Personalize your Windows start screen with Decor8! BETA Available Now.

By on November 8, 2012 1:09:00 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Windows 8 limits your start screen customization options to only 10 provided background images and a few pre-defined color schemes. Decor8 removes these limitations and provides the freedom to personalize your start screen with your own images and colors.

FEATURES

  • Personalize the Windows 8 Start screen with background images and colors
  • Dozens of additional backgrounds included
  • Use your own personal photos and images
  • Randomize the background images at timed intervals for a unique look
  • Customize the start screen color scheme
  • Control the number of rows of tiles available on the start screen

HOW TO GET IT

The Decor8 Beta is available as a free 30-day trial and can be purchased for only $4.99.

Purchase Decor8 today to get access to the Beta now and receive a free update to the final version when it releases this Fall. http://www.stardock.com/products/decor8/


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

  • Windows 8

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November 8, 2012 1:16:37 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
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November 8, 2012 1:45:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

The name choice is brilliant!

SD should get a commission from MS. This and Start8 should increase Windows 8 sales substantially.

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November 8, 2012 2:11:59 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I agree, Wiz. The name choice was very clever indeed. 

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November 8, 2012 2:57:12 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Wow...lol...this should be cool! 

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November 8, 2012 4:04:26 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Great new Addition !

 

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November 8, 2012 4:20:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Will this be part of Object Desktop?

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November 8, 2012 4:40:18 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting xinh2,
Will this be part of Object Desktop?

Yes.

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November 8, 2012 7:59:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Windows8 is now Decor8ted. Thanks!  

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November 8, 2012 8:50:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I can't begin to express my complete and utter appreciation for this app.

Thank you Stardock for proving leadership in the customization world and giving us a sorely needed app that genuinely adds value.

This was a key piece that Windows 8 was missing.

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November 8, 2012 8:59:54 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Who ever says customization is dead should be flogged! Severely!

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November 8, 2012 9:32:47 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Phoon,
This was a key piece that Windows 8 was missing.

And... it's getting good reviews!

http://www.ghacks.net/2012/11/08/stardock-decor8-personalize-the-windows-8-start-screen/

 

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November 9, 2012 12:21:38 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Little bug - can't seem to de-select a single wallpaper after ctrl+selecting multiple. I can only click one, clearing the list except for that one, and then reselect again. Using Mouse.

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November 9, 2012 12:44:49 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Oh, but otherwise - love it so far! Really pleased to be able to continue sticking with the Stardock family/suite of software and that it keeps growing and adapting so effectively.

In W7 I enjoyed the default theme so much I never really used Windowblinds - but now I can hardly wait!

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November 9, 2012 1:54:14 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

thanks  star dock windows 8 plus hardwood wall

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November 9, 2012 2:23:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Could Stardock change the ration by which the background moves relative to the scroll? e.g. we could have 1:1 scrolling, put a nice glass 'shelf' background image behind the tiles and sliding them would slide the background making it feel like the whole thing is sliding at once?

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November 9, 2012 2:51:31 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I do not like Windows 8. Therefore, I would prefer if Stardock would focus less on Windows 8 than on fixing bugs in WindowBlinds, IconPackager and so on for Windows 7.

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November 9, 2012 8:20:37 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I do not like Windows 8. Therefore, I would prefer if Stardock focus more on making it better. Nah, I know where you are coming from vwaldbrun, Stardock will have their work cut out for them as W7 is probably going to persist as long, if not longer than XP did when Vista and 7 came along.

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November 9, 2012 8:41:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You guys are making it vey hard for me. You know that! I'm gonna start saving up my pennies for the 40 dollar upgrade. *Sniffles*.

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November 9, 2012 9:44:07 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting vwaldbrunn,
I do not like Windows 8. Therefore, I would prefer if Stardock would focus less on Windows 8 than on fixing bugs in WindowBlinds, IconPackager and so on for Windows 7.

Worry not, WindowBlinds and Deskscapes are on our list for updates too and you can expect Windows 7 users to gain things with the new versions.

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November 9, 2012 10:45:30 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting captainmoonlight,
thanks  star dock windows 8 plus hardwood wallReduced 46%Original 1280 x 800
Nice wood!!!   hehe

 

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November 9, 2012 12:16:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Incredible. I believe i entered another world where bad taste reigns. No disrespect for the application itself, but seriously, that is what is called 'beautiful' nowadays?

Garish colored blocks that clash with anything known to man on a hardly visible background.....

 

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November 9, 2012 1:45:04 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

may i know why Camera Music Video and Games apps are not colorable...ty in advance

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November 9, 2012 1:55:33 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Roloccolor,
may i know why Camera Music Video and Games apps are not colorable...ty in advance

They are Modern UI applications and have their own tiles with predefined colours. 

The tile colour option in Decor8 relates to tiles for non Modern UI applications.

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November 9, 2012 2:31:48 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Thanks for the quick answer Neil i hope there is a workaround for this in the near future 

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November 9, 2012 2:34:34 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Skarny,
Could Stardock change the ration by which the background moves relative to the scroll? e.g. we could have 1:1 scrolling, put a nice glass 'shelf' background image behind the tiles and sliding them would slide the background making it feel like the whole thing is sliding at once?

This is something we added earlier today in fact for the next update.

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