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Windows 8 Start Screen configuration

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Windows 8 Start Screen configuration


    Hello All!

    This is my first post on these forums, but I have been around before looking at some of the very helpful posts available.

    I did a basic search, but have not been able to find what I am looking for.

    What I am trying to find out is where is the configuration data stored for the Windows 8 start screen? What I am referring to specifically is where is the data stored that determines what tiles are present, and how they are arranged. Is this in the registry? A config file somewhere?

    Also, I would definitely be open to any suggestions as to software used to customize it

    Thanks so much for listening!

    All the best from Canada!

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    INDIA
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Use Decor 8.
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  3. #3


    MS has provided very little control in that area, but the Decor8 application from Stardock gives you control. It's only $5 so pretty cheap....but lousy that easy changes like this require 3rd parties.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    MS has provided very little control in that area, but the Decor8 application from Stardock gives you control. It's only $5 so pretty cheap....but lousy that easy changes like this require 3rd parties.
    This was voted against within Microsoft because if you use the parallex scrolling in Decor8 and a 1920x1080 image, it will look like crap. You will see image stitching from the right end of the image next to the left side of the image. It's not a decent looking thing, you need to have an image size of 3840x1440 or so to make it look correct. Basically, you need a panoramic size image to make it look good. How many people have panorama sized images? Not many. That's the decision of why that can't be done, it's more cosmetic than anything. Also, a full screen of tiles already covers 60 percent or so of the image as is, so the best thing to do is have a pattern or textured image to make it look good.
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  5. #5


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    MS has provided very little control in that area, but the Decor8 application from Stardock gives you control. It's only $5 so pretty cheap....but lousy that easy changes like this require 3rd parties.
    This was voted against within Microsoft because if you use the parallex scrolling in Decor8 and a 1920x1080 image, it will look like crap. You will see image stitching from the right end of the image next to the left side of the image. It's not a decent looking thing, you need to have an image size of 3840x1440 or so to make it look correct. Basically, you need a panoramic size image to make it look good. How many people have panorama sized images? Not many. That's the decision of why that can't be done, it's more cosmetic than anything. Also, a full screen of tiles already covers 60 percent or so of the image as is, so the best thing to do is have a pattern or textured image to make it look good.
    Who gives a crap if it looks terrible, give people the option to figure that out on their own. Somehow my 1920x1080 image looks just fine. Of course there is no scrolling as we have very few tiles for this trade show machine.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    MS has provided very little control in that area, but the Decor8 application from Stardock gives you control. It's only $5 so pretty cheap....but lousy that easy changes like this require 3rd parties.
    This was voted against within Microsoft because if you use the parallex scrolling in Decor8 and a 1920x1080 image, it will look like crap. You will see image stitching from the right end of the image next to the left side of the image. It's not a decent looking thing, you need to have an image size of 3840x1440 or so to make it look correct. Basically, you need a panoramic size image to make it look good. How many people have panorama sized images? Not many. That's the decision of why that can't be done, it's more cosmetic than anything. Also, a full screen of tiles already covers 60 percent or so of the image as is, so the best thing to do is have a pattern or textured image to make it look good.
    Who gives a crap if it looks terrible, give people the option to figure that out on their own. Somehow my 1920x1080 image looks just fine. Of course there is no scrolling as we have very few tiles for this trade show machine.
    If that line of thought was used in software design or design in general, what an ugly world we'd live in...

    If you don't have parallex scrolling enabled, a still image looks fine and nice. But since the default design of the Start Screen has that scrolling feature, it wouldn't work nicely, or at least look nice.

    This is the difference in Windows 8 than Windows past, Microsoft focused more on the design and user experience of Windows 8 than nitty gritty details. That parallex scrolling makes the UI more interesting than a still pattern or image.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    This was voted against within Microsoft because if you use the parallex scrolling in Decor8 and a 1920x1080 image, it will look like crap. You will see image stitching from the right end of the image next to the left side of the image. It's not a decent looking thing, you need to have an image size of 3840x1440 or so to make it look correct. Basically, you need a panoramic size image to make it look good. How many people have panorama sized images? Not many. That's the decision of why that can't be done, it's more cosmetic than anything. Also, a full screen of tiles already covers 60 percent or so of the image as is, so the best thing to do is have a pattern or textured image to make it look good.
    Who gives a crap if it looks terrible, give people the option to figure that out on their own. Somehow my 1920x1080 image looks just fine. Of course there is no scrolling as we have very few tiles for this trade show machine.
    If that line of thought was used in software design or design in general, what an ugly world we'd live in...

    If you don't have parallex scrolling enabled, a still image looks fine and nice. But since the default design of the Start Screen has that scrolling feature, it wouldn't work nicely, or at least look nice.

    This is the difference in Windows 8 than Windows past, Microsoft focused more on the design and user experience of Windows 8 than nitty gritty details. That parallex scrolling makes the UI more interesting than a still pattern or image.
    You sound like an Apple fan. Explaining why your lack of control is a good thing. Accept whatever they tell you to do. That's fine I'd you want it that way...I prefer to be able to customize.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

    Who gives a crap if it looks terrible, give people the option to figure that out on their own. Somehow my 1920x1080 image looks just fine. Of course there is no scrolling as we have very few tiles for this trade show machine.
    If that line of thought was used in software design or design in general, what an ugly world we'd live in...

    If you don't have parallex scrolling enabled, a still image looks fine and nice. But since the default design of the Start Screen has that scrolling feature, it wouldn't work nicely, or at least look nice.

    This is the difference in Windows 8 than Windows past, Microsoft focused more on the design and user experience of Windows 8 than nitty gritty details. That parallex scrolling makes the UI more interesting than a still pattern or image.
    You sound like an Apple fan. Explaining why your lack of control is a good thing. Accept whatever they tell you to do. That's fine I'd you want it that way...I prefer to be able to customize.
    You're deranged. I have a custom image right now with parallex scrolling used with Decor8. If there were provided panorama images from Microsoft and/or others would be fantastic to use within the OS's settings. Considering that isn't there, it doesn't make a lot of design sense to show off of a new and shiny UI design model with an improper size image making things look fugly. Now if there was shiny new UI model that had a proper panoramic image(s) able to be used, great!
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    If that line of thought was used in software design or design in general, what an ugly world we'd live in...

    If you don't have parallex scrolling enabled, a still image looks fine and nice. But since the default design of the Start Screen has that scrolling feature, it wouldn't work nicely, or at least look nice.

    This is the difference in Windows 8 than Windows past, Microsoft focused more on the design and user experience of Windows 8 than nitty gritty details. That parallex scrolling makes the UI more interesting than a still pattern or image.
    You sound like an Apple fan. Explaining why your lack of control is a good thing. Accept whatever they tell you to do. That's fine I'd you want it that way...I prefer to be able to customize.
    You're deranged. I have a custom image right now with parallex scrolling used with Decor8. If there were provided panorama images from Microsoft and/or others would be fantastic to use within the OS's settings. Considering that isn't there, it doesn't make a lot of design sense to show off of a new and shiny UI design model with an improper size image making things look fugly. Now if there was shiny new UI model that had a proper panoramic image(s) able to be used, great!
    Irrelevant, we have 8 tiles total. Scrolling not necessary. Showing our corporate logo and our software products far more important. But MS provides us no option. Just stupid.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

    You sound like an Apple fan. Explaining why your lack of control is a good thing. Accept whatever they tell you to do. That's fine I'd you want it that way...I prefer to be able to customize.
    You're deranged. I have a custom image right now with parallex scrolling used with Decor8. If there were provided panorama images from Microsoft and/or others would be fantastic to use within the OS's settings. Considering that isn't there, it doesn't make a lot of design sense to show off of a new and shiny UI design model with an improper size image making things look fugly. Now if there was shiny new UI model that had a proper panoramic image(s) able to be used, great!
    Irrelevant, we have 8 tiles total. Scrolling not necessary. Showing our corporate logo and our software products far more important. But MS provides us no option. Just stupid.
    Irrelevant, because most people that will use Windows 8 and the Start Screen will end up having more than 8 tiles pinned to Start.
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