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Location of Start Screen Backgrounds?

  1. #1

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    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    Location of Start Screen Backgrounds?

    Where are the different colored Start Screen background styles located?

    Switching from Metro to Desktop might be a bit less jarring if the backgrounds were the same.
    But I've yet to find their location.

    They may have a UI extension and would open with Immersive Control Panel,
    similar to when one double clicks on those 6c71f28851fe188e.accountpicture-ms files.

    In that case it looks like one would have to Unpin all the tiles, do a screen capture,
    and edit out that big white Start and User Logo...sigh.


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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,320
    Server 2012 / 8.0

    Interesting question. ... would not be a fan of that option though. Prefer differing backgrounds. My desktop is always changing and using an available tile filler app from the store, my SS is different every few days. It's possible MS has decided to offer the basics and allow developers to be creative rather than make the SS proprietary by design. I am sure they do not want to be sued again. The styles may be embedded within a binary. I can think of several companies that would be very interested in making major changes to the Start Screen.
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    From what I've read and seen, it's all in the imageres.dll in system32. You need Resource Hacker or something of such to look through the .dll file.
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