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Start Screen - Change Background Color and Image


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#21
I just tried to install Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer- windows 8 blocks the install, even if I rename it to the exe
I tried downloading the other one but ie stops it
also some are having problems with it on sites I am reading reviews
I think I still like decor8 but it is no biggy
I am sure others will come out with a better free one
Classic Shell free or start8 are still good ones
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#23
Why would it do this anyway? If it is a secured and signed program shouldn't windows just install it like any other exe file? I did not have to do this to decor8 which is basically the same program?
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Hey Robin,

It's because the .exe doesn't have a digital signature, so it's classified as an unknown. That's enough to get it blocked by Windows SmartScreen filter until you unblock it. It's perfectly safe though. :)
 

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Problem Changing Start Screen Background

I been using this tutorial in trying to change my metro start screen background. Everything seems clear. I didn't need to unblock in any context. And, everything works until restart. It seem to me that I have tried all the alternatives for keeping the background change from reverting on restart. FWIW, I am not running uEFI. Originally, BitDefender and I fought it out on allowing the app to work. But, I uninstalled BitDefender just to see .... I do have one problem; the app sometimes doesn't start properly. I have tired several different downloads; every on works the same way. I was thinking that this problem could be an issue upon restart after choosing the "Hide" alternative. But, I want to emphasize the "Exit" option anyway.
 

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Hello znod,

If you're using OPTION TWO, double check to make sure that you have checked the Run at startup box at step 6 to see if that may be the issue.

Hope this helps. :)
 

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Thanks for your reply. It's definitely checked. I have tried checking it both before and after using "Apply and Save" and using each "Hide" or "Exit."
 

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Are using the Win8StartScreenCustomizerEN.exe version that installs on the computer?

Do you have any other security program installed that may be blocking it from running at startup?
 

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I am using the version noted here:

"If you have not already, then you will need to download the latest version of the portable or installer Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer .exe file at the link below. NOTE: If you download the portable executable, you will need to extract ModernUIStartScreen.ex_and rename it to ModernUIStartScreen.exe."

I had to change to "exe." Only using Windows Defender. As noted, I uninstalled BitDefender when it gave me problems with the program. BitDefender is completely off my machine. I did a clean install as it had remnants that kept interfering.
 

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Ah, ok. Give the installable version a try instead. It works great for me.
 

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I may give it a shot. Actually, it's so easy to reinstate what's shown on the start screen with the portable app that I might bother no more. I don't restart very often anyway. Are you aware of 3rd party AV's, such as BitDefentder, having problems with the install version--which was the case with the portable version?

Now if I could just get a screen shot of my altered start screen, then .... You probably have, but, if not, then please see this topic on screenshots.
 

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I tried adding it as an exception in BitDefender. BitDefender didn't cooperate so I uninstalled. I see that you saw my solution to the print screen issue. Thanks for your input.

I have interesting news on the change the start screen background issue. The program decided to start working without me doing anything--well, just a little. When I restart, the original start screen displays. But, after I go to the desktop and back to the start screen, the program works--displaying my new background. Go figure.
 

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Hmm, gotta love those quirks, but glad it's working for you. :)

You might pass that along to the program developer at their site as well. Hopefully they'll have a fix for it in the next release.
 

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Yes, on both counts. I should have added that what happen is that at some point the program starts running/appears in the notifications area. This is the behavior I would have expected if I had chosen "Hide," I selected "Exit." Thanks again.
 

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Hmm, gotta love those quirks, but glad it's working for you. :)

You might pass that along to the program developer at their site as well. Hopefully they'll have a fix for it in the next release.
Restarted again. This time I waited in the start screen. Sure enough, after a short while the program started and my start screen changed to my new one. So, I don't have to go to the desktop and back to the start screen for the program to work. It still seems like it is working as if I had chosen "Hide," but I chose "Exit."
 

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Sounds like a slight delay while loading your startup programs before it gets to the program.
 

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#38
Definitely yes. I am not sure why so slow though. I only have 4 "little" startup items. I disabled 2 of them. Eventually, I'll see if it makes a difference.
 

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Tepid

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Hi, for me, the Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer is ok for a free choice, but Decor8 is much much better in my opinion, well worth the $4.99.

However, I am waiting for the next WindowBlinds or more stardock items to be 8 ready before I purchase as I want the suite.

When it comes to Start8, I like ClassicShell better. However, I may take another look at Start8. But ultimately, ClassicShell I think, is better over all.
 

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Thanks for the info.
 

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner