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Fixing Windows 8 Screen Image & Start Menu

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Either you are an expert or newbie to Windows 8, you face unfamiliar Windows interface, which at times cause itching your head. Giving up at Windows 8 in not a good idea. Once you are acquainted, you can have it all. There are plentiful tricks that allow you to tweak Windows 8 to do things in a better way. In this article, we will deal with two most annoying features.

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Lock screen image

If you are generous enough to let someone work on your PC but don’t want others to change screen image. To do this, you have to play with registry.

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Caution – before trying this, you must keep in mind that registry could be damaging. To keep yourself on safe side, try downloading Windows 8 free registry cleaner, which facilitate you to take registry backup.

Once you’re done with precautionary measures, go to Start Screen and type regedit. Click on the app, which appear on left side of your screen. A security dialogue box will appear and ask you to allow Registry Cleaner to make changes, click Yes and launch registry editor. Now navigate to follow path.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\

Look for a key for Personalization, if it exists. If doesn’t follow instruction:

  1. Click Edit
  2. Click New, then Key
  3. A key will appear with name New Key # 1
  4. Rename it with Personalization

Now you can see Personalization key, create a DWORD value with Value name “NoChangingLockScreen.” To perform this, click on Personalization key, select New, then DWORD value, and rename DWORD Value name to NoChangingLockScreen. Change value data from 0 to 1 and exit the registry.

Finally, log out of the Windows and restart system. Now background screen image cannot be changed. If you want to allow, just change value from 1 to 0.

Put a quick start menu

The most annoying thing is disappearance of Start Menu button, which you formerly use to control all most everything. Microsoft tried its best to assassinate Start Menu but did not succeed. You can still create your own Start Menu button but it will not come with search bar.

First, make sure that you can view hidden files. Right click on task bar, select Toolbars then go to New Toolbar and navigate to the following path:

C:\Users\username (Your account name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

Select folder option and it will place Start Menu on the lower right side of your desktop. Click on double arrow icon on your taskbar to view folders, where you can run programs.

In the end, if you don’t want to keep this, right click on task bar and select Toolbars, then deselect Start menu.

Hope this will help understanding Windows treatment.

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