Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Put your own image in Start Screen Background

  1. #11


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by tanders04 View Post
    You can make it work, it just takes a fair bit of work.

    The images for the backgrounds are stored in the imageres.dll file. You can edit the values (I use resource hacker) and place your own .png files in there.

    Since it does split the image you just work around it. For example, when I do it it is a 2000x400 image that I split at 244 and 145 (since that it where the gap shows).
    Here is one of the ones that I was using.
    Attachment 7343
    Hi, welcome to forums

    That's exactly what I'm looking for.

    Can u plz. tell us what strings do u have modified. I am bit familiar with resource editor or resedit tools.

    Please explain the steps so that me and others can be able to do that. Thank you

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8: RP


    Oh no...I messed up I messed up bad.....I used that "My WCP Start Screen Customizer"
    And didn't know it wasn't gonna work in Release Preview....so it screwed up my startscreen permanently I think...I attempted to reset the seetings on the program, I restarted twice, NOTHING. My startscreen is STUCK on all the apps are LENGTH wise now for good I think, I cant move them up and down anymore. Do you think a system restore may help it get back to normal??? I haven't set a restore point I think in over a week....but I guess I can try that? So far I cant see anything else thats different...I do know that it takes FOREVER now to start the computer up now that I did this.....


    OK back from restoring!....It worked like a charm. I kind of knew it would. Phew...lol ok I am gonna stay far away from any programs likle this lol xD
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    Posts : 4
    win 8


    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tanders04 View Post
    You can make it work, it just takes a fair bit of work.

    The images for the backgrounds are stored in the imageres.dll file. You can edit the values (I use resource hacker) and place your own .png files in there.

    Since it does split the image you just work around it. For example, when I do it it is a 2000x400 image that I split at 244 and 145 (since that it where the gap shows).
    Here is one of the ones that I was using.
    Attachment 7343
    Hi, welcome to forums

    That's exactly what I'm looking for.

    Can u plz. tell us what strings do u have modified. I am bit familiar with resource editor or resedit tools.

    Please explain the steps so that me and others can be able to do that. Thank you
    Well as said previously, make backups etc.

    As I said first you need to make the picture in Photoshop or your program of choice. The size is 2000x400 and you make a logical split in the picture at about 246.

    For actually changing it you need to first take ownership of the imageres.dll. You can do this in an administrative level cmd prompt.

    In resource hacker you can change any of the png files. There are 6 sets of 4 starting at 4510. Each corresponds to one of the background patterns. You'll see it in there. You technically only need to change one of the four since only one will corresponds to your screen resolution but I've forgotten which is which (last one of the four is the thumbnail) so I just change all four in resource hacker.

    After that you restart in safe mode with a cmd prompt. (settings, more pc settings, general, advanced start up). Use the cmd prompt to copy the imageres.dll file back into the system32 folder and restart.

    That should do it. I'll try and do a more detailed workup when I have more time.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    ... And now I see just why Metro is supposed to have a bland background *cringes at the screenshots*

    You don't spend that much time in the Start Screen anyway, whether you use Metro apps or not, so the background doesn't even matter, really. If you use specific colors for your desktop wallpaper, just pick a similar color for Metro to give it the similar taste, and you're done.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    Posts : 4
    win 8


    Eh different strokes...
    A. I can't see anything "cringe worthy" about my screen. It is well balanced, minimal, and frankly took a lot of time. Looks are subjective but I don't see where your coming from.

    B. YOU may not spend a lot of time on the start screen, but I do. Its the new desktop like it or not and its nice to have a personal look.

    C. I thought this was a customization forum. Not a leave it like it is forum.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by tanders04 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tanders04 View Post
    You can make it work, it just takes a fair bit of work.

    The images for the backgrounds are stored in the imageres.dll file. You can edit the values (I use resource hacker) and place your own .png files in there.

    Since it does split the image you just work around it. For example, when I do it it is a 2000x400 image that I split at 244 and 145 (since that it where the gap shows).
    Here is one of the ones that I was using.
    Attachment 7343
    Hi, welcome to forums

    That's exactly what I'm looking for.

    Can u plz. tell us what strings do u have modified. I am bit familiar with resource editor or resedit tools.

    Please explain the steps so that me and others can be able to do that. Thank you
    Well as said previously, make backups etc.

    As I said first you need to make the picture in Photoshop or your program of choice. The size is 2000x400 and you make a logical split in the picture at about 246.

    For actually changing it you need to first take ownership of the imageres.dll. You can do this in an administrative level cmd prompt.

    In resource hacker you can change any of the png files. There are 6 sets of 4 starting at 4510. Each corresponds to one of the background patterns. You'll see it in there. You technically only need to change one of the four since only one will corresponds to your screen resolution but I've forgotten which is which (last one of the four is the thumbnail) so I just change all four in resource hacker.

    After that you restart in safe mode with a cmd prompt. (settings, more pc settings, general, advanced start up). Use the cmd prompt to copy the imageres.dll file back into the system32 folder and restart.

    That should do it. I'll try and do a more detailed workup when I have more time.
    Thanks

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 12
Put your own image in Start Screen Background
Related Threads
How to Change the Default Lock Screen Background Image in Windows 8 and 8.1 In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens. The user lock screen is the one that displays when a user locks the PC while still signed in to Windows, and when the user is selected on the sign in screen,...
How to Change Your Lock Screen Background Image in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens. The user lock screen is the one that displays when a user locks the PC while still signed in to Windows, and when the user is selected on the sign in screen,...
How to Change Your Start and Sign in Screen Background and Color in Windows 8 and 8.1 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...
So on Windows 7 there is the login screen, and there you can change it with a program for example, on Windows 8/8.1 there is the Pre Login Screen that you have to move up, then enter the password. But in that screen where you enter the password, is a colored background. I have seen a guide to...
How to Set a Default Lock Screen Background Image for All Users in Windows 8 and 8.1 In Windows 8 and 8.1 there are two "Lock" screens. The user lock screen is the one that displays when a user locks the PC while still signed in to Windows, and when the user is selected on the sign in...
How to Set a Default Start Background Image for All Users in Windows 8.1 The Start screen is a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows RT that replaces the Start Menu from previous Windows. You can pin Store apps, programs, folders, drives, files, contacts, and websites to Start to quickly access...
Windows 8 CP now lets you change the start screen background color and image natively. Choose Settings from Charm Bar> Select More PC settings> Select Personalize> Select Start Screen> Choose your background color, and/or image http://i41.tinypic.com/nwh6w7.png A Guy
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook