Change Windows 8 Metro Background With ModernUI Start Screen Changer

Note: It is advised to use the Decor8 App instead, since it works seamlessly as compared to this app. See our Review of Decor8 app for Windows 8, which allows fully customizing the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen to change the Start Screen background image and to create custom color schemes.

Final Update: This tool is not working for users and to save valuable time of our readers, the download link has now been removed. We at WML Cloud try to ensure that we only cover tools that can benefit our readers, the download links of applications that no longer work (or are dysfunctional) are decommissioned. Kindly reffer to the link for the Decor8 app (given above) instead.

Post Update And Caution: During testing we found the tool to be dysfunctional with Windows 8 32-bit OS. Make sure that you thoroughly read the guidelines given below and take all precautionary measures to backup your system before using this tool. Start Screen tweaks for Windows 8 can become redundant after a version update or other factors such as the installation of a Windows update. WML Cloud and its team members will not be responsible if your PC suffers from any issue due to the use of this third-party app.

Windows 8 ModernUI Start Screen Changer is a handy application that does what its name suggests i.e. it allows Changing the Windows 8 Metro Start Screen. By default there are very few options to change the Windows 8 Modern UI Start Screen and the available colors or background textures are quite lack luster in appearance. With the help of this tool you can keep a custom background for your Windows 8 Start Screen.

What is Windows 8 ModernUI Start Screen Changer?

Windows 8 ModernUI Start Screen Changer is a free software to change the Windows 8 start screen for Windows 8 RTM. Unlike manual methods that involve manually copying “imageres.dll” to the system32 folder, this app allows you to patch imageres.dll file which holds the Metro UI pictures for the Start Screen. Your Metro (Modern) UI screen image will simply be replaced with your chosen image via the Windows 8 ModernUI Start Screen Changer.

Windows 8 ModernUI Start Screen Changer

Backup Your System And Start Screen Settings

It is worth pointing out that making such changes to your Windows 8 operating system may result in functionality issues, therefore it is advised that you should “backup” you system before proceeding with any major system changes, otherwise you might have to “Refresh Your Windows 8 PC” to its default settings, in case something goes wrong. You can also backup your original Windows 8 Start Screen settings by following the steps given below.

  • Backup: To do this, simply click Make a Backup option.
  • Restore: To revert the changes anytime hit Restore from Backup.



1. Download and extract the Windows 8 ModernUI Start Screen Changer
2. Rename the file “.ex_” to .exe
3. Run the EXE file to select and change your Metro Start Screen image.

Split Imagery: When you switch the image, all pictures are split in two, which leaves a frame in the middle. This is because even the default background pictures are split in two halves. This is why you should try to keep a background image that is of the right size to match the Moden UI Start Screen Background. For example, if your selected image is 2000×400, it will split 2000×264, leaving the rest of the 2000×136 for the lower half of the interface. Only PNG images can be used to replace the Modern UI Start Screen.

Note: This tool has not been tested on 32-bit operating systems. In case you encounter any issues or are unable to change the Start Screen image due to any reason, contact the developer via the link given below.

Download Windows 8 ModernUI Start Screen Changer (Link removed due to functionality issues of the application)