New Windows 8 screenshot shows Start Screen customization

Microsoft's developer preview version of Windows 8 was released almost two months ago but that build of Microsoft's next major operating system lacks many major and minor features. Now a new screenshot posted at the WinUnleaked.tk web site from a more advanced but still pre-beta build of Windows 8 shows off a minor but still interesting new feature in the OS; a way to customize the look of the Start Screen.

As you can see in the above screenshot, the OS will have a way for users to change the background color of the Start Screen via an on-screen slider that provides a number of different color choices. The web site states that while you can change the color, the actual background image for the Start Screen will remain the same.

We will likely see screenshot leaks such as this one, and possibly full Windows 8 pre-beta leaks, pop up on the Internet in the coming weeks. Microsoft is expected to release a public beta version of Windows 8 around the time of the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in early January.

With rumors that PC makers are prepping for a third quarter 2012 launch date for Windows 8, it looks like we are looking at Microsoft offering up its next OS less than a year from now. It's going to be interesting to see how the next 10 months or so shape up for both Microsoft and its plans for Windows 8.

Thanks to WinRumors for the heads-up

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Would the beta version have the option where you could close down Metro apps without resorting to ending tasks in the task manager as in the case of the Developer preview of windows 8?

Guys why bitch so around with the new start screen?
You just need to put the folders in an order you used to do things, because I know most of the things are mechanical. I mean, you click Computer without even reading it, same goes for pictures, docs, downloads, etc. So the fix is you put it in order in the Start Screen and voila!

The only thing I need them to fix is a faster way to unpin programs from it, like multiselect (each time I install a codec pack, I shall stay around 15 mins. unpinning App by App, and that it is not productive at all).

And, the way you search: If something is not found in one category, but it is found in another, then show the results of the other category rather than displaying no results.

ccoltmanm said,
I think the beta should be further away than January. Put more goodness in it and kelp riding 7.

January is just what people have guessed for a beta release, MS hasn't said anything, it cool be later or not.

Yinchie said,
I hope Windows 8 is based on the new Linux kernel.
Would make it perfectly stable.

Yeah, because the Windows 7 kernel is soooo unstable, right.

I like it, but disappointed at the little range of colours. In early M3 builds Canouna showed pictures of at least 20 colours to choose.

Hopefully it'll change as we get more builds.

Enron said,
I like this new start screen, even for a desktop system.

That's good to hear because it's designed with traditional desktops in mind as well as touchscreen devices

Enron said,
I like this new start screen, even for a desktop system.

I've been running at my main since the developer preview...waiting for stores to get the Samsung Series 7 Slate so I can buy it. I don't like to wait for online shopping.

FoxieFoxie said,
You did not even link to winrumors as a source? What a douche

If you look at the WinRumors site, you'll notice that they credit WinUnleaked (which is linked above) for the source of the image in the first place, and the last line does credit WinRumors as well...

Seen at WinRumors, although they aren't the source, if you ask me we did them a favor just mentioning them.

Or, DEAL WITH IT BRO!

Max Norris said,

If you look at the WinRumors site, you'll notice that they credit WinUnleaked (which is linked above) for the source of the image in the first place, and the last line does credit WinRumors as well...
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WinRumors finds info
Neowin sees it at WinRumors
Neowin reposts winrumors article, crediting only original source
Douchebags 101

Neobond said,
Neowin finds info
WinRumors sees it at Neowin
Winrumors reposts Neowin article, crediting only original source
We don't care

Wrong WinRumors had the story 2 hours earlier. Neowin has been serially copying WinRumors for some time now.

Winrumors doesn't credit any site the *see* a story on, just the original source, so deal with it.. It's not exclusively their story anyway.

KinCrimson, he wasn't talking about this article in particular.

(I'm making no defence of either side - but really, it's up to the people running the sites)

FoxieFoxie said,
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WinRumors finds info
Neowin sees it at WinRumors
Neowin reposts winrumors article, crediting only original source
Douchebags 101

Tom Worren is notorious for posting stuff from other sites and claiming it as his own on winrumors. Crying that he "posted it 2 hours earlier" is child ****.. grow up, move out of your moms basement, and go find a job.

IIRC ... you can in the recent Developer Preview, with a quick registry edit to disable Metro.

Although, all you'll have then is little more than a tweaked but quite buggy Windows 7.

DJGM said,
IIRC ... you can in the recent Developer Preview, with a quick registry edit to disable Metro.

Although, all you'll have then is little more than a tweaked but quite buggy Windows 7.

There were quick registry edits for Windows 7 beta to enable/disable certain things, but that changed when it hit RTM. Stuff like this are there for debugging purposes and will most likely be removed when it hits RTM.

Zedox said,
Does no one see that it says "colors and pictures" meaning background pics...

It seems that Personalisation section isn't just for the Start Screen background. We'll be allowed to change the picture on the Lock Screen, and that's what the description could be referring to.

ZenVenT said,
You already can change the lock screen background.

I'm aware of that, which is why I stated "We'll be able to [. . .]" I was referring to the abilities everyone will have when the final version is released. I was mainly pointing out that the section in the screenshot will likely be for that kind of personalisation as well as other forms (e.g. changing the Start Screen background). "Pictures" being placed there in the interface does not mean we'll be allowed to use pictures in the Start Screen background.