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When i first sign onto Windows 8, i get a very cool flow-y animation of all tiles filling up the screen. After that, though, the Start screen has a much more toned-down animation. Is it possible to enable the cooler animation for every launch of the Start screen?

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You can use Windows 8 Start Screen Tweaker to customize the animation and to enable it for every time it pops up.


we consider the animations feature as "unstable". Use it at your own risk for 
non-logon purposes

Alternatively you can also do some registry tinkering, to achieve this without a third party SW, but this is more involved. The steps are detailed here. The steps are

  • Press Win+R on the keyboard and type “regedit.exe” without quotes.
  • Navigate to the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid
  • Create a new DWORD value called Launcher_SessionLoginAnimation_OnShow. Set it to 1.
  • Enjoy
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No in-built UI, but this app's just making it easy to perform the necessary registry edits. – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 7:44
Ya, i figured it had to be possible, needed a smidge more of google – Karthik T Oct 29 '12 at 7:47
Any reason you removed the caveat I added (a direct quote from the tool's developer)? Also the source link I added was to the original site (the same one you found the manual steps on). – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 7:50
@Karan sry bout that, there doesn't seem to be any way to handle merges, my change just destroyed urs :-(, ive added it back – Karthik T Oct 29 '12 at 7:52
NP, I re-added the original link as well. If we're gonna direct people to possibly dodgy 3rd party utils, might as well not add any more dodgy sites to the mix. :) – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 7:55

There is a registry tweak available that apparently does this. Instructions are from here.

  1. Open the Registry Editor by pressing "WIN+R" and type regedit.
  2. Go to following key:


  3. Create a new DWORD Launcher_SessionLoginAnimation_OnShow and set its value to 1

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