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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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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What is the Start Screen Control in Windows 8.1 Enterprise

I have read different things on the new Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM. One of the feature is the Start Screen Control. Start Screen Control: This feature allows you to control the look of the Start ...
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Can't launch Chrome from the Taskbar or Start Screen when running as an administrator

My problem is pretty simple. I can launch Google Chrome v35.0.1916.114 from anywhere with no problems until I set the .exe to run as an administrator (useful for downloading files to my C:\ drive). ...
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How to set start screen tiles' language in Windows 8

I've installed English Windows 8 x64 on my notebook and selected Slovenian as locale during installation. Like so: The problem I'm having now is that my tiles on start screen display in Slovenian ...
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Killing a program from the start menu in windows 8

Occasionally, I have a program that freezes, and then refuses to give the screen to me so I can use the normal task manager to kill it, and no amount of alt-tabbing or ctrl-alt-deleting can get rid of ...
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How to make Windows 8.1 Start Screen Tiles Transparent on a PC?

Once again I have run into a problem with very few solutions as I have looked all over the internet and have even look at previous answered questions but to no avail. Most of what I ran into had ...
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How to shut down a Windows 8.1 Pro computer in remote session?

When you right click the Windows 8.1 "start" button, you get some options to quickly perform common tasks, e.g. to shut down, reboot, or put the computer to sleep. But when you're using the computer ...
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Dissolved screen when booting to Ubuntu

Whenever I choose to boot to ubuntu I see this picture instead of my desktop In order to make this operating system usable, I have to press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then Enter when I see the problematic ...
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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 configure the default sort on the windows 8.1 app screen?

The app screen can be sorted by selecting from the list at the top (name, category, most used, date installed). If you change it, it seems to b preserved for the session (till you logout), but ...
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Set a shortcut key for Windows 8.1 Start screen

I have currently set the behavior of Windows button to go automatically to "Apps view" instead of the original Start screen. But sometimes I want to go to the main Start screen (not the App view) ...
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How to search for a folder from the Windows 8 Start screen

In Windows 7, if you press the Windows key and type the name of a folder, and the folder shows up among the Start menu search results. In Windows 8, if you do the same thing, no folders are listed. ...
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Windows 8.1 how to make start screen showing only apps?

When I install an application in the start screen appears a lot of useless shortcuts, like help, web links, uninstall etc. Is there a way to make the start screen showing only application (executable ...
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How to add a hyperlink to Windows 8.1 Start Screen which will open in Firefox not Internet Explrorer

I wanted to add to the Start Screen a tile which will open my mailbox in Firefox. I followed tutorial in which I added the shortcut via IE->Tools->Pin website.... but the tile from the Start ...
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How to clone a Windows 8.1 installation

I'm in the process of setting up a computer lab and the cloning process I have used past versions of Windows does not seem to work in Windows 8.1. The process seems to have been replaced by an install ...
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How to Edit the Windows 8.1 Start Screen for all users (removing defaults / adding a non-installer programs)

I am trying to do two things in Windows 8.1: Add a new program to the Start Menu of all users. This is an app that was added without using an installer (Eclipse). Remove defaults that are part of ...
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Can't change standard monitor for start screen (Windows 8.1)

I've been trying to find a way to get the start screen to start on my secondary monitor as default. I just cant find a way to make it work. I've googled and found the shortcut for doing it(windows key ...
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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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How to fix the down arrow icon in Windows 8.1 start screen?

I am using Windows 8.1 and the down arrow button in the start screen, that takes you to the Apps screen, has a misplaced font file, and is showing a box instead of down arrow. This happened after I ...
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How do I restore the desktop tile?

I'm using Windows 8 and have managed to lose the Desktop tile. How do I put it back?
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windows 8 start screen default background image origin and meaning

Anyone can share the meaning and origin place of the windows 8 default start screen background image? What is the tower used for? the place is real or fake? Why choose such an image?
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How to disable the Start menu hot corner (bottom-left) in Windows 8

In Windows 8/8.1, when you mouse to the bottom-left corner of a screen, the Start Menu hint appears, even if you are on a monitor without a taskbar, or in a fullscreen application. How do you disable ...
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Hide Windows 8.1 apps from All apps screen

I am using Windows 8.1 now and I have some installed apps that I don't want my children to use. When I was using Windows 8, I had no problem when I wanted to hide apps because all installed apps ...
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How can I make it so that the start menu always creates new instances of programs?

I love the "WinKey + type "note" + enter" workflow of starting programs like notepad. However, I have a huge annoyance that I can't get over and has annoyed me since day 1. When I already have an ...
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Windows 8 Start Screen ribbon mysteriously replaced by context menu, how to reverse?

When I first set up Windows 8 (core edition) on my desktop PC, it showed the following behavior when I right-clicked a start screen tile: It was possible to right-click multiple tiles and use the ...
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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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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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Windows 8 Start Screen + Metro Apps Issue

I recently experienced a major blue screen crash on my Windows 8.1 computer. When I restarted, the start screen would not render. All I can see is the "Start" label at the top, the icons at the upper ...
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Where exactly are stored the apps shortcuts in the Windows 8 Start Screen?

I'm trying to mess around with starting up modern UI applications from the desktop and various other weirdness. While I've been digging, I can't seem to work out where exactly the shortcuts to windows ...
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Installed programs are not showing up on the Windows 8.1 start screen

Its a very weird problem. This is happening on a clean install of Windows 8.1. Applications installed, say Microsoft Office, are not showing on the start screen appls list. All the start menu ...
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How to show “Run as different user” on Start in Windows 8.1 Update 1?

Is it possible to show the "Run as different user" option for applications on Start in Windows 8.1 Update 1? I have enabled Show "Run as different user" command on Start user policy but to no avail. ...
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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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How to restore Start menu shortcuts in Windows 8.1

Now I can't even get to the Desktop in 8.1 without pressing +D. I also can't get to the Store, OneDrive, or Camera. How can I restore these shortcuts? If you need more details about how they were ...
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How to remove group name from metro app?

After the Win8.1 April update, if you go to the start screen and open the all apps area at the bottom, modern apps now have the first letter of their name used to group them. On my tablet this is a ...
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How to remove search button from start screen?

Ive already found a registry entry to remove the power button from the start screen after the Win8.1 April update m but how do I get rid of the search button there?
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How to change Windows Start Screen background

Is there any registry tweak or any tool which can be utilized for changing the Windows 8 Start Screen background? I can see only few options to customize the Start Screen of Windows 8. Is it ...
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How do I reset the Windows 8.1 Update Start screen background to use the desktop background

While looking for a way to reset the Sign In screen colour under Windows 8.1 Update, I set the Start screen's background colour to a uniform blue. How to I reset to use the desktop background (which ...
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Is there a way to have the Windows 8 start screen displayed on both monitors? [duplicate]

I have 2 monitors, when I open the start screen it does only open on 1 monitor. Is there a way to have the start screen displayed on both monitors at the same time (like an extended start screen)?
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Different keyboard shortcut for Windows 8 start screen

By default, the Windows key will go to the start screen on Windows 8. But I'm using this program called Pokki that adds a classic Windows-like (pre-Win 8) start menu to Windows 8. And I've enabled the ...
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Re-enable automatic pinning to start screen

Just got a new laptop with Windows 8 (unfortunately) and I notice that downloaded apps/programs aren't automatically added to the Start Screen. From here it seems that this was a "feature" added in ...
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How can I make Windows Server 2012 R2 like Windows 8.1?

I installed Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter on my Sony VGN-Z56TG laptop. After I finished installing it, I noticed that some features in Windows 8.1 were missing from it, and some other limitations. ...
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Where are the start menu customization pictures located on Windows 8?

I would like to take some of the images in the red area shown below for personal use. Are they contained in a specific folder, and if so, which one?
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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 8.1 start screen and menu [duplicate]

Many people hate windows 8 screen showing up at the very start-up, and miss the menu, but to me, task bar without start-menu looks better. In windows 8.1, we can choose the option whether to show 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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Add an app to the Windows 8 app menu

If you go to start, then search in Windows 8, you see a list of applications (both desktop and Metro). Many of the (desktop) applications I have running on my PC are not listed here however, because ...
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Windows 7 x64 not booting properly

I'm not really sure "what" happened to my newly mounted pc. The only thing I know is that it could be either a REGISTRY problem or a HDD failure. The "why" is because I accidentally removed almost ...
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How to show 4 tiles per line on the Surface RT?

From these two images, you can see my start screen and then another of the surface rt from a YouTube video. My surface only shows 3 rows of tiles for some reason but the surface from the YouTube ...
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How to reset Windows 8.1 START screen to default?

I would like to reset my Windows 8.1 Pro x64 START screen. It has so much stuff on it from installing software that it defeats its usefulness. I tried links such as this one but it doesn't seem to ...
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Windows 8.1 Start Screen Changes monitors but doesn't retain the monitor

I have already searched on here for how to change the Windows 8.1 start screen to a secondary monitor. I found that it is Shift+Windows+Left Arrow or Shift+Windows+Right Arrow. Although, when I make ...