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Since the release of Windows 8 I’ve been asked about the relevancy of the OS on desktop with no touch capability and for users that spend the majority of their time in desktop mode.
To that I say, I truly believe that Windows 8.1 is absolutely relevant.
>> Download Windows 8.1 here
One of the feedback we got from IT pros around the world is that you wanted the ability to decide what mode you wanted by default. Modern UI start screen, or Desktop mode. With Windows 8.1 we have delivered on that one. Now the questions are:
To set this up on your machine is very simple. In desktop mode right-click the Taskbar and select “Properties”
Under the Start screen section, just select the “Go to the desktop instead of Start When I Sign in”.
This will configure this user profile to boot directly in the desktop mode. How do you manage this for all users?
In Windows Server 2012 R2 there are no policy to control this setting. However since this is nothing but a simple registry value you can easily setup a Group Policy Preference to manage it.
I suggest creating a security group that you can enrol any of your users that want to boot to desktop into. In our case we created a Global security group called “Windows 8.1 - desktop mode boot” and included the appropriate users in it. Then, use the “new registry item” in the “User Configuration” section.
Enter the following settings:
Then in the “Common Section” check “Apply once and do not reapply” to allow users to change it back if they choose.
And finally, in the “Targeting” set the proper conditions:
To try this in your own lab. Download Windows Server 2012 R2 from here. As always you can use the info in this post to setup your lab. (It was originally written for 2012 but the same steps work for 2012 R2), And Windows 8.1 is available here.
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Simply add Outlook or something else into the autostart and you will see your Desktop. Also within Windows 8 :)
This may work. (I have not tried it yet) but is it supportable? Manageable?
Windows 8.1 will make it manageable. In my own opinion, that will save headaches for IT pros.
What do you think?
You may wish to revise the part:
•Value Data: “0” Boots to the Desktop
•Value Data: “1” Boots to the Start Menu
"Start Menu"? Don't you mean the modern desktop [i.e. with tiles].
Thanks for pointing that out.... I guess old habits die hard.
you are correct it does not boot to the start menu, but to the Start screen.