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    Start Screen - Change Background Color and Image

    Start Screen - Change Background Color and Image
    How to Change Your Start and Sign in Screen Background and Color in Windows 8 and 8.1
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    24 Sep 2011
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    How to Change Your Start and Sign in Screen Background and Color in Windows 8 and 8.1

    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to easily change your Start screen background image and color, modern UI accent color, and your sign in screen color in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

    There is still currently no known way to set a custom wallpaper as the sign in screen background.


    EXAMPLE: Start and Sign in Screen Background and Color

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    OPTION ONE
    Change Your Sign in and Start Screen Background Image and Color in Settings Charm in Windows 8.1


    Note   Note
    This option will show you how to change only the background image (desktop or default) and color of your Start screen, and only the color of your sign in using PC settings in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.


    1. While on your Start screen (Start or Apps view), open the Settings charm.

    NOTE: This will not work if done from your desktop.

    2. Click/tap on Personalize. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the top background images section, click/tap on one of the 15 image thumbnails you want set as your Start screen background. (see screenshot below step 5)

    Note   Note
    The bottom right corner thumbnail is for setting your Start screen background to be the same as your current desktop background. When selected, the Background color option in step 4 below will only change your Sign in screen background color and not your Start screen.

    If you select any of the other image thumbnails as your Start screen background, then the selected image will be inlayed on top of the Background color option you selected in step 4 below for your Start screen background color.




    4. In the middle Background color section, click/tap on a color family you want in the bottom bar, then click/tap on a color shade above the bottom bar to set (check) as your Start and Sign in screen background color. (see screenshot below step 5)

    Note   Note
    If you selected the desktop background thumbnail in step 3 above, then this will not change your Start screen background color, and will only change your sign in screen background color instead.

    Examples of items that use the background color would be:

    • Start screen background unless as per above.
    • App highlight box on Start screen (Start and Apps view).
    • Arrow button background on bottom of Start screen (Start and Apps view).
    • Sign in screen background.
    • Charms flyout background.
    • Charms menu title header background
    • etc....


    Tip   Tip
    Your background color is stored as a hex value of the StartColor DWORD at the registry location below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent



    5. In the bottom Accent color section, click/tap on a color family you want in the bottom bar, then click/tap on a color shade above the bottom bar to set (check) for all of your modern UI screens accent color. (see screenshot below step 5)

    Note   Note
    Examples of items that use the accent color would be:

    • Start button (ex: taskbar, charms bar) when hovered on.
    • Selected menus on the left side in PC settings.
    • Slider colors in PC settings.
    • Menu titles in PC settings.
    • etc....

    Tip   Tip
    Your accent color is stored as a hex value of the AccentColor DWORD at the registry location below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent

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    6. When finished, you can click/tap on an empty area on Start to close the Personalize flyout.









    OPTION TWO
    Change Your Sign in and Start Screen Background Image and Color in "PC settings" in Windows 8


    Note   Note
    This option will show you how to change only the background image and color of your Start screen, and only the color of your sign in using PC settings in Windows 8 and Windows RT.

    If you like, you can use this option to change the color of your sign in screen background, and also use OPTION THREE below to use a custom image on your Start screen background.


    1.
    Open PC settings, click/tap on Personalize in the right pane, and Start Screen in the left pane. (see screenshot below)

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    2. From here, you can choose an image for the Start screen background, and/or choose a color for the Start and sign in screen background. (see screenshot above)

    Note   Note
    If you use OPTION TWO below, then it will override the image and color selected here on your Start screen.

    The color you select will only be applied to your Start and sign in screen, and not to the default sign in screen that shows all users.



    3. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like







    OPTION THREE
    Change Your Start Screen Background using "Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer"


    Note   Note
    This option will show you how to change your Start screen background to any custom image you like. If you like, you could also select more than one picture to have a slideshow on the Start screen.

    Once you have the picture selected, you could adjust the Start screen opacity and tiles opacity separately to display how transparent or solid you would like.

    For more information about how to use the free Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer program, please also see: codigobit apps


    1.
    If you have not already, then you will need to download the latest version of the portable or installer Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer .exe file at the link below.
    NOTE: If you download the portable executable, you will need to extract ModernUIStartScreen.ex_ and rename it to ModernUIStartScreen.exe.


    2. Unblock the ModernUIStartScreen.exe (portable) or Win8StartScreenCustomizerEN.exe (installer) file, then run the .exe file.
    NOTE: You would need to use OPTION ONE at this link to unblock the .exe.

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    3. From here, you can select to use your current desktop wallpaper or load a picture to use on your Start screen. (see screenshot below)
    NOTE: If you choose to Load Picture, then you will also need to drag the select box borders to include what you want to be displayed from the loaded picture. Only what is inside the select box is what will show on the Start screen.

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    4. If you would like to have a Start screen slideshow, then use Select Pictures to select more than one image, check Slideshow, select the change picture interval time, and select if you want the selected pictures to display randomly in the slideshow. (see screenshot below step 3)

    5. You can also adjust the sliders for the Start Screen Opacity and Tiles Opacity for how transparent or solid you would like them to be. (see screenshot below step 3)

    6. Check the Run at startup box. (see screenshot below step 3)
    NOTE: If you do not check this box, then the Start screen picture will go back to default like in OPTION ONE whenever you restart the computer or sign out.

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    7. When finished, click/tap on the Apply & Save button. (see screenshot below step 6)

    8. This will take you to the Start screen to see how your selected picture(s) look. Click on the Desktop tile to go back.

    9. Make any other changes you may like in Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer, and repeat step 7 until you have the Start screen how you like.

    10. When finished, either click/tap on Exit or the Hide button. (see screenshot below step 6)

    Note   Note
    When you click on the Hide button, the program will stay running in the background and have an icon in the taskbar notification area (systray).

    When you click on Exit, the program will close. The Start screen picture will still remain displayed until you either restart the computer or sign out unless you checked the Run at startup box in step 6 above.





    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Thanks for the tut Shawn, green is not everyones favorite color.
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    Cool! Thanks, Shawn!
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    Is there a way to specify your OWN color other than the given colors?
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    Brink,
    how do you change the color other than what Windows 8 has to a different color or even a picture on the Start Screen
    thanks
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    Hello Robin,

    So far you can't without a 3rd party program. The one that I found that works best is Decor8 by Stardock for $4.99 to purchase. It does let you try it for free for a while though.

    Decor8 - Personalize the Windows® 8 Start screen with Decor8™!
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    i saw that brink, in fact i am testing their start8- you can test that for 30 days also, then purchase it, the only thing i do not like about it at least in this version is you cannot right click on one of the shortcuts in the start menu and make a desktop shortcut. I like classic shell but i find on some computers it is crashing on others it is not but you can right click and make s shortcut with it and that one is free
    (so far anyway)
    I was wondering if there was a free one out there or you came up with a way to do it.
    thanks Brink as always,
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    I don't know of any free options that worth using.
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    have you had any problems using classic shell on different computers? my desktop did not like it, (all these computers are upgrades to Windows 8 Pro), after the last set of ms updates it screwed up classic shell and would not load it, on my laptop I had no problem after the last set of updates, go figure
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    I don't use Classic Shell since I keep everything default, but I haven't heard anything other than this about issues with it.
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