray “Do not show Start after I sign-in” option. (“Do not display the home screen after I log in”). But it is possible that this option is activated only on tablets, which we have not tested.