Question from Betty L.: I have an Acer All-in-One computer with Windows 10 and it’s started giving me a problem.
This computer has always booted to the Desktop but this morning it booted to what looks very similar to the “Start Screen” that was on my old Windows 8 laptop.
My friend came over and used my computer last night and he must have done something to make it start doing this.
I really, really, REALLY want to use my computer with the Desktop instead of a Start Screen. How can I fix it?
Rick’s answer: Betty, it sounds like your friend switched your Windows installation from “Desktop Mode” to “Tablet Mode”, either by accident on for some purpose known only to him.
Tablet Mode is a special mode that makes the screen on your Windows device more “touch” or “tap” friendly by displaying a Windows 8 style “Start Screen” with large, easy-to-tap tiles instead of the Windows Desktop with its much smaller icons.
This special mode is most useful on Windows tablets, but it can also be beneficial for Desktop PC users with certain disabilities (diminished eyesight for example).
If a simple settings change is indeed the culprit here, it’s quite easy to reverse it by simply changing that setting back to Desktop mode. Here’s how:
1 – Press the Windows+S key combination to open a Search box.
2 – Type the word tablet into the Search box, then select Tablet mode settings from the list of search results.
3 – Toggle the “When I sign in” setting to Use desktop mode.
4 – Click the X in the top-right corner of the Settings app to close it.
5 – Sign out of your Windows account and then sign back in.
That’s all there is to it. You should now see the regular Windows Desktop instead of the Start Screen. If not, let me know and I’ll tell you what to try next.
Update from Betty: That was it Rick. My screen is back to normal now. Yay!!!! Thank you!
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