Windows 8: Show us your Start Screen

Windows 8 Customer Preview has given all of us a better look at what the new platform will bring to the table. We, of course, love to see how you are customizing your install of Windows 8 and forum users have already taken the task to heart in this topic.

What we want to see from you is your Windows 8 install. How are you arranging your tiles, have you found any creative ways to rearrange the tiles to create a unique piece of art or are you keeping the default settings?

The Metro environment is a new experience for all of us and customizing the UI offers up a fresh breeding ground for creativity and optimization. If you show us yours, well show you ours!  

Posted below are some of the images already in this thread:

 

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I'm not sure what the big deal is. I think you guys are forgetting one thing... we are a VERY small percentage. No one said you HAVE to upgrade to Windows 8. Microsoft is looking to appeal to the masses and not us. I think the new start thingie looks good. Much more organized than 98% of the desktops I see for windows 7.

I don't see what the problem is. Don't upgrade. Plain and simple. From what I gather the UI is almost the only thing to change in this version of windows. So if you keep windows 7, you'll have windows 8 with the UI that you're looking for.

The alternative, is you could go on the internet and whine like a bunch of little girls who got mud on their Uggs. Life goes on. Learn to work with what you're given.

Microsoft wants to sell windows 8. If windows 8 looks identical to windows 7, it will not sell. Maybe you and I would get it, but the average consumer will say... 'Looks the same, must be the same.'

My friends who aren't tech savvy can't wait for the new windows because of the look. Just sayin'.

yup I remember when xp came out most of the comments I've seen since win8dp and cp are the exact same as when xp came out, sooooooo funny

Nadja said,
makes a 27" monitor look like something from Fisher-Price
wow flashback from windows 95-2000 users when Windows XP came out

winrez said,
wow flashback from windows 95-2000 users when Windows XP came out

The difference is you could apply themes and customize wallpaper and icons. Blocks and a Bland background is Blocks and a Bland Background. Without major changes, I expect Neowin's monthly desktop threads to go away. There is no Metro equivalent unless MS opens up some customization and allows custom backgrounds and or transparency to show desktop underneath.

Windows 8's "new desktop" look like Tetris or Lego building blocks.

Soon, I bet you'll can play Solitaire with your Metro icons.

3dfxman said,
ugh, i could do a better job using paint lol

You must be willing to lose a LOT of time then..

Cøi said,

How so? The tiles are rearrangeable

All those different colors, lame gradients, mishmash of Metro and older styled icons etc.

I was like...that first image (with the live tiles) looks like mine...then I looked at the top right and sure enough, it is. LOL!

Enron said,
Are those office icons new or do they come like that?

That's my screenshot and I used custom icons like McKay said.

Am I the only person that hates Metro for a desktop PC? I just find it horrible to work with. For a tablet application it's perfect, but for a PC desktop? Give us the clean option to disable it and go back to the Windows 7 start menu and I will happily upgrade (If there is one, my bad) as I like the other new features. Otherwise im staying with 7 for the foreseeable future.

Merson316 said,
Am I the only person that hates Metro for a desktop PC? I just find it horrible to work with. For a tablet application it's perfect, but for a PC desktop? Give us the clean option to disable it and go back to the Windows 7 start menu and I will happily upgrade (If there is one, my bad) as I like the other new features. Otherwise im staying with 7 for the foreseeable future.

Ye I hate it too, I won't be upgrading to windows 8 until windows 7 support stops or windows 9 comes along. I see windows 8 being the failure that windows millenium was.

Tartan said,

Ye I hate it too, I won't be upgrading to windows 8 until windows 7 support stops or windows 9 comes along. I see windows 8 being the failure that windows millenium was.

You think Metro is going away in Windows 9? HA!

Merson316 said,
Am I the only person that hates Metro for a desktop PC? I just find it horrible to work with. For a tablet application it's perfect, but for a PC desktop? Give us the clean option to disable it and go back to the Windows 7 start menu and I will happily upgrade (If there is one, my bad) as I like the other new features. Otherwise im staying with 7 for the foreseeable future.

Nope.. It looks like ****

Dot Matrix said,

You think Metro is going away in Windows 9? HA!

Maybe they will make a Windows 8 SE with no metro haha.

Merson316 said,
Am I the only person that hates Metro for a desktop PC? I just find it horrible to work with. For a tablet application it's perfect, but for a PC desktop? Give us the clean option to disable it and go back to the Windows 7 start menu and I will happily upgrade (If there is one, my bad) as I like the other new features. Otherwise im staying with 7 for the foreseeable future.

That's because just don't get it. I'm amazed at how many so-called geeks just can't get their heads around live tiles and get away from the tired, dead Desktop.

Dot Matrix said,

You think Metro is going away in Windows 9? HA!

There's the possibility. Do you honestly think that Microsoft will keep on Metroin' if Windows 8 hits the market and sinks because of Metro?

omgben said,

There's the possibility. Do you honestly think that Microsoft will keep on Metroin' if Windows 8 hits the market and sinks because of Metro?

Did Microsoft abandon the Vista codebase after Vista sank? No. They'll press forward with the changeover to Metro, and make the appropriate alterations.

omgben said,

There's the possibility. Do you honestly think that Microsoft will keep on Metroin' if Windows 8 hits the market and sinks because of Metro?


They will. Believe me, they will.

It's their future.

Merson316 said,
Am I the only person that hates Metro for a desktop PC? I just find it horrible to work with. For a tablet application it's perfect, but for a PC desktop? Give us the clean option to disable it and go back to the Windows 7 start menu and I will happily upgrade (If there is one, my bad) as I like the other new features. Otherwise im staying with 7 for the foreseeable future.

I'm a fan of Metro. Can't understand all the people who "hate" it, or are just incapable of handling with change.

ScubaDog said,

That's because just don't get it. I'm amazed at how many so-called geeks just can't get their heads around live tiles and get away from the tired, dead Desktop.

Big difference between not getting something and not liking something. It's fine for some people. Others just think the old system is much more efficient. Like win8, but don't like the guns led start

ScubaDog said,

That's because just don't get it. I'm amazed at how many so-called geeks just can't get their heads around live tiles and get away from the tired, dead Desktop.

Big difference between not getting something and not liking something. It's fine for some people. Others just think the old system is much more efficient. Like win8, but don't like my start button hijacked. Personally, I think metro is kinda lame, but I "get it" just fine.

Merson316 said,
Am I the only person that hates Metro for a desktop PC? I just find it horrible to work with. For a tablet application it's perfect, but for a PC desktop? Give us the clean option to disable it and go back to the Windows 7 start menu and I will happily upgrade (If there is one, my bad) as I like the other new features. Otherwise im staying with 7 for the foreseeable future.

Not by a long shot! This applies to corporations too, who need to get serious work done, not just play with cutesy UIs.

Jarrichvdv said,

I'm a fan of Metro. Can't understand all the people who "hate" it, or are just incapable of handling with change.

its all the android fanboys who've dedicated all their time trashing windows phone because they already had an android phone. now that windows phone is being translated to the desktop, they feel like they just got punked,and realized they ****ed up and chose the wrong side. they believe if they trash windows 8 long enough, it might make people believe their drivel and that will help keep their platform relevent.

what they wont tell you though is that they will be using windows 8, because everything will be on windows 8, unless they want to be stuck with old software that will never be updated or supported. any developer worth his salt will have their app ready for windows 8,as most new pcs will have it preloaded,and 400 million pcs are sold in one year. what kind of developer would not want to have potential exposure to 400 million users every year?

i remember the same empty talk when xp came out. oh fisher price ,blah blah. then windows 7, oh its vista service pack. just a bunch of empty talkers.

ScubaDog said,

That's because just don't get it. I'm amazed at how many so-called geeks just can't get their heads around live tiles and get away from the tired, dead Desktop.


People use PCs different ways, that's why the "P" stands for. If people don't like it, they don't like it. There are two or three productivity issues that Metro is suffering, but I hope they get worked out on RC.

vcfan said,

what they wont tell you though is that they will be using windows 8, because everything will be on windows 8, unless they want to be stuck with old software that will never be updated or supported. any developer worth his salt will have their app ready for windows 8,as most new pcs will have it preloaded,and 400 million pcs are sold in one year. what kind of developer would not want to have potential exposure to 400 million users every year?


Vista could refute this part of your argument completely. BUT, OEMs are working very hard to produce great hardware with the next Windows, so it will be half right, because not EVERYTHING will be done for Windows 8. Vista, 7, and 8 have the "same base", so almost any program (except a metro one) should work for those three OS.

TsarNikky said,

Not by a long shot! This applies to corporations too, who need to get serious work done, not just play with cutesy UIs.

This is my stand point. There is no denying that Metro looks nice and fancy and i get why Microsoft are doing it but on a productivity stand point? I just can't get into it and It looks like i'm not alone. I'm viewing this only at a efficiency point of view, not at a general user pov.

If they gave us the option to just disable it then fair enough. Look's like that's not coming any time soon.

As for calling everyone who hate's Metro Android fanboys? HAHA, thanks for the laugh!

Merson316 said,

This is my stand point. There is no denying that Metro looks nice and fancy and i get why Microsoft are doing it but on a productivity stand point? I just can't get into it and It looks like i'm not alone. I'm viewing this only at a efficiency point of view, not at a general user pov.

If they gave us the option to just disable it then fair enough. Look's like that's not coming any time soon.

As for calling everyone who hate's Metro Android fanboys? HAHA, thanks for the laugh!

Not sure you guys are seeing the potential. Metro can be more than just a "cutesy UI" in the workplace. These live tiles open up productivity to new heights not seen in other operating systems. Imagine being a systems administrator, and having server health/info, networking info, support tickets, etc all at a glance.

Tartan said,

Ye I hate it too, I won't be upgrading to windows 8 until windows 7 support stops or windows 9 comes along. I see windows 8 being the failure that windows millenium was.

Due to the applicaiton architecture changes, provided it takes off, silverlight didn't really, WinFX... However metro apps will. The thing is they will be tablet-centric.

All that is debateable, what is probably not, best case scenario, if the user community does not buy into it, MS will at worst, make user demanded "modifications,' at best, and unlikely, make it optional. Allowing you to boot directly to the desktop is going to be their most likely response should EA Agreements Renewals decline and consumer update, other than tablets, fail to meet expectations.

Dot Matrix said,

Not sure you guys are seeing the potential. Metro can be more than just a "cutesy UI" in the workplace. These live tiles open up productivity to new heights not seen in other operating systems. Imagine being a systems administrator, and having server health/info, networking info, support tickets, etc all at a glance.

I agree with you on this one. I'm just going to observe and see what happens. I would love to see some sort of middle ground in the future.

Dot Matrix said,

Not sure you guys are seeing the potential. Metro can be more than just a "cutesy UI" in the workplace. These live tiles open up productivity to new heights not seen in other operating systems. Imagine being a systems administrator, and having server health/info, networking info, support tickets, etc all at a glance.

There's a lot in Windows 8 to love. Metro specifically, I can't agree with your particular example. Dashboards are already here and better in an application for that purpose. I think Live Tiles have lifestyle potential. Love it on the phone and tablet will be great. Funny thing is, best place for live tiles for me, is on the desktop while I'm doing other stuff. Or, at a stopping point. Stopping work and bringing up the start page full of live tiles, yeah, I like that. Just don't like seeing it just about any other time, lol.

If MS can deliver some truly robust apps in this environment, it will do great on the desktop. I just don't see it without the hybrid environment. Except on a mobile device/tablet. We'll see, maybe someone will get creative.

So we share the images of the Windows 8 Start Screen.

User 1: I like how you put the MS Word icon on the 2nd row, 3rd column.
User 2: Thanks man, I was feeling a bit creative this morning.

Dot Matrix said,

Doesn't mean we still can't flaunt it.


Flaunt what? All look like the same ****. Like some Mac user taking a screenshot of Launcher. Oh wait, even that one is better because there are no retarded boxes and you can see the background image as opposed to color.

xendrome said,
That's not the desktop, it's the start menu

Hardly anyone has posted any image related to the topic!

This says a lot about the fail called metro. No one is interested to flaunt it.

Leo (DerpDerp) said,

Flaunt what? All look like the same ****. Like some Mac user taking a screenshot of Launcher. Oh wait, even that one is better because there are no retarded boxes and you can see the background image as opposed to color.
You might as well put on your big-girl panties and deal with it. Eventually this will be the ONLY interface you see. The Desktop is dead (and can't disappear fast enough for me).

Leo (DerpDerp) said,

Flaunt what? All look like the same ****. Like some Mac user taking a screenshot of Launcher. Oh wait, even that one is better because there are no retarded boxes and you can see the background image as opposed to color.

Agreed; I was expecting to see crazy mods or something else done but it still looks generic and the same. meh...