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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.

Caveat:

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:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ImmersiveShell\Grid

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

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