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Customizing the Start Screen
Figure 6-1: Select your Start screen background image.
Background Customization with Utilities
If you are not happy with the images and colors Microsoft included in Windows 8,
you must use third-party utilities for more options. The following are two
utilities that I have used with Windows 8 to customize the Start screen image and
colors further.
Stardock Decor8
Decor8 is by far the best Start screen customizing application. You can set any
image as your background, customize the colors of your tiles, and tweak the
visual effects. The interface is easy to use and it even includes advanced features
that enable you to automatically change the background image on a timer. The
only downside to this app is that you must pay $4.99 to use it.
Head over to and download a free 30-day trial. After
Decor8 is installed, you see the main customization screen as shown in Figure 6-2.
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