Windows 8 Start page background changer leaked

Windows 8 pre-beta screenshots continue to be leaked out to the Internet. Last week, images of this build showed that Microsoft's next operating system would allow users to change the background color of the Start Screen. Now WinUnleaked.tk has posted up yet another leaked image from this pre-beta build that shows yet another minor, but still interesting, Start page feature.

Specifically, the image appears to show that not only can the background color be changed on the Start screen but that the image of the background itself will also be able to be changed with a number of difference choices. The screenshot also seems to show that this feature hasn't been fully implemented yet with no difference in the background shown in the selections that are provided. While this kind of feature may be minor, it certainly opens up the door for Microsoft and third parties to provide lots of different background images for the Windows 8 Start screen, much like how desktop wallpaper creations have been huge for previous versions of Windows.

As we mentioned last week, we will almost certainly continue to see screenshot 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. The OS is expected to be officially launched in 2012, hopefully in time for the back-to-school shopping season.

Image via Winleaked.tk

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To everybody moaning..... Touch Screen LCD will slowly replace traditional LCD....

So Metro on the desktop will feel like on a tablet PC.

Graphic designers can retire because a 10 years old can design a Metro interface. Set the background white and put some font on it and you're done.

I think metro is going to prefect on tablets, but i've been using the DP on my 27inch desktop and it is horrid, cant used to at all!

I just don't understand how Microsoft's design team doesn't realize that Metro UI in a desktop keyboard/mouse environment is a colossal step backward in productivity. Tiles? Serious? Why don't you eggheads spend more time refining a UI that functions great in its setting like the Media Center interface? MCE is great with a remote but klunky with a mouse and that's EXACTLY what I see with the new tile interface.

Microsoft's design team have explained again and again in their blog WHY they implemented the Metro UI, and HOW it improves productivity on desktop/laptop compared to the classic UI. It's a great decision. The fact that some people don't want to read those posts and understand the logic is not their fault.

The Metro UI is the greatest UI innovation of the last 20 years.

england_fanboy said,

The Metro UI is the greatest UI innovation of the last 20 years.

Hahahaha, oh wow that's funny.

Maybe in Windows 9 Microsoft will just replace the entire UI with a fullscreen "load facebook" button, I'm sure people like you will be ready to hail it as the most innovative UI in history.

Seems like with Stevey-J's death, the global reality distortion field has shifted over to the cult of Microsoft.

im a big fan of metro..
and i think win8 needs it. But this isnt metro..

wats up with the flashy trasnparent glass panels behind?? Get rid of them!! keep it simple. I really liked the purple SOLID background MS displayed when they showed metro for the first time.

Zain Adeel said,
im a big fan of metro..
and i think win8 needs it. But this isnt metro..

wats up with the flashy trasnparent glass panels behind?? Get rid of them!! keep it simple. I really liked the purple SOLID background MS displayed when they showed metro for the first time.

An option for both would be ideal.

I remember people moaning and wining about Windows XP "Toys-R-Us" Luna GUI....

In the end, everybody used it. Maybe some did use the classic mode (business users mostly) but Luna was here to stay.

And now, it's the same thing happening with Metro, people b*tching about it.... Let's see how it will end up in a couple of years. For now, Touch Screen LCD are a rarity, but wait and see....

TruckWEB said,
I remember people moaning and wining about Windows XP "Toys-R-Us" Luna GUI....

In the end, everybody used it. Maybe some did use the classic mode (business users mostly) but Luna was here to stay.

And now, it's the same thing happening with Metro, people b*tching about it.... Let's see how it will end up in a couple of years. For now, Touch Screen LCD are a rarity, but wait and see....

I believe the common term was "Ficher-Price".

Looking back, Luna was horrid; but at the time it was breath of fresh air from the boring, dull greys of 9x and 2000.

I liked Luna back when it released for the above reason, but it's 2011 now and Vista & 7 have moved Windows forwards to being an attractive, sleek OS. Metro in my opinion, throws away that progress for a bland, ugly gimmick.

Solid colours, overuse of text. Ugh. I don't hate change, but I do prefer progress to regression.

TruckWEB said,
I remember people moaning and wining about Windows XP "Toys-R-Us" Luna GUI....

In the end, everybody used it. Maybe some did use the classic mode (business users mostly) but Luna was here to stay.

And now, it's the same thing happening with Metro, people b*tching about it.... Let's see how it will end up in a couple of years. For now, Touch Screen LCD are a rarity, but wait and see....

Have you tried using Metro on a desktop or laptop without a touchscreen? It's horrid. Absolutely kills productivity, especially with large and multi-monitor setups. I really wish Microsoft or someone else adds a way to make it the secondary experience on touchscreen-less systems.

mrp04 said,

Have you tried using Metro on a desktop or laptop without a touchscreen? It's horrid. Absolutely kills productivity, especially with large and multi-monitor setups. I really wish Microsoft or someone else adds a way to make it the secondary experience on touchscreen-less systems.


I have been using the Windows 8 DP since day 1 as my primary OS. And I find the Metro UI FAR more productive and pleasing to the eye than the classic UI. Metro is the future. Get over it.

TruckWEB said,
I remember people moaning and wining about Windows XP "Toys-R-Us" Luna GUI....

XP, Luna GUI wasnt so far away from Classic in MS GUI evolution; as you remember, there was possibility to change theme, Start menu to classic gray ones. Windows 8 gives new way to interact with apps, but it removes ability to stay with current app management - thats the main difference for now.
Just because of tablets popularity they cook up idea "Tablet UI everywhere, even on PCs"; as we saw many times before, they rarely can build good product that will keep consistency in UI, usefulness, simplicity. Of course Windows 8 its still in development, but i think its already product created too fast (because white collars wants more money).

mrp04 said,
Have you tried using Metro on a desktop or laptop without a touchscreen? It's horrid. Absolutely kills productivity, especially with large and multi-monitor setups. I really wish Microsoft or someone else adds a way to make it the secondary experience on touchscreen-less systems.

This was some of the early feedback that MS will incorporate, hopefully by the time the a public beta is released.

With Windows 8, the logon screen picture screen is now different from the actual Welcome screen where you enter your credentials. Hope there will be a way to change the plain solid color on the Welcome screen to another image like Windows 7 does.

Caveman-ugh said,
But please remember the the taskbar/start menu will still be there as well as the Mro UI

Taskbar under classic desktop yes, start menu no.

Does anyone realize that the whole metro interface is self contained including the apps that run within Metro Start Experience?
Everyone keeps voicing their opinions about the look. They seem to forget that the apps that run in the new UI are self contained. You can't turn off the start experience and expect to have those apps in the classic desktop.

When people start using the new apps, and application developers start creating these new apps, there will be less talk of the look, and more discusison around the apps.

When your facebooks and youtubes and everything are available in this app framework, there will be less talk of the look, and more about the improved user experience with the simplicity that metro brings. The simplicity for developers as much as as the everyday user.

While the taskbar/start menu has served us well, it is time to more away from that paradigm. I'm liking the changes.

ghos said,
While the taskbar/start menu has served us well, it is time to more away from that paradigm. I'm liking the changes.

To a paradigm where you can only have 2 active windows at once and no quick way to switch between running programs? This interface is decent for tablets, but I really hope they ease off on it and don't push it so hard on standard laptops and desktops.

I'm actually looking forward to the changes coming to Windows 8. Metro will definitely be a new feel to it but have to use it first to see.

For some reason, the title made my think that the actual changer itself was leaked... like as an addon for the dev preview. Not just another stupid screenshot with a pointless watermark all over it.

sexypepperoni said,
Ugh Metro, why?

My thoughts exactly. So far, what I see does not appeal. Fortunately, it IS early in the cycle.

SoCalRox said,

My thoughts exactly. So far, what I see does not appeal. Fortunately, it IS early in the cycle.

You thinking it'll basically be Windows 8's "Watercolor"?

sexypepperoni said,
Ugh Metro, why?

I wont call it ugly, but i really dont want to see it on my desktop, it looks great on phones and tablets, but i still prefer old start menu for work. however i think its too early to judge something, the thing is not even in Beta.

simrat said,

I wont call it ugly, but i really dont want to see it on my desktop, it looks great on phones and tablets, but i still prefer old start menu for work. however i think its too early to judge something, the thing is not even in Beta.

Old Start menu will still be available...

sexypepperoni said,
Ugh Metro, why?

Because blending colours requires more computing power than if you took every computer on earth and merged them all into one large distributed megasupercomputer.

Gee, what some people expect nowadays. Rendering that lovely, feces-brown highlight is intensive enough to begin with!

Enron said,

Ugh every time theres an article about Windows 8, you make the same comment.

I wonder where the other Metro troll is lurking. Usually they are super fast in replying.

Relativity_17 said,

I wonder where the other Metro troll is lurking. Usually they are super fast in replying.

yea 3 of em are still missing.

Relativity_17 said,

I wonder where the other Metro troll is lurking. Usually they are super fast in replying.

yea 3 of em are still missing.

simrat said,

I wont call it ugly, but i really dont want to see it on my desktop, it looks great on phones and tablets, but i still prefer old start menu for work. however i think its too early to judge something, the thing is not even in Beta.

Ohkk..wait for it. I hope it will looks great on Desktop too.

SoCalRox said,
My thoughts exactly. So far, what I see does not appeal. Fortunately, it IS early in the cycle.

What I find depressing aren't comments like yours or the original posts but what you consider superior to Metro. Go ahead, lets wow us with an example of what you consider 'better than metro'.

Azies said,

You thinking it'll basically be Windows 8's "Watercolor"?


I quite like watercolor in whistler over Luna in xp... :-(