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Odd 'Desktop' tile on start screen

  1. #31


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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    It's definitely the size and resolution of your screen. If I read the specs correctly, it's 11.6 at 1920 x 1080.

    While at the Start Screen, try going to the Charms bar, click on the gear and see if you have an option for 'Tiles'. If so, click on it and see if it has the option, 'Show more tiles on the Start Screen'. If so turn it on. You will get more rows on your Start Screen. Hopefully that will trigger the Desktop Tile to allow the larger resize option.

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  2. #32


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1.2 32 & 64


    The reason I asked for the snapshot of your complete start screen was to see when you updated to 8.1.1 if the power button was enabled to the start screen. On my ASUS ME400C it was not because its considered a tablet. On tablets and 2 n 1's thats not enabled with the update. I found out this morning when I enabled it by going into the registry now my Tablet does have the 4 options of resizing my tiles.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 26
    win 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuyGeek View Post
    It's definitely the size and resolution of your screen. If I read the specs correctly, it's 11.6 at 1920 x 1080. While at the Start Screen, try going to the Charms bar, click on the gear and see if you have an option for 'Tiles'. If so, click on it and see if it has the option, 'Show more tiles on the Start Screen'. If so turn it on. You will get more rows on your Start Screen. Hopefully that will trigger the Desktop Tile to allow the larger resize option.
    But why would it only affect my Desktop tile? It doesnt make sense. There are so many other tiles that I can make Large. I tried adding more rows, that's good thinking, but it didn't solve this issue. I really think I need some way to "reinstall" this tile.
    Quote Originally Posted by izzyb View Post
    The reason I asked for the snapshot of your complete start screen was to see when you updated to 8.1.1 if the power button was enabled to the start screen. On my ASUS ME400C it was not because its considered a tablet. On tablets and 2 n 1's thats not enabled with the update. I found out this morning when I enabled it by going into the registry now my Tablet does have the 4 options of resizing my tiles.
    Sorry - what is it you enabled in the registry? I have the power button on the start screen since the update and I am pretty sure mine is considered a laptop.
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  4. #34


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1.2 32 & 64


    I had to make a new Key. DWORD (32-bit) Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen Value = 1

    If your Screen shows the power button its already
    enabled.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 27
    Windows 8.1.2 32 & 64


    The only way to get the new desktop tile is to Refresh and Start Over
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  6. #36


    Posts : 26
    win 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by izzyb View Post
    I had to make a new Key. DWORD (32-bit) Launcher_ShowPowerButtonOnStartScreen Value = 1 If your Screen shows the power button its already enabled.
    Then surely there must be something similar that can be done to manually adjust tile sizes!
    Quote Originally Posted by izzyb View Post
    The only way to get the new desktop tile is to Refresh and Start Over
    Yes, for novice users. But this is eightforums, a place where people thrive on problem solving challanges.
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  7. #37


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Just a thought: what if you downloaded the Desktop zip file and replaced the shortcut in

    %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

    could be a corrupt link or something!

    Desktop - Restore Missing Tile on Windows 8 Start Screen

    (create a restore point just in case!)
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  8. #38


    Nice find, Edwin! 10K internet points for you too. I'd rep you, but I need to spread some around first.

    Odds would have it that King Tute (Brink) would have a tutorial on it. I swear he knows more about Windows then, well, Microsoft!

    This is well worth a try, donnyboy9.

    My first in-depth study on the subject other than broken tiles. There seems to be a lot of variables when it comes to tiles. There was a big change with tiles in WP8.1 vs WP8. It now has transparent ones so as to see more of the Start Screen. I would think we will see more of that in Windows 9 or perhaps in upcoming Windows updates.

    Screen/monitor size.

    Tiles are developer designated, meaning they create the properties of the tile.

    Difference of tile’s options of apps vs shortcuts, such as a folder, file, browser, favorites, etc., designating as solid, transparent, picture, size, and the likes.

    Apps’ tiles such as undeletable default apps like the Store, Desktop, OneDrive, etc.

    All in all, tiles will continue to be perfected since they're a vital part of the new system. A system that shows us important, organizational personal data to us in real time and at a glance. Much better than the old Win32 desktop systems.

    I hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread somewhat with my thoughts, donnyboy9.

    Creating a great tile experience (part 1) - Windows 8 app developer blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
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  9. #39


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hope it works for him!
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  10. #40


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    ... or, if that doesn't work, you could try OblyTile:

    Click image for larger version

    [APP] OblyTile - Tile Creator for all progra… | Windows 8 | XDA Forum
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