How To Change the Start Screen Background Automatically at a Specific Interval in Windows 8

by Sarvesh Shrivastava on January 26, 2013

Windows 8, one of the most innovative operating system of Microsoft features some drastic changes than its predecessors. These drastic changes include replacement of Start button with Start screen, inclusion of metro apps etc. The new start screen in Windows 8 is way more innovative and acts as a dashboard reflecting live information at a glance.


The tiles of the metro apps can now be pinned on the Start screen. These tiles are live and show the most recent updates without even opening them. This makes the whole Start screen filled with live and self updating info. Along with these, Microsoft has made the Start screen a lot more customizable this time. Along with changing the Start screen color, one can also change the background pattern, making it more personal than ever before.

However, Microsoft didn’t provided an option of selecting a custom image as the Start screen background. Users can only select any of the pre-defined patterns. This is not good for those who like to customize their PC to a great extent. So, isn’t their anyway to use custom images as the background? Well, there is a way. We are here with an awesome software which does this for you.

The app is named Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer. As the name suggests, this app allows Windows 8 users to Customize the Start screen to a great extent. Just go ahead and download the ZIP file from here. Once the file has been downloaded, extract the folder and rename executable file to .exe which by default  is ‘ex_’.  Once that has been done, double click to launch the file.

The application comes with dozens of customization options. To change the Start Screen background just follow the below given steps:

(1) First of all launch the Software. Here, select the Select Pictures option.


(2) Now, browse to the folder where you have saved the pictures and select the pictures that you want as your Start screen background.


(3) Now Tick the Slideshow option and in the Interval set the time as per your wish.


(4) Once all this has been done, select the Apply and Save  option.

This is how my Start screen looked after customizing.


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Sarvesh, is a Microsoft fanboy and a Windows 8 lover. Blogging is his passion and he likes to cover everything related to technology - especially developments taking place in the Microsoft ecosystem.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Vikas Paul January 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Thanks for the tutorial. I applied it and working


hafeez khaskeli January 31, 2013 at 10:27 am

lot of thanx …


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