The Windows 8 Start screen and metro interface makes total sense on a Microsoft Surface or other tablet running Windows 8 or RT. But on a traditional PC with mouse and keyboard – not so much. Here’s a look at a simple free utility that allows you to bypass the Start screen and boot directly to the desktop.
Portable App to Bypass Start Screen
Skip Metro Suite is a free utility that’s dead simple to use. The latest version is a portable app that doesn’t require installation. You can run it from a flash drive and carry it with you. This is handy when using other Windows 8 systems and don’t want to install anything.
When you go to download it, make sure to click the Download button shown here. The button above it is an advertisement.
Unzip the file and you’ll see two folders, one contains the 32-bit version and the other 64-bit. Select the appropriate one for your system and drag the SkipMetroSuiteUI.exe file to your flash drive.
Now launch Skip Metro Suite from your flash drive.
Now all you need to do it check a couple of boxes and then the Save Button. It also has settings to disable hot corners from displaying the Charms Bar and App Switcher. It’s up to you if you want disable those Windows 8 features.
The next time you restart and log in, you’ll go directly to the desktop and not see the Start screen.
I’m of the opinion that new users of Windows 8 should take the time to learn the new interface. It’s the future Windows, and Microsoft isn’t looking back. The metro / modern interface makes little sense on a traditional PC. Tools like this help you get things done easier on the desktop by keeping metro out of the way. And there’s plenty of enhancements to the Windows 8 desktop that make it worth the upgrade.
The cool thing with this utility is you can disable and enable different aspects of metro with a couple of clicks. This allows you to get “used” to the new interface at your own pace.