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    Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1

    Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1
    How to Show your Desktop Background on Start Screen in Windows 8.1
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    13 Jul 2013
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    How to Show your Desktop Background on Start Screen in Windows 8.1

    information   Information
    Windows 8.1 introduces a new feature that allows you to now have whatever your current Desktop background wallpaper also as the Start screen background in both the Start and Apps view.

    This tutorial will show you how to set to show or don't show your desktop background on your Start screen as well in Windows 8.1.

    Note   Note
    If you setup a desktop slide show, then that slide show will also play on your Start screen if you select to show your current desktop background on your Start screen.


    EXAMPLE: Start Background Comparison in Start and Apps view

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    Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1
    Set to Show Desktop Background on Start in Navigation Properties

    1. From your desktop, right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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    2. In Taskbar and Navigation properties, click/tap on the Navigation tab, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)


    3. To Show Your Desktop Background on Start

    A) Check the Show my desktop background on Start box, and click/tap on OK.

    4. To Not Show Your Desktop Background on Start
    NOTE: This is the default setting. Your Start screen will show the background and color you set instead.

    A) Uncheck the Show my desktop background on Start box, and click/tap on OK.

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    Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1
    Set to Show Desktop Background on Start in Settings Charm

    1. While on your Start screen (Start or Apps view), open the Settings charm.
    NOTE: This will not work if you do this from your desktop instead. It must be done from your Start screen.

    2. Click/tap on Personalize. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the top section of background images, click/tap on the bottom right corner thumbnail showing your current desktop background. (see screenshot below)

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    4. You can click/tap on an empty area on Start to close the Personalize flyout.





    Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1 OPTION THREE Start Screen - Show Desktop Background On in Windows 8.1
    Set to Show Desktop Background on Start using a REG File


    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Accent

    MotionAccentId_v1.00 DWORD

    219 (decimal) = show desktop background on Start
    221 (decimal) = Not show desktop background on Start


    1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.


    2. To Not Show Your Desktop Background on Start
    NOTE: This is the default setting. Your Start screen will show the background and color you set instead.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Don't_Show_Desktop_Background_on_Start.reg

    download

    3. To Show Your Desktop Background on Start

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Show_Desktop_Background_on_Start.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







    That's it,
    Shawn


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    windows 8 pro


    Whwn I click on personalize , control panel opens(in personalize mode) instead of opennig personalize window as you posted in screenshot in step 3. So I can't personalize my start screen. Do you have any fixes or patch?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello dipakharwara,

    This tutorial only applies to Windows 8.1 Preview, and Windows 8.1 RTM (final) when it's released later this year.

    If you have Windows 8, then you will not see this, and see what you did instead.
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    windows 8 pro


    I have this problem in windows 8.1
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    In that case, did you do Option Two in the tutorial from the "Start" screen instead of from your desktop?

    Only from the "Start" screen will you see this.
    Last edited by Brink; 19 Jul 2013 at 11:47. Reason: addition
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    windows 8 pro


    Great!! It worked for me. Keep it up & Thanks.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Perfect.
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    Win 8.1


    One addition:
    In desktop background apparently the "Show my desktop background on Start" may be blanked because of the "remove background images" in "Ease of access center--> make the computer easier to see". so just need to uncheck this box and then In desktop background apparently the "Show my desktop background on Start" in the task bar is available.
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