Start Screen Animations Tweaker

As you may know, The Start screen in Windows 8 contains several hidden options. Some of them can change the animations behavior. Please read our "Enable advanced animations for the Start Screen in Windows 8" post for more information.
Latest version is 1.1, it features the hidden Parallax effect settings of the Start Screen. Please update your software.
Start Screen Animations Tweaker is our new free software which allows you to tweak all parameters related to the animations of the Start screen in Windows 8.

With Start Screen Animations Tweaker you will able:
  • to change behavior of the user name text slide animation.
  • to change behavior of the user picture slide animation.
  • to change behavior of Tiles slide animation. It has two options:
    • left-to-right animation. Tiles will fly from the "far" left corner into the screen. This reminds me effects from the Solitaire windows game.
    • right-to-left animation controls the right position from where Tiles will slide to their regular positions

  • to enable animations for every time you visit the Start screen in Windows 8, not only at login.

Start Screen Animations Tweaker has user-friendly one-click option, which allows to you to enable all the featured animations at once.You will get them immediately, without re-login.

There is "Reset to defaults" button which allows you to restore the default settings of your Start Screen.

Customize the Parallax effect for the Start Screen

Since version 1.1 the Start Screen Animations Tweaker application allows you to customize the hidden settings of Parallax effect for the Start Screen background. There is a difference in the visual position of Start Screen's tiles and the Start Screen's background. It's called the Parallax effect. You can really slow down the Start Screen background's scroll speed. See this in action:

Tip: use "Reset" button to reset the Parallax effect to its defaults.

Start Screen Animations Tweaker is freeware and portable application which does not require to be installed and works with both x86 and x64 editions of Windows 8.

Application icon by DAKirby309

Before you download

As many users report me, Explorer crashes when you press Winkey repeatedly before the animation finishes. Probably that is a Windows bug, and not a bug of Start Screen Animations Tweaker. So, we considering the animations feature as "unstable". Use it at your own risk for non-logon purposes.

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  1. Roy
    15 Oct 12

    If I check the "Play Start Screen animations every time you see it (no only at login)" checkbox,
    certain metro apps will crash when I try to launch them, like the mail app or Windows' settings.

  2. Mario
    16 Oct 12

    Nice tool, but enabling this fancy tweaking, explorer crashes on Win8RTMx64, and it restarts explorer. Maybe it is only enabled for login purposes as it states its name.
    Anyways, thank you.

  3. Sergey
    17 Oct 12

    As many users report me, Explorer crashes when you press Winkey repeatedly before animation finishes. Probably that is a Windows bug. Thats why the animations are disabled, and you have no access to their settings.
    This application does only the simple registry tweak and it has "Restore defaults" button.
    The animations can't affect Metro apps. They are not related.

  4. Horst-G
    23 Oct 12

    Dont work. Windows 8 64 bit RTM

  5. Xavier
    12 Nov 12

    I don't recommend using this registry tweak since it will make unstable your metro apps and start screen will restart explorer. I had to reinstall some apps.

    Great work anyway with your work, but it is sad explorer crashes.

  6. hamed
    23 Dec 12

    Il fonctionne stable

  7. Horst
    11 Jan 13

    Dont work Windows 8 64 bit

  8. Sergey
    12 Jan 13

    Can you explain what exactly does not work for you?

  9. Horst
    14 Jan 13

    the explorer will restart after changing from desktop to moderui and vice versa. Unfortunately.

  10. Sergey
    14 Jan 13

    Yeah, it crashes sometimes. You should wait for animations complete.
    It is Windows 8 bug, and I am sure that it will be not fixed!
    Because that animation settings are hidden from user.

  11. Horst
    14 Jan 13

    I would like to wait no longer. We totally like it. :-) OK i wait.

  12. Anon
    16 Feb 13

    Drudge Reader app crashes when tweaks enabled.

  13. ARNAB
    29 Mar 13

    It works but after applying some of the apps like MUSIC etc doesn't work.....

  14. LAGM
    28 Jun 13

    It's fully stable and usable in Windows 8.1 Pre Release Preview, No crashes

  15. Amillennialist
    29 Jun 13

    Love the program (thanks for the effort!); it seems to conflict with Windows 8 Start Screen Customizer (a.k.a. ModernUIStartScreen).

  16. asp
    14 Aug 13

    Parallax Effect setting seem to have no effect in Windows 8.1 Preview

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