According to ZDNet and The Verge It appears that Microsoft might grant users the option to boot to the Desktop and reintroduce the Start menu in the forthcoming Windows 8 update, Windows 8.1, code-named Windows Blue that is expected this summer.
The start menu, disabled by default, would allow users to bypass Windows 8’s modern-style Start screen when turning the computer on.
Signs of a boot-to-desktop option were spotted earlier this week in one of the operating system files in a leaked version of Windows Blue. This option is said to be simpler than the existing workaround, which involves using Task Schedule to open Explorer on startup.
It’s also unclear whether Microsoft would bring back a pop-up Start menu for desktop users, allowing them to avoid the modern-style interface entirely.
Without a classic Start menu, users would still have to go through the Start screen to launch any apps that aren’t pinned to the taskbar or placed as shortcuts on the desktop. Alternatively, users could continue to rely on third-party options, such as Start8 and Classic Shell.
A number of users felt awkward using Windows 8 due to the absence of the Windows Start menu and their computer displaying the new Start screen instead of the desktop on boot. While the new start screen and charms offer a great experience on touch devices, a lot of people find them counter intuitive on non-touch devices.
In any case, Microsoft reportedly hasn’t made up its mind. “Until it ships, anything can change,” ZDNet’s anonymous source said.