In new Windows 8, the Start screen is easiest and coolest way to launch applications installed in your computer. It takes the place of the nice old Start menu and comes with modern live tiles and classic shortcuts. If you are a Windows 8 user, then you might have noticed some sort of animation on Start Screen when you logged into the System. But as soon as you switch to desktop mode, the Start Screen animation gets disabled forever unless you reboot your computer. The good news is that we can enable more advanced Start Screen animations via Windows registry by adding some values to it.
In my previous post, I explained you how to enable the secret start screen animation in windows 8 using a simple registry hack. Though customizing Windows 8 Start Screen by tweaking registry is an easy process, it’s not a good idea to mess with Windows registry, and obviously your system may crash if anything goes wrong. Just in case, you accidently change any other registry hive values or delete any registry entries, then it may result in system crash.
If you are not comfortable with editing Windows registry and still want to enable more advanced animations for the Start Screen, then better you make use of Start Screen Animations Tweaker program to do the dirty work for you. This application will only modify certain bunch of registry values in order to animate the Windows 8 Start Screen, it means you don’t need to worry about the system files get replaced or deleted while using this application.
Start Screen Animations Tweaker is a free program from WinAero, which comes with nice slider-based user interface. The program not only turns on the hidden Start Screen animation but also enables you to configure it to achieve the animation effects you like. With this utility, you can configure the behavior of Tiles animation as well as Username and picture animation using the sliders. In order to get it done you have to slide the sliders to the left or to the right or place the slider somewhere in the middle, and of course setting the slider position would be certainly rely upon what looks good to you.
Here you get the option to tune up the Parallax effect, which will completely change the way the background works while you scroll through the tiles on Windows Start Screen. There is also a recommended setting available, which features predefined optimal settings that would be really handy for starters. Also there is an option to Reset to Defaults in case you want to revert back to original settings.
Start Screen Animations Tweaker is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 8. Since this a portable application, you don’t have to install it on your computer to make it work. Here, all you have to do is adjust the sliders on the app and apply the changes to set desired animation effect for the Start Screen.