Fine-tune the Start screen
Windows 8.1 gets new Start screen backgrounds and new color choices. First, there are a handful of new backgrounds included with the OS that will move when you scroll through your tiles. For example, one option has a set of gears that turn as you swipe along the screen (or scroll with a mouse).
Second, there are more color options when customizing the included backgrounds. You could already customize the colors of each included Start screen background in Windows 8, but now you can pick from more shades of a certain hue for both the background and accent colors.
Lastly, you can forgo Microsoft's preinstalled options altogether by setting your Start screen background to match your desktop wallpaper.
October 17, 2013 4:00 AM PDT
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