You are very limited when it comes to changing the background on the Windows 8 Start Screen; however, today I want to show you a third party utility, called Windows 8 Start Customizer, that will give you the ability to jazz up that background screen and use the images that you want.
A couple of things to point out here is that the Windows 8 Start Customizer is in beta and can be downloaded with an installer or as a portable app. Even though this is in beta, I found it to work flawlessly on my desktop PC. If you download the portable (zipped version), you will have to rename the executable file in order for it to run (not as difficult as it sounds). Also, Windows 8 Start Customizer runs on startup and does not appear to change any registry settings that could cripple the actual Windows 8 Start Screen. Super job from the developer on this!
What you can do with this utility is this:
You can set your desktop wallpaper as background picture (not support for multimonitor, it just uses the main monitor’s desktop wallpaper)
You can select your pictures from any folder and set it as a sequence of background pictures.
There is a blur effect available, it is slow and slower on bigger resolutions, but it might work for you.
Tiles opacity can now be changed (not perfect though)
You can revert to default background
You can choose a picture and select the area to be shown as background picture.
You can set the Start Screen transparency
You can set the rows of you tiles (limited by your screen resolution)
You can run it on startup hidden, so you can see your custom background as soon as this tool starts
Save configuration to ini file.
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