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  1. #201


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    Quote Originally Posted by todesign View Post
    I like it!

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  2. #202


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    So I've been playing around with Decor8 A LOT since I installed it. I've been looking around as to what images I can use decently for the Start Screen with a lot of tiles.

    Here is my breakdown of what I think flies:

    If you have very few tiles on your Start Screen, you can totally get away with an image that has its interest point at the center of it, such as loquacious'.
    If you have a lot of tiles (like I do ) you can use an image, BUT, certain images can work nicely. For example, todesign's Start background would work real well. Or, an image that doesn't have a center point of interest to it, where it's on a side, or just all over like a picture of purple flower petals. Also, if you have an image you really want to use, but the tiles block most of it out, I've found that taking that image and shrinking it down, then setting it to tile the Start Screen or parallex scrolling with Decor8, will work real nicely too.

    That just ME.

    But I'm kind of seeing why Microsoft didn't allow that, as yeah, the tiles can end up taking over most of the image. But then again, a Desktop FULL of icons clutters a wallpaper, but then again, not many of use have a Desktop full of icons to clutter an image with. Maybe, if you're using xp...

    Also, I put the same image on my Desktop and Start Screen....WHOA. Blew my mind. It was just trippy. That's actually how I once imagined the Start Screen should do. When you hit the Start button, the Desktop wallpaper is the ONLY thing you see, with it darken in the background, and the tiles appear.
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  3. #203


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  4. #204


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    Windows 8.1 pro media centre 64bit


    Thought I would have ago at a custom start backing.
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  5. #205


    Quote Originally Posted by Trevers1987 View Post
    Thought I would have ago at a custom start backing.
    That looks cool matey.
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  6. #206


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    I try to set custom wallpaper and it won't let me, it will only let me use the stock provided color themes. Is there a way around this.
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  7. #207


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    Quote Originally Posted by DMGrier View Post
    I try to set custom wallpaper and it won't let me, it will only let me use the stock provided color themes. Is there a way around this.
    That's because by default it can't be done but with the help of third party software it is possible.
    The free option: Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer v1.3 beta by ~vhanla on deviantART (Not so many functionalitys)
    Or the pay-ware option: Decor8 - Personalize the Windows® 8 Start screen with Decor8™! (More functions better way of viewing worth the whole 5 bucks)

    Or if you really want to go into it try a resource hacker open the imageres.dll edit and take ownership of the file's and patch Windows for third party theme's, and after doing all that still didn't work properly for me so parted with the few quid.

    Decor8 all the way ATM.
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  9. #209


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    Desktop and Start Screen on dual monitor.
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  10. #210


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    Quote Originally Posted by mdmd View Post
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    I love that wet glass pane! can you tell me where you got it?
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