Monday, December 10, 2012 by Island Dog | Discussion: Personal Computing
Windows 8 has the new Start screen (aka Metro) which some users love, and others hate. After having use it for a while, I have come to like it and use it often especially since there have been some great apps released recently. One thing about the Start screen though is you really can’t customize it much aside from colors and a few included background images.
That’s where Decor8 comes in and gives you ability to further personalize your Windows 8 experience. Decor8 allows you to change the Windows 8 Start screen to one of many included images, or use your own images. You can also create a slideshow of pictures or have background images changed at timed intervals for an even cooler experience. Decor8 also does much more by letting you choose and create your own color themes, along with apply effects to your images and even control how many rows of tiles to show on your start screen.
You can get Decor8 here - http://www.stardock.com/products/decor8/
Using Decor8 is pretty simple. In the Backgrounds setting is where you can choose and set your start screen background image. As I mentioned before, there’s many included but you can certainly use any image on your PC. You can load an individual image file, or select image folders that Decor8 can display. All you have to do is select the image you want and you can click through to the start screen to see if you want to keep it or choose another. You can also choose several (or all) images and set them to change at timed intervals.
Decor8 also gives you the ability to apply effects to your background images. You can and adjust the fade on your images, add some blur, or adjust the color and contrast. This allows you to really personalize the start screen experience!
In the Colors settings, you can either choose to use a standard color theme, or get really creative and choose your own custom color scheme. Here you can change the colors of various areas including the background color, accent color, standard tile color, and the text color.
Additional features of Decor8 allow you to define the default row count for Tiles, and the ability to change your Lock screen images also. If you are tired of the default personalization options in Windows 8, then come give Decor8 a try and make your Windows 8 start screen your very own.
Decor8 is available as a free 30-day trial and can be purchased for only $4.99.