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Put your own image in Start Screen Background

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    INDIA
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    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7

    Put your own image in Start Screen Background


    I wanted to know is there any possibility to put my own image in background of metro start screen???

    Apologies if same thread exists, link me if so. Many thanks

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    As of yet, no. Before in the Developer Preview and I think the Consumer Preview, you were able to change the image in the very top and very bottom of the screen. The middle part can't be an image. For some strange reason, Microsoft designed the Start Screen's tile ribbon to a be the moving element, and not the tiles themselves. But then again, if you had an image, about 60 percent of it will be covered up.
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  3. #3


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    As of yet, no. Before in the Developer Preview and I think the Consumer Preview, you were able to change the image in the very top and very bottom of the screen. The middle part can't be an image. For some strange reason, Microsoft designed the Start Screen's tile ribbon to a be the moving element, and not the tiles themselves. But then again, if you had an image, about 60 percent of it will be covered up.
    Thanks for reply...

    Lolz I thought that there must some location in Windows where these predefined Start Screen backgrounds are stored and we can tweak them... may be they are in registry editor or anything like that which normal users can't point out.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    There was this program:
    Software: My WCP Start Screen Customizer

    And I used it in CP but it had a few bugs. Explorer was crashing because of it, but the background changed.
    It's safer to test it in a VM first to see if it works in RP or not (judging by the differences between CP and RP of Win8)

    EDIT: the colors worked but it broke some Metro apps.
    Not really worth it.
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  5. #5


    INDIA
    Posts : 148
    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    There was this program:
    Software: My WCP Start Screen Customizer

    And I used it in CP but it had a few bugs. Explorer was crashing because of it, but the background changed.
    It's safer to test it in a VM first to see if it works in RP or not (judging by the differences between CP and RP of Win8)

    EDIT: the colors worked but it broke some Metro apps.
    Not really worth it.
    Thanks for the link, it worked , no crashes so far . But only problem is that it is not changing the center background, as in screenshot:

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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Windows 10 x64


    Glad to here the good news. I'll give it a spin later if it's working that well.

    You're right about the central portion: it remains unchanged here also.
    Maybe try with a 3500x800 resolution picture as they recommend in the program (don't know what the program likes the most: JPEG/PNG/BMP). But still no good results yet.

    Anyway thanks for the good news . I thought it will not work only in CP.

    Hopachi
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    Quote Originally Posted by kapilarya View Post
    ...no crashes so far .
    Good news:
    There are no crashes to be expected only when you run this buggy customizer.
    After the customization is finished and the colors are applied, all is well.
    ince I don't use Metro that much, I'm not sure if it's still runs the way it should.
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    INDIA
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    Windows 8 RP, Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Glad to here the good news. I'll give it a spin later if it's working that well.

    You're right about the central portion: it remains unchanged here also.
    Maybe try with a 3500x800 resolution picture as they recommend in the program (don't know what the program likes the most: JPEG/PNG/BMP). But still no good results yet.

    Anyway thanks for the good news . I thought it will not work only in CP.

    Hopachi
    I'm running CP and it works good on that as well

    Tried with 3500x800 but nothing works here also.. May be I have contact program's forum
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    win 8


    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.
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    Orbiting the Moon
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    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.
    Hi and welcome to the forums,

    A well known (not really recommended) fix. I was using something like this some time ago in Win7.

    It's good you got that fixed with editing that system file. It looks good. Anyone is free to test this out. BUT...
    Unfortunately I'm not editing those files anymore due to problems and possible security issues.

    Anyway:
    After running a sfc /scannow command, the original file (here imageres.dll) gets restored and you lose your customization again. Make a backup.

    An ideal solution would be by applying some keys in the registry but I don't know those (if they exist or not) yet.
    An example of this is changing the folder icon: Folder Icon - Change Windows 7 Default Folder Icon - Windows 7 Forums (works in win8 I guess)
    and the login screen: Log On Screen - Change - Windows 7 Forums (don't know if this one works in Win8)

    Thanks to Brink's fantastic tutorials, you change some icons and wallpapers and don't mess/alter system files.

    We'll have to wait for some registry settings like this for Win8 Start Screen too.

    Regards
    Hopachi
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