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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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 can I pin Cygwin.bat to my Windows 10 start screen?

Seems you can't pin a .bat directly for some reason. Is there a way to have Cygwin's bash launched from my start screen? Update : BTW, I followed the advice in some of the "duplicate questions" eg. ...
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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 8.1 Welcome Screen Language Malfunction

once I changed my system language to Persian, but after a while I reset the settings back to English and the Country to the US. Though everything is English and the welcome screen settings are also in ...
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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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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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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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Multiple boot screen splash images

I know that it is possible to change the Linux boot screen from the penguin to something else. However, is it also possible to set multiple images that change ? Ex: I have 3 images, the first one has ...
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Do Windows 8 “Live Tiles” actually use a lot of one's monthly broadband data allowance?

Windows 8 Live Tiles are a great way of showing constantly updated information regarding stock prices, weather bulletins etc on the Windows 8 Start Screen. Is it plausible to suggest that they can ...
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Windows Won't Start - Help Analyzing CBS.log please

Good day, Helping a friend with Windows load issue where I'm receiving STOP: c000021a error blue screen of death while Windows is loading. Following online instructions, I've run sfc /scannow ...
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Deleted something and messed up Windows 10 experience

I have a laptop running Windows 10 and it was running out of space. this folder: c:\users\glenn\appdata\Local\ was like 22GB, so i went hunting for the culprit. I did find some stuff to ...
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Where exactly are the apps shortcuts in the Windows 8 Start Screen stored?

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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iMac stuck in restart loop

Can anyone please advise me of this error? Never seen this before and it seems to be a modified iMac because the screen may have been replaced since they did a bad job putting it back on. It has been ...
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Is it possible to have the Start Screen in Windows 10 show at 100% while the rest of the PC is at 125%?

I'm a heathen, I actually liked the start screen of Windows 8.1. So I've re-enabled it on Windows 10. I'd like to have it show at 100% so that the icons/layout on it match between my desktop (...
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Swipe from Start screen to desktop in Windows 8

In Windows 8, we have the Start screen and Apps screen, and we can swipe between them: Using Windows 8 on my tablet, I ask myself: why is the desktop screen not accessed the same way? Is it ...
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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 to remove the Start Menu's context menu in Windows 10

I'm trying to disable the right click on start menu apps in Windows 10. By tweaking few of StartMenu & Taskbar GPOs, I'm able to disable most of the context menu options except "turn live tile on/...
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How can I get the Windows 8 start-screen in Windows 10?

I was skeptical about the modern-UI interface in Windows 8 (and 8.1), having been a Windows 7 user for a while, but slowly got used to it. My laptop got the upgrade to Windows 10 yesterday that I had ...
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How can I display the Windows 8 Start Screen on a secondary monitor?

Is there a way to get Windows 8 to use my secondary monitor for the start screen?
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Windows 8.1 start screen backgrounds file location

In Windows 8, the start screen backgrounds used to be in the imageres.dll file, but as of 8.1 they're not. Does anyone know where the start screen backgrounds are housed in Windows 8.1? If not, is ...
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Chrome “add to taskbar” icons are just capital letters

You know how through Chrome menu > More tools > Add to taskbar... you can add websites to a Start menu entry, and then pin them to the Start screen, desktop, and taskbar? The icons of most websites (...
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How to make a Start Screen icon for Notepad that will always open a new Notepad when clicked in Windows 8?

Just installed Windows 8, pinned Notepad to the start screen. When I press the Windows key and use the Notepad tile to run Notepad, it will focus on the currently open Notepad window. I'd like it to ...
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Is the Windows8/10 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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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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Exporting windows 8.1 start screen (tiles)

I have created a customized start menu in windows 8.1 using oblytiles. How do I export it all with the icons and deploy it to another computers? I have looked into this url but it doesn't export the ...
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Start key in keyboard won't work Win 8.1

It used to work but then after, I did 2 THINGS that may have caused the issue, it work anymore when I pressed it. I cleaned the keyboard with the laptop just being lock screened and not completely ...
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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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How do I add a shortcut to a website to the Windows 8 start screen?

There's a couple of things that bother me in Windows 8 and one of them is that I don't seem to figure out how to add a shortcut to a specific website to the Start screen. Is this possible at all?
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How do I change the windows 8.1 start screen to a custom background?

How to change custom background image in windows 8.1 start screen. I was able to change default wallpapers in windows 8 but i can't changing in windows 8.1.
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Windows 8.1 start screen backgrounds DLL File [duplicate]

Where are the start screen backgrounds located in Windows 8.1 ? They used to be in imageres.dll on Windows 8. But now that Windows 8.1 has animated backgrounds, I can't seem to find them anywhere.
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Windows 8.1 start menu / recent apps visual bug?

I just switched to Windows 8.1 and I noticed, that when I bring the cursor in the bottom left corner on the start screen and hover to show the start button then grey lines show in the upper left ...
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Windows 8 home screen not visible after booting and entering password

i have re-started my laptop with windows 8 OS several times over. But I am stuck. the following is happening : I put the power button on. Then it asks for password. I enter the password. But nothing ...
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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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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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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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Folder SysWOW64 opens on start

I am using Windows 8.1. About a week ago, the folder kept on popping up, everytime I switched on my Laptop. I formatted my Laptop, installing Windows 8.1, all over again. After 2 days, the folder ...
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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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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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Windows 8.1: Editing and refreshing items in the Apps view

Apps view of the Windows 8.1 start screen maps from the following folders: shell:common start menu\programs (affects all users) shell:start menu\programs (affects current user) ...
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How to close a hung Windows 8.1 Start screen (on multiple monitor setup)

I hit my windows key to launch the start screen immediately after logging into windows. Something is unhappy, as now I can't close the start screen or interact with it in any way. I've managed to get ...
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Is there any way to make the Windows 8.1 start screen span multiple monitors?

I've done a search and come up with nothing other than a couple of posts from a year or two back when it didn't appear to be possible. Does anyone know of an aftermarket utility that will perform ...
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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 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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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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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 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 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?