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Customising the Metro UI theme

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  • Hi,

     

    Will it be possible to customise the theme of the Start Screen? like the colour scheme, I would like to choose to have a more subtle colour scheme for a more professional look, such as shades of grey.

     

    Thanks

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:53 PM

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  • There are hints that you will have the possibility to customize Start screen; but officially, no announcement yet.

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 3:22 PM
  • use this tool to customize the Metro satrt screen:

    http://ruanmei.deviantart.com/art/Windows-8-Start-Tweaker-1-01-259453275


    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 6:10 PM
  • I thought customizing the Metro UI app was forbidden by EULA?
    Anyway, someone told me that it's forbidden to do it trough the registry.

    Regards,

    Dylan Meeus


    0x2B |~ 0x2B Blog : www.it-ca.net/blogdylan
    Friday, September 23, 2011 12:58 AM
  • I don't see any evidence in EULA supporting that the customizing the Metro UI app is forbidden. You can easily check it yourself by Win+R, type winver and click Microsoft Software Licensing terms.

    Neither I doubt that doing through the registry is forbidden.

    However, you are not allowed to reverse engineer how does the software work. But if somebody does the reverse engineering for you, you would not worry how does it achieve the information he is providing to you, unless you are covered by a specific local law instructing you that you need to worry.

    Friday, September 23, 2011 7:56 AM
  • http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-8-how-to-change-metro-background-on-x64
    http://www.neowin.net/news/windows-8-how-to-change-metro-background-on-x86

    Best regards
    brima

    I believe that trick would also violates EULA. 

    Microsoft MVP - Windows Expert (IT Pro)
    Friday, September 23, 2011 7:58 PM
  • So it violates the EULA, that green background violates my eyes. Besides its a preview build, I'm sure Microsoft won"t care if someones adds a little customization to their copy of Windows.
    Friday, September 23, 2011 8:56 PM
  • On Fri, 23 Sep 2011 20:56:41 +0000, stonyi wrote:

    So it violates the EULA, that green background violates my eyes. Besides its a preview build, I'm sure Microsoft won"t care if someones adds a little customization to their copy of Windows.

    What they will care about is problems reports from those who use hex
    editors to hack system files. How much time do you think might be wasted
    chasing down problems that wouldn't have occurred in the first place if key
    system files hadn't been modified?


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    People who deal with bits should expect to get bitten.  -- Jon Bentley

    Friday, September 23, 2011 9:07 PM
  • In this desktop preview, you are expected to stay most of time in Visual Studio or Blend window, which are classic desktop applications and launch your app directly from them.

    You should see the Start menu quite rarely as this builds is not supposed to be used for anything else than developing new metro apps.

    Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:33 PM
  • While i agree with your statement in theory, I find it hard to believe that a simple change of background color or image would be taxing or error causing to an extent you imply.

    I personally just searched for a solution to see what the future could hold for the platform. If it could make it a bit more appealing to the general public, i dont think microsoft would be terribly perturbed by the alteration.

     

    ...Now lets just hope it is in fact just a small image code change and not reprogramming! lol.

    any way, thanks for the answer to my question!


    Erik
    Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:31 PM