Leaked Windows 8.1 Screenshot: Oh, Hello, Start Button

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Remember those rumors about the Start Button making its triumphant return in Windows 8.1? Well, seeing is believing, and thanks to Paul Thurrott, we've got a sneak peak at that little guy in all its glory. We missed you.


Over on the Windows SuperSite, Thurott has dumped a few, choice screenshots from the upcoming, free update to the operating system. And chief among them is that one featuring everybody's favorite Start Button. It should go without saying that this button launches you to the Metro Modern UI Start Screen, and not into some sort of Start Menu, but the button's back. Interestingly, there seems to be no way to turn it off either. Not that you'd really want to.

Along with the start button, Thurrott's reporting that 8.1 also comes with a Boot To Desktop option (disabled by default) and the ability to use the desktop wallpaper of your choice as the background on the Start Screen.

And, of course, while this seems like a pretty credible leak, it's still a leak. So we can't be absolutely sure this is how the button's going to manifest. But it's seeming more than ever like the real deal. And just when were all getting used to the charms, too. [Windows SuperSite]

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I hope that it actually brings a way to get someone into the settings/Control Panel from the Start Button.

Who at Microsoft thought it was a good idea to hide the Control Panel? Hell, Apple's got the settings for iOS pretty easy to find, and while you have to click on the Apple icon to find the System Preferences, it's not too different from Start->Control Panel on Win7 & older computers.

I complain about this as I have to try to explain to people who specifically tell me that they're "computer stupid" and can't figure out where the settings are. When someone tells me they have a Windows 8 computer and can't connect wirelessly to the Internet, I feel headaches setting in...