Login directly to Desktop (Bypass Modern UI)

//Started: Sep 13, 2012
//Last Update: Nov 21, 2012

Windows 8 bypass Metro/Modern UI in the first place

Logon-Experience like Windows Server 2012

Small fix is comming within the week for reapply (for those who got Modern UI after Update back)

KB2770917 undo the fix. Applying my application after the fix will work, but installing the KB with installed fix will result in Modern UI at start. – I will check some other approach to make changes permanently, but I don’t have much hope on it. MS don’t care about redundant files, they provide packages with all files which are related to their update.

Application UI

In Windows 8, Microsoft has prohibited the user to log on straight to the Windows Desktop through a system licensing policy. Due to this policy, you always have to start with the Modern UI. If you’re a power-user, or you just want choice, you should be able to boot your system straight to the desktop. I’m not against the Modern UI, and I have no problem with the start screen, but I’m pretty sure I (and many others) don’t need it right from the beginning of a session. It is also annoying to use some of the current solutions out there as all they do is skip this screen on every sign-in, but this results in showing the start screen for a split second, which can be a very jarring experience for the user. After a lot of work and research I finally think I found a native way and maybe the cleanest solution to bypass Modern UI during sign-in. Therefore I wrote an application to skip this behavior. Modern UI is not disabled. It all works, only the sign-in behavior is affected.

This Workaround/Tutorial does not

  • modify any files
  • require any other files
  • work with external Tools
  • create any task for every login

This method provides the advantages

  • you don’t see the Modern UI splashing on logon in any way
  • the Desktop interface is ready and fully loaded

So in conclusion it’s no patch, no binary editing of files, no replacement from any other prior Windows Systems!
This application simply makes a few changes to the licensing system to cut the restriction that forces you to go to the start screen on login. Again this application does not patch or alter any system files and it does not damage the licensing system in any way.


skip it if you don’t mind

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I searched the web to find an answer how to bypass Modern UI after login.

Microsoft’s last statement is there is no way to avoid Modern UI on logon.
Right. Because they have a licensing policy in the System which doesn’t allow the user to directly logon to Desktop.

In result I only found the known Workarounds and they all have three things in common

  • start a task on every boot or login
  • splash Modern UI for at least a second
  • while switching the Desktop isn’t ready

All of them do the same and trying to ‘run’ Desktop after logon.
This is not the way it could be done, as we all can see with Windows Server 2012. Windows Server 2012 has this fast and fluid experience many people want to have and not Modern at startup.
Credit to all of you.

Information, Conditions and Video:

DISCLAMER: I can’t be held liable/responsible for any loss/damage/discomfort occurred as a result of using this application!

Note: For RETAIL an MAK: Installing on an activated machine may result in ‘Not Activated’ state. So you have to re-activate Windows. This happens as a result of the system licensing policies, which unfortunately affects the current activation of the system. KMS activated machines remain activated! It’s free for private use. Companies or Enterprises have to contact me to use this application:

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So it is best to apply this application before you activate Windows. Please use the right executable for your system (x86, x64). It’s advised to restart immediately for a uncomplitcated experience. You’re able to install and uninstall the fix. You can run the application with command-line parameters or you can choose your option while running. The application has to be “Run as Administrator”, otherwise you will receive an error message. If Microsoft releases a Patch this fix might be undone (although this is unlikely), but it can be applied again if needed…

This application is based on a script but now is ported to an application for better errorhandling and easier feature improvements. I recorded a Video to show you how the sign-in looks like before and after. You can pause the video at the beginning and read the description. Or you can just skip to 2:45 to see the sign-in experience.
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Previous Release:

Due a bug from Microsoft (I guess it is one) the ‘Forced Mode’ in version 0.65 could cause problems with Windows Update! – Please uncheck the ‘Forced Mode’ checkbox if your using this previous release! For everyone with problems, please use the restore function! I’m sorry for any uncomfort but this caused by Microsofts script command: “slmgr /rilc”. This command seems bugged and will break your token anyway! – A new methode is implemented in v66. Version aren’t compatible with each other. Don’t apply a newer version if you don’t have problems! – In this case newer doesn’t mean ‘better’ as they are all working the same way. I only provide the previous release for restore routine (if needed). Bypass Modern UI v.065

What it does:

Pulls out the system policy which prevents users to login directly to the Desktop.


  • 3! 🙂

Changes from v.065 to v.066:

  • +Changed process to generate tokens.dat
  • +Forced reboot
  • -Removed /rilc command
  • *Disabled checkbox

Changes from v.06 to v.065:

  • +Confirm prompt for install
  • +Forced checkbox (with tooltip) (1 restart is needed, not 2 or ‘several’)
  • +About button
  • +Version string directly in UI
  • -“Experimental” groupbox
  • *UI redesigned

In addition to the “Bypass Modern UI” application I may provide some undocumented nice tweaks which let you customice the Boot Experience.

You’re not allowed to change this application or post the download anywhere else. Please only link to this site for maintenance reasons. If you want to port this workaround into your own solution private/company please contact me first. If you really enjoy it you may also can make a donation. The way to achieve this was extremely time-consuming and I put very much effort into this


  1. Knudsen / Oct 17th, 2012 16:57 Quote Reply

    I just tried your new program, and it doesn’t seem to be working on a Windows 8 x64. When the computer is booted up, and I enter my password I enter the metro screen 🙁

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Oct 17th, 2012 17:02 Quote Reply

      It can take 2 restarts to take effect!

      • Knudsen / Oct 17th, 2012 17:21 Quote Reply

        Tried rebooting 3 times, still doesn’t work :/

  2. noncentz705 / Oct 18th, 2012 6:03 Quote Reply

    I’d like to suggest a feature : could u incorporate a token backup of your current activation, and have it reinstate after installing ? wouldn’t that solve the unactivated problem?

  3. RandomGod / Oct 20th, 2012 6:59 Quote Reply

    Works on Win8 Enterprise

  4. quadsoft / Oct 22nd, 2012 10:37 Quote Reply

    It does not work on Windows 8 Pro. I believe that this policy only works on Enterprise, as a “special feature” for Volume Licensing Custormers.

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      KNARZ / Oct 22nd, 2012 11:20 Quote Reply

      I tested it extensively on Win8 Pro 32 Bit. And after finalisation on 64 Bit. It all worked fine. You would be the second reported one who things it didn’t work.
      Someone reported he needed 3 restarts. I guess in some cases it taks more than this.
      This is not just only for Enterprise as I mention all regular Activation methodes (KMS, MAK, Retail).

      I guess you’re the autor of no tiles please. 😉
      You can contact me in german for furher questions.

  5. tgw / Oct 22nd, 2012 19:19 Quote Reply

    Hi, I think I find the solution for the problem. When I tested the program on Win 8 Pro x64 already activated, after I restarted 3 times I noticed that nothing happened and the licence was still activated, so no change at all. But surprise, instead of uninstalling I choose the Reset button from the program and after restart now it works fine, I can boot right to the desktop. But it stopped working after I verified again the status of license from System option. So this gave me an ideea to reverse the operation. I reinstalled de program and after I closed the installer I opened System from lower left corner of the desktop (with right click), I waited to refresh the license status in then I closed the window and restart. Now it works, but the only drawback is that after the sistem enter in desktop mode, for a fraction of a second, appears a command prompt window and then disapears. Not very annoying anyway. I filmed with a camera and I noticed the following text in that window: “The operation was completed succesfully”. I tried this metod on Win 8 x86 and worked again, but here I don’t see any command prompt window, even the sistem is way slower than that with Win 8 x64. So thanks for your effort. Maybe it will help to investigate further.

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      KNARZ / Oct 22nd, 2012 20:31 Quote Reply

      Reset = Restore. This should bring up the old status. Unfortunatly I don’t really get it.
      When did you restart? Immediately or after a while?
      And why is there a command promt window?
      Did you upload the video anywhere?

      • tgw / Oct 23rd, 2012 19:28 Quote Reply

        Yes, my mistake, I clicked on Restore buton, because I was afraid that I will lose the state of activation. So, after 3 unsuccessfull rebooting, I wanted to restore the state of the system. I clicked Restore and then I restarted the system, but for my surprise now the boot sequence skipped the metro interface. So I restarted again to verify and again for 3 times in a row. But after I opened the System window to verify the status of the activation, after restart, the system acted like original with metro interface. So I figured out that the culprit is that opening the System window, in fact, activated my restored state. Well, I tried then to install again your program, but before restart I opened again the System window. Perhaps this action of rechecking of the activation status it’s what is need to activate the new state of modified licence. After restart now the system entered without metro interface. And the comand prompt window appear for just a fraction of a second, I mean you can’t even see what is in that window therefore I filmed with a poor camera to see if is any error message, but it was only one row of text: “The operation completed succesfully”. Important thing that now is working. Maybe other can confim that situation. Now I don’t have that camera, but if you think it is very important I will try to film again and upload somewhere.

        • ADMIN
          KNARZ / Oct 23rd, 2012 19:37 Quote Reply

          Hm… there are some command line process but they are all hidden. It would be the very first time that I would see any of those windows.
          Don’t mess around with your system. – I may will update the tool in a few days with some force option and command line.

          Thanks for the feedback!

  6. bootintodesktop / Oct 23rd, 2012 15:51 Quote Reply

    here is windows 8 core x86 rtm installed in vmware and real pc, reboot one time to take effect in vmware, reboot two times to take effect in realpc.

    thanks the great tool.

    I hope you add command line switches to the program to make it can silent install, for unattended windows installation or windows post install from http://www.wpiw.net/home.html

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Oct 23rd, 2012 19:03 Quote Reply

      I will talk to my collegue if we can implement this.
      We thought we could at least drink a few beer with this software but unfortunatly no donation at all. 😐

  7. gps / Oct 24th, 2012 5:14 Quote Reply

    Thank You! Works well.

  8. Dave Fisher / Oct 26th, 2012 13:16 Quote Reply

    Works fine with my Win 8 Enterprise VL – boots straight into desktop but Metro is still there if I click on the “Charm” menu and then select “Start”

    Is that supposed to happen? No problem if it is 😉

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      KNARZ / Oct 26th, 2012 13:43 Quote Reply

      As I clearly say in the first part
      Modern UI is not disabled. It all works, only the sign-in behavior is affected.

  9. Ed Straker / Oct 26th, 2012 18:27 Quote Reply

    It works for me in a Parallels environment on a MacBook with the Enterprise 64-Bit Build 9200. So I donated and I will donate more if it works for me under real conditions which I will see next week 🙂

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      KNARZ / Oct 26th, 2012 19:24 Quote Reply

      WOOOOHOOOO… Thank you very much! 1. Donor!!111!!

      • Ed Straker / Nov 16th, 2012 13:19 Quote Reply

        As promised, I made a 2. donation for your tool which works perfect for me. Better than any other solution I used to try out so far. I installed Bypass Modern UI on an upgrade Version from Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit to Windows 8 Pro 64-bit as a regular upgrade as well as a clean install option without any problems. Thank you for this tool.

  10. John / Oct 26th, 2012 23:20 Quote Reply

    So is it safe to install on Windows 8 if I already activated my licence?

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Oct 27th, 2012 3:00 Quote Reply

      Read carfully the conditions. It’s sufficient explained.

  11. John / Oct 27th, 2012 1:35 Quote Reply

    I used Modern UI on my activated version of “Windows 8 Pro with Media Center”. Metro UI was successfully bypassed on log in and I did not have to reactivate my product key. Thanks Knarz. Worked well for me.

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      KNARZ / Oct 27th, 2012 3:02 Quote Reply

      Glad to hear! – But some testers reported losing the activation state, so I wrote it as a fact. But some hadn’t to activate again. Thanks for the Feedback!

  12. Arek / Oct 27th, 2012 14:19 Quote Reply

    Hi Knarz,

    I had the same symptoms as TGW – After installation – rebooted 3 times without success. I have run the restore option, rebooted and it start to work. Unfortunately after going to Control Panel -> System -> View details in Windows Activation it again reboots with MetroUI – I did not loose activation etc. Windows 2008 PRO 64BIT MSDN retail.

  13. Loreno / Oct 27th, 2012 15:21 Quote Reply

    I tested your program today (WIndows 8 90-day evaluation copy) and I must say, that I’m amazed! It should be available in Windows 8 from the beginning.
    You wrote “DISCLAMER: I can’t be held liable/responsible for any loss/damage/discomfort occurred as a result of using this application!” – I hope it’s just about software, not hardware, right?

    I’m going to install your tweak when I get full version of Windows 8.
    One last thing: Is it possible, that your tweak may somehow casue some kind of errors/problems in the future?

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Oct 27th, 2012 15:42 Quote Reply

      This line is just to protect me in any way. It’s provided as it is and you use this tool on your own risk. It only does basic commands, no kind of Hardware is involved.
      Chris123NT told me that WU got broke, but I never could reproduce this issue and no one else reported anything similar or something noticeable which was caused by my methode.

  14. Usher / Nov 3rd, 2012 9:43 Quote Reply
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      KNARZ / Nov 5th, 2012 3:47 Quote Reply

      I wrote you a mail but you haven’t answered. Which Windows Version is this 32 or 64 Bit?

  15. NICK / Nov 5th, 2012 3:45 Quote Reply

    Thanks! This really works. Doesn’t even show the metro screen at boot. Just straight to the desktop.

  16. qwRad / Nov 14th, 2012 21:37 Quote Reply

    Breaks something on my Win 8 Pro x64. Tried multiple restarts and the feature works fine boots to the Desktop all the time. But Windows Updates failed after installing. Got a scary bootloop of “Failed to configure Windows Updates. Reverting Changes” for three restarts in a row and then got back to Metro. Also Outlook 2013 crashed after installing the patch. Both before and after the WU reverting loop. Used the Restore button and everything works fine (as before, boot to ModernMetro) now. Hope you get this to work or find another solution as it would be a nice feature.

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Nov 15th, 2012 2:28 Quote Reply

      Hm, after reverting Windows seemd to create ‘repair’ themseld, recreated and recreated the token.
      I’m not sure which patch you mean that ‘break’ your office 2012. More details step by step please.

      Restore is exactly for emergencies like this.

      I will check the updates later if MS may really adressed this workaround.

  17. tgw / Nov 15th, 2012 20:05 Quote Reply

    I’m back again with some feedback . On the sistem with win 8 x86 I used version 0.6. There was no command prompt screen and the update was succesul. But on sistem with Win 8 x64, I uninstalled version 0.6, I installed version 0.65 with hope that command prompt window would dissapear. Unfortunatelly it was the same situation. For me is not a big problem because, like I said, it appear and dissapear under 1 sec. But I can confirm I was unable to make the update from 13 november. So I used the Restore option and the all was ok. Now I will wait with Metro UI activated until you make a new version. Maybe I will get rid off that comand prompt window too.

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Nov 15th, 2012 22:35 Quote Reply

      Never change the tool because of different versions. They do all the same! There are just minor adjustments or improvments for the install routine. Nothing more at all! There is never a command prompt window from this application while or during sign in (so never on every logon – it can’t be)!
      At it’s max there could pop up a windows while once the installation. Never ever after this single action (install)!
      There is no task, application, service or anything else running in the background. It is really native.

  18. Miike / Nov 16th, 2012 16:58 Quote Reply


    First of all I want to say that I really enjoy your program but I came across some bugs.

    Yesterday, I updated Windows Update (To be able to update office products). So I don’t know if the problem is due to the fact that I updated Windows Update or that I did the Office 2010 updated.

    After the updates, Metro UI came back on its own. I tried to install your thing again and an error message appeared. Here is the screenshot if it can help you at all.



    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Nov 19th, 2012 13:13 Quote Reply

      This is little complicated than.
      Appying again shouldn’t work either.
      (I guess you mixed versions than)

      1. I recommend to create a Backup with this tool: http://www.joshcellsoftwares.com/2011/09/AdvancedTokensManager.html
      2. Do a restore with Bypass Modern UI! (With the Version you applied the fix 6 or 65)
      3. Apply again with 65 (NOT IN FORCED MODE! – Not Recommended anymore due WU Issues!)

      If anything goes badly wrong you than have a Backup to restore all licenses with ATM.

      • Hugo / Nov 20th, 2012 20:43 Quote Reply

        Im experiencing the same error. Could you please provide a link to the original version of the program? Thanks!

  19. ADMIN
    KNARZ / Nov 16th, 2012 18:08 Quote Reply

    Comments need approval. It’s weekend and I will spend donations (and more) for beer research. 😉

  20. Mike / Nov 20th, 2012 21:55 Quote Reply

    I did not mix any versions and also I tried your suggestion already and same thing happens.

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Nov 27th, 2012 14:52 Quote Reply

      I will provide a small cmd fix within the week. I never thought MS would update license files, but they do all the time… unfortunatly. Maybe with this update management from MS my fix becomes obsolete.

  21. John Chiang / Nov 27th, 2012 4:19 Quote Reply

    I really like this tool, is simple and clean. However, I do noticed few things which I find it quite unusual, I do not know if it was intended or not.

    1) The modern ui display no installed softwares, so when I have to open a software, I would have to open file explorer>c drive>program files>*intended software*

    2) After installing the tool, I found that I can not access the “Change PC settings” at all.

    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Nov 27th, 2012 14:54 Quote Reply

      1) Error was never reported and I’ve never seen this. I guess it’s not related as I also can’t see any relation to this.
      2) Do you use Server 2012? – I can access the Change PC Settings but this could be caused with Server 2012.

      • John Chiang / Nov 27th, 2012 19:05 Quote Reply

        Yes, I can see why 1st one might not be caused by this tool, might be something on my part. I found a fix last night that solve this problem (right click on intended software > add to start menu).

        On 2), no I do not use sever 2012. Simply Windows 8 Pro.

  22. irenicus / Jan 13th, 2013 14:21 Quote Reply

    Windows 8 pro (6.2.9200) – this tool works fine. Thank you!

  23. AlshMoudy / May 18th, 2013 23:31 Quote Reply

    windows 8 pro x64 works good and still activated

  24. Sander / Jul 7th, 2016 18:35 Quote Reply
    • ADMIN
      KNARZ / Jul 7th, 2016 18:55 Quote Reply

      Thanks for your comment. Site is not hacked, just false positive alert. Checked the binaries 2 min ago.

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