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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Pin Custom Files in Windows 8 Start Screen

If I right-click any .EXE file, it has the Pin to Start option: But, if I right-click any file, it doesn't have the Pin to Start option: Is there any trick/workaround to pin files to the Start ...
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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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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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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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Can I put documents onto the Windows 8 Metro Start Menu?

You can search for a document and click to open it, but is there a way to put a document you are working with on the Start Menu (Metro UI) for quick selection?
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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 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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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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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?
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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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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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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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Desktop preview on start screen tile

Is it possible to display a preview of the desktop on the desktop tile, like you get when switching to it?
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Windows 8 Metro/Modern Start Screen with Multiple Monitors — Keep it always maximized?

Before installing Win 8 today, my plan was to keep the Metro UI up on my smaller, laptop monitor and have the classic UI running on my two larger monitors. However, in reality, as soon as I click on ...
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Is it possible to display the Administrative tools as Tiles?

Windows 8 seems to have a few interesting Administrative tools at: Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools Is it possible to display them as Tiles in the Start screen. I understand, it ...
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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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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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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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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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Change the Image/Logo of the Windows Store tile in the Windows 8 Start Screen

I saw this post : How do I change the tile image of a Modern UI application? but it didn't contain any method to change the image of the Windows Store tile. Can anyone please tell me how can I do ...
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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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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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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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What are the definitive rules for Windows 8 Screen Scaling

I have a laptop + external screen multi-mon setup running windows 8. The laptop has a 15.4 Inch 1920*1080 Screen (Smaller Physical / Higher Pixel Density) The Monitor has a 22 Inch 1680*1050 Screen ...
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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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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 To Create Tiles With Custom Colors On Start Screen

Is there any way to create our own tiles and set our own color for other tiles on the Start screen in Windows 8.So that we can find the applications and files by their tile color and display our files ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adding an RSS feed to the Windows 8 start screen

Loving Windows 8, but it would be nice if I could put my own newsfeeds into the boxes on the start screen. At present you can just choose to have a "News" app, but surely there's a way to replace that ...
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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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What is the name of the start screen executable?

It just stopped running and I want to know how to restart it w/o logging out and in...