Put a couple shortcuts to programs in the "Startup" folder.
The path is C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
OR access the Run menu by pressing the Windows key and the R key at the same time then type %appdata% and browse to the folder above. Create shortcuts to Internet Explorer or a program in this folder.
When Windows boots, you will still see the Start menu for about 20 seconds (depending on your computer speed) and once the items in the Startup folder are executed, the Start interface will close and go to the Desktop.
This is best suited for someone who logs in and then goes to get coffee or reads physical mail, goes to the bathroom etc after typing their password. If you're going to be at the computer you could just click the Desktop button and go straight to it, but this is probably the best option for passing the Start menu right now.
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