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Can start screen background be different from desktop?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Can start screen background be different from desktop?


    Is it possible to have a different background image for the start screen that's not the desktop wallpaper. I want to have two different custom wallpapers for them.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yes.
    For Desktop:

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    For Start Screen:

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    Hope this helps.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Unfortunately that didn't help. The start screen personalization settings only gives me the option of having the same image as my desktop if I want a custom background. Thanks tho.

    p.s. just to be clear, I want a custom background/wallpaper/image not a windows one.
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by sonix87 View Post
    Unfortunately that didn't help. The start screen personalization settings only gives me the option of having the same image as my desktop if I want a custom background. Thanks tho.

    I use Decor8:

    Decor8 - Personalize the Windows® 8 Start screen with Decor8?!

    $4.99 US or 30 day free trial.

    My Desktop:

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    My start screen:

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    A picture of Decor8 where to choose start screen background:

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    Posts : 3
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I will give Decor8 a try. After the trial is over will everything revert back tho? I rather not use a 3rd party program but Decor8 does look pretty cool. Thanks.
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by sonix87 View Post
    I will give Decor8 a try. After the trial is over will everything revert back tho? I rather not use a 3rd party program but Decor8 does look pretty cool. Thanks.
    I don't know if things revert back or not.

    I've always used the paid version.
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