Boot into the Windows 8 Metro interface, you will

By on August 7, 2012
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Microsoft blocks user ability to boot into the classic desktop environment.

Microsoft is choosing to be solicitous about how you use Windows 8, and according to Zdnet, has blocked the ability to boot into the classic desktop environment, forcing you to use its touted tiled interface instead.

You better like this.

Of course, there are keyboard shortcuts and workarounds to get to the classic desktop environment as quickly as possible, but Microsoft’s twist of arm into how you use your PC is bold, and certainly of the non-appreciative kind. One of the tricks to switch to the classic desktop is of course the Windows + D key combination, but users can also create shortcuts in order to do so.

While this won’t be a major issue for the average Windows user, who might rather appreciate the less number of options to go through, experienced users, however, and especially business users, might find the circuitous way of using their Windows 8 PC rather restrictive and annoying. It is to be seen if Microsoft will change its egregious ways if there is enough noise about it.


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