Forcing you to boot into the new UI.
It looks like the leaked builds of Microsoft's Windows 8 blocked the workaround to boot directly to the Windows 8 desktop...
Last week we informed you that the final copy of Windows 8 was leaked Online.
Well, according to some reports, seems that Microsoft blocked the ability to boot straight to the new OS desktop, meaning that you are forced to boot into the new UI (formerly known as Metro).
This gives us a clue of what kinds of user behaviors will and won't be permitted in Windows 8.
That's right, previews versions of Windows 8 could be modified to insert a homemade Start button and bypass the Start screen at log on, but Microsoft has invalidated those work-arounds in the RTM build."Microsoft made some changes to Windows that prevent the .scf hack from working correctly," said Rafael Rivera in an email reply to questions. Rivera blogs at WithinWindows.com and along with Paul Thurrott, is the co-author of Windows 8 Secrets, a book slated for release next month.
The ".scf hack" Rivera referred to was first disclosed in April, and allowed users of Windows 8 Consumer Preview to circumvent the tile-based Start screen and automatically shift to the familiar desktop after logging on.
Well-known ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported Rivera's conclusions earlier Monday. She also said other hacks, including some that restore the Start button to Windows 8, have been blocked.
Of course, many business users are fearful of the time and money they are going to need to spend to retrain Windows users with W8...
However, Rivera also hinted that other tweaks may be able to skirt Microsoft's lock-down. "There's always a thousand more ways to skin a cat," he said.The lack of the familiar Start button and the inability to sidestep the new Start screen -- two separate, but intertwined issues -- have been sore spots among long-time Windows users, and among the reasons why some research firms have predicted businesses will be slow to adopt the new OS.
For example, Start8, a free tool released in March by Stardock, still works in Windows 8 RTM. "Start8 adds a Start button to the Windows desktop and optionally allows users to skip the Start screen at log on".
NEWS SOURCE #1: Microsoft blocks Windows 8 Start button boot to desktop hacks (via) ComputerWorld
NEWS SOURCE #2: Microsoft said to block ability to boot straight to desktop in Windows 8 (via) ZDNet
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