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Startup Screen Problems!

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    Startup Screen Problems!


    Hello. I am trying to change the image on the startup screen (the blue screen with a graphic of a tower on it)of my Inspiron 15 using windows 8. I have looked at the personalisation control panel, but it only offers me options to change themes, not the startup picture. If anyone knows how to do this, please let me know. My friend has a picture of honeycombe that came with system 8 as his startup screen, but he is away so I cannot ask him how he did it. I'm sure it's obvious and staring me in the face, problem is, I can't see how. Any help gratefully accepted.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Go to Start Screen> (right top swipe) Select settings> Personalize and then click the desired Start Screen background. The change should be immediately noticable. Hope this works for you. Good luck.

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    Thanks for the advice, but I'm not sure what you mean by 'right swipe' as I do not have a touch screen laptop. I'm probably missing something again being a complete novice, but thanks anyway.
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Move your mouse to the upper right corner and a menu will appear on the right side. Once visible, select the "cog looking wheel" to access the personalization menu:

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    I tried that, but it only gives me options to change the themes, desktop background, sounds etc, no startup screen option. I think I'll just resign myself to being confused and unable to change the screen pic at startup from the blue tower to something else. I'm sure it's very easy if one know's how, problem is I don't. I really appreciate the help you have given me though. Have a good week end.
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    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    I think I may have given you incorrect guidance because I just realized I gave you 8.1 directions and you are on 8.0:

    Don't give up! Maybe this will help:

    Start Screen - Change Background Color and Image
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    Thanks for yr reply. My machine updated to 8.1 overnight when I had switched it off. I now see that with 8.1 one cannot, via the personalisation screen, as far as I can see, change the startup screen. That's fine, I can live with the stock screen & won't take up any more of your time. You've been very helpful and patient, thank you.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Try this.
    Change your Lock Screen.
    This SHOULD change the startup screen also.
    Here is a link.It is about setting a slide show but will get you to where you can change the Lock Screen:

    How to Enable or Disable the Lock Screen Slideshow on Windows 8.1

    Post back results please.

    EDIT-- If that won't work, DECOR8 should.
    I bought it for 8 & I changed my startup screen. $4.99.
    They have a new version for 8.1 >

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

    DECOR8 picture---

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    Last edited by David Bailey; 19 Oct 2013 at 07:38.
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  9. #9


    Finally we've cracked it. Well, you have, for it now works like a charm (no pun intended), It surprises me how unintuitive it was, but the best things come to those who wait. I hope this can be of use to others in the future. Once again, thanks for your patience and invaluable help.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I'm glad you got it working.
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