The Start Screen is the default Welcome page and Application Launcher in Windows-8. It is based on the Metro UI, features static or live content as Tiles, and search capabilities.

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How to enable being able to move tiles and launch as another user in the windows 8 start screen

I'm on a fresh windows 8 install and as part of an early roll-out program it happens to be customized for a normal user, where as I'm a developer. I would like to be able to move tiles and customize ...
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How to set default Start screen layout?

I've seen some OEMs install custom apps and add them to the start screen layout. Does putting the appsfolder.itemdata-ms in the C:\Users\Default\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows folder work? I want to ...
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Windows 8 how to enable Start Options - UEFI Firmware

I wish to get that screen But I have If I click Troubleshoot I get only button that says Advanced Settings - Startup Settings How do I enable it to make it look like on first image?
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Windows 8 suddenly removed my Desktop tile from the start-screen, how to restore it? [duplicate]

(Not a duplicate, because the suggested fix in the linked duplicate DOES NOT WORK, read the whole post!) I did not delete the Desktop (go to classic Win desktop) tile (icon) from the Start screen, ...
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Any way to make the start screen transparent?

Is there any way to make the start screen background fully transparent so that it displays my desktop (including everything on my desktop and any open windows)?
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How to make Windows 8 Start Screen search result icon to open a new instance of a Desktop App

There is a registry hack that makes Windows 8/8.1 Start Screen Tiles to open a new instance of a Desktop App (see accepted answer of this question: How to make a Start Screen icon for Notepad that ...
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Windows 8 Tile Color

With Windows 8.1, the start screen tiles for desktop apps seem to have all sorts of colors. It seems to be based on the color of the icon or something. Anyways, this makes the screen look messy. With ...
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How can I fix these rendering issues on the Windows 8 Start screen?

I'm seeing some weird symbols on the UI elements on my Start screen. What is going on?
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Windows 8 Start Screen Lagging

For some reason, when explorer.exe gets restarted on my Windows 8 PC, the start screen is laggy. What I mean by laggy is that when I scroll in the start screen, it takes a bit to show the rest of the ...
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Windows 8 isn't searching/indexing secondary hard drives?

I've recently installed Windows 8 on one of three drives (C:), and it's unable to search or index any of the other hdds (A: and B:) where I've stored any user files: music, videos, pictures, etc). ...
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Disable startscreen *being triggered* by touchpad/mouse [duplicate]

I happily run stock Windows 8 on my own devices, i am not another "i do not get/like the start screen" whiner. A laptop running windows 8.0 is hooked up to a 2nd display (LED wall, or a beamer) to ...
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How do I double the speed of the Start Screen effects in Windows 8?

When I say double the speed, I mean make the effects happen twice as fast. I only want the Start Screen effects to be modified, however if I had to modify all effect speeds that'd work too. The ...
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How to fix Windows 8 Start screen [closed]

I have install k9 web security then Found this thing. Look like something goes wrong. This happen after reboot. I am not sure if something else make this issue. Do someone know how to fix it.
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How to add shortcuts to HTML files to Win8/Win2012 Start Menu without UAC?

I have a Windows 2012 server joined to a domain with UAC disabled by group policy. I'm logged on as a domain user with local admin rights. I create a shortcut to a local HTML file, then I add that ...
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Programmatically customize windows 8

Could I make the Windows 8 Start menu behave more like the task-bar? The functionality I have in mind is to automatically pin running applications to the left most group, and also to create that group ...
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Detecting already installed programs on a secondary HDD in Windows 8

I recently bought a new computer and installed Windows 8 on to a 150Gb hdd, with a 2Tb hdd for most programs and files. After a week of using the computer and installing a fair few programs, I have ...
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Windows 7 Start Screen No Response

I got a laptop with Windows 7. When Windows has booted and shows the user start screen (I got two users) every button I click on is unresponsive. I can move the mouse, hover the login portraits and ...
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How to reverse the scroll direction in Windows8?

I can do a 2-finger swipe on my trackpad to scroll the tiles left and right in Windows 8 Modern UI, but every time I do it, it scrolls in the opposite direction I'd expect. Is there a way to reverse ...
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Is it possible to sync the Windows 8 Start Screen between machines?

Windows 8 PC Settings offers a way to sync desktop personalization themes, taskbar, wallpaper, etc. but it does not appear to offer a seamless way to sync tiles/shortcuts/apps between machines. This ...
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Windows 8 start screen, making scrolling position stick?

One thing I hated the most about Windows 8 is that I have to scroll the Start Screen to the right each time I press Win to start a program. Often times I try to launch 2 or 3 apps together, and they ...
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Why don't some of the tiles on Windows 8 Start Screen have the “larger” choice?

It seems like some of the app images on the Windows 8 start screen have a "Larger" button to show a rectangle bigger layout tile (compared to the square). But I noticed that a number of apps don't ...
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Make system tray apps start up before going to the desktop

I have a couple of apps that start up and appear in the system tray. The one I'm really interested in is Steam. What I've found is that if I turn on the PC and login, but don't go to the desktop, ...
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Windows 8 Start Menu - sometimes it's still got my last search populated?

I've been using Windows 8 across a number of different workstations and VMs, and noticed a strange behaviour with the start menu that I'm starting to think is a bug. In Windows 7, the quickest way to ...
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How to change background of Windows 8 Startscreen

I was a big time user of Windows 7 untill switched to Windows 8. I had customized the login screen for Windows 7 and Microsoft had a nice Registry switch to do so. I am looking for a similar way to ...
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Is the Windows8 start screen capable of spanning 2 monitors?

Is the Windows8 start screen capable of spanning 2 monitors? This is not a question of multiple monitor support; this is a question of whether the Windows-8 start screen is able to display across 2 ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen Wallpaper File Location?

I was wondering if there is a specific file location for all the Windows 8 start screen backgrounds. I'm not interested in modifying the wallpapers, but I want to make an app with these wallpapers ...
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Force windows 8 start screen permanently on secondary monitor

I know the start screen can be moved using Win-PageUp or Win-PageDown, but is there any way to save this value permanently? I've read similar questions: Windows 8 start screen on secondary monitor ...
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Windows 8 keeps removing some start screen shortcuts I make

I've made some custom shortcuts to Google Chrome profiles and successfully pin them to my start screen but when my computer reboots or goes to sleep and wakes they have disappeared. If i repin them ...
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Changing the Background Colour of a Single Tile? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to customize tiles (change/bigger icon, change color) for desktop applications in the Start Screen? Is it possible to change the background colour of (desktop) ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen Tiles Grouping in “All Apps” view

Is there an easy way to group tiles in the "All Apps" view? SQL Server comes installed with like 23 apps and I want to group them into one tile.
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Getting Windows 8 to go back to Metro Start Screen after closing a program started from desktop

I would like to have Windows 8 automatically go back to the Metro Start Screen when I close a program or file as opposed to going back to desktop. How can this be done?
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Windows 8 Start Screen Shortcuts for Desktop Apps

I am facing an issue regarding Windows 8 shortcuts. My app is not getting pinned for all users for the installed desktop apps. If a user is installing that desktop app, then the shortcut of the app ...
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Tiles in Windows 8 are disappearing

I've just upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 8 on a Dell Latitude D820, which went fine. But, after installing a new driver for the video card, the Start Screen is not working anymore. As soon the ...
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Rename a tile in the Start screen

How can I rename a tile on the Start screen? For example, how can I change "eclipse" to "Eclipse Juno"?
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How do I add columns to a tile group?

Here is a screenshot of part of my current Start screen. Notice that first tile group has four columns of tiles, while the others only have one. How do I increase the number of columns in a tile ...
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Windows 8 UI tweaks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change Windows 8 Start Background Image and Color Scheme? The Windows 8 Start Screen has a variety of color options, and a limited set of background images that ...
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Save Win8 start screen layout (as a template)

Is there a way for me to SAVE my "start menu" layout to a file (xml?), meaning the grouping and ordering of the elements on the Start screen. TO CLARIFY... I am aware of and understand the "roaming" ...
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How can I drag the start screen (instead of scrolling)?

I have many tiles on my start screen, which gives my start screen a scrollbar at the bottom. My mouse has a problem with the scroll wheel so that I can't scroll where I want. Because it is a great ...
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Windows 8 Stuck on Start Screen File Search

I have been searching someone else having the same issue but I couldn't find any. Here is my problem: I'm using Windows 8 Pro with Media Center. File search screen does not close itself after I make ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen - Moving groups

Thanks to help I've gotten from SuperUser I've learned how to create groups of icons on the Windows 8 Start Screen... but how can I move entire groups? I don't want to have to manually drag each icon ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen: Show programs in order of most frequently used

For me the Windows 8 Start Screen is just a great bit version of the old Start Menu, but unlike the Start Menu, it doesn't seem to order programs by frequency of use? Consider the following: While ...
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Duplicate tile in Windows8 start screen

Sometimes I want the same Tile in two groups in the Windows 8 start screen. Is it doable? I guess I can make an extra shortcut pointing to the same program and pin it to the start screen. It seems ...
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How to pin a website to the Windows 8 Start screen with Internet Explorer as default browser? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add a shortcut to a website to the windows 8 start menu? I'm not sure if I like the whole idea of Start screen yet, but I would find it more useful with certain ...
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Running Modern UI/Metro Apps as Administrator in Windows 8

I noticed that on Windows 8's Start screen, I could right click a Windows legacy program (A program which runs on Windows XP, Vista and 7), and I could run it as Administrator. However, whenever ...
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How to pin a website to the Windows 8 Start screen without Internet Explorer as default browser?

I'm not sure if I like the whole idea of Start screen yet, but I would find it more useful with Stack Overflow as a tile in the group. Is there a way to add the Stack Exchange sites to this screen ...
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Reset / Unpin all items in Windows 8 Start Screen quickly

I got 200+ shortcuts pinned on the Windows 8 start screen by some rogue program. It would be a pain to right-click every item and then click Unpin to remove them: Is there a way to remove all the ...
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Do live tiles continue to update when I'm not looking at the start screen?

If I glance at my start screen, do I need to wait a few seconds for the tiles to show up-to-date information? Or do they continue to update when I'm not looking at the start screen?
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How do I sync grouped Windows Store apps between devices?

I've grouped my applications in a certain way that I like. Is there any way to sync this grouping between my Windows 8 devices? For Example, if I have all of my media apps (Netflix, Hulu, Music, ...
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How can I add a heading to different groups of tiles in the Start Screen?

Is there a way to add headings to different groups of tiles in the Windows 8 start screen so that they can be distinguished easily?
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Is it possible to show the current time on the start screen in Windows 8?

This customization would be nice. Is this possible out of the box, and if not, could a developer modify the start screen to make it possible?