Customize Windows 8 Start screen with Hidden Animation in the Metro screen

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With the very advent of Windows 8, the metro style Start screen is one of the most talked features that have been embedded to Windows 8 operating system. The Start screen in Windows 8 is developed keeping in mind for the dual purpose that is can be featured in tablets, Smartphone’s as well as the PC. Users who are acquainted with Windows 8 native Start screen would agree that it’s one of the best features of Windows 8. However, there are some Hidden start screens Animation in Windows 8. Here is the tutorial how you can enable those hidden screen animation.

Customize Windows 8 Start screen with Hidden Animation

The best feature about the metro screen is that it’s highly customizable. You can change the background picture & color, set a custom picture as background, pin files, folders, drives and webpages for quick access, create your own tiles, open Start screen from the desktop, reduce Start screen’s default size, and search everything from it.

If you are the one who love the new Start screen and is fond of customizing Windows, then here is the tutorial to enable the hidden start screen animation that can be used to customize the metro start screen.

Once the animation is enabled, you can see the animation when you navigate from desktop to Start screen. You can enable the same animation in your PC. To do so, simply follow the instructions given below.

As this process deals with Windows registry make sure to create a system restore point before editing the Registry.

Open notepad and copy the below registry code and save it as Animation.reg file. Make sure that you have saved it with .reg extension.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

Enable Start Screen Animation In Windows 8

Next, double-click on newly created Animation.reg file. Upon prompted by UAC, click on Yes to proceed. Again, click Yes upon notified by the message Are you sure you want to continue.

Enable Hidden Start Screen Animation

Finally hit Ok button to complete the process.

finally hit ok

Now, get back to the start screen to see the changes by either pressing the Windows logo key or clicking on the Start screen preview button that appears when you move mouse cursor to the lower-left corner of the Windows screen.

Alternatively, you can use a third party app to enable the hidden Start Screen Animation in Windows 8. Winaero has created an App named Start Screen Animations Tweaker, which can enable the animation in Windows 8. This is freeware tool that is compatible with both 32 bit and 64 bit OS.

Start Screen Animations Tweaker

By following the tutorial above you can easily enable the hidden metro Start Screen Animation and use them to customize your Windows 8 PC at the same time.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

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